2020 MVMA Fall Staff Seminar

Caring for the Old and the Restless and Those that Care for Them 

Mary Gardner, DVM, Lap of Love

Thursday, November 19, 2020
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This program has been approved for 6.25 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval. Click here for additional RACE information.


Mary GardnerMary Gardner, DVM, 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. After a few years in general practice, she found her niche in helping geriatric and terminally ill pets and their owners. In 2010, she joined her classmate Dr. Dani McVety with Lap of Love Veterinary, which now has over 130 veterinarians across the United States exclusively offering in home 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 Innovation Officer and is responsible for the company's proprietary software, web presence and all digital marketing.

Dr. Gardner's professional goals are to increase awareness and medical care for the geriatric veterinary patient and the struggles that the families face; as well as educating the entire veterinary staff on the scientific and soft skills surrounding end of life care. She speaks on veterinary hospice, geriatric medicine, assessing quality of life and euthanasia. 

8:30 am –  9:00 am: Login online

9:00 am – 10:15 am: The Caregiver's Dilemma: Assessing Quality of Life
At the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • Assess the quality of life of a family pet while managing client emotions, progression of the disease, and the happiness of the pet.
  • Identify common trends in people and their pets to assist in evaluation of their needs, address their concerns and make informed decisions that does the "most good" for all involved.

10:15 am – 10:30 am: Break 

10:30 am – 12:30 pm: Practical Care for the Geriatric Veterinary Patient
Owners of geriatric pets can feel frustrated and helpless during this life stage. At the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • Manage, as a veterinary team, the myriad of ailments that afflict aging pets while supporting the family during this difficult yet precious time with their pet.

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: Lunch

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm: Caregiver Burden & Relief: When Loving Hurts
Until one has managed a terminally ill or geriatric pet, you cannot fully appreciate the toll it has on caregivers which often leads to more depression and anxiety than the passing of the pet. At the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • Describe ways the whole staff can identify the needs of the caregiver and support them properly throughout this time.

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm: Break

2:45 pm – 4:00 pm: Vital Ingredients for Veterinary Hospice & Palliative Care
Veterinary hospice care is a unique case approach centered around education, preparation, and support for the pet and the client. At the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • Comprehend and implement this service solidifying your role as an animal advocator, strengthening the human animal bond and maintaining the highest level of client/patient care.

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Additional Seminar Information
  • Electronic handouts are provided to all participants.
  • Registration cancellations must be received 72 hours prior to the seminar. Cancellation refund less a 10% administrative fee. 
  • The RACE Program number is 1251-43639. This program has been approved for 6.25 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval. Subject Matter Categories: Medical (5.25) and Non-medical (1.0). Delivery Method: Interactive-Distance. Participants are responsible for ascertaining each board's CE requirements. RACE does not "accredit" or "endorse" or "certify" any program or person, nor does RACE approval validate the content of the program.

Seminar Location-ONLINE ONLY
What will you experience: The morning of the seminar you will be emailed the secure link to attend. Only you have access with this link, and you must sign-in with your first and last name and email address as it is monitored for attendance. You are also the only one eligible for the CE credits. The webinar is only available during the live presentation; it will not be offered later. 

Once you have accessed the webinar your computer screen will be dominated with a direct-feed PowerPoint for clarity of viewing, plus the audio of the presenter as the slides automatically advance on your screen. Audio for all users will be done over VoIP, which means the sound comes over the internet and is not via telephone. You must have computer speakers or a headset to listen to the webinar. Q&A will be available throughout the day. 


Registration Fees (same pricing for onsite or online)

(now thru October 7, 2020)


(October 8 - November 5, 2020)

MVMA Member / Out of State Veterinarian $185 MVMA Member / Out of State Veterinarian $210
MVMA Life / Inactive Member $120 MVMA Life / Inactive Member $145
Technician / Staff / Other $115 Technician / Staff / Other $130
MN Non Member Veterinarian $235 MN Non Member Veterinarian $260
DVM Student $80 DVM Student $95
If space is still available after November 5, 2020, prices will increase by $50.