Dr. Lauren Thomas
Dr. Lauren Thomas grew up on the outskirts of Tucson in Marana, where she attended Marana High School and graduated in 1999. She then obtained her Bachelors of Science in Microbiology from the University of Arizona in 2004. Dr. Thomas was accepted to Colorado State University and obtained her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. Directly after graduation Dr. Thomas joined a mixed animal practice in Flagstaff, where she enjoyed working with dogs, cats, horses, many types of livestock, a few pocket pets and even wildlife. After 2 years of snowy and cold weather, Dr. Thomas returned to her beloved Tucson and the heat. She joined a small animal practice and worked there for the last 6 years before joining the wonderful staff at River Road Pet Clinic in June 2016.
Dr. Thomas is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, and loves to combine the arts of alternative medicine with traditional western medicine to help the whole patient. She became certified through the CSU acupuncture program in 2008 and has been practicing this form of Traditional Chinese Medicine with great success for the past 8 years.
Currently Dr. Thomas is pursuing her Diplomate to become Board Certified in Veterinary Practice. The requirements for certification require extensive research and a write up of two medical cases, demonstrating specialist level skills and knowledge, as well as complete an examination that tests such knowledge. This is a rigorous process that Dr. Thomas will be embarking on to show her dedication to excellence in Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Thomas enjoys all parts of veterinary medicine, including internal medicine, surgery, dentals and more.
Dr. Thomas spends as much time as she can with her wonderful husband, Kurt, and 3 children, Kari Joy, Grant and Mark. She spends lots of time taking care of 5 silly dogs, 2 cats, 2 horses and a box turtle. She likes reading a good novel, riding her horses and watching the sunset.