Exotic Animal Veterinary Center is a full service veterinary hospital that treats all types of exotic pets. Established in 2010, Exotic Animal Care Center welcomes both emergency treatment cases as well as patients in need of routine medical, surgical, and dental care.
Dr. Laurence graduated from the University of Montreal where she learned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and this Canadian comes to us with a lot of experience in exotic medicine. She gained familiarity with birds of prey working at a rehabilitation center during vet school. She did externships at numerous zoos throughout the world including The Johannesburg Zoo in South Africa, The Assiniboine Zoo in Manitoba and our own Santa Barbara Zoo. Her wildlife experience came from volunteering at a wildlife rehab center in Belize. Dr. Laurence continued to expand her experience when she participated in a spay and neuter clinic in Northern Canada’s First National Villages. This clinic was designed to help counteract a pet overpopulation problem within Canada's Native American population.Dr. Laurence cut her teeth in the “real world” when she worked for an exotic and companion animal practice. She also developed an exotics’ protocol and trained the staff members in exotic animal medicine for an animal shelter in the Montreal area. Dr Laurence treats all exotic species seen at EAVC but has a soft spot for the smaller parrots. Because of this love for the little guys, she earned the nickname “the budgie vet.” She also has a big interest in small mammal dentistry. Dr. Laurence strongly believes client education is one of the most important aspects of the veterinary profession especially for our exotic companions. In addition, she is a big proponent of preventative medicine for all species.