Laurel graduated from the veterinary technician program at the Medical Institute of Minnesota in 1979. She is a Certified Veterinary Technician in both Minnesota and Wisconsin. Laurel spent several years in a small animal clinic where she was able to develop her clinical skills and passion for dentistry. She joined the Dentistry and Oral Surgery Service at the Animal Emergency and Referral Center of Minnesota in 2013. Laurel is one of only a few CVTs nationwide that holds her Veterinary Technician Specialty (VTS) in Dentistry.
Laurel’s professional interests include:
- Passionate about educating fellow technicians about veterinary dentistry. Often speaks at national and local conferences, and frequently conducts in-hospital education seminars.
- Helping with endodontic procedures that can save an important tooth for your pet.
- Assisting with the improvement of malocclusions by means of interceptive orthodontics or orthodontic movement.
- Volunteers periodically at The Wildcat Sanctuary.
Laurel has been published in a dental textbook entitled Small Animal Dental Procedures for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses by Jeanne R. Perrone (Editor) – Wiley 2012, ©2013. Laurel lives on a small hobby farm in western Wisconsin with her husband and an assortment of animals including: pygmy goats, sheep, three dogs, a cat and a variety of fish. She enjoys gardening, camping, fishing, kayaking and spending time with her children and grandchildren. Laurel has also fostered countless kittens for her local Humane Society.