End of Life Care

5th Annual Gulf-Atlantic Veterinary Conference

Anticipatory Grief & Pet Loss Preparation

Saturday, December 2
5:00 PM - 5:50 PM
Location: Royal Palm Ballroom Salon 2

Veterinarian Technician Staff
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The death of a pet is, for many, the worst personal loss they have ever experienced. Complicate the event with the possibility of euthanasia and the emotions can be too much for some pet parents to bare. How, when, and why veterinary professionals can make a difference at such an important time is essential to maintaining not only the human-animal bond, but the doctor-client bond as well. There is no better time to show your clients you care than by helping through the difficult journey of pet loss.

Mary Gardner

Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice

Dr. Gardner is a "second career" veterinarian who spent 10 years in enterprise-wide software design, implementation and marketing. However, a twist of fate changed her path and in 2008, Dr. Gardner graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. In 2010, she left general practice and co-founded Lap of Love with Dr. Dani McVety.

Lap of Love is the nation’s largest organization of in-home hospice and euthanasia veterinarians. With over 70 veterinarians in 40+ locations around the country, they are the leaders in end of life care. Dr. Gardner not only is a practicing veterinarian focusing on geriatric pet care, hospice and euthanasia but she is also the company’s Chief Technology Officer and is responsible for the company’s proprietary software, web presence and all internet marketing.

Dr. Gardner frequently speaks at NAVC, AVMA, IAAHPC, professional sales meetings, veterinary schools and animal hospitals around the country. Dr. Gardner and Lap of Love have been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, The New York Times, the Associated Press, The Doctors and numerous
professional veterinary publications.


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