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Laura went through her childhood wanting to be a scientist of many kinds including a paleontologist and an astronaut before igniting her passion to become a veterinarian. The Tyrannosaurus rex is still her favorite animal to this day, which explains her particular interest in reptile/avian and exotics pathology. As a 2006 graduate of Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine, Laura has enjoyed working with all animals, great and small.

Following graduation, she left the Midwest for sun and desert, spending seven year just outside Phoenix, Arizona practicing small animal general medicine. There, she discovered how further study in pathology improved her clinical skills and understanding of disease. Laura spent her free time at the University of Arizona State Diagnostic Laboratory gaining microscopic insight to her patients and other animals. One memorable case of disseminated histiocytic sarcoma in a 15 month old Labrador puppy inspired Laura to pursue a residency in clinical pathology at the University of Florida, which happened to be a perfect location to also fulfill her childhood dream of working with "dinosaurs." Wrestling with alligators in the swamps of Florida, Laura obtained reptile blood for one of her research projects to improve the methodology for analyzing reptile and avian hematology. She completed her residency and the pathology board exam in 2016.

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Now, Laura is happy to call the Pacific Northwest home, where she resides with her husband Daniel, feline companion Fusa, and pack of dachshunds Oliver, Presley, and Elwood. As a member of the SpecialtyVETHPATH team, Laura not only brings her expertise in avian/reptile and exotics hematology but also domestic mammal hematology and cytology. Through continuing education events and case consultations, she hopes to share her enthusiasm and medical insight with the veterinary community and help others to see the magic in pathology.

Education

  • DVM – 2006, Purdue University
  • Residency, Clinical Pathology – 2016, University of Florida

Certifications

  • Diplomate American College of Veterinary Pathologists, Clinical Pathology – 2016

Associations