Like most veterinarians, Dr. Mary Craig grew up in a household full of animals. These early relationships, as well as work at the local animal shelter, shaped Mary’s perspective on the intrinsic value of the human-animal bond. She went on to graduate from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine and into private practice. Over time, she came to see that she had an ability not only to relieve pain and suffering of patients but to also help people say goodbye to their pets in a way that honors the relationship, commitment and amazing bond.
This became a calling in 2012 when she left a leadership position in veterinary pharma to start Gentle Goodbye Veterinary Hospice & At-home Euthanasia. Dr Craig provides house calls for palliative medicine and other end-of-life care because she recognizes that the needs of people and their pets in the fragile final stage of life are dramatically different that other life stages. In addition to caring for the patients, she supports the human end of the bond as families face difficult decisions for their pets.
Mary is immediate past Board Chair for Pet Partners, the national leader in demonstrating and promoting positive human-animal therapy, activities and education. She is on the board of the American Association of Human-Animal Veterinarians and a member of the AVMA and Connecticut VMA. She lives in Stamford, Connecticut with her husband, Michael, their dog, Guinness and cat, Pixel.