Arkansas Instructors

Laura Shaver CVT

Laura is an Arkansas native, born in Monticello, she moved to Conway, Arkansas after graduating high school for college.  Laura attended Arkansas State University in Beebe, Arkansas and graduated with an Associates of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology.  She went on to complete her education by passing her Veterinary Technician National Exam in March 2017.  Laura has worked for Arkansas Veterinary Emergency and Specialists as an emergency technician since 2013.  She now works as the ICU nurse at the emergency facility caring for post-operative patients of the Ophthalmologist, Dentist, Surgeon and ER.  Laura’s favorite part of being a Veterinary Technician is patient care.  The comfort of her patients as well as receiving the appropriate medications needed in a timely fashion is what she thrives on.  Laura has a lung disease called Cystic Fibrosis, which regularly calls for two week hospital stays for her.  Because of this, she is able to connect to her patients on a stronger level and truly understand the frustration a hospital stay can be.  Laura decided to teach CPR and first aid from encouragement from her dad who is a paramedic, firefighter and police officer.  He explained the many times he had to help animals in terrible situations but could only do very little.  When speaking with her dad, she decided that teaching CPR to local rescue personnel would be beneficial and a way to give back to her community.  In her free time she likes to go to the lake with her husband Nathan and their 1 year old daughter Peyton.  She has a dog named Jordy and a cat named Kimmy that are very spoiled and loved especially by her daughter.

Sierra Laurent

Sierra is an Oregon native and has lived in the great state of Arkansas for the past 5 years.  She is an avid animal enthusiast. Sierra has been working for 3 years in small animal and exotic animal clinics and currently works at Chenal Valley Animal Hospital in West Little Rock. Here she is able to see and help treat a variety of small animal, exotic, and wildlife species.  Sierra carries an associates degree in general studies from ASU Beebe, and is one semester away from completing an associates in applied science degree in Veterinary Technology.  Sierra has volunteered and fundraised over the past 3 years for 2 Million Dogs, which focuses primarily on oncology research in canines.   She has a passion for animal education and a sincere interest in the wellbeing of our furry companions.   Sierra owns 3 dogs, two Chihuahuas (Duke and Porscha, ages 10 and 9) and a 22 month old Doberman named Chael. In her spare time Sierra enjoys being outdoors, volunteering at church, and spending time with her 2 year old daughter, Raelyn.