Years ago, while preparing a family for a euthanasia late one night, a client looked up at me and said “Please, can you leave her on my lap, I don’t want her on that cold sterile table, I want her right here with me.” That wasn’t what I was supposed to do, though. Only a few months out of veterinary school at this point, I had been taught that it was best to take her little chihuahua to the back to begin the process. But her request was too powerful, too meaningful. And it’s exactly what I would have asked if I was her.
So I said yes, and delicately ensured the experience was as perfect as it could be. Her little one never left her mom’s lap. As they left our clinic, her body was wrapped in the same blanket she was brought to me in. At that moment I knew that’s what every pet deserved, to be in the one place they are most comfortable in; their parent’s lap. Shortly after, Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice was born in Tampa, Florida. What started as a fulfilling part time project to help pay back my student loans, has grown into a passion for pets and their people, and the doctors that care for them both. To put it simply, I cannot imagine anything else.
These doctors, this support team, these amazing families we get to help… you all make the world a better place each day.
In addition to her important role as a hospice veterinarian, Dani McVety, DVM is a speaker, consultant, author, and host for PetCareTV. With a deep love for the human-animal bond, Dr. McVety enjoys just about anything that has to do with pets! Growing up with horses taught her a great deal about the need for respect of these animals we share this earth with. Although she originally wanted to practice equine medicine, volunteer time with human hospice during college steered her on a different path. After graduation, she practiced emergency medicine and gained a greater understanding of how to help families at a time in which they felt the most helpless. This has become her greatest fulfillment in veterinary medicine; helping to ease the stress and fear of the people that love their animals. Already an accomplished entrepreneur before vet school graduation, Dr. McVety partnered with Dr. Mary Gardner about one year later after founding Lap of Love. Together they have grown the company into one of the most respected networks of doctors in the veterinary profession, setting the standard for end of life care higher than it has ever been before.
Dr. McVety frequently writes and speaks for professional and lay audiences on end-of-life veterinary topics in hopes of empowering both parties to seek the highest standards of care. Dr. McVety and Lap of Love have been featured on numerous local, national, and professional media outlets including CNN, The New York Times, ABC, Fox 13, University of Florida Alumni Magazine, and many more. She proudly graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine and is the youngest recipient of the college’s Distinguished Young Alumni Award (2013), the Florida Veterinary Medical Association’s President’s Award (2014), and most recently, the Pet Industry Woman of the Year (2017).