Dr. LaDue grew up in a pet-loving family surrounded by animals all the time. She knew from the time she was in the 6th grade that she wanted to be a vet. She loves animals because of the unconditional love that they give.
She went to veterinary school at North Carolina State University from 1990-1994 — going on to specialize in both medical oncology and radiation oncology. She has been treating cancer in animals since 1995!
In 2004, Dr. LaDue started SEVO-Med as the first veterinary oncology practice in Jacksonville. Coming from a corporate background in Tampa, LaDue wanted to develop a smaller, family-oriented practice. As a veterinary oncologist she feels she has “the best of both worlds,” getting to work with animals and with people, and enjoying the human-animal bond.
As a cancer patient herself, with two small children, Dr. LaDue knew she had to do whatever it took to survive regardless of the difficulties of treatment. She wants pet owners to understand their pets don’t have to suffer the harsh treatments like humans do, and she strives to help owners make decisions that result in a higher quality of life for their pets.
Quality of life, as a priority over quantity of life, is a practice philosophy she teaches all of her employees.
Training and Certifications
- 1990 – BS degree in Zoology, North Carolina State University
- 1994 – Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State college of veterinary medicine
- 1998 – Silver Animal Bedside Animal award
- 2000 – Radiation Oncology Certification, Southwest Veterinary Oncology, Tucson, AZ
- 2010 – Gold Star Award for excellence in veterinary medicine from the Florida Veterinary Medical Association
- Board certified medical oncologist – American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
- Board certified radiation oncologist – American College of Veterinary Radiology
Dr. LaDue is a nationally-invited speaker on topics of veterinary oncology and is published in peer-reviewed journals and textbooks. While she enjoys being active in national patient clinical trials and research, it’s much more typical to see her ‘in the trenches’– meeting new patients and enjoying her relationships with ongoing patients and their parents.
When not working, she enjoys running, camping and scouting. She has been a den leader for her son’s Cub Scout Pack, and is currently the Pack’s Camping Director. Dr. LaDue is a breast cancer survivor; she’s been cancer free since 2012. During her recovery in 2011, she walked the Donna Deegan Marathon to support cancer research.