Please note: We will be closed from Thursday, November 25th through Sunday, November 28th in observance of Thanksgiving!

COVID-19 UPDATE

Our doctors are vaccinated for COVID-19 and wear masks for every appointment. If you would prefer, we are happy to see your pet outdoors (in a shady, safe area), in an open garage, or on a well-ventilated screen porch – weather permitting. If you are hearing impaired, please let us know. We do have clear masks available with advance notice. We want you to feel safe and comfortable.

Meet Dr. Cherie Buisson and our veterinary team

APPOINTMENT

Why choose Helping Hands Pet Hospice for your in-home veterinary care?

Pets nearing the end of their lives are often anxious, in pain, or difficult to move. Having our veterinary team come to you is an excellent way to reduce this stress. Dr. Cherie Buisson is Certified in Low Stress Handling® and will do everything in her power to keep your pet comfortable and happy during the visit. Personal observation of your pet’s environment also allows our team to make better recommendations for your pet’s comfort. For many dogs and cats, simple changes to their living arrangements can greatly improve their quality of life. You can also be more confident in the care of your pet, knowing our support is just a phone call, text, or email away.

When the time comes for your pet’s euthanasia, privacy and comfort are of utmost importance. We don’t want you worried about loud noises, curious strangers, or other distractions. Our focus (and yours) should be for your pet only. We want them in their bed, on their favorite couch, or on your lap. We want you to be able to express your feelings without the worry of being overheard. Most of all, we want you, your family, and your other pets to take the time you need to say goodbye. Each in-home euthanasia appointment is scheduled for a full hour, and you can take as much of that time as you want. We respect the bond you have with your pet and encourage you to share how we can help your family feel more peaceful during our visit. Hospice and palliative care appointments last from 1-3 hours.

Dr. Cherie Buisson

Dr. Cherie Buisson

Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Veterinarian
Low Stress Handling (TM) Silver Certified

Dr. Cherie Buisson is a 2000 graduate of Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She started making pet hospice house calls in 2011 and found them to be the most fulfilling part of her practice. She is one of the first Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Veterinarians in the world, and the first to practice in the state of Florida. DocB is a Dachshund fanatic who enjoys reading, cycling, canoeing, and quilting.

Photo courtesy of Urban Dog Studio.

Dr. Camille Andrews

Dr. Camille Andrews

Fear Free Certified

Dr. Camille Andrews is a 2009 graduate of Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. She is a veterinary acupuncturist and is completing her certification from the Chi Institute in Reddick, FL. Dr. Andrews is obsessed with orchids and enjoys cycling, paddle boarding, and playing the guitar.

Photo courtesy of Urban Dog Studio.

Candace CVT, CCFP

Candace CVT, CCFP

Certified Veterinary Technician
Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional
QPR Suicide Prevention Certified
Administrative Assistant
Client Care Coordinator

Candace graduated from USF with a degree in Psychology in 2010 and St. Petersburg College Veterinary Technician Program in 2014. She joined Helping Hands Pet Hospice in 2019 after meeting Dr. B at a conference. She is focused on professional wellness and is a member of the Florida Veterinary Medical Association Wellness Committee along with Dr. B. Candace is a wonderful writer and has a blog for veterinary professionals. She’s a Mom to one adorable little boy and a crazy dog.

Susan

Susan

Client Care Coordinator

After a career in human resources in the corporate world, Susan “retired” from Indiana to Florida where she has been able to pursue her passion for working with animals. She has spent time working at the Humane Society of Pinellas and volunteering at Big Cat Rescue. She was a client of Helping Hands Pet Hospice and wanted to help other people have the peaceful experience of saying goodbye at home and she joined our team in 2019. She is an extreme cat lover and enjoys biking and taking walks at Taylor Park. She and Dr. B exchange alligator stories and videos with alarming frequency. Her cats Carolina and Tweekers (pictured) insist she takes up too much room in their house.

Jona

Jona

Client Care Coordinator
Fear Free Certified (Shelter)

Jona’s background is in animal shelter management. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan and certifications in Animal Shelter Management and “Fear Free” Shelter Operations. Jona also founded a hospice dog rescue in 2017 to care for senior, ill, injured, and end of life pets in need. Jona is passionate about helping make the end of life journey for families’ beloved furry companions peaceful and dignified.

Kelly

Kelly

Client Care Coordinator

Kelly graduated with a degree in Environmental Science with a focus in Agriculture from Green Mountain College in Vermont. After working for years with dairy and equine facilities in New England, she moved to warmer weather and the beaches of Florida and fell in love with the animal shelter world. She is Fear Free Certified and continues her animal shelter passion with Friends of Strays in St. Pete. She spends her free time pursuing TNVR for community cats while being a fur mama to 3 dogs and 2 cats and whatever foster may be passing through.

Dr. Cherie Buisson 1

Photograph provided by Laurie Meehan-Elmer.

Dr. Cherie Buisson 2

Photo courtesy of A Happy Vet

Ask me to speak at your event!

Dr. Buisson speaks around the world on hospice, euthanasia and compassion fatigue. If you would like to have her speak to your group, please fill out the information below.