Dr. McLaughlin received her DVM degree from Oklahoma State University. She completed a veterinary internship in exotic animal medicine at the Center for Bird and Exotic Animal Medicine (CBEAM), and is now an associate veterinarian at this practice. Dr. McLaughlin has been involved in veterinary research and leadership throughout her career, and has authored/co-authored articles in both professional journals and national conference proceedings. She enjoys sharing her knowledge with local exotics groups, and is a regular speaker for the Pacific Science Center's annual "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 is spearheading the development of an Avian-focused Fear Free program while working towards becoming a board certified specialist in avian medicine. She maintains active memberships in a long list of veterinary organizations (AAV, ARAV, AEMV, AAFV, AAZV, ANAEV, AVMA, and ASVAB), and prioritizes furthering her knowledge through yearly continuing education so that she can make cutting edge medical recommendations for her patients.
In her spare time, Dr. McLaughlin likes to relax with her veterinarian husband and young daughter in the great outdoors and provide environmental enrichment for her pets. She currently shares her home with 2 giant schnauzers, 2 white bellied caiques, 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.