Dr. McLaughlin received her DVM degree from Oklahoma State University, and has practiced exotic animal medicine exclusively ever since. She is a managing veterinarian at CBEAM, as well as a relief veterinarian for the Seattle Aquarium. Dr. McLaughlin has been involved in veterinary leadership throughout her career, and has authored/co-authored articles in both professional journals and national conference proceedings. She frequently presents educational seminars to exotic animal groups, and is an annual speaker for the Pacific Science Center’s “Get Set To Be A Vet” summer children’s camp.
Dr. McLaughlin is passionate about providing low stress veterinary visits for all of her patients. She is a certified Fear Free™ veterinarian, and helped author the Fear Free™ Avian Medicine course. Dr. McLaughlin was the first veterinarian in the United States to successfully import a vaccine for Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease from France to help control the local 2019-2020 outbreak. Because it was impossible for her to pick her favorite exotic animal species to treat, Dr. McLaughlin is pursuing board certification in zoological companion animal medicine through the American College of Zoological Medicine. She maintains active membership in a long list of veterinary organizations (AAV, ARAV, AEMV, AAFV, AAZV, ANAEV, AVMA, and ASVAB) and provides cutting edge medical and surgical treatment for her patients.
In her spare time, Dr. McLaughlin likes to relax with her veterinarian husband, young daughter, and dogs in the great outdoors. Her hobbies include hiking, dog sports, reading, playing piano, and providing environmental enrichment for her menagerie of pets. She currently shares her home with 2 giant schnauzers, 1 white bellied caique, 1 blue throated macaw, 4 leopard geckos, 1 gargoyle gecko, 1 New Caledonian Giant Gecko, 2 ball pythons, 1 rainbow boa, and multiple freshwater fish.