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

TPLO Surgery for CrCL Tears in Dogs: The Game-Changer

The cranial cruciate ligament (CrCL) tear is the most common orthopedic injury in dogs. This ligament is synonymous with the “ACL” in humans. In humans, the front of the body is called “anterior;” in dogs, the front is called “cranial.” In both species, the ligament...

Human and Canine Hearts: A Lot in Common

An old adage says owners start to look like their dogs after they spend a long time together. However true that may be, human and canine hearts have a lot in common when it comes to the way they work. They differ in certain physical ways, of course. The vena cava, the...

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...