Laura A. Andersen, DVM

Dr. Laura AndersenClinician in Shelter Medicine
Iowa State University

Dr. Andersen was one of the first residents in shelter medicine at UF.  In addition to the residency, Dr. Andersen pursued an MPH from the University of Minnesota.  She graduated with great distinction from Iowa State University having earned a BS in Microbiology with a minor in Food Science before attending ISU’s College of Veterinary Medicine.  While working toward her DVM degree, she developed a special interest in shelter medicine.  She helped co-found the college’s Association of Shelter Veterinarian’s Student Chapter.  During her senior year, she gained experience at five different shelters as part of an externship through the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program which cemented her desire to pursue a career in shelter medicine.  After graduation, she worked in private practice and shelters in western North Carolina.  Dr. Andersen’s interests include veterinary forensics, public health, emergency response/preparedness, the “Link” between domestic violence and animal cruelty, infectious disease control and pathology.  She currently resides with an outgoing DLH and two rescued AmStaff/clown mixes.


  • Maddie’s® Residency in Shelter Medicine, University of Florida, 2009-2012
  • DVM, Iowa State University, 2006
  • BS Microbiology, Iowa State University, 2003


  • Association of Shelter Veterinarians Scholarship for NAVC 2009
  • Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Externship Scholarship 2006
  • Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society of Agriculture 2002