Definition of Euthanasia

“Euthanasia” is a Greek term meaning “good death”. In this context, its objectives are met when death is induced which causes no pain or distress to an animal. To avoid pain and distress requires that the techniques which are used cause immediate loss of consciousness followed by cardiac and respiratory arrest that ultimately results in loss of brain function and death. Persons who perform this task must be technically proficient and have a basic understanding of the anatomical landmarks and equipment used for humane euthanasia of animals.

The purpose of this website is to describe proper procedures for humane euthanasia of sick and/or debilitated animals in farm, ranch or other situations where veterinary supervision may not be available.