Meet Dr. Lori Best
Dr. Lori Best has had a passion for caring for animals since she was a young child. While growing up, she volunteered her time at local humane societies before securing a job as a veterinary assistant at a small animal hospital. Dr. Best completed a bachelor’s degree with a double major in Microbiology and Veterinary Medicine along with a minor in Chemistry at the University of Arizona in 2007. She then went on to graduate with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University in 2012.
Dr. Best’s love for ophthalmology initially developed during veterinary school where she was drawn to both the medical and surgical aspects of managing animal eye disease in order to improve her patient’s vision and quality of life. To further pursue her career in ophthalmology, she completed a 1-year small animal surgical and medical rotating internship followed by a 3-year residency in comparative ophthalmology at the University of Tennessee. During her time at the University of Tennessee, she performed research studies in tear film biochemistry and normal blinking behavior in horses that have been published in the peer-reviewed American Journal of Veterinary Research. In 2017, she became board certified as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO).
Dr. Lori Best entered private practice at Eye Specialists for Animals following completion of her residency. She is a member of numerous professional organizations including the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO), American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Colorado Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), and the Colorado Springs Area Veterinary Society (CSAVS). In order to stay involved with the local veterinary community, she is currently the President Elect of the Colorado Springs Area Veterinary Society. She continues to enjoy teaching and has been asked to give several continuing education lectures to veterinarians within Colorado.
Dr. Best also loves to educate owners about eye disease so that they can provide informed and exceptional care for their pets. She particularly enjoys performing surgery and has completed hundreds of successful cataract removal surgeries. Outside of work, she prefers to spend her free time outdoors hiking or running. Her animal family members include a beloved dachshund mix (Savvy) and a handsome young tabby (Sully).