Dr. Laura Quindt grew up in Eugene, OR and always liked science, reading and animals. After reading “The Little Prince” and “All Creatures Great and Small”, she found she wanted to become a veterinarian because “we are responsible for the animals we have tamed.” A high school career speech on veterinary medicine and volunteering in clinics made her career goal clear. It was at this time she was inspired by the family veterinarian, who explained her cat’s illness to her as if she were an adult.
Dr. Quindt became a veterinarian through the Washington-Oregon-Idaho program of veterinary medicine, graduating from Oregon State University in 1983 with her husband, Dr. Bob Quindt. After 10 years in Humane Society work, where she helped animals who had no owners, she finds private practice rewarding in a different way. Helping people with their pets, preventative care, and especially middle age/geriatric health and dental management are her areas of interest.
‘Dr. Laura’ likes to help people understand their pet’s health problems as well as share knowledge and pet care tips. She also has lots of experience in spays and neuters, and enjoys soft tissue surgery and dentistry. She believes veterinary medicine is an ideal mix of scientific challenge, helping people and working with animals.
Doctors Laura and Bob live in Woodinville, where they raised their two children who are now grown and pursuing their own interests. Other family members include recently adopted Nike, a happy and mellow geriatric golden retriever. Both doctors Bob and Laura grew up in families with dachshunds and they now have their own long-haired dachshunds, Kali and Woody, who are alternately energetic and couch potatoes, and make fun companions. Ziggy, the family cat, was found as an infant in a bush near the hospital and was bottle-fed by the Quindt’s daughter. He is an expert counter surfer, and fetches his beanie ‘Wolfie’ each evening to trade for lap time with Dr. Bob. The farm chickens, Ruby, Chiana, Dottie and Astrid are more like pets than livestock.
Dr. Laura’s personal interests include cooking, gardening, reading and movies (Sci-Fi, fantasy, adventure, thriller genres). For a while she was in a belly dance troupe and she enjoys sewing and costuming (she has been known to dress as an Elf, a Hobbit and a Klingon). Over the years she has also enjoyed snorkeling, tai chi, scuba diving, art and nature. She loves her outdoor time each week walking the dogs. She feels very lucky to have a wonderful family, a variety of interests, and especially to have found a career to share with her husband.