Dr. Katie Stender
Hospice Veterinarian

In-Home Euthanasia for Pets

Jacksonville, FL
and surrounding area

Call or text 904-521-3440

for more information


I am often asked, “How do you do this everyday?” And my most sincere and candid response is, “How could I not?” After my first home visit with a family, I knew this kind of work was what I was meant to do as a veterinarian. She was a yellow Labrador, who couldn’t get up anymore. It was a scenario I was all too familiar with, as I had grown up with labs and had to say goodbye to my Daisy just 3 years prior. The time I was able to spend with my first family at their home was unforgettable. We smiled about the bad puppy stories, and they proudly told me all the things she ate on her last day. I felt as though I had become part of their family. Lots of tears were shed, and I remembered the sadness I had felt saying goodbye to my own yellow lab, but it was different for me this time. I saw the relief I was able to provide to their sweet old girl, comfortable at home in her bed. I wanted to do this for everybody’s pet.  Nearly a decade later, and with immense amounts of gratitude to the thousands of families I have shared couches, and floors, closets and beds, front yards and back yards with - I will continue to help as many as I can. How could I not? 



Dr. Katie Stender is a veterinarian based out of Northeastern Florida.  In addition to her important role as a hospice veterinarian, Dr. Katie is a speaker and author who deeply loves her career path. Dr. Katie finds great privilege in being able to connect with families in their homes. She is a graduate of the University of Florida, for both her undergraduate studies, and her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine.  After graduating, she worked in a traditional veterinary clinic setting and also started working with a group of veterinarians providing in-home euthanasia.  It quickly became clear what her calling was, and she started practicing exclusively in-home end of life care with Lap of Love. After seven years of growing and expanding her territory in the NE region of Florida, and proudly serving the Jacksonville and surrounding community, Dr. Katie decided to take some time off to grow her family. 


Dr. Katie loves spending time with her family. Her favorite day would be a day doing anything with her husband and two sons. She has a Labrador and three cats, and understands the difficulties of owning senior pets – she has four of them! She loves doing house projects, hiking adventures in the mountains, trying new restaurants, sailing, and watching a good TV show after a long day. 


Dr. Katie is so grateful to be able to continue the work she loves, sharing what she believes to be the most sacred space, as a family parts with their pet, in the comfort of their home. It is with great care that she performs this service for our pets and couldn’t imagine doing anything else. 

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