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 was blessed with the same wonderful trail horse named Mr. Jones for 24 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 Channahon, Illinois with my American Bulldogs Dingus McGee And Hopey Louise. I have raised several Pit bulls and American Bulldogs and I am a strong advocate for Bully breed.
I grew up in a small town near Bonfield. I have had the pleasure of growing up with horses. There has never been a time that my family's farm did not have a horse in the barn. You can say that I have horses in my blood. I always knew I wanted to do or help animals in some way. After graduating from Herscher High School in 2017, I went to Joliet Junior College (JJC) for prerequisite courses so that I could apply for their Veterinary Technology Program. I was accepted in 2020 when COVID was in the midst. Went through the program and graduated in 2022. A unquie experience that I had that involved horses was being able to go to Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington,KY for one of my externships for vet school. It was very rare for students visiting to get hands on at this prestigious hospital, due to high profile horses that come through the doors. After a few days one of the technicians to one of the surgeons asked me questions about myself and I informed her that my parents train Throughbed racehorses, so I grew up around them. She then allowed me to handle and perform necessary skills under her supervision. I can not thank her enough for her guidance. That grew my love for being an equine vet tech. I started looking for openings for mobile equine tech job and i came across Dr. Laura. I can not thank her enough for giving me this opportunity to work for her and expand my knowlege for Equine Medicine. I currently have 2 OTTBS that my mom previously trained- Bordini (Dini) and Jealous Eyes (Jay) and I have on cat (Kylo).
Dingus and Hopey- Office Mascots