Mary Gardner, DVM
Advisory Board, Investor
Dr. Mary Gardner has two main loves … technology and geriatric pets! Not a normal combination for most vets. After graduating from the University of Miami, she began working as a trainer for an enterprise wide order management software. Once she learned the intricacies of the software and the variety of ways different businesses used it, she moved into a Business Architect role where she led the design of new software initiatives. Her innate talent for understanding logistics in a client-centric organization developed a unique skill set for a veterinarian. After 10 years in software she found herself longing for something different and more meaningful – the path she selected was to become a veterinarian. She completed her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2008 from the University of Florida.
After spending two years in general practice, her friend and fellow UF graduate, Dr. Dani McVety, reached out to her about partnering in Lap of Love, which offered end of life services for pets and had been flourishing in the year that she began its service. Together they took the company from one veterinarian in Tampa to over 140 veterinarians around the country. Dr. Mary and Lap of Love have been featured in numerous local and national news media including DVM News Magazine, Today’s Veterinary Practice, Vetlearn.com, DVM 360, Entrepreneur Magazine and The New York Times.
She was able to intertwine her love of technology into Lap of Love by leading the development of their proprietary web-based practice management software. Throughout the years, she has also developed The Pet Hospice Journal, an online Quality of Life Assessment program, as well as the first Quality of Life App (Grey Muzzle), both of which are free to the public.
Geriatric medicine, the aging process in animals and teaching family’s practical ways to care and manage their elder pets is Dr. Mary’s passion. She is the co-editor and author of the academic textbook, “Treatment and Care of the Geriatric Veterinary Patient”. She writes and speaks for professional and lay audiences on all aspects of geriatric medicine and end of life care, including veterinary hospice and euthanasia, as well as finding happiness in your career and life. She has spoken at NAVC, AVMA, WVC, Fetch, AVMA, state VMA’s, IAAHPC, professional sales meetings, veterinary schools and animal hospitals around the country.