A dynamic and engaging speaker, Dr. Mary Gardner is able to draw on a wide range of career experiences and life lessons to educate and motivate diverse audiences. Her presentations cover a variety of topics, and encourage both professional and personal growth within the veterinary industry and beyond. Ironically, veterinary medicine was not her first career choice.


Her Purpose – Grey Muzzles

It’s a simple fact – pets just don’t live as long as they should! From the first sign of a grey muzzle we start to worry about the end. But our furry family members can still have a good quality of life and have a wonderful time as a geriatric pet!

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named DVM 's top person to watch in 2018

Speaking Topics

Dr. Mary writes and speaks for professional and lay audiences on geriatric medicine, assessing quality of life, hospice, and end of life care. She has spoken at VMX, AVMA, WVC, Fetch, state VMA's, IAAHPC, professional sales meetings, veterinary schools and animal hospitals around the country.

Practical Care for the Geriatric Veterinary Patient
Geriatric Pet Care Management in the Home
Where are all the Grey Muzzles? Marketing before it is too late
5 Ingredients for Veterinary Hospice
Helping Owners with Assessing Quality of Life
Serious Illness Conversations and Guidance with Pet Parents
Mapping the Euthanasia Experience
Caregiver Stress, Burden & Relief - When loving hurts
Anticipatory Grief & Pet Loss Preparation
Get your veterinary groove back
Navigating the frustration of undiagnosed disease for both owner and vet
Managing mobility issues in geriatric patients
When euthansia goes badly
Maintaining Empathy and Compassion around end of life
Faces of Death – how to deal with owners dealing with death
My emotional candle is lit and it smells of anxiety

Speaking Events


LocationOrlando, FL


Jan 9, 2017

Grand Bahamas American Woman's Club

Jan 9, 2017

Jan 27, 2017

Ontario Veterinary Medical Association

Get Your Veterinary Grove Back The Art of Euthanasia Body Language for the Exam Room Verbal Impact Don't Upsell ... Up Serve

Jan 27, 2017


Feb 2, 2017


Body Language for the Exam Room | Marketing Trends for 2017 | Assessing Quality of Life | Veterinary Geriatric Medicine | Post Mortum Requests | Aggressive Pet Euthanasia

Feb 2, 2017


Feb 9, 2017

University of Florida

Drs. Dani McVety and Mary Gardner receiving the Gator 100 Award for the 3rd time.

Feb 9, 2017


Feb 10, 2017

Arkansas VMA

Hospice and End of Life Care for the Veterinary Patient

Feb 10, 2017


Feb 23, 2017

Minnesota VMA 2017

Veterinary Geriatric Medicine

Feb 23, 2017


Feb 26, 2017

Music City Veterinary Conference

What Matters Most in the End - Geriatric Medicine Assessing Quality of Life Chicken Soup for the Grieving Soul - Pet Loss The Art of Euthanasia Body Language UpServe don't UpSell

Feb 26, 2017


Mar 4, 2017

Western Veterinary Conference

Mar 4, 2017

Apr 11, 2017

Practice Manager Meeting

Hospice and Euthanasia

Apr 11, 2017

May 22, 2017

Oregon State University

Communication for End of Life Care

May 22, 2017

Jul 21, 2017

AVMA Convention

Assessing Quality of Life Art of Euthanasia

Jul 21, 2017


Aug 21, 2017


The Pursuit of Happiness

Aug 21, 2017


Aug 26, 2017

CVC Veterinary Conference

To be determined - but will be amazing!

Aug 26, 2017


Sep 15, 2017

New England Veterinary Conference

The Old and the Restless - Caring for the Geriatric Patient

Sep 15, 2017


Oct 16, 2017

UF CVM - End of Life Course

Senior Lectures for End of Life Care

Oct 16, 2017

Dec 2, 2017

Gulf Atlantic Veterinary Conference

Veterinary Hospice & End of Life Care

Dec 2, 2017


Dec 8, 2017

CVC - San Deigo

Dec 8, 2017


Dec 12, 2017

Southeastern Michigan Veterinary Medical Association

Veterinary Gerontology

Dec 12, 2017



Jan 18, 2018

Jan 24, 2018


Practice Manager Meeting - Geriatrics, Quality of Life and Euthanasia

Jan 24, 2018

Feb 5, 2018

Mar 3, 2018

Oregon Veterinary Medical Association

Animal Welfare

Mar 3, 2018


Apr 9, 2018

Oregon State University

Communication Course for Junior Veterinary Students.

