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Laura Lefkowitz, DVM

Laura Lefkowitz, DVM, is the founder and staff veterinarian at Gentle Goodbyes ( A veterinary service composed of multiple hospitals in the valley that exclusively provide home euthanasia and cremation services for animals of the Treasure Valley. Prior to that, she was a staff emergency veterinarian at Westvet Specialty and Referral Center in Garden City for 14 years. She is also the Amazon Bestselling author of a book titled Bite Me: Tell-All Tales of an Emergency veterinarian. She completed her undergraduate degree at SUNY Binghamton in upstate New York and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota in 1993. After graduating, she practiced preventative medicine in a five-doctor family practice in western Massachusetts for nine years.


The native New Yorker, who grew up on Long Island, says that the profession of veterinary medicine appealed to her for many reasons. “It was a career that allowed me to combine my interest in biology with my desire to help people maintain happy and healthy relationships with their pets. I wanted to be in a profession where I felt like I was doing something positive for the world.” She adds, “Veterinary medicine was the perfect choice. After twenty years I still wholeheartedly love what I do!”