Written by Keely Biggs
Dr. Diana Lalor is the Lead Veterinarian at the Heaven Can Wait Clinic located at 546 N Eastern Avenue Ste. 175 at the 95 freeway. She oversees about 6 other veterinarians at the clinic. Dr. Lalor has come a long way in a short time considering she graduated veterinary school in 2008.
Dr. Lalor grew up in Long Island, NY and, interestingly enough, majored in creative writing. She soon began to really think about her future and decided that Veterinary Medicine was where her heart lay. While in her undergraduate program, Dr. Lalor received some critical mentoring from Dr. Thomas Wolski and his Veterinary Technician, Linda Reece. Dr. Wolski is the original owner of the Cambridge Valley Veterinary Hospital in Cambridge, NY and the designated Veterinarian for the Monks and Nuns of New Skete. Dr. Lalor credits them with mentally preparing her for vet school and making sure a career in Veterinary Medicine was for her.
During graduate school, Dr. Lalor did an externship at a Banfield Animal Hospital in Baton Rouge. She then graduated from Louisiana State University in May of 2008 with her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. She got her license in Nevada and moved to a new Banfield Animal Hospital in Reno. However, like so many other businesses, it soon closed its doors due to the recession. Already having a Nevada license, she looked for work down South and soon found a position at the highly regarded Stephanie Animal Hospital in Henderson. There she learned about a local non-profit organization that held a monthly feral cat spay and neuter clinic. Wanting to further her experience, she signed up.
Medical Director Dr. Henderson took her under his wing. Drs. Henderson and Lalor agree that on her first day she was overwhelmed at the sight of so many cats being spayed and neutered in such a fast paced environment. Dr. Henderson showed Dr. Lalor the ropes with the high standards that he holds both his and the HCWS Clinic.
Dr. Lalor also treasured the chance to have some one-on-one training with Dr. Dennis Olsen, the Director of the Veterinary Technology program at the College of Southern Nevada. Soon Dr. Lalor left her previous clinic to work with Heaven Can Wait full time.
Dr. Lalor became obsessed with Heaven Can Wait’s mission of eliminating pet overpopulation. “I love coming to work every day knowing that I am making a difference”, said Dr. Lalor.
She says they are seeing a tipping point in the pet overpopulation crisis and has seen a lot of people come to the clinic with Animal Control citations to get their pet spayed or neutered. She goes on to say these people would normally never have it done without new ordinance. If in her lifetime she does see the end of pet overpopulation, maintaining the population would be the next goal.
Dr. Lalor has three cats. Remington and Sherman have been with her before vet school and the newly added Lady Coors belongs to her boyfriend. She also has a Boxer mix named Oscar who was found by her boss as a scared, injured puppy on the side of a field in Baton Rouge. Aside from being the Lead Veterinarian for Heaven Can Wait, she is a member of the Clark County Animal Advisory Committee.
It was a pleasure to be able to sit down and learn about how far Dr. Lalor has come in just four short years. As a writer and aspiring veterinarian myself, she provided me with much insight and optimism for my future. Heaven Can Wait is grateful for everything Dr. Lalor has done and will do in the future for our cause.
If you haven’t already, make sure to visit her to have your pet spayed or neutered. The Heaven Can Wait low cost clinic is open Monday through Thursday, 9 am to 5 pm. You can make an appointment for your pet by calling (702) 227-5555 ext. 203 or by going to www.hcws.org and filling out the clinic registration form.
Help Heaven Can Wait continue to spay and neuter 13,000 animals a year. 85 percent of our clients are non-owned pets or indigent pet owners. Thank you for your support.
Here is the answer to last issue’s Pop Quiz:
What is the leading cause of death in cats and dogs?
C. Euthanasia in shelters due to overpopulation.