Dr. Lawrence grew up in the Midwest. After graduating from Iowa State University in 1973 he moved to New Orleans, LA. Two years later he relocated in Baton Rouge, LA. Dr. Lawrence spent 25 years in private practice in Louisiana. During that time he developed a special interest in avian medicine, endoscopy, cytology and general surgery. In 1982 after recognizing the need for better continuing education for veterinarians in Louisiana, he established the Louisiana Academy of Veterinary Practice. That organization is still in place today producing quality education for veterinarians.

In 1995 Dr. Lawrence moved to Minnesota. He was motivated to move by Dr. Frances Smith. While in Minnesota working on a reproduction sabbatical in 1982, Dr. Lawrence became friends with Dr. Smith. Over the years he would consult with Dr. Smith about reproduction cases. The opportunity finally presented itself in 1995 to establish a professional relationship in Minnesota.

In 2000 Dr. Lawrence and Dr. Smith established Smith Veterinary Hospital, Inc. Through their collaborative efforts the 4500 sq. ft. hospital developed into a complete medical and surgery hospital with a special interest in reproduction.

Dr. Lawrence throughout the years has developed several hobbies and interests. While in Baton Rouge Dr. Lawrence became involved with the United States Power Squadron. Since moving to Minnesota Dr. Lawrence enjoys trail riding with his Missouri Fox Trotter, Elwood. Dr. Lawrence also trains Labradors to compete in AKC licensed hunt test and judges

Dr. Lawrence served on the Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine from 2003 thru 2015. The Board functions for the citizens of Minnesota as a source of consumer protection. Through his association with the Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Lawrence became involved with the American Association of Veterinary State Boards and is president of that organization. Through AAVSB networking events Dr. Lawrence has had the opportunity to speak to several state boards throughout the country.

From 2009 thru 2015 Dr. Lawrence served on the AVMA subcommittee CVTEA (Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities). This committee reviews veterinary technician programs throughout the United States and Canada for AVMA accreditation. The CVTEA is comprised of 19 members and includes eleven veterinarians, six veterinary technicians, and two public members. Each member represents a different area or focus of the profession. These programs must meet a rigorous eleven step evaluation process.