Dr. Auten earned both her Bachelor of Science in Biology (1998) and Master of Science in Biology (2000) degrees from Purdue University. She graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2006 after completing a clinical year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After graduation, Dr. Auten worked as a mixed animal veterinarian for several years. From 2009 to 2015, she practiced small animal medicine exclusively. She recently participated in a research project with the UC Davis ophthalmology department, focusing on sudden acquired retinal degeneration in dogs. She began her three-year residency program with Eye Care for Animals in 2015 and completed the 3 year residency program in Scottsdale, AZ in 2018 and is currently practicing full time in Albuquerque, NM.
Dr. Doering received his Bachelor of Science degrees in Biochemistry and Chemistry from the University of Calgary. He also received his Doctorate of Philosophy in Neuroscience from the University of Calgary, and then worked for a private biotechnology company researching novel therapeutics for the treatment of pain. He returned to the University of Calgary and received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, graduating as a member of the inaugural class. Afterward, he completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship at Southern Arizona Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center in Tucson, Arizona. Dr. Doering joined the Eye Care for Animals residency program in 2013 and graduated in June 2016.
Dr. Mark Shifrin is a native Texan originally from El Paso. He received both his Bachelors of Science and Veterinary degrees from Texas A&M University, graduating with honors in 1979. After graduation, Dr. Shifrin joined a small animal private practice in Abilene, Texas, where he practiced all aspects of veterinary medicine for 3 years. He then completed a residency program in Veterinary Ophthalmology at the University of California – Davis along with additional training at Stanford University.
Dr. Shifrin relocated to Austin, Texas in 1984, where he opened and operated his own practice, Austin Animal Eye Clinic, for 31 years. His practice included animals of all sizes for the first 15 years but was limited to small animals for the last 16. In addition to Texas, he is also licensed in New Mexico. Dr. Shifrin joined the Eye Care for Animals team in August 2015.
Dr. Smith graduated with honors from Delaware Valley College in Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science. He earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University in 2008. Following graduation, he completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Texas A&M University, College of Veterinary Medicine. He has a special interest in reptile medicine and exotic medicine. Dr. Smith completed the residency program at Eye Care for Animals in 2012.