Dr. Laura Johnston grew up on a self-sustainable beef farm in the small town of Derry, Pennsylvania. When she wasn’t helping care for the cattle, gathering chicken eggs, feeding pigs, mulching the garden, or bailing hay, she was riding horses through the woods behind the farm. She was raised in a tightly knit family that taught her the importance of a strong work ethic.
Dr. Johnston attended Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania majoring in biology with a minor in chemistry. Moving from a working farm to a small apartment was a big adjustment, so she got into weight lifting and began competing in bodybuilding competitions. After graduating with her bachelor’s of science, she was accepted into Midwestern University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in Arizona. She moved across the country with her dog to follow her dream. While in vet school, she got a job caring for the school’s teaching horses and cattle and found time for hiking and exploring the mountains of Arizona with her dog, Iris.
Her career interests are focused on large animal medicine with particular interest in livestock and equine lameness and rehabilitation, reproduction, and emergency medicine.
In her spare time, Dr. Johnston enjoys hiking with her dog, riding her horse, weight lifting, enjoying the great outdoors in any way possible, and just spending time with good people.