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Meet Dr. Lathan


Dr. Laura Lathan

I grew up in North Carolina and graduated from NCSU’s vet school in 1995. (Go Wolfpack!) I settled in Matthews, NC, in 2007 and lived there with my husband, 2 sons, pit bull Smithy and snakes Scarab, Sphinx, and Patty.

I’ve always had a passion for exotic animal medicine and had a variety of critters growing up. I am happy to see almost any patient with fur, feathers, or scales.  My caseload has been about 50% exotics, including rabbits, guinea pigs, hedgehogs, sugar gliders, parrots, toucans, snakes, lizards, and even scorpions, so I am comfortable seeing your “special” pet!  

My other veterinary passion developed later in my career: I discovered to my surprise that I love teeth.  It’s a strange interest, I know, but for some reason, I find dental work deeply satisfying.  I attend dental conferences regularly to stay up on all the latest treatments and am happy to jump into your pet’s mouth!

Except for my first year in practice, I have always practiced at holistic hospitals, and I believe that an integrative approach is definitely best for my patients.  I believe in using the gentlest medicine possible, and I have seen firsthand the power of a good diet combined with both Eastern and Western treatment. 

When I’m not at Whole Pet, I can be found backpacking with the Scouts, cooking, playing Munchkin with my family, decorating cakes, and twisting balloon animals.