As with any medical field, growth is inevitable, but with science, some of the advancements are unforeseen. I anticipate that the future of veterinary medicine will shift away from vaccines, and concentrate more on the treatment, diagnosis, and prevention of disease. I would like to integrate both traditional medicine with some natural options as well. We can provide some of those services, discuss options, or recommend referral for further care. In my opinion, being honest and open are of utmost important. The client and the doctor need to discuss all possible options and outcomes to make the best educated decision regarding the care of their pet.
Dr. Leah Wulforst was born and raised in Oyster Bay, NY. A small historic town on the water, but also a short train ride from New York City. She was able to help at the family farm stand, go to beach on the weekends, snowboard upstate, or go visit the Museum of Natural History. After starting a family, they wanted to slow down, but still wanted diversity. So they decided to move back to Knoxville.
"South Knoxville has changed so much since we lived here over 10 years ago, but we are so excited to be part of the community and help those around us."
Dr. Leah Wulforst, DVM
- University of Pennsylvania - BA in Biology 2001
- Deans List 2000, 2001
- NCAA Div I women's soccer team 1997, 1998
- Research assistant for sleep apnea studies in English Bulldogs
- St. George's University - DVM 2005
- Member Phi Zeta Honor Society
- Class President (2002-2005)
- Co-Founder of the Vet School Band (guitar, back up vocals) - helping to raise money for the GSPCA and animals in need
- 4th year clinical rotation at the University of Tennessee
- Clinical Practice (2005-2017)
- Seymour, TN 2005-2007 - mixed animal and emergency work
- Huntington, NY 2007-2013 - small animal medicine and surgery
- Knoxville, TN 2013-2017 - small animal medicine and surgery
- Current pets
- Murray the Basset Hound (short for Murr-ay Christmas)
- Squishy the Persian cat
- Pasquale the giant hypothyroid cat
- The backyard chicken clan
- Storm Trooper and Boba Fett - our pygmy goats
Julie Snyder LVMT
Julie was raised in a small town in Jay County, IN. Growing up, she had a passion for animals, both large and small. Her childhood family included a dachshund, a pony, then eventually to 4H horse shows and competitions. After high school, Julie became involved with a local humane society. She would foster and help adopt out dogs in need. Shortly after, she completed her studies at Brown Mackie College in Fort Wayne, IN and received her veterinary technician license. She performed an externship at an AAHA accredited specialty clinic (Northeast Indiana Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital) and developed a high standard of patient care. She has worked in small animal hospitals in OH, West Knoxville, and is excited to be a part of Riverside Veterinary Hospital.
Emma Dwyer - Veterinary Assistant
Emma was born and raised in New Orleans. She grew up surrounded by a wide variety of animals such as dogs, cats, birds, fish, rodents, and a snake. As she got older, she volunteered at a local animal shelter and loved caring for animals in need. She moved to Knoxville in pursuit of growth and change, and has decided to pursue a career with animals by becoming a veterinary technician. If you see an adorable Chihuahua sleeping on the front desk, this would be her dog Russell. The official greeter from Riverside Veterinary Clinic.