DR. MARY GARDNER
VETERINARIAN, INNOVATOR, PROFESSIONAL SPEAKER
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.MORE ABOUT ME
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!READ more
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.
Michigan Veterinary Conference
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, 2017https://www.ovma.org/events/2017-ovma-conference--trade-show/
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, 2017http://navc.com/conference/
University of Florida
Drs. Dani McVety and Mary Gardner receiving the Gator 100 Award for the 3rd time.
Feb 9, 2017http://www.vetmed.ufl.edu/
Hospice and End of Life Care for the Veterinary Patient
Feb 10, 2017http://www.arkvetmed.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Registration-2017.pdf
Minnesota VMA 2017
Veterinary Geriatric Medicine
Feb 23, 2017http://www.mvma.org/annual-meeting
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, 2017http://tvmanet.com/music-city-veterinary-conference/
Assessing Quality of Life Art of Euthanasia
Jul 21, 2017https://www.avma.org/Events/Convention/Pages/default.aspx
The Pursuit of Happiness
Aug 21, 2017http://navc.com/live/
CVC Veterinary Conference
To be determined - but will be amazing!
Aug 26, 2017http://www.thecvc.com/cvc-kc-at-a-glance/
New England Veterinary Conference
The Old and the Restless - Caring for the Geriatric Patient
Sep 15, 2017https://www.nevma.org/
Gulf Atlantic Veterinary Conference
Veterinary Hospice & End of Life Care
Dec 2, 2017http://tgavc.org/
CVC - San Deigo
Dec 8, 2017http://www.thecvc.com/cvc-sd-at-a-glance/
Southeastern Michigan Veterinary Medical Association
Dec 12, 2017http://www.semvma.vet/
Jan 18, 2018http://www.drdavenicol.com/vetxhome
Jan 28, 2018https://vcahospitals.com/northwest-veterinary-specialists/-/media/vca/documents/hospitals/oregon/northwest-veterinary-specialists/winterfest_2018.ashx?la=en
Feb 5, 2018http://navc.com/conference/
Oregon Veterinary Medical Association
Mar 3, 2018https://oregonvma.org/oregon-veterinary-conference
Oregon State University
Communication Course for Junior Veterinary Students.
Apr 9, 2018https://vetmed.oregonstate.edu/
Mid-Atlantic States Veterinary Clinic
Veterinary Geriatric Medicine, Hospice and End of Life Care
May 17, 2018https://mdvma.org/2018-mid-atlantic-states-veterinary-clinic/
OVMA Great Ideas Conference
Jun 19, 2018https://www.ovma.org/veterinarians/continuing-education/great-ideas/
North Carolina VMA - Summer Conference
Jun 27, 2018https://www.avma.org/Events/Calendar/Pages/event.aspx?EventID=38509
Aug 16, 2018http://www.fetchdvm360.com/
WellMP Management Group Regional Meeting
Sep 5, 2018https://wellmp.com/
Tarrant County Texas VMA
Caring for the Geriatric Veterinary patient
Sep 20, 2018http://www.tcvma.com/
WellMP Management Group Regional Meeting
Oct 3, 2018https://wellmp.com/
Oct 31, 2018http://www.dcavm.org/
NC Veterinary Conference
Nov 2, 2018https://ncveterinaryconference.com/
Dec 14, 2018http://www.fetchdvm360.com/
Jan 20, 2019https://navc.com/events/vmx-2019/
Apr 6, 2019http://www.wpvma.org/
Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association
Apr 8, 2019https://www.wvma.org/
Fetch - Baltimore
May 3, 2019https://www.fetchdvm360.com/fetch-dvm360-veterinary-conference-baltimore/
May 12, 2019http://chicagolandvc.com/
XXXVII CONGRESO NACIONAL AMMVEPE
May 15, 2019http://ammvepe.mx/index.html
Jun 5, 2019https://www.acvim.org/
CX Club Care Congress 2019
Jun 13, 2019https://cxclub.care/
Collin County VMA
Sep 2, 2019http://www.collincountyvma.org/
Wild Wild West Veterinary Conferenceq
Oct 22, 2019http://www.wildwestvc.com/
Well Managed Practice Group
Nov 1, 2019https://wellmp.com/
Vet Vacation CE
Dec 5, 2019https://www.vetvacationce.com/st-maarten
Jan 18, 2020https://navc.com/vmx/
Michigan Veterinary Conference
Jan 24, 2020https://www.michvma.org/michigan-veterinary-conference
Crossroads Veterinary Conference
Jan 30, 2020https://www.invma.org/crossroads-veterinary-conference/
Western Veterinary Conference
Feb 16, 2020https://www.wvc.org/
Fetch DVM 360 Conference
Apr 2, 2020https://www.fetchdvm360.com/fetch-dvm360-veterinary-conference-baltimore/
Fetch DVM 360 Conference
Aug 28, 2020https://www.fetchdvm360.com/fetch-dvm360-veterinary-conference-kansas-city/
"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." VMX 2018 Attendee
"I never knew I could laugh and cry so much in one lecture!"
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.
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!"
“As a veterinary student, it is very easy to be so overwhelmed by school such that I forget why I work as hard as I do. Two women that constantly remind me who I am and who I want to be as a veterinarian are Drs. Mary Gardner and Dani McVety, whose sound advice and leadership has been invaluable. I have had the pleasure of taking part in several of their numerous motivating lectures including diversifying from mainstream career tracts and how to communicate what I want without words in less-than-ideal situations. I have even completed a resource project for them to help families with terminally ill pets through difficult times. These amazing women continually remind me that the only limitations we have are set by ourselves and anything we want bad enough and work hard enough for can be realized. These inspiring women have formed from scratch not only an amazing business but a new discipline in our field. Even more than that, they are paving the way for future doctors like myself to become more that what we would have been had they not been a part of our lives.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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!”
“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.”
"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."
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."
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.
CUMMINGS SCHOOL OF VETERINARY MEDICINE AT TUFTS UNIVERSITY
Choosing a Final Good-Bye Away from the Vet’s Office
WHY GREAT CARE FOR OUR GREY-MUZZLED PETS IS SO IMPORTANT FEATURING DR. MARY GARDNER
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
A friend ’til the end: Orange County veterinarian provides hospice care to pets
Helping clients face the caregiver's dilemma: How do I tend to a sick pet without losing myself?