"Doc – When Is It Time to Say Goodbye?"

 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.

Here's what you'll learn:

This lecture is approved for 1 hour of RACE CE credit.

  • Learn the 4 budgets for considering quality of life

  • Explore different assessment tools

  • Learn about the ailments which change the progression of quality of life

Course Curriculum Preview

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    "Doc – When Is It Time to Say Goodbye?"

    • "Doc – When Is It Time to Say Goodbye?" (CE Course)

    • Quiz: “Doc – When Is It Time to Say Goodbye?” (Required for RACE Credit)

Meet Your Teacher:

Veterinarian, Co-founder of Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, Lover of Fusilli

Mary Gardner, DVM

Old wobbly dogs and skinny cats are my JAM! I adore geriatric pets and the families that care for them. I'm a tech nerd and spent 10 years developing software before becoming a veterinarian in my 30's. I co-founded Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice which provides in-home end of life care services around the country - we currently employ over 140 vets in 30 states. I led the development of our proprietary practice management software as well as an app to assess quality of life, an online hospice journaling software, a crematory management software as well as a platform for teleconsutling between GP vets and Specialists. And when I didn't have anymore space in my life, I opened a pet crematory with my brother. Developing tech solutions for the veterinary industry is a passion of mine but at the same time, I love geriatric medicine, hospice and all aspects of end of life care. Hobbies? If I have time, I love playing golf. Otherwise, I look forward to eating pasta as often as possible.