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Dr. Laura Smajo

Although I grew up on the south side of Chicago, I developed my love of horses while spending my summers on my Aunt's farm in northwest Ohio. This is where I was exposed to my first Tennessee Walking horse, Lightfoot Liz, and have not wanted a ride another breed ever since then. I have been an avid trail rider for most of my life and have been blessed with the same wonderful trail horse for the past 19 yrs.

After graduating from Mother McAuley High school, I attended Monmouth College where I earned a degree in Biology and graduated with Honors in 1991. I then attended University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 1995 with a special interest in Equine Medicine. I currently reside in Peotone, Illinois with my Tennessee Walking horse Mr. Jones, my Gaited Mule Eva and my American Bulldog Landry. I have raised several Pit bulls and American Bulldogs and I am a strong advocate for Bully breed.

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 Whitney Carter

I grew up on Chicago's south side and graduated from Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. This is where I had my first interaction with a horse; a half Draft Paint horse named Delilah. My early agricultural education helped to steer me in the direction of Veterinary Medicine. In 2011, I received my Bachelor's Degree of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. I am currently attending Purdue University's Veterinary Nursing Distance Learning program and hope to earn my CVT by 2020.

I moved back to Chicago after college and began my work as a horse drawn carriage driver. I am an advocate for working horses and motivated to help the conservation of Draft horse breeds. My 7 years experience as a carriage driver has given me the physical and mental strength necessary to work in Equine Veterinary Medicine. I am so blessed to have spent 14 years of my life with horses and can't wait to learn and grow as an Equine Veterinary Technician. I am honored to be working with Dr. Laura in giving your horses the best care possible.


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