Dr. Serene Lai is the newest member of the VSCAN team and our second clinician in neurology. Like Dr. Jull, she will be taking consults, doing advanced imaging – 1.5T MRIs/multislice CTs, electrodiagnostics, and performing neurosurgery. With a team of clinicians, we will be able to keep our wait times short while continuing to serve the Ottawa and surrounding areas.
Dr. Lai obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University in biology and later pursued a Master’s degree in telomerase, aging, and stem cell research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has published several peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. She completed a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the Ontario Veterinary College, during which she studied the immunobiology of allergies in pigs and the use of prophylactic probiotics in modulating allergy pathogenesis. She further pursued a 1-year neurology internship at the Mississauga Oakville Veterinary Emergency Hospital. After which, she completed a 3-year neurology and neurosurgery residency at Auburn University, and completed a second Master’s project in studying canine glioma cells and their treatment with benzimidazoles.
She has attended the Advanced Neurosurgery course and is interested in spinal surgery, epilepsy, neuropathology, and the use of electrodiagnostics (electroencephalogram and muscle/nerve studies) in veterinary medicine. She has also passed both the ACVIM general and the specialty neurology exam. Dr. Lai’s focus is on bridging the gap between her veterinary patients and their family members. She is a pilgrim to the Camino de Santiago and is a third-order Franciscan.
Dr. Serene Lai