Dr. Lori Leonard has had a fascination and deep connection with animals since her childhood. She was born in California and lived in a number of different states with her family. At Purdue University, Dr. Leonard completed her B.S. in Agronomy in 1978. She served for over 24 years with the United States Air Force, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. In 1984, she returned to the States from an assignment in Europe. Then in 1985 she began her studies at Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine in Indiana, from which she graduated in 1989 with her D.V.M. degree.
Dr. Leonard’s experience includes being a research laboratory technician in pharmacology and toxicology at Purdue University’s School of Pharmacy; working at Columbian Park Zoo in Lafayette, Indiana; instructing first-year veterinary students in anatomy at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine; and recurring appearances on a television show in Richmond, Virginia with her colleague Dr. Tom Fore to answer questions about animals. In 1992, Dr. Leonard relocated to Concord, Virginia and founded Concord Veterinary Services on the 15th of February, 1993. For many years, Dr. Leonard and Lenore Holbrook, a licensed marriage and family therapist, provided grief counseling at the practice at no charge to the public. Dr. Leonard has completed a three-year professional course in homeopathy for vets in England, earning her VetLFHom credential in fall 2009 and her VetMFHom in April 2013.
She has been a member of American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, Reserve Officers Association, Indiana Academy of Sciences, Virginia Society of Ornithology, Central Virginia Master Naturalists, Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy, British Association of Homeopathic Veterinary Surgeons, and IUCN, The World Conservation Union. An accomplished writer, photographer, and public speaker, Dr. Leonard also loves to sing and has performed with community choruses. She shares her home with four domestic cats and her office with a cat, “Bud E,” and “Ms. Dove,” the collared dove.