Meet Shea and Chris
Shea Cox, Founder & CEO
Dr. Shea Cox is a global leader and subject matter expert in veterinary hospice and palliative care. With a focus on technology, innovation and education, her efforts are changing the end-of-life landscape in veterinary medicine, and as a Telehealth advocate, she is working to change the laws around how veterinarians can use Telemedicine to care for their patients.
In addition to launching the first hospice and palliative care service integrated into a specialty hospital setting, she was the first to launch a nationwide Telehealth platform dedicated to quality of life and end of life. She lectures internationally on the topic of hospice, has led the development of a 125-hour education program to certify veterinarians and technicians in hospice and palliative care, authored 12 chapters relating to hospice care, served as a hospice consultant to over 65,000 veterinarians worldwide, developed the American Animal Hospital Association End of Life Guidelines, and is the Past President of the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care.
Chris Hobbs, COO
Chris Hobbs is an experienced senior level executive who was responsible for raising over $100M in capital with previous startups. He has extensive executive management experience in both operating and investment roles in dynamic environments.
As COO of NetBooks, he was responsible for all internal operations, including finance, infrastructure and sales. He led corporate development at call center giant TeleTech Holdings and at nCircle Network Security. He was also the first vice president in the merchant banking group of Imperial Bank. Prior to nCircle, he served as CFO of web services company XUMA. Prior to joining PetHospice, he served as CFO for Neurotechnology Innovations Translator for 5 years.
Chris has been an advisor to venture firm Millennium Hanson and is a member of SandHill Angels.
He earned a BA in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley, and an MBA from Oxford University.
Hospice Isn't Giving Up | It's Choosing A Fuller Life
Founder Dr. Shea Cox launched PetHospice in 2012 following a career path first as a human nurse, working in areas of hospice and palliative care, and then as an emergency and critical care veterinarian, working in referral specialty hospitals for 13 years.
PetHospice was launched to solve the disconnect between the time and support needed as end of life nears, and the lack of time the primary care veterinarian is able to provide during a typical 20-minute appointment.
Our goal has been to redefine the relationship that exists between the veterinarian, the pet parent, and the pet, and our model of care has broadened the scope of end of life care by bringing the pet parent into the equation in order to provide better, more complete care. Because at end of life, the pet is not the only "patient" that needs cared for, the family does as well.
And that is the heart of what we do – we walk with families every step of the way to ensure they get the same level of support that their pet does, during one of the most critical and emotional times in their relationship with them.
Our support includes in-home palliative and hospice care; in-home euthanasia; telehealth services; professional grief counseling; and online education and community support.
From day one, the mission of PetHospice has been a simple one: to make every pet’s end-of-life experience as meaningful as the life they’ve lived. Because we believe that making a better life for pets and their people, has to include making a better end of life for them as well.
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In the News
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Pets get more happy moments because of our care
Older pets are not getting care
Older pets are not getting the care they need. In fact, 70% of geriatric dogs and 77% of geriatric cats go without care the last 18 months of life. This is just one reason why in-home hospice and palliative care services are so vital.
Hospice is not just for the final days of life
Hospice is all about helping a pet live life to the fullest for the time that remains, whether that is days or months. In fact, many pets are "in hospice" for well over a year, getting the support they need to continue living an amazing quality of life.
Does end-of-life care mean euthanasia only?
No. The term "end-of-life care" encompasses more than just euthanasia. It is care from the moment a bad diagnosis is made, or a decline in quality of life is seen, and it continues beyond the loss to include grief support for the family.