Meet our Doctors

Lauren Saunders, DVM

Staff Veterinarian

Emergency & Hospitalization

Originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, I grew up horse back riding. It was then I discovered my love for the care of animals and a penchant for bringing home furry family members. I remained in Pennsylvania for my undergraduate educate at Dickinson College, where I received a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Art History. I then accepted a position as a chemistry and biology teacher at the Foxcroft School in Middleburg, VA, where I taught for one year. I later moved to Massachusetts where I completed by doctorate of veterinary medicine at the Cummings School of Medicine at Tufts University in 2017, followed by a rotating internship at The Animal Medical Center in New York. I now live in Washington, DC with my cat (Mr. Cat) and many, many plants.

Clinical Areas of Interest:

Nephrology, immunology and immune-mediated disease.


  • BS Biology, minor in Art and Art History – Dickinson College 2010
  • DVM – Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University 2017
  • Rotating Small Animal Internship – The Animal Medical Center 2018

Research and Publications:

  • Pang LY, Saunders L, Argyle DJ. Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor activity is elevated in glioma cancer stem cells and is required to maintain chemotherapy and radiation resistance. Oncotarget, 8(42): 72494–72512.
  • Rider, NL et al. (2011). Erythrocyte pyruvate kinase deficiency: longitudinal risk and disease management. American Journal of Hematology, 86(10), 827–834.
  • Johnston Z, Saunders LC, Johnston M, Saunders FC. (2010) Normalization of alkaline phosphatase in primary biliary cirrhosis with infliximab. American Journal of Gastroenterology.
    105:S263, AB728.

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