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”