Apr 9, 2018


May 17, 2018

Mid-Atlantic States Veterinary Clinic

Veterinary Geriatric Medicine, Hospice and End of Life Care

May 17, 2018


Jun 19, 2018

Jun 27, 2018

North Carolina VMA - Summer Conference

Jun 27, 2018


Aug 16, 2018

Fetch DVM360

Aug 16, 2018


Sep 5, 2018

WellMP Management Group Regional Meeting

Sep 5, 2018


Sep 20, 2018

Tarrant County Texas VMA

Caring for the Geriatric Veterinary patient

Sep 20, 2018


Oct 3, 2018

WellMP Management Group Regional Meeting

Oct 3, 2018


Oct 31, 2018

DC Academy

Oct 31, 2018


Nov 2, 2018

NC Veterinary Conference

Nov 2, 2018


Nov 8, 2018

New York Vet

Nov 8, 2018

Dec 14, 2018

Fetch DVM360

Dec 14, 2018



Jan 20, 2019

Apr 6, 2019

Western PVMA

Apr 6, 2019


Apr 8, 2019

Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association

Apr 8, 2019


May 12, 2019


May 12, 2019


May 15, 2019


May 15, 2019


Jun 5, 2019


Jun 5, 2019


Jun 13, 2019

CX Club Care Congress 2019

Jun 13, 2019


Aug 28, 2019

Oklahoma State Vet School

Aug 28, 2019

Sep 2, 2019

Collin County VMA

Sep 2, 2019


Oct 22, 2019

Wild Wild West Veterinary Conferenceq

Oct 22, 2019


Nov 1, 2019

Well Managed Practice Group

Nov 1, 2019


Dec 5, 2019

Vet Vacation CE

Dec 5, 2019



Jan 18, 2020


Jan 18, 2020


Jan 24, 2020

Michigan Veterinary Conference

Jan 24, 2020


Jan 30, 2020

Crossroads Veterinary Conference

Jan 30, 2020


May 24, 2020

Noodle U Virtual Conference

May 24, 2020


Jun 3, 2020

Virtual Class Lecture - UF

End of Life Issues

Jun 3, 2020

Jun 17, 2020

International Veterinary Seminars - Online Course

Geriatric/end of life pet care in COVID times

Jun 17, 2020


Sep 12, 2020

Colorado VMA

Full day of geriatric medicine and end of life care!

Sep 12, 2020


Sep 25, 2020

Well Managed Group

Sep 25, 2020


Oct 1, 2020

Well Managed Group

Oct 1, 2020


Nov 5, 2020

Palm Beach Vet Med Association

Nov 5, 2020

Nov 19, 2020

Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association

Nov 19, 2020



Mar 23, 2021

Small Animal Medical Society - UK

Mar 23, 2021


Apr 11, 2021

Jun 6, 2021

VMX 2021

Jun 6, 2021


Jun 10, 2021


Jun 10, 2021


Aug 15, 2021

NoodleU Tech

Aug 15, 2021


Sep 7, 2021

WVC - Viticus

Sep 7, 2021


Sep 10, 2021

International Veterinary Seminars

Sep 10, 2021


Sep 18, 2021


I asked for ice cream and I got a banana split!

Sep 18, 2021


Oct 5, 2021


Oct 5, 2021


Oct 11, 2021


Oct 11, 2021


Oct 14, 2021

UF Vet School

Oct 14, 2021

Nov 10, 2021

Michigan VMA

Nov 10, 2021



Jan 17, 2022


Jan 17, 2022



Jenevieve Price, BVM&S

I have had the pleasure of hearing Dr Mary Gardner speak at several small and large gatherings and conferences, most recently at VMX in 2020. As a primarily ER veterinarian, geriatric and end-of-life care is immeasurably important to me, and I learn something new every time I attend one of her lectures! Dr. Gardner is warm, hilarious, engaging, and humble, and has the gift of blending data and literature with useful pearls and practical advice. I find myself utilizing this information frequently in practice, even as an experienced clinician. I have heard so many colleagues say that they seek out her lectures at conferences even if they’ve heard them before, since every talk touches mind and heart in a different way. Dr. Gardner is both one of the best speakers in veterinary medicine, and a powerful force for good in this world!

Cynthia Wutchiett

Thank you once again for a great presentation. I love to have you at the tail end of our meetings because our members always leave your presentations in an upbeat mood. Euthanasia? Upbeat? I never would have been expected to use those words together. You are an amazing speaker!

VMX Attendee

Dr Gardner is engaging and hilarious and her passion for geriatric and end of life medicine is so obvious during her lectures. She is one of the best veterinary lecturers I’ve ever seen, and I always catch her series at conferences when she’s there.

Terra Shastri

Dr. Mary is a dynamic, engaging speaker and she delivered a fantastic keynote that resonated with our delegates! I’ve seen many keynote presentations but I’ve never seen someone captivate a thousand plus people, the way she did. Her energetic style created amazing rapport with the entire room and she had people laughing and shedding a few tears. A full day of sessions dedicated to one speaker passed quickly and everyone wanted more! Dr. Mary is adept at handling a wide variety of topics - all pertinent - with thoughtfulness, humor and grace as she tackles some sensitive but essential topics. Our delegates walked away feeling inspired, empowered and ignited about their future and career path while gaining some practical skills they could put into action immediately. She is definitely on the top of our list (and our members’ list) for any speaking event for our organization.

