Meet Our Doctors
DR. DAVID E. LASHLEY
Dr. David E. Lashley, D.V.M. has owned and operated a successful veterinary practice, Lashley Animal Hospital, in the Metro East for more than 40 years focusing on preventative, wellness, and surgical care for dogs and cats as well as the diagnosis, treatment, and cure of sick animals. He is frequently nominated as one of the area’s top veterinarians, including repeat nominations as one of the Top 3 Veterinarians in the Belleville News Democrat’s Readers Choice Awards.
Lashley has given back to the local community by volunteering his time and talents to teach children about domestic animals and wildlife at Belleville-area elementary schools and as the founder of the Veterinary Explorer Post for the Boy Scouts of America. For over 20 years, Lashley served as the sole veterinarian for Treehouse Wildlife Center, a non-profit organization providing community service to people in southwestern Illinois who encounter injured or orphaned wildlife, donating his time, services, and supplies and saving the lives of fawns, ducklings, groundhogs, raccoons, and numerous birds of prey including the American Bald Eagle. Lashley provided Pro Bono services to the Belleville Area Humane Society for many years and, along with a fellow colleague, donated the center’s first Avid Microchip Scanner to facilitate the return of lost pets to their owners. Throughout his career, Lashley also has served as both the President and Vice President of the Southern Illinois Veterinary Medical Association.
Lashley is regularly sought by the handlers and professional partners of working dogs. He has served as veterinarian for K-9 police units in the cities of Belleville, Cahokia, Caseyville, Sauget, and Swansea. He also donated a bulletproof vest to the Village of Sauget for one of the State of Illinois’ top performing K-9 officers and provided complimentary care to a local search-and-rescue dog who gave his life to the rescue and recovery acts following the September 11, 2001 attacks at the World Trade Center in New York City.
Dr. Lashley is a 1967 graduate of the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine where he was one of the first veterinarians in the United States to learn and perform a Femoral Head Ostectomy — a surgical procedure that removes the femoral head and neck from the femur to alleviate hip pain — saving the lives of many large breed dogs who had heretofore been put to sleep when suffering from hip dysplasia.
A native of Belleville, IL, Dr. Lashley has been married to his wife Pamela for 42 years. He is the father of three children; Christopher, Brook, and Sean; and the grandfather to Christopher and wife Elena’s two children, Caitlyn and Braeden. As any good veterinarian knows, a house is not a home without a dog and/or cat, Dr. Lashley is also Dad to “Paddi,” an Irish Setter, and “Keleigh,” a domestic house cat, and Granddad to “Apollo,” an English Cream Retriever belonging to daughter Brook, and Christopher’s Bernese Mountain Dog, “Deus”.
Dr. Lashley provides care to both existing and new patients Mon., Wed., Fri., 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and every other Sat. 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The hospital is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sat 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
DR. JENNIFER D. FULLER
Dr Jennifer Fuller is excited to join the Lashley Animal Hospital family. She is a 2004 graduate of University of Illinois School of Veterinary Medicine. She grew up in Union county Illinois working with both large and small animals from a young age as a veterinary assistant. She got her undergraduate education at her Dad’s alma mater Murray State University before working as a technician while going to veterinary school. She has enjoyed living and working in the Metro east area for over a dozen years and now practices exclusively on companion animals. She is experienced and well equipped to provide all aspects of companion animal medicine including preventative care, soft tissue surgery, disease management and end of life consultations. Her particular areas of interest are managing skin conditions and diseases of hormone imbalances.
During her personal time, Dr. Fuller enjoys spending time with her husband, dog Sadie, and cat Onry at their home in Millstadt. She also enjoys getting out of doors for a weekend of camping or hiking.
Dr. Fuller provides care to new and existing patients Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. and every other Saturday 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. The hospital is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sat 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
DR. SARAH TUREK
Dr. Sarah Turek is a 2013 University of Illinois graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine. She was an active member of the Student Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, the Non-Traditional Species Club as well as the Production Medicine Club. She was also a member of the Illinois Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medicine Association all four years of veterinary school. Dr. Turek received her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. Since graduating Dr. Turek has maintained an active membership in the American Veterinary Medicine Association, American Association of Feline Practitioners, Kankakee Valley Veterinary Medical Association and the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Turek has two dogs, Pez and Jezebel, both pit bull mixes. She and her husband, Patrick welcomed their first child, Wyatt in Feburary 2016. They love watching him grow and interact with their dogs. Dr. Turek was also an active member in the Zonta Club of LaSalle-Peru area and hopes to continue that locally. She attended the International Convention in Orlando Florida June 2014 and joined the board. Dr. Turek is fond of traveling, camping, volleyball, movie-going, playing piano, swimming and walking Wyatt, Pez and Jezebel around the local parks. A fun fact about her is that she has visited 10 different countries.
As a veterinarian Dr. Turek particularly appreciates exploring the bonds between her clients and their pets. She also is inspired by challenging medicine cases and enjoys educating her clients about common ailments that our companion animals can get, including arthritis and allergies.
Dr. Turek provides care to new and existing patients Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. and every Saturday 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. The hospital is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sat 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.