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Dr. Jessica Cooke, along with her older brother, was born and raised in Terre Haute, Indiana. One could say that veterinary medicine runs in her blood. Both her mother and father are veterinarians, which meant that Dr. Jessica spent most of her life around animals and her parents’ veterinary hospital. As a child, Dr. Jessica earned her allowance by cleaning cages at the clinic. As she got older, she continued to work at Heritage; however, she took on additional responsibilities such as maintaining the kennels and boarding areas.
Dr. Jessica is a graduate of Terre Haute North High School. During her high school years she was actively involved in gymnastics. After high school, she made her way to Indiana University to pursue an undergraduate degree. She received her Bachelors in Biology in 2003. She continued her education at Purdue University, and received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2007. Additional professional experience includes externships at the Indianapolis Humane Society and with exotic animal veterinarian, Dr. Todd Driggers, in Arizona. Dr. Jessica is also a proud member of the AVMA and IVMA. In the past, she has also dedicated her time to participate in the Big Brother, Big Sister program in her community.
In her free time, Dr. Jessica likes to spend time with friends and family. One of her favorite things to do to wind down after a long day is to snuggle on the couch with her two dogs. Possum is her Bull Terrier and Puppy is her Pit Bull mix. On a heartfelt side note, Puppy was a parvo-positive, abandoned puppy found by a family acquaintance. Dr. Jessica nursed Puppy back to health, and she’s been a happy dog living the good life ever since!
Dr. Trevor Strahla grew up in Pimento, Indiana with three other siblings and currently resides in Coatsville, Indiana. He has always shown an interest in the health and well-being of animals, so it was only natural for him to become a veterinarian. As a hobby, Dr. Trevor had raised and showed Miniature Schnauzers for nearly 10 years. He has also been active in 4H Rabbit club since he was a boy, and continues to be a proud supporter of 4H. During his free time, Dr. Trevor enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with his pet and human family members. Speaking of pet family members, Dr. Trevor has a large household! He has three Parrotlets; one named “Y,” and the other two are unnamed at this time. He has four Russian Tortoises named Tasha, Lenny, Annastasia, and Pearl. Then he has two Greek Tortoises, who still haven’t found their names (it is difficult to determine the sex of Tortoises until they are much older)! And lastly, his beloved Miniature Schnauzers, Ben, Boo, and Izzy
Dr. Trevor received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1996 from Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. He is currently a member of the AVMA, and IVMA. Dr. Trevor joined the team at Heritage Animal Hospital nearly 10 years ago and continues to provide valuable experience and knowledge to all of his patients and clients. Dr. Trevor’s favorite part of his job is being able to send a pet home healthy and happy after they came to us sick.
Dr. Trevor Fun Fact: His favorite animal related movies are Black Stallion, That Darn Cat, and Misty!
Dr. Lauren Sample grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountains. She and her younger sister spent most of their childhood camping, hiking, biking, and skiing. Dr. Lauren’s adventures didn’t stop there! She’d go on to experience many exciting journeys on her way to becoming a veterinarian.
Her first stop was Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, for her Undergraduate Degree. During her time there, she stumbled across an opportunity to participate in a summer internship that most would only dream of. She would get to spend an entire summer working at a zoo in Canberra, Australia! Her normal duties included cleaning and maintaining the animals’ environment, however, she also managed to gain the admiration of a giant emu and meet a newborn sun bear! Outside of the zoo, Dr. Lauren learned how to scuba dive, went sailing in Northern Australia, and got to camp in the Outback!
After another grueling year of school, Dr. Lauren would participate in another adventurous internship on a Cattle Ranch in Nebraska. There, she would help build fences and work cattle drives. The following year she went off to work for a Dude Ranch near Steam Boat Springs, Colorado, to earn some extra cash while waiting to start vet school. She would take care of the cabins and care for the horses in the barns. For fun, she would attend bon fires, go hiking, snow shoeing, and ice fishing!
In 2012, Dr. Lauren moved to Kansas to begin working on her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University. Her decision to become a veterinarian didn’t come easily. She actually first considered becoming a human doctor after shadowing a variety of physicians for two years. It wasn’t until after she shadowed a veterinarian, who happened to be a family friend, that she decided that veterinary medicine was a perfect fit! She finished her DVM in May of 2016. Shortly after, she moved to Terre Haute with her fiancé (who had grown up here) and joined the Heritage family in June. In October, she and her fiancé married and now they are enjoying newlywed bliss!
Although she is new to the area, Dr. Lauren enjoys discovering the Wabash Valley. Turkey Run State Park is one of her favorite places so far. She and her husband also like to check out some of the local restaurants and brew pubs. In their off time, they help to care for horses belonging to the family business, P & T Carriage Rides.
Dr. Lauren Fun Fact: Her favorite animal related movie is “How to Train Your Dragon.”