Laura Dvorak, DVM, MS

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Laura Dvorak, DVM, MS
Laura Dvorak, DVM, MS

Board Certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons

Dr. Laura Dvorak grew up with a love of animals and the outdoors, and she was determined to be an endangered species biologist. That all changed when she spent a day at a small veterinary hospital during her high school’s Career Shadow Day. “I fell in love with it after a single day of exposure,” she says.

Dr. Dvorak, who moved to Charlotte in 2004, is trained in all areas of surgery, including orthopedic, soft tissue and neurological procedures. She has additional and advanced training in oncologic surgery, minimal invasive surgical techniques and reconstructive techniques.

“I have always had a passion for the arts and sciences,” she says. “Being a veterinary surgeon allows me to combine those passions while having a positive impact on the lives of clients and their pets.”


  • Associate of Arts, University of North Florida
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida
  • Small Animal Surgical Residency, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • Master of Veterinary Science, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons (Small Animal)


  • Completed a small animal rotating internship at the University of Missouri-Columbia and a small animal surgical internship at Affiliated Veterinary Specialists in Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Served as a clinical instructor at University of Missouri-Columbia before moving to Charlotte in 2004.


Two dogs, Gator, an Anatolian Shepherd who is trained as a licensed pet therapy dog, and Franklin, a pit bull rescue; one cat, Murphy; one bird, Poco, a Blue-Crowned Conure; a koi pond in the backyard and a fish tank in the house. “I know,” Dr. Dvorak says. “Too many…”

Recent Blog Posts from Dr. Dvorak

What You Need to Know About Osteoarthritis

As your dog gets older, you might easily write off a lack of movement or energy to the slowing down that affects us all. Yet it’s often due to arthritis. Vets estimate that four dogs in five will show some signs of arthritis after the age of 8, and a quarter of the...

Your French Bulldog’s Snoring Is Awfully Cute – Or Is It BAS?

To paraphrase Spider-Man, with great popularity comes great responsibility. Now that French bulldogs are the most popular canines in the United States, owners need to understand their special health issues. Brachycephalic airway syndrome (BAS) can be an especially...

Minimally Invasive Surgical Techniques

While performing a minimally invasive surgical technique, a surgeon is able to effectively repair the damaged area precisely and efficiently, while causing little disruption to the associated tissues. Veterinary surgeons primarily perform endo-surgical techniques...

What Your Dog’s Knees Might Be Trying To Tell You

Is your dog showing decreased activity levels – or more grumpiness than usual about that early morning walk? Often we attribute such behavior to age, but sometimes the problem is more specific – an issue with one or both knees. Rupture of the cranial cruciate ligament...