Professional Profile

image for Garrett, Laura Diane

Garrett, Laura Diane

Clinical Professor, Veterinary Clinical Medicine
Section Head, Specialty Medicine
Service Head, Oncology
1008 W. Hazelwood Drive
36A Small Animal Clinic
M/C 004
Urbana, IL  61802


  • DVM, University of Illinois
  • BS, University of Illinois

Professional Certifications

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Oncology)

Academic Interests

Integration of communication skills education into the veterinary curriculum.

Research Interests

Clinical trials for new anti-cancer agents


show listBiography

Dr. Laura Garrett received her undergraduate and DVM degrees from the University of Illinois. She did a 1-year rotating internship at the University of Minnesota and then worked in a private referral practice in the twin cities for 2 years. She next completed a 2-year residency in comparative oncology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, after which she spent 1-1/2 years at a referral practice in New Zealand. She then helped to begin and build an oncology program at Kansas State University from 1998-2006. In June 2006 she joined the faculty here at her alma mater. Dr. Garrett's main interests include teaching and clinical service, with research interests that focus on clinical trials of new anticancer agents.

show listTeaching Statement

  • As a clinical track faculty member in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine, I do the majority of my teaching in the clinics in small group or one-on-one settings. This setting for instruction is extremely gratifying, as one can see "Aha" moments for students on an almost daily basis. Interactive instruction is key to providing students such moments; one must process new information in the context of what one already knows and be given the opportunity to apply that information to best "learn" new ideas. Simply talking at students and telling them facts will not provide a good learning environment. On clinics, I ask questions and help the students reason through the answers. Students have substantial responsibility for their clinical patients and present details about their patients to the rest of the service daily. Having to explain and discuss such details helps the student, as well as the instructor, to know what they do and do not understand, and creates opportunities for targeted instruction.
  • In addition to teaching oncology, I have a strong interest in teaching communication skills that can be applied and are so critical in veterinary practice. I have helped to teach in ongoing communication courses and am going into the third year of offering an elective in communication in practice for 3rd year students. I have been heavily involved in integrating communication skill education into the new curriculum.

show listCourses Taught

  • Clinical Practice I and II, Colloquium (communication skills lectures)
  • Client Relations - elective
  • Communication in Practice - elective
  • Companion Animal Medicine III (oncology lectures)
  • Clinical Procedures and Problem Solving II (oncology cases)
  • Clinical Oncology Rotation

show listCurrent Projects

Evaluating a procaspase-activating compound for the treatment of canine lymphoma.

show listPast Projects

Clinical trials for lymphoma and osteosarcoma.

show listSelected Publications

  • Hillman LA, Garrett LD*, de Lorimier LP, Charney SC, Borst LB, and Fan TM. Investigation of the biologic behavior and CCR7 immunohistochemical staining of canine oral and perioral mast cell tumors: 44 cases (1996-2006). JAVMA 237:936-942, 2010.
  • Lucas PW, Schmit JM, Peterson QP, West DC, Hsu DC, Novotny CJ, Dirikolu L, Churchwell MI, Deorge DR, Garrett LD, Hergenrother PJ, Fan TM. Pharmacokinetics and derivation of an anticancer dosing regimen for PAC-1, a preferential small molecule activator of procaspase-3, in healthy dogs. Accepted Investigational New Drugs 4-2010
  • Flory AB, Rassnick KM, Erb HN, Garrett LD, Northrup NC, Selting KA, Phillips BS, Winter JE, Chretin JD. Evaluation of factors associated with second remission in dogs with lymphoma undergoing CHOP re-treatment: 95 cases (2000-2007). Accepted JAVMA 1-10
  • Coyle V, Garrett LD*. Oral Tumors in Dogs. Vet Med June 2009.
  • Fan TM, Charney SC, de Lorimier LP, Garrett LD, Griffon DJ, Gordon-Evans WJ, Wypij JM. Double-Blind Placebo Controlled Trial of Adjuvant Pamidronate with Palliative Radiotherapy and Intravenous Doxorubicin for Canine Appendicular Osteosarcoma Bone Pain. JVIM 23:152-160, 2009.

show listGrants

  • Investigating a Procaspase-3 Activator for the Treatment of Canine Lymphoma. Morris Animal Foundation.
  • Bone-seeking nanoparticles for treating osteosarcoma bone pain. Morris Animal Foundation.
  • Evaluation of the mTOR inhibitor Rapamycin in dogs with Osteosarcoma. Morris Animal Foundation.
  • Evaluating PAC-1 for the treatment of cancer in dogs. Funding Agency: Avijit Ghosh-Vice President for Technology and Economic Development, University of Illinois (Chicago and Urbana-Champaign campus).

show listHonors and Awards

  • Chicago Veterinary Medical Association Outstanding Instructor Award 2009
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students - Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Spring 2010

show listProfessional Affiliations

  • American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine - member
  • Veterinary Cancer Society - president-elect
  • Journal of American Animal Hospital Association - section editor oncology