Born and raised in Tulsa, Dr. Caren Lawrence knew at the young age of six that she wanted to become a veterinarian. She graduated high school from Booker T. Washington and continued her undergraduate studies in Biology at Oklahoma State University. Three years later she was accepted into the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2004. After earning her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine she practiced at a small animal clinic in Bartlesville, OK. In 2006, she happily returned to Tulsa and joined the VCA team. She has been working in VCA veterinary hospitals ever since and became the Medical Director at VCA Woodland South Animal Hospital in 2013.
In 2011, Dr. Lawrence became credentialed through Vet Stem Biopharma to treat patients with Stem Cell Therapy. She is certified in Canine Rehabilitation Therapy. Dr. Lawrence also has a special interest and has had extensive post graduate training in soft tissue surgery, laser surgery and dentistry.
Dr. Lawrence is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association, the Tulsa County Veterinary Medical Association, the Veterinary Information Network, and the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management. She is also a Certified Fear Free Professional. Fear Free veterinary visits eliminate fear, anxiety, and stress, and create an experience that is better and safer for all involved, including pets, owners, and veterinary health care teams.
“To be able to provide pets with high quality medicine and care and help alleviate the concern and worry that their owners feel is the most satisfying aspect of being a veterinarian,” she says. “I believe that it is so important to not only practice the best medicine possible but to do so in a way that is stress free for my canine and feline patients. I am passionate about treating animals and developing strong bonds with the people that love and care for them.”
In her free time, Dr. Lawrence enjoys traveling, outdoor sports and spending time with her children and pets. Dr. Lawrence and her husband enjoy hiking, skiing and competing in marathons and triathlons around the world. Dr. Lawrence has completed two full distance Ironman triathlons and is attempting to run a marathon on all 7 continents. She has completed marathons in North America, Europe and Antarctica.
Dr. Lawrence and her husband share their home with four rescue animals. They have a beautiful Bernese Mountain Dog named Coozie and three very special cats: Max, Moses and Flipper.