Why did we decide to become Euthanasia Veterinarians?
When I was young, I never thought that I could put an animal to sleep. As a veterinary student, I watched animals suffer in cancer wards and critical care units. These experiences left an indelible impression on me. I watched people holding onto their pets and suffering right alongside them. I witnessed their relief as they allowed their pets to go peacefully and end the suffering. I knew then that to not have euthanasia as an option could potentially cause more suffering for pets and the people who loved them.
I started offering euthanasia services at home where pets and their families could be comfortable. The demand began to grow as more and more people were learning about the at home options. In 2004, when I started, there wasn’t anyone else really doing this. Since then, I’m glad to see our field is growing to accommodate this option for pets. -Dr. Christina Nutter
Dr. Christina Nutter
Dr. Christina Nutter graduated from Colorado State University College of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences in 2003 after she attended the University of Arizona. She was the first person to start a home euthanasia service in Arizona in 2004. Her motto was to create the most loving and peaceful passing possible. She honed her technique to be able to provide an experience that was relaxed while avoiding the use of physical restraint and painful IV catheters. In 2015, she developed the first comprehensive pet hospice program. She continues to educate veterinarians and their staff on how to provide both hospice and gentle euthanasia practices.
Dr. Theresa Grandys
Dr. Theresa Grandys received her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in Zoology. She graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013 and practiced in Illinois for two years before relocating to Arizona.
Dr. Grandys is passionate about hospice and end of life care. She has helped many pet owners through this difficult time by making the process as peaceful and stress-free as possible.
She is currently walking through the hospice process with her own beloved Labrador, Bailey.
Dr. Adrien Pesqué
Dr. Adrien Pesqué graduated from the University of Arizona with a dual degree in Evolutionary Biology and Psychology in 2010. Adrien continued his education at the University of California, Davis in veterinary medicine and received his degree in 2016.
Dr. Pesqué joins Gentle Journey with a full understanding of what it means to lose a beloved pet and the importance of end of life care for a cherished family member.
“During vet school, my beloved dog had to be euthanized, and I could clearly see that he was scared as soon as we walked towards the veterinary hospital. I wish I could have had the procedure done in the comfort of our home where he and I would be most at ease. That is a big reason why I feel fortunate to provide this service now and why I would recommend it to everyone.”
Dr. Lisa Schnier
Dr. Lisa Schnier is an Arizona native, born and raised in Sierra Vista, AZ. Dr. Schnier attended the University of Arizona (Go Wildcats!) and the University of Prince Edward Island prior to being accepted into veterinary school at the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Dr. Schnier completed a small animal internship, worked as an emergency clinician, and currently works at a general practice. Dr. Schnier joined the Gentle Journey’s team to help provide an at home experience for pets and their families during a very difficult time. She strongly believes in a peaceful, stress, and pain-free experience for pets crossing the Rainbow Bridge.