Dr. Laura Garrett is a Clinical Professor in oncology and Chief of Staff of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. She attained her DVM degree from U of Illinois in 1991, completed an internship at U of Minnesota, spent 2 years in private and referral practices, and then completed an oncology residency at UW Madison. After working in a New Zealand specialty clinic, she was on faculty for 7 years at Kansas State University prior to returning to her alma mater. Topics of publications include canine lymphoma, mast cell tumors, clinical trials, and communication; these mirror her main interests of therapeutic trials and teaching communication skills in the veterinary curriculum. She has four times received the student-nominated Mell Faculty Award for empathy and honoring the bond between owners and pets.