Dr. Dani McVety, hospice veterinarian

Dr. Dani McVety–a Lutz-based veterinarian specializing in hospice care and euthanasia, whose practice is called Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice–discusses her background, how her veterinary school training and initial work as an emergency medicine vet prompted her to start her hospice practice. Noting that there’s typically little or no hospice curriculum at vet school, Dr. McVety observes that the field is relatively new. 

 

 

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She contrasts the way an ailing animal–and its humans–could expect to be treated and counseled by a hospice veterinarian versus a more conventional scenario with full-practice vets at their office or an animal hospital. She also explains the main questions and concerns she hears from new clients, noting that the vast bulk of her practice currently involves responding to requests for in-home euthanasia of a family pet, while hoping to expand the hospice portion of the practice. She also describes the emotional challenges presented by performing this sort of work every day, and the strategies she’s developed to minimize that impact. (www.LapOfLove.com, www.Facebook.com/lapoflove)

ALSO: We had another brief conversation with Libby Boosalis, our friend and “Talking Animals” family member who, in early January, decided to go vegan. We spoke with her on the Jan. 11 show, when she was just a few days into the conversion, and today we got an update on how it’s going in this latest installment in our periodic series we’ve dubbed “The Vegan Chronicles.”

COMEDY CORNER: Steven Wright’s “Ants” (snippet)

MUSIC: Joe Montgomery’s “Cool Cat,” Ryan Montbleau Band’s “Songbird,” instrumentals

NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE: Elton John’s “Crocodile Rock”

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Duncan Strauss is the producer-host of “Talking Animals,” which he launched at KUCI in California in 2003, combining his passions for animals, radio, journalism, music and comedy. The show has aired since late 2005 on Tampa’s WMNF. Strauss lives in Jupiter Farms, FL with his family, including four cats, two horses and one dog. He spends each day talking to those animals, and maintains they talk right back to him, an as yet unverified claim.

One Reply to Dr. Dani McVety, hospice veterinarian

  1. Ron Hammerle says:

    Dr. Dani McVety will be giving the keynote address for this year’s Emerson Forum, to be held on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, at 10 a.m. at the Stetson College of Law Center in downtown Tampa. The conference provides an opportunity for pet owners to honor, remember and share good memories of their favorite pets, in celebration of National Pet Memorial Day, the first Sunday of September. Please bring a picture of your pet(s). For tickets, go to http://emersonforum.tix.com.

    Other speakers include Nikki McQueen, the co-owner of Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes and Cremation Tribute Center (www.andersonmcqueen.com), and Brock Leach, the former President and CEO of Frito-Lay’s North America and Tropicana divisions and Chief Innovation Officer for parent company PepsiCo. Mr. Leach presently serves as Vice President of the Boston-based Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (www.uusc.org). .

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