Dr. Laura Pratola is a locum small animal veterinarian that works part-time at the Wellesley Veterinary Clinic.
“I am originally from Waterloo-born and raised and have recently settled in Kitchener. I initially became a veterinarian for my complete love for all animals but especially for horses. Although, I decided near the end of my veterinarian schooling that I was more passionate about small animal care.
Like most vets, I started out working as a vet assistant in a couple clinics during my undergrad at the University of Guelph. I then went off to Glasgow, Scotland for veterinary schooling. During my time there, I enjoyed travelling Europe, spent some time on the horse jumping team, and really got into research within the vet school and even contributed to some publications. After vet school, I traveled while working as a vet in Costa Rica for a couple months, then moved back to the UK to complete a 12-month small animal internship. Following the grueling long shifts of an internship, I moved to Bermuda to practice for a couple years, where I met my husband. We moved back to Ontario in 2015 and here I am!
I am supported by a lovely family. My parents have always supported my dream to become a veterinarian. I have a wonderful husband and together we clean up after a menagerie of animals that are all rescues and have won the fur baby lottery with us! We have 2 misfit cats, 1 misfit deaf dog, and 1 misfit puppy!
The majority of my spare time is spent walking our dogs!”