Wasatch Exotic Pet Care, Inc. is owned by Laurel M. Harris, DVM. Dr. Harris graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. After three years in general small animal practice and two years as the senior clinician and manager of an emergency clinic in a western Chicago suburb (also establishing exotics at both), she completed a zoo internship in Birmingham, Alabama. She then went on to a position as the staff veterinarian of the Lee Richardson Zoo in southwest Kansas, where she started her family. She has been in the Salt Lake Valley since early 2001, was associate veterinarian at the Hogle Zoo for four years, and now provides veterinary relief coverage for the Tracy Aviary.
Dr. Laura Boehler graduated from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. Throughout vet school, Laura knew she wanted to work on exotic animals and spent several months as an extern at a variety of wildlife and exotic animal hospitals including here at Wasatch Exotic Pet Care. Her most memorable experience was a summer she spent in China volunteering in the hospital at an Asiatic black bear rescue center providing care for bears rescued from bile farms. After graduation, Laura completed a one-year rotating internship. Laura then moved to South Florida to work at Save the Chimps, the world’s largest chimpanzee sanctuary to provide veterinary care for over 250 rescued chimpanzees. Laura eventually returned to California and spent over a year at a mixed exotic animal practice. She then spent a couple years working late nights as an emergency vet at a busy specialty and exotics practice in Los Angeles. Laura is thrilled to join WEPC where she can focus strictly on her exotic patients. In her spare time, she enjoys rock climbing and fostering an occasional rabbit.
Patient Care Team
Liz Bates graduated from Utah State University’s College of Natural Resources in 2013 with a passion for wildlife conservation and animal welfare. She gained firsthand experience with the care and behaviors of exotic species during her six years at Utah’s Hogle Zoo, working as both an educator and a zookeeper. Liz is now the Patient Care Supervisor at WEPC. Liz spends her free time birdwatching, gaming, writing fiction, and playing Celtic fiddle. Liz has an appreciation for all animals, but has a particular fondness for birds and reptiles, and shares her home with her Green-cheek Conure, Corn Snake, Leopard Gecko, and cat.
Shellie Stephens grew up with dogs and chickens, and has loved animals all her life, especially horses. She plays piano, clarinet and guitar and likes to read when she has time. Shellie owns two Green-cheeked Amazons (Rico and Red), and a cockatiel named Henry. Shellie loves working at Wasatch Exotic as a veterinary assistant, specifically with parrots. She went to Bingham High and completed the two-year Veterinary Assistant/Technician program at Jordan Applied Technology Center. She has an Associate’s Degree from Salt Lake Community College and is currently attending Utah Valley University for her Bachelor’s.
Previous Veterinary Interns
Dr. Eugénie Henry-Guyot worked at WEPC from June 2015 to June 2016. Dr. Henry-Guyot graduated in May 2015 from the Faculté de Médecine Vétérinaire of the Université de Montréal, in Quebec, Canada. Her interest for exotic pets medicine grew throughout the five years of her doctorate in veterinary medicine. She took every opportunity to learn about these special pets by attending symposiums, conferences and optional classes. During her fifth year, she improved her knowledge and skill in this field by completing rotations in exotic pets clinics, the Université de Montréal’s Birds of Prey Clinic and the Biodôme de Montréal. Dr. Henry-Guyot has returned home to Montreal to continue her career as an exotic veterinarian.
Previous Veterinary Associate
Dr. Lindsey Woods is a 2012 graduate of Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. She and her husband James moved here from Oklahoma in August 2014. They have a dog named Jake, a cat named Tux, a leopard gecko named Stuie, and a rat named Rikki Bobbi. Since graduation, Lindsey has completed two post-graduate specialty internships in avian, exotic pet, wildlife, and zoological medicine. Her first internship was at The Avian and Exotic Animal Clinic of Indianapolis under Dr. Angela Lennox, DVM, Dipl. ABVP, Dipl. ECZM. There, Lindsey learned both basic and advanced exotic pet handling, exotics internal medicine, and cutting edge exotics and wildlife surgery techniques. Her second and most recent internship was completed back at OSU CVHS in Avian, Exotics and Zoological Medicine under multiple mentors. Each of these mentors at OSU taught Lindsey to build on her already solid foundation of medical and surgical skills to graduate to a more advanced level of patient care. During each of these internships, Lindsey grew more confident and skilled, learning constantly, and making lasting relationships with her clients and their pets.