Meet our Doctors

Emily Luisana, DVM, Practice Limited to Small Animal Clinical Nutrition

Staff Veterinarian

Clinical Nutrition

I am a proud Raleigh, NC native and a 2010 graduate of North Carolina State University (NCSU) College of Veterinary Medicine. I spent several years in general practice and practice ownership before returning to NCSU for a clinical nutrition residency. After residency, I completed a fellowship in Clinical Nutrition at Blue Pearl Veterinary Specialty Hospital of the Carolinas. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my 2- and 4-legged family, traveling, exercising, and attempting to bake. 



Clinical Areas of Interest

  • Critical care nutrition
  • Weight loss
  • Homemade diets
  • Disease-state nutrition

Why Do You Work at Friendship?

I am thrilled to be part of such a progressive, integrative, and collaborative hospital. Friendship is incredibly supportive of our vision: to provide the best quality nutrition support to our patients and to operate at the highest level of contribution to the field. 


  • North Carolina State University, BS Biology with a concentration in Nutrition
  • North Carolina State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM
  • BluePearl Veterinary Specialty Hospital of the Carolinas, postdoctoral fellowship in clinical nutrition

Board Certifications

  • Residency-trained in small animal clinical nutrition, ACVN

Publications and Research

  • Luisana E , Saker K, Jaykus L, Getty C.  Survey evaluation of dogs owners’ feeding practices and dog bowls’ hygiene assessment in domestic settings. Publication date 4/6/2022

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