About The Final Journey

Pet End-Of-Life Program

You’re not alone in this. When we commit to letting love lead, we can have an experience filled with insights, fun, laughter, and “good” tears. We can allow ourselves to discover more inspiring and uplifting ways to engage in this journey.

To help pet parents and pet professionals develop a healthier relationship with Death, Suffering and their Inner Voice. As our relationships with these improve we increase our ability to be present and experience greater peace and offer more peace for our pets.

We are committed to making the experience of this program as straightforward and easy as possible.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact us.

Our Process

The Final Journey

01. Eliminate Fear

Learn how to approach your pet’s older years with joy and love. Eliminate the overwhelm, fear, and anticipatory grief through tools that will help your pet along their journey.

02. Develop Wisdom

Develop your inner wisdom, in order to cultivate confidence and clarity. This enables you to understand your pet’s needs and assists you in making better decisions.

03. Renew Peace

Gain a renewed sense of empowerment and peace along with the skills you need to provide comfort and serenity for you and your fur babies.

04. Enjoy the Journey

As bittersweet as it is, the end of your pet's life is inevitable. With these skills, you'll be able to cherish the time you have let with your beloved furry friends.

Our Founder 

Meet Dr. Liz Fernandez

Liz Fernandez


Elizabeth A. Fernandez, DVM, CVA, MA, is a licensed Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, public speaker, author, and consultant with a holistic house-call practice in Southern California.

She is certified in Veterinary Hospice and Palliative Care, Veterinary Acupuncture, and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine.

At the age of five, young Liz was asked the question of what she wanted to be when she grew up. She took this question very seriously and went to her mother for advice. “You want to do something you love,” her mom answered. Liz knew, at that time, that she loved animals and she loved medicine. This was when she decided that she would become a veterinarian.

After graduating from UC Davis Veterinary school in 1982, Dr. Liz spent the next 25 years working in general small animal practice and emergency medicine. She always had an interest in acupuncture and Chinese medicine and, when a shoulder injury led her to seek “non-Western” acupuncture treatment for herself, she knew she wanted to offer this same modality to her animal patients. While continuing her work in veterinary medicine, she completed extensive training in Veterinary Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Tui-Na, and Food Therapy. These specialized certifications qualified her as a Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine Practitioner. Dr. Liz opened Acupuncture For Pets in 2002, offering acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine through a holistic, integrative house-call practice.

Over the course of her career, she has counseled countless clients through the difficult end-of-life decision-making process for their pets.

Inspired by these many experiences, Dr. Liz published the book, Sacred Gifts of a Short Life: Uncovering the Wisdom of our Pets End-of-Life Journeys, in 2016. The book became an Amazon #1 bestseller in the Veterinary category upon its debut.

Her patience and passion for guiding her clients through this process led her to become one of the first veterinarians certified by both IAAHPC in “Hospice and Palliative Care,” as well as the Chi University in “Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine Palliative and End-of-Life Care.”

In 2019, Dr. Liz launched Wisdom Paws, which offers pet end-of-life guidance, education and support to the public as well as the veterinary community. She covers topics such as dealing with guilt, doubt, and others’ opinions; remaining present and grounded; and much more. For the veterinary community, she offers approaches that support self care, compassion and resiliency.

Dr. Liz offers straightforward strategies for embracing a perspective of death that acknowledges the devastation that can be experienced and the sacred gifts that are also present.


Tail Wags From Our Clients

Rhiannon N. Vet Tech / Pet Parent

I am very grateful for you and who you are, and your beautifulness that you give to the world. Such a phenomenally magical compassionate effort made to share this gift with all who need it. You have done an absolutely beautiful job with it all.

Diane J. Pet Parent

Your elegance, clarity and compassion with which you speak was captivating. It touched me at a soul level. I wanted to thank you for the continuing light you shine in this world.

Sandy H. Pet Parent

I am so moved & uplifted by so much of the content - it is so pertinent to my / our journey with all living things. Your manner of delivery is so special. a wonderful gift.

Johanna G. Pet Parent

May many people benefit from the wisdom flowing through the workshop.

Mary S. Pet Parent

That was the most beautifully engineered workshop I’ve ever attended The level of professionalism was apparent and then of course there’s you.

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