End of Life Care

5th Annual Gulf-Atlantic Veterinary Conference

The Caregivers Dilemma - Assessing Quality of Life

Saturday, December 2
1:10 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: Royal Palm Ballroom Salon 2

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Assessing the quality of life of a family pet is a delicate balance between managing client emotions, the progression of the disease, and the happiness of the pet. These key issues are not always in harmony and it is the job of the veterinary professional team to manage and balance each party's interests with the natural developments of biology. Understanding common trends in both people and their pets helps better identify their needs, address their concerns, and make a decision that does the "most good" for all involved.

Mary Gardner

Owner/Veterinarian
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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