Dr. Dani McVety
Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice
For some, there is a light that appears at the toughest moments of being a doctor. Dr. Dani McVety found that light early in her career, and it sparked an idea that has become one of the most unique and fastest growing businesses in the veterinary space. Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, a service that has visited the homes of over 75,000 families, is now a nationwide network of over 100 passionate doctors and a full time interdisciplinary support staff dedicated to making the end of life experience for pets, and the people that love them, as dignified and peaceful as possible.
Dr. McVety is Founder and CEO of Lap of Love and co-host of PetCareTV. She frequently writes and speaks for professional and lay audiences around the country and internationally, empowering both parties to seek the highest standards of care and communication. Her talks have quickly garnered the reputation of being “fantastically hilarious,” “bringing humor where it’s needed most,” “incredibly inspiring,” and “refreshingly authentic.” In her talks, Dr. McVety shares her struggles through veterinary school, how she found her passion in the emergency room, why she felt a calling in the toughest moments of medicine, and how her and her business partner have grown an internationally recognized business.
Additionally, as a certified body language instructor, one of her favorite topics is communication. “Communication is the heart of all that we do; it is lifeblood of all our interactions.” Dr. McVety and Lap of Love have been featured on numerous local, national, and professional media outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, Huffington Post, and many more. She proudly graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine and is the youngest recipient of both the college’s Distinguished Young Alumni Award (2013) and the Florida Veterinary Medical Association's President's Award (2014). She was honored to also receive the Pet Industry Woman of the Year, and Up and Comer’s under 40 Hall of Fame award for 2017!
Topics #1: Gold Standards of Compassionate Communication (Verbal and Nonverbal)
Description: The words you use and the words you fail to use say more about your intentions and emotions than you may think. Verbal communication anchors a client’s feelings and experience about you and your ability to help their pet before you’ve even presented them with an estimate. When combined with non-verbal communication (body language), verbal “anchors,” set the client (and you) up for a good experience.
In Dr. Dani's verbal communication presentation, she addresses handling difficult discussions, conveying positive emotions, responding to clients’ concerns, and sets the foundation for the entire team to ensure the best experience possible. Her nonverbal communication presentation addresses awareness of unspoken subtleties, and offers tools to discern, confirm, and reshape the attitude a client may be feeling without saying a word.
Topics #2: Entrepreneurism in the Medical Field and Beyond!
Description: Whether you dream about, plan on, or are even remotely considering starting your own practice, acquiring an existing one, or simply being a valued, integral part of a business, you need to hear some things before you set out on your own. You need to know what will lead to your success, what obstacles will be in your way, and most importantly, what your true vision is supposed to include. I may not have all the answers, but I guarantee you that if I can do it, anyone can. Other topics offered by Dr. Dani that relate to entrepreneurism and workplace success include: Networking, Thriving with Coworkers, and Laws for Success.
Topics #3: Top 5 things that will ensure your success in vet school
Description: An interactive discussion that helps students with tips on surviving vet school, regardless of what year they are in. This is a great talk to begin the year with, as it offers fantastic tips on staying grounded despite the rigorous demands of vet school.
Topics #4:Avoiding School Burnout
Description: Dr. Dani discusses how to make your dreams a reality, and avoiding the "daily grind" that occurs for many students and professionals. This talk focuses on life balance, relationships, health, and fulfillment. Veterinarians often experience burnout very early-on in their careers based on the combination of the rigorous hours, job demands, and their common personality traits. By understanding how to combat compassion fatigue in vet school, and set expectations for life beyond the classroom, you can be better equipped for a fulfilling future!
Topics #5: In Defense of Money: Why you shouldn't be ashamed of financial motivation
Description: Do not enter veterinary medicine thinking, or even expecting, to not make any money. There is nothing wrong with earning a good income and there are very particular ways you need to think in order to set yourself up for success. Dr. Dani discusses the three most important changes you MUST make in your life if you want to truly be wealthy - and not just balance-sheet wealthy, but actually sustained high net-worth.
Speaker Fees: Dr. Dani feels passionately about keeping her honorarium at a particular level for veterinary student groups, and especially for the VBMA! Her honorarium is $2,500 which includes all travel, expenses, and as many presentations as you'd like in a day.
Phone: (813) 445-5873