Lacuna Diagnostics works with a team of independent contracting veterinary pathologists across the US and Canada. Our pathologists are leaders in academia, industry, and independent pathology labs. Each pathologist who works with Lacuna must have completed a three-year residency in veterinary clinical pathology, passed the rigorous Phase I and Phase II American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP) examination to become a board-certified Diplomate (specialist) of the ACVP in clinical pathology, as well as demonstrate proficiency in digital pathology through our internal vetting process.
Meet some of our amazing pathologists!
ERIC J. FISH, DVM, DACVP
Eric earned his veterinary degree from the Western University of Health Sciences in California in 2012, and completed residency training and ACVP board certification at Auburn University in 2016. He lives in Alabama with his fiancée Lenore, their two dogs Jack and Brooklyn, and their cats Ezra and Phoenix. Eric is a huge pathology nerd, but when he isn’t looking at cases under the microscope, he enjoys playing guitar, snowboarding, traveling, and sampling great food and beer across the world.
LAUREN RADAKOVICH, DVM, DACVP
Lauren earned her veterinary degree at North Carolina State University in 2013 and went on to Colorado State University to complete her residency training in clinical pathology. She became board certified in 2016. She currently lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with her husband Tony, daughter Ren, and their two parrots, Squirt and Skeeter. In her free time, Lauren enjoys long distance trail running, cooking up some mean plant based cuisine, and visiting family back in North Carolina.
ERIN BURTON, DVM, MS, DACVP
Dr. Burton earned her BS in Biology from Arizona State University in 2006. After completing her undergraduate training she worked as a CVT in the greater Phoenix before jet setting to Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine on the beautiful island of St. Kitts. In 2012, she completed her clinical training at the University of Minnesota fulfilling her childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian. Following her DVM training, she immersed herself in a 3 year residency in Clinical Pathology at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. During Dr. Burton's residency, she concurrently completed a Master's in Biomedical Sciences with a graduate certificate in Public Health along with a one year infectious focusing on the canine urinary microbiome. In 2015, she completed her board certification in Clinical Pathology and returned to Minneapolis because one winter was not enough! Dr. Burton enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, but is particularly interested in infectious disease, specifically parasitiology, diagnostic cytology, digital telepathology, and urinary and fecal microbiomes research. When she is not busy reading slides or evaluating worms or fecal floats, she enjoys spending time with her fiancé and their 2 cats and 1 dog, traveling the world, drinking good wine, and playing badminton.
JILL SCHAPPA FAUSTICH, DVM, DACVP
Jill completed her BA in Zoology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007 (Go Badgers!). She
went on to earn her veterinary degree from the University of Minnesota in 2012, during which she
completed the HHMI Medical Research Fellows Program. During this fellowship, she helped develop a new chemotherapeutic agent for hemangio sarcoma in dogs. She then went on to complete a residency in clinical pathology at the University of Minnesota and became board certified in 2015. Jill lives in Minnesota with her husband Ben, daughter Avery, dog Riley, and horse Eli. Besides her love for pathology, Jill also enjoys hanging out with her family, jumping her horse, training retired racehorses, doing yoga, kayaking in northern Wisconsin, and traveling.
Caroline earned her veterinary degree from the Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire de Nantes/Oniris, France, in 2009. She moved to Canada the same year, and completed a one-year internship in equine medicine and surgery and a Master of Science at the University of Montreal before starting a 3-year residency in clinical pathology at the same institution. She became board-certified in 2014 and then worked as a clinical pathologist in a busy private diagnostic lab in France. Because she was missing cold and snowy winters (!) she moved back to Québec in 2017 and currently lives near Montreal with her husband Fred and cat Bob. During her spare time, Caroline enjoys hiking and outside sports, traveling and discovering new countries and landscapes.
PETE CHRISTOPHERSON, DVM, PHD, DACVP
Pete earned his BS and DVM from the University of Wisconsin-Madison ('97 and '01) and did a combined clinical pathology residency and graduate training program at Auburn University. He received board certification by American College of Veterinary Pathologists in 2007, and in 2008, earned a PhD in research centered on hemostasis and inherited platelet disorders. Pete is a member of both the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP) and the American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology (ASVCP), and his areas of interest include hemostatic disorders and diagnostic cytology. He is known internationally for his work on the genetics of inherited bleeding disorders in domestic animal species. In his free time, Pete enjoys working around the house and spending time with his wife Mallory, their enthusiastic dog Arleaux and their rescue Manx cat Gnub.