A pet loving veterinarian that believes there is nothing better than a dog with a grey muzzle or skinny old cat! Her professional goal is to increase awareness and medical care for their geriatric veterinary patients. Her goals is to help make the final life stage as peaceful as possible, surrounded with dignity and support for all involved.
Dr. Gardner graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008, after a leaving a job in product development. Part of the Lap of Love team, has been a part of helping thousands of families with hospice and end of life care, she learned that caregivers really struggle caring for their aging pets.
Dr. Gardner released the book It’s Never Long Enough and the Geriatric Dog Health & Car Journal in January of 2022. She also won VMX Small Animal Speaker of the year in 2020!
“No Dog Should Die Alone” was the attention-grabbing — and heart-stirring — headline of journalist Laura T. Coffey’s TODAY show website story about photographer Lori Fusaro’s work with senior shelter pets. While generally calm, easy, and already house-trained, these animals often represent the highest-risk population at shelters. With gorgeous, joyful photographs and sweet, funny, true tales of “old dogs learning new tricks,” Coffey and Fusaro show that adopting a senior can be even more rewarding than choosing a younger dog. They may be slower moving and a tad less exuberant than puppies, but these pooches prove that adopting a senior brings immeasurable joy, earnest devotion, and unconditional love.