Elizabeth Thompson, DVM

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Elizabeth Thompson, DVM

Board Certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons

Dr. Elizabeth Thompson decided she wanted to be a veterinarian in 2nd grade after watching an episode of “Emergency Vets” on Animal Planet. She says, “I knew then that vet med would be the best way to impact the lives of both humans and animals alike due to the critical impact animals have on human quality of life.” Years later, Dr. Thompson graduated Suma Cum Laude as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University.

Originally from the San Francisco Bay area, Dr. Thompson moved to North Carolina in 2014 for her surgical residency at North Carolina State University. She is trained in all areas of surgery, including small animal soft tissue, orthopedic and neurologic. She has additional training in wound management techniques and minimal invasive surgical techniques.


  • Bachelor of Science, Microbiology, University of California Santa Barbara
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University
  • Intern, Small animal medicine and surgery rotating, Purdue University
  • Residency, Small Animal Surgery, North Carolina State University
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons (Small Animal)


Published in the Journal of the American Hospital Association, American Journal of Veterinary Research, and Veterinary Clinics of North America


Emmie Lou, an American Cocker Spaniel and Tank, a Kelpie

Recent Blog Posts from Dr. Thompson

Limb Amputations for Dogs and Cats Are Less Scary Than They Seem

Hearing that your dog or cat needs a limb amputated seems frightening at first. How can pets cope with spending the rest of their days on three legs? Yet animals adjust surprisingly quickly to what veterinarians call “the tripod life” after limb amputations. You can...

When A Dog Needs ACL Surgery

The Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CrCL) is one of the most important stabilizers inside the canine knee joint, which is the middle joint in the back leg. The CrCL may also be known as the Anterior Cruciate Ligament or ACL because this is the equivalent in humans. In...

CARE Cares About Mental Health

Recent studies suggest that people who work in veterinary medicine are at a high risk for mental health disorders. At CARE, we take these studies very seriously. We have implemented policies and procedures to help any employee face disorders such as compassion fatigue...

How Do I Know If My Pet Is In Pain?

Pain is defined as a perception that the brain creates from any one of a variety of stimuli including physical, temperature, chemical, or inflammatory damage to tissues. During and right after a painful stimulus, the body responds in several ways, including...

Coughing In Dogs With Heart Disease

Coughing can be a telltale sign that a dog with a heart murmur is experiencing heart failure. When dogs have a heart murmur, their hearts can become enlarged and lose the ability to pump blood into their lungs and the rest of their body. Known as heart failure, the...