Our second episode with Dr. Mary Gardner is out! In part one, we talked about Mary’s path to co-founding Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice and In-Home Euthanasia. In part two, we get into the details of providing this important aspect of veterinary care. Mary discusses whether to sedate pets before euthanasia (she’s a strong proponent) and the different routes for euthanasia drugs and how to choose. Did you know one of her signature tools for a compassionate euthanasia is a cupcake? We also discuss how emotionally taxing performing euthanasia is for veterinary team members and how to deal with it.
Dr. Susan Little and Dr. Jolle Kirpensteijn are very excited to be able to give a Purrpodcast live presentation on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, from 10:30-11.45 am at ChicagoVet. We will be discussing cool cases during an interactive case-based session with breaking news in feline medicine and surgery.
Dr. Mary Gardner is the co-founder of Lap of Love along with Dr. Dani McVety. We were excited to have Mary as a podcast guest for two episodes and she did not disappoint us! In part one, we talk about our careers before vet med. Which of us wanted to be an Egyptologist? Can you guess who had a career in mortgage insurance? Who was a crack software developer? Mary talks about the origins of Lap of Love, now offering compassionate in-home euthanasias and hospice care with 130 vets in 60 locations. They have helped over 50,000 families say goodbye to a beloved pet and currently handle over 600 calls each day. It’s even more incredible since Mary originally wanted to be a marine scientist!
In part two of our chat with Dr. Dave Nicol, he talks about success means in veterinary medicine. We talk about burnout in our profession, why it happens, and what veterinary team leaders can do to meet emotional needs. Dave talks about his VetX program and how it can help vets overcome fears, develop resilience and tenacity, learn how to have conversations with pet owners, and develop leadership skills. And you’ll hear what Jolle thought VetX meant!
Tom Bohn, CAE became CEO of the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) in 2013. He works with the NAVC Board of Directors and staff to help the organization grow and innovate. In this episode, we explore a wide range of topics – how the Spark videos celebrate our profession, what the future holds for VMX, and a tongue-in-cheek look at his Swedish origins (with apologies to Sweden). Sadly, Tom is allergic to cats, so we discuss that too. Oh, and find out why his dog Winston has an English accent.