Dr. Meghan Umstead attended Michigan State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology, concentrating in animal behavior and neurobiology. After completing her studies, Dr. Umstead developed her knowledge of medicine while working in a human emergency room, while also taking on the role of veterinary assistant at a local general veterinary hospital. These experiences inspired Dr. Umstead to enroll in veterinary school. After earning her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State University, she completed a 1-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Center in Fairfax, Virginia.
Adding to her already impressive accomplishments, Dr. Umstead went on to complete a 3-year residency in dermatology, as well as a Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences from Auburn University. Her master research focused on the accuracy and precision of compounded cyclosporine and was performed in one of the top veterinary pharmacology labs in the country. This research allowed her to receive First Place Honors in Clinical Science Research from the American College of Veterinary Dermatology and was later published in the Journal of Veterinary Dermatology.
Dr. Umstead is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology. She joined the Long Island Veterinary Specialists team in the summer of 2015, where she continues to lecture about dermatologic conditions and provides a wide array of dermatologic medical services to patients.