Meet the NorthStar VETS Team: Laura Tasker, DVM, CVMA


Laura Tasker, DVM, CVMA is a doctor in the Emergency and Critical Care service at NorthStar VETS. In this video, she talks about how horses got her into small animal medicine, the types of cases she sees, and what she loves about working at NorthStar VETS.

Dr. Tasker’s Path to Small Animal Veterinary Medicine
We caught up with Dr. Tasker, who was seeing a patient. Dr. Tasker has been riding horses since she was two, and caring for her animals inspired her to become a veterinarian. “I did my veterinary school training at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and did my clinical year at Colorado State University. I did an Emergency and Critical Care internship at the Veterinary Surgical and Emergency Center. Originally, I went to veterinary school to become an equine veterinarian, but I felt like I should have a little more experience with small animals, which is why I chose a small animal internship not knowing it would turn into a career! I really liked it, and I keep the horses as my hobby.”

The Most Common Types of Cases Dr. Tasker Sees in the Emergency
Dr. Tasker sees a wide variety of different cases each day. “I see anything from congestive heart failure, bite wounds, toxicities, collapse, trauma, and anything along those lines. One of my favorite cases to treat was a ‘big dog-little dog’ bite wound attack. The little dog had so much trauma that the skin flap came entirely off the dog’s side. He was very unstable when he came in. We were able to stabilize him and take care of the wounds. He went home a completely happy, healthy, and well-adjusted dog who looked great at the time of recheck.”

The Best Thing About Working at NorthStar VETS According to Dr. Tasker
Dr. Tasker enjoys the team atmosphere at NorthStar VETS, and she can always find another doctor to bounce ideas off of and help. “We’re all a cohesive group, which is wonderful because you can always get optimum care any time. It’s a beautiful environment in which to work, and we have everything we need at our disposal. It’s definitely gold-standard medicine.” Dr. Tasker and the team at NorthStar VETS are available 24/7 to help you and your pets. “It always keeps things fresh, I never know what I’m going to see, and I love my coworkers. I really like people in general, so I like communicating with the public and sometimes getting people through some hard times.”

Learn more about the Emergency and Critical Care service at NorthStar VETS.

Laura Tasker, DVM, CVMA
Dr. Tasker earned her bachelor of science degree in animal science from the University of Delaware. She continued her veterinary studies at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, with a year of clinical training at Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed an internship in emergency and critical care at the Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center in Levittown, Pennsylvania. Her professional interests include trauma stabilization, wound care, and metabolic diseases. She is certified in both large and small animal veterinary acupuncture, and has a particular interest in pain management. Outside of NorthStar VETS, Dr. Tasker enjoys spending time with her family and friends, playing with her Australian Shepherd, and all things horses.

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