End of Life Care

5th Annual Gulf-Atlantic Veterinary Conference

Caring for the Geriatric Veterinary Patient

Saturday, December 2
9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
Location: Royal Palm Ballroom Salon 2

Veterinarian Technician Staff
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Caring for a geriatric pet is very different than a senior pet. Unfortunately many owners are at a loss and feel helpless during this stage. As a veterinary team we can help manage the myriad of ailments that afflict our aging pets and support the family during this difficult yet precious time with their pet. Understanding how the body changes as pets age is important so that we can educate owners and treat pets appropriately. Doing so earlier in the pet's life may allow for a longer quality of life and prevent some premature euthanasias.

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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