Online Conference Pain Management &End of Life Care November 2024

November 5 - 7, 2024

Geriatrics and End of Life – Dr. Mary Gardner
Anesthesia and Pain Management- Dr. Sheilah Robertson

Thank You Legally Mine for being a Silver Level Sponsor! Bonus 1 CE RACE approved Lecture

This is an on-line CE conference, that is RACE approved as live interactive, featuring Dr. Sheilah Robertson and Dr. Mary Gardner We offer this CE using the ultimate social distancing platform: ZOOM. You can earn up to 15 hours of CE with your participation in our Vet Vacation conference. Conference classes will be held  following the same schedule as the live event in GRAND CAYMAN!

Early Bird:  All three days $429 and One day $189. 5 CE hours per day before October 15th then pricing will increase to $499 and $219.

Individual CE certificates will be available on the NEW VetVacationCE APP to each participant at the conclusion of the meeting.

November 5, 2024
11:30-1pm ET VIRTUAL doors open!
12-12:50pm BONUS Lunch and Learn Generously provided by Legally Mine Additional 1 CE credit
1-1:50pm Senior vs Geriatric – Where are all the Grey Muzzles?
2-2:50pm Home Hacks and Practical Care for the Geriatric Dog
3-3:50pm Home Hacks and Practical Care for the Geriatric Cat
3:50-4:10pm BREAK
4:10-5pm Old and Older – Here They Come!
5:10-6pm Purrfecting Your Acute Pain Assessment Skills

November 6, 2024
7:30-8am ET VIRTUAL Doors open!
8-8:50am Managing Chronic Pain and Mobility Issues in Dogs
9-9:50am Fatalities, Adverse Events; Accidents in Anesthesia: Can We Do Better?
10-10:50am The Central Role of Ketamine in Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia
10:50-11:10am BREAK
11:10-12noon Mapping the Euthanasia Appointment I
12:10-1pm Mapping the Euthanasia Appointment II

November 7, 2024
7:30-8am ET VIRTUAL Doors open!
8-8:50am Helping Families with Assessing Quality of Life and End of Life Decisions
9-10:15am When Loving Hurts – Caregiver Burden
10:15 -10:45am BREAK
10:45-12am Unravelling Challenges of Assessing & Managing OA in Cats
12:10-1pm Anesthesia for Brachycepahilcs



Online Veterinary Conference 2024: Social Distance While you Stay at Home and Earn 15 Hours of Continuing Education!! Dr. Sheilah Robertson and Dr. Mary Gardner are experts in the fields of Pain Management and Geriatrics and End of Life Care!  See their topics and biographies below.

The ZOOM remote video and audio webinar platform for the Online Veterinary Conference 2024 will allow for the following:

  • The speaker’s slide presentation will be on your device screen.
  • You will hear the speaker audio.
  • You will be able to raise your hand to ask questions and get rapid response answers
  • We will make this as interactive as possible.
  • We will send you a link to access the conference.
  • Based on your continued log in for the meeting, we will send a digital CE certificate of completion.

Prior to the conference, we will email you the notes and links to the event.  Zoom will be the platform.

Registration is $429 for the entire conference or $189 per day. Each day is 5 hours of CE until September 15th then the price increases to $499 for 3 days and $219 for single day passes.

VetVacationCE registration for this Online Veterinary Conference 2024 is $429 for the 3 day conference or $189 per day. Each day is 5 hours of CE until October 15th then rates will increase to $499 and $219

You can view our other Online Veterinary Conferences 2024 here.

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Benefits to Online Veterinary Conferences are:

  • Ability to select from a variety of topics led by world renowned specialists
  • Learn from a safe comfortable environment of your choice
  • Access to the best educators in the world
  • Lower fees
  • Replays available upon request – so that you can review any material
  • Increase your skill level
  • Stay up to date on new treatments and standards of care within the profession
  • No need to travel – lower your carbon footprint

Whether you decide to learn with us in person or online you are guaranteed to have an enjoyable learning experience with VetVacationCE.

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November 5 – 7 (3 days) $429, November 5 only $189, November 6 only $189, November 7 only $189

Geriatrics and End of Life

Mary Gardner DVM, ABVP

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.

After graduating from the University of Miami, she began working as a Technical Business Architect for an order and supply chain management software company. Her innate talent for understanding logistics in a client-centric organization developed a unique skill set for a veterinarian. After 10 years in software she found herself longing for something different and more meaningful – the path she selected was to become a veterinarian. She completed her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2008 from the University of Florida.

After spending two years in general practice, her friend and fellow UF graduate, Dr. Dani McVety, reached out to her about partnering in Lap of Love, which offered end of life services for pets and had been flourishing in the year that she began its service. Together they took the company from one veterinarian in Tampa to over 130 veterinarians around the country.

Dr. Mary leads development for Lap of Love's proprietary web-based practice management software called Sunshine. The program is specifically designed for veterinary hospice and euthanasia services and also dynamically ties to the Lap of Love website to allow families the ability to locate the veterinarian closest to them. Throughout the years, she has also developed The Pet Hospice Journal, an online Quality of Life Assessment program, as well as the first Quality of Life App (Grey Muzzle), both of which are free to the public. She received the Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Florida in 2016 and was voted the veterinarian to watch in 2018 by Fetch/DVM360.

Geriatric medicine, the aging process in animals and teaching family’s practical ways to care and manage their elder pets is Dr. Mary’s passion. Dr. Mary is on the advisory board of The Grey Muzzle Organization as well as Prized Pals.

Presentation Synopsis

1. Senior vs Geriatric – Where Are All the Grey Muzzles?
2. Practical Care for the Geriatric Patient
3. Guiding Families and Pets From Long Term Extensive Care to Death
4. Caregiver’s Dilemma - Assessing QOL
5. Mapping the Euthanasia Appointment I
6. Mapping the Euthanasia Appointment II
7. When Caregiving Hurts- Caregiver’s Dilemma
8. This should be “When Loving Hurts – Caregiver Burden
9. Home Hacks and Practical Care for the Geriatric Dog
10. Home Hacks and Practical Care for the Geriatric Cat
11. Helping Families with Assessing Quality of Life and End of Life Decisons

Pain Management


Dr. Robertson graduated from the University of Glasgow in Scotland. She spent time as a surgery intern followed by specialized training in anesthesia and analgesia including a PhD at Bristol University (United Kingdom). She is board certified in anesthesia and in animal welfare in the USA and Europe and holds a certificate in small animal acupuncture. She has been a faculty member at the University of Saskatchewan, Michigan State University, and the University of Florida. She spent 2 years as an assistant director in the division of Animal Welfare at the American Veterinary Medical Association. In 2014 she completed her graduate certificate in Shelter Medicine at the University of Florida. In 2019 she received her certification as a Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine Palliative and End-of-Life practitioner by the Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine. She has published widely on the recognition and alleviation of acute pain in cats. Currently she is the senior medical director of Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, a large network of veterinarians dedicated to end-of-life care and in-home euthanasia throughout the USA. Dr Robertson is also a courtesy Professor in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. She continues to volunteer at community cat clinics and High-Volume High Quality Spay and Neuter Programs.

Presentation Synopsis

1. Old and Older – Here They Come!
2. Purrfecting Your Acute Pain Assessment Skills
3. Is Your Anesthetized Patient in Trouble?
4. Fatalities, Adverse Events and Accidents in Small Animal Anesthesia: Can We Do Better?
5. The Central Role of Ketamine in Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia
6. Unravelling the Challenges of Assessing and Managing Osteoarthritis in Cats
7. Anesthesia for Brachycepahlics