Dr. Laura A.
- Degree: PhD
School: University of Illinois
Class of 2019
- Degree: DVM
School: Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
Track: Public and Corporate
Class of 2012
- ACLAM Board eligible
- Urbana, IL
Bio in brief...
At present, I'm working as a research scientist at the University of Illinois College of Vet Med.
I'm a wildlife veterinarian with a PhD in epidemiology and a research program focused on reptile and amphibian wellness. I conduct field-based, conservation-focused research related to wildlife health and develop diagnostic tests for wildlife diseases. I also sit on masters/PhD committees and mentor students interested in exotics/wildlife/zoo clinical practice, research, or both.
Prior to my current position, I had 3 years of clinical experience, including small animal and exotic animal internships and private practice ER work. I now focus my clinical efforts on turtles, venomous and nonvenomous snakes, and salamanders.
I love helping students with career planning, especially those torn between clinical practice and research/academia pathways.