Our Veterinarians

Dr. Laura Remsen

Owner, Veterinarian

When Dr. Laura Remsen came to Nevada in the spring of 2002, she knew she didn’t want to live in Reno; she’s from a tiny town in Idaho and doesn’t consider herself a city person. When she saw that a position was open at a clinic 35 miles east of Reno, she was intrigued and quickly secured an interview. It just so happened that the previous owner was leaving, so Dr. Remsen took the chance to purchase the clinic! She’s owned and operated Animal Care Center in Fernley ever since.

Thanks to her father’s military career, Dr. Remsen grew up all over the country. After completing high school in California, she attended California Polytechnic Institute in San Luis Obispo for her undergraduate degree in biochemistry. After graduating, she began working in embryonic research before being recruited by Louisiana State University to set up a laboratory in Baton Rouge. While there, she attended Louisiana State to receive her veterinary degree, and was the first student at the school to complete a veterinary program and PhD program at the same time. After receiving her DVM and PhD degrees, Dr. Remsen moved to Portland, Oregon, where she began working in cancer research. She also served at a general practice veterinary clinic and a local 24-hour emergency facility before moving to Nevada.

As a veterinarian, Dr. Remsen has a few particular areas of interest. Geriatric care is one; nothing is more heartwarming than seeing a grey-muzzled, tail-wagging pet and knowing that they’re still comfortable! Dr. Remsen also enjoys teaching, whether she’s instructing her fellow staff on the latest medical procedure or letting clients know how to best care for their pets.

Dr. Remsen has three dogs and a cat. Fly, a Border collie/Jack Russell mix, enjoys chasing rabbits in the desert and dancing with the wild mustangs around Dr. Remsen’s property; Kooka was found on the side of the road by a client of the hospital’s, after which Dr. Remsen ended up adopting her; and Widgeon is a hunting retriever who serves as Animal Care Center’s clinic ambassador. Minnie Mae, a rescued cat, rounds out the animal family.

When not tending to her duties around the clinic, Dr. Remsen enjoys ice hockey. She learned to skate when she was 32 years old, and even played on a team for years while she lived in Portland!

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Dr. Janette Miller

Veterinarian

Dr. Janette Miller has had an affinity for animals ever since she was a little girl, and always wanted to help pets in any way that she could. As she progressed through her high-school years, she developed an intense interest in science and had a particular fascination with biology. What better way to combine her scientific passion with her adoration of animals, thought Dr. Miller, than by becoming a veterinarian?

After attending Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis for a semester, Dr. Miller continued on to Purdue University to complete two years of prerequisite coursework followed by four years of veterinary school. She then moved to California, passing her board examinations and landing a job in Folsom to launch her veterinary career. Several positions, a marriage, and a daughter later, Dr. Miller purchased her very own clinic in Camino, California and managed it for the next 14 years.

In 2011, Dr. Miller and her family relocated to Nevada. It wasn’t long before she had signed on for relief work here at Animal Care Center; shortly afterward, she became a part-time veterinarian for the hospital. With more than 30 years of veterinary experience under her belt, Dr. Miller has found that her favorite part of the job is problem-solving in order to make pets as happy and healthy as possible. Medically, she has special passions for surgery and dental work.

Aside from her interests in animal care, Dr. Miller enjoys traveling, camping and hiking, horseback riding, and spending time with her family and pets at home. She and her husband, Bruce, live in Fallon with a multitude of animal companions. They have Partner, a large yellow Labrador/Golden retriever who enjoys playing ball and going for swims; an Australian shepherd named Una who is the constant companion of Dr. Miller’s daughter, Rose; a Brittany Spaniel named Lacey; two cats named Stan Lee and Red; a giant Sulcata tortoise who goes by Murphy; and three horses named Robin, Gwyn, and River Song.

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