Lauren grew up in a farming community near St. Catharines, surrounded by a plethora of wild animals. After high school, she moved to Toronto, and completed her undergraduate degree in English and History at York University. Lauren spent over a decade in the service industry after graduation, as she loves working with people, but her enduring love of animals led her to eventually shift her career toward veterinary medicine. She volunteered at Toronto Wildlife Centre, Turtle Trauma and several small veterinary clinics to get a feel for the industry, before entering the veterinary technician program at Seneca College in 2014.
Since she was young, Lauren’s dad had taught her to appreciate animals in the their wild habitat, as well as the love that people have for their fuzzy companions. Lauren is grateful that as a Registered Veterinary Technician she now spends each day helping those without a voice, and can be a part of enriching their lives – especially older patients who need some extra TLC. She is usually found in the surgery suite doing anesthesia, but she loves all aspects of veterinary medicine.
Outside of work Lauren enjoys anything outdoors, especially hiking, as well as heading to a baseball or soccer game. She practices yoga and enjoys visiting our city’s arts venues, including museums, galleries, theatres and the ballet. She hopes one day to travel to Thailand to volunteer with an elephant sanctuary, or to New Zealand to work with wildlife.
Lauren currently has one sassy feline, Linus. Previously he was surrounded by senior dog Indiana (also a Seneca graduate!), female cats Jasper and Winnie, hamster Gouda, and gerbils Hugo and George.