Dr. Lauren Smith, DVM

Lauren Smith, DVM

Specialties: Relief Veterinary Practice, Urgent Pet Care

Dr. Lauren Smith, DVM, is a small animal veterinarian practicing on Long Island, New York, with more than a decade of experience caring for pets and other animals. Dr. Smith is part of The Spruce Pets' veterinary review board.


  • Member of The Spruce Pets Veterinary Review Board
  • 11 years of experience practicing veterinary medicine
  • 5 years experience writing veterinary content
  • Currently Relief Veterinarian (self employed) on Long Island, New York, and the creator and Founder of The Vetitude
  • Formerly a veterinarian at Bay Shore Animal Hospital, and Veterinarian at VCA Commack Animal Hospital
  • Lecturer at veterinary conferences


Dr. Smith began pursuing a career in veterinary medicine in high school and worked at several veterinary hospitals as well as on a dairy farm before attending vet school. After receiving her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, she worked for two animal hospitals as a full-time general practitioner before starting her own business as a relief veterinarian, where she travels from hospital to hospital providing veterinary care to patients when their regular veterinarian cannot be there. She also has experience working in emergency animal hospitals, providing urgent care on nights and weekends. 

Dr. Smith is the creator of The Vetitude, a website and social media brand dedicated to promoting empathy, self-awareness, and emotional intelligence to veterinary professionals so that they can be happier, more productive team members and animal care advocates. 

A Word From Lauren Smith, DVM

“In addition to veterinary medicine, I am passionate about teaching, and about promoting a ‘team’ mentality between pet owners and veterinary teams. It is important that families with animals have access to reliable pet health information so that they can be more active, involved participants in their pet’s care. I am honored to help provide that information through The Spruce Pets.”


Dr. Smith received her Bachelor of Science in Animal Bioscience at the Pennsylvania State University and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the Ross University School of Medicine.

Expertise: Relief veterinarian practice, Urgent Pet Care
Education: Ross University School of Medicine
Location: Long Island, New York
Title: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Relief Veterinarian

About The Spruce Pets

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