Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice Receives University of Florida Entrepreneurship Award

Revolutionizing end of life pet care

Mar 05, 2015, 09:00 ET from Lap of Love

TAMPA, Fla., March 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- A new veterinary service, hospice for pets, has taken the profession by storm and the nation's leader is gaining recognition for its innovative business model.  Not only has Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice revolutionized how pet parents care for their animals in the last stages of life, but founders Drs. Mary Gardner and Dani McVety's efforts have earned them the 29th spot on University of Florida's list of the 100 fastest growing Gator-run companies.

UF's Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation celebrated its inaugural Gator 100 awards ceremony February 6th 2015. The Gator 100 recognizes outstanding alumni who have become successful entrepreneurs that lead the 100 fastest-growing Gator-owned or Gator-led businesses in the world. Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, a national network of veterinarians who provide in-home compassionate euthanasia and end-of-life care for aged or terminally ill pets made the list.   

"What an honor!  We were amazed to be in top 100, but to be in the top half and then to find out we are the 29th fastest growing UF Gator-started company is truly incredible. We were surrounded by some of the most driven and intelligent business people in the world including entrepreneurial students that are already emulating those qualities at UF. We also had a great time participating in a "Shark Tank"-like event in which UF entrepreneur students showcased their unique business ideas... And let me tell you, there are some incredible things coming out of the UF.  We are honored to part of it all!" says co-founder Dr. McVety.

Dr. McVety and Dr. Gardner both graduated from the university and founded the company in 2009 which now has over 60 veterinarians in 40 locations around the country. They are now popular speakers at veterinary conferences on hospice care and euthanasia techniques as well as body language and contribute regularly to medical journals.  

"We are passionately dedicated to maintaining comfort and quality of life for terminally ill or geriatric pets. When we started, we just wanted to help families during the most cherished moments with their pets. I never thought it would end up being so rewarding and that we would grow so fast," says Dr. Gardner. "I love any company that has the entrepreneurial spirit and creativeness to take an issue, find a solution and make it a viable business. Gator 100 showcases just that and I'm proud to have this award but I'm even more proud to be a Florida Gator!"

When asked where the company is going Dr. Gardner says, "Hopefully by the end of this year, we will have 20 more locations with the most amazing and compassionate veterinarians to help more families and pets.  And who knows, maybe a book showcasing the wonderful people and pets we meet every day!"

SOURCE Lap of Love