Renee Hotaling LVT

I recently attended the NAVC in Orlando Florida earlier this month and I attended the lectures put on by Dr. Dani McVety and Dr. Mary Gardner. First let me start by saying how truly amazing they both are! I have to be honest, I had decided before the conference that I was going to attend the whole day on Veterinary Hospice and I thought to myself "how depressed am I going to be after a full day of listening about death"? To be honest, it was the complete opposite! I left feeling inspired, touched and ready to go home, sit down with my bosses and discuss with them how we can incorporate a hospice program into our hospital! I've always said "a bad end of life experience at the vet, can end a long term relationship between a veterinarian and the client"! I've seen it happen!

They gave me so many great ideas and you can tell just by listening to them that they love what they do and that they are passionate and amazing at it!! I have pages of notes to over with my bosses who are very open and eager for me to getting the ball rolling in this process! I also want to say how great the website Lap Of Love is! It has so much information for clients and for us! Dr. McVety or Dr. Gardner, thank you both SO VERY MUCH for everything you do to help our furry friends and us! You are both truly amazing and inspirations to me!"

Amanda Howard

I never knew I could laugh and cry so much in one lecture!

Mike Misha

“Dr. Gardner spoke to a group of veterinary students this year about how we could make an impact as future leaders. She had no difficulty capturing the full attention of the audience right away, and her warm, vibrant personality and humor engaged us throughout the entire presentation. Although it was a large lecture hall setting with quite a diverse group of people, her sincere passion for veterinary medicine and for people definitely resonated with each of us. I was very impressed by how effectively she communicated her message, and it was an experience that left me feeling inspired and empowered.”

Destiny Coleman

“I have never been so encouraged and intrigued by any presenter so far, Dr. Mary's positive energy is something refreshing that we need here at PennVet. It was a huge change of pace to hear her talk about grades and test scores versus what you feel truly matters for a practicing veterinarian and for a new grad seeking employment. Dr. Mary was honest with the students and didn't make us feel in anyway inferior for taking any specific path that we desire in our careers. She truly made me believe anything is possible for my future even though I am not top of my class and made me feel more confident in my abilities as a clinician despite not getting an A on that test. Dr. Mary came in with an agenda unlike any other speaker, she did not try to sell us on doing an internship or specializing, she simply helped us realize that whatever we want to be is good enough.”

Nanase Nakanishi

“Dr. Gardner came to talk to us about the reasons why we need to find our passion in our career in order to truly appreciate and find happiness in what we do. She stressed the importance of constantly finding challenges in our life in order to grow as doctor. She discussed how she started her own business and gave us advice on how to become a successful entrepreneur. Overall, her talk was motivational and gave us inspiration to find our own niche within the veterinary field.”

Maggie Canning

“Dr. Mary Gardner is more than an inspiring innovator in vet medicine. With her background, she has no trouble bridging veterinary medicine and technology. She’s fantastic at condensing an overwhelming and seemingly unapproachable topic like internet marketing into easily achievable goals. She provides relevant, innovative information to a student audience while maintaining a great level of engagement and fun. I’m so thankful for the opportunity to know this wonderful woman and leader in the field!”

Kristin Wuellner

“When it comes to speaking engagements, I believe that Mary is truly the best of both worlds- she combines a true mastery of social media, technology, and veterinary medicine with a witty humor that keeps her audience entertained and engaged. In “Finding Your Niche,” Mary shared relevant and interesting details of her life which made her relatable and likable to our [student] audience. In her “30 Free Marketing Strategies” talk, Mary revealed the tips and tricks of online search engines to can make my website or webpage more relevant and accessible almost instantly. Her humor, friendly disposition, and humble intelligence all lend to her ability to make me feel as though she already knew me and the rest of the audience on a personal level.”

Oregon VMA Attendee

"Mary Gardner presented what could have been a sad, emotional topic with such enthusiasm, humor, and compassion that I learned so much and will bring that knowledge to our clinic. It will improve our handling of euthanasia tremendously."

Dr Liz Munro BVetMed MRCVS

I attended the Cx Congress, and I have to say how much I enjoyed your day on geriatric care, and the lectures on the Saturday. Geriatric care is one of my favourite areas of vet medicine, so it was right up my street.
Following your recommendations on improving euthanasia, I’ve made several changes to how I perform it, and I have to say thank you so much. I feel I’m now providing a much better experience for my patients and their pet parents.
I think I still have work to do, but I also think I’m having an influence on my colleagues as well, which is great.
I’ve also bought a copy of your book which I’m looking forward to reading."

Nicola Kelly

I would just like to say how much I loved your lecture at congress on Friday (and Saturday)! Yes, I shed some tears but WOW, the tips and tricks I have taken home are just amazing and I would like to think that I can now help make a difference advising owners of grey muzzles and helping at that end of life appointment.

I have my own geriatric dog at home and it’s even made me think differently about her now. Your lecture is something that I have been thinking about every day and I will always remember it.


Treatment and Care
of the Geriatric Veterinary Patient

Dr. Mary Gardner is the co-editor and author of the academic textbook, “Treatment and Care of the Geriatric Veterinary Patient” which can be purchased from Wiley or Amazon.

"Treatment and Care of the Geriatric Veterinary Patient" offers veterinarians a complete guide to treating and managing geriatric canine and feline patients.



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