Dr. Baker was inspired to learn more about veterinary palliative and hospice care while caring for her own senior dog, Archie.  Dr. Baker pursued certification in hospice and palliative care through the International Association of Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC).  She is now a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Veterinarian (CHPV).  Certification through IAAHPC demonstrates Dr. Baker’s high knowledge, skills, and abilities related to veterinary hospice and palliative care.
Palliative care is an approach to care that is taken for patients with a life-limiting illness for which there is no cure.
Hospice care is an approach to care that is taken to provide support and care for patients as well as their families in the last phases of an incurable disease or at the end of natural life.
With hospice and palliative care, the goal is to promote the best quality of life for patients and the families that care for them.
Dr. Baker is currently the only active IAAHPC CHPV in North Louisiana. “
This is a link to the IAAHPC provider directory
International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care. The International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care is dedicated to promoting knowledge of and developing guidelines for comfort-oriented care to companion animals as they approach the end of life.


Here is a link to Frequently Asked Questions about Hospice/Palliative Care
These are our most common questions and answers. Hospice care may be the right decision for those who consider the end of their pet’s life to be an important enough matter to make an effort to understand all the options, to be as prepared as possible, to have support available and seek help in making the best decisions if needed.