The friendly, professional staff at VCA Lafayette Animal Hospital is made up of dedicated individuals who have made it their mission to help pets live long, healthy lives. To be true to this mission the hospital team relies on several individuals, where each team member is equally important in helping us deliver the best patient and client experience for both you and your pet.
And if things get very complicated, we are fortunate to have access to the nation's largest network of VCA veterinarians and board certified specialists. In a word: TEAMWORK!
Teamwork is a constant in our daily practice. From the very first person you speak to to the person who checks you and your pet out, our team of pet lovers works cohesively to create a warm and welcoming experience for both you and your pet.
Want to join our team? Visit our Careers section.
Get to know us.
Explore our staff biographies and learn about the people who make our facility an excellent choice for your pet care needs.
Dr. Ruth Forde began practicing at VCA Lafayette Animal Hospital following her graduation from Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. Originally from Galway, Ireland, she also has a PhD in pain and stress in animals and worked as a research animal scientist for the USDA at Purdue University before going back to vet school. Her husband, Jeremy, is also a research animal scientist with the USDA. They are the proud parents of two children, Millie and Harry and their household also includes two cats; Cutie and Lilac, and three dogs,; Rory, Pippa and Rainbow. In her free time she enjoys soccer,...
Dawn started working at VCA Lafayette Animal Hospital in 1986 as a kennel attendant while she was in high school and then through college. She studied reproductive endrochrinology at Purdue University. She then worked in various positions in the hospital including reception and assisting. She became the Hospital Manager in 2003. In her free time, she likes cooking, reading and cruising. Her husband, Chad, is an IT specialist at Kirby Risk. Together, they are allowed to share their home with multiple cats!