Lanier Animal Hospital

355 Turnpike Street
Canton, MA 02021


Dr. Gary A. Lainer

When Dr. Gary Lainer first started working as a kennel boy in a local veterinary clinic, animal medicine wasn’t as advanced as it is now. With only a few tools and medications, the doctors that Dr. Lainer worked under were able to cure or fix just about anything! Dr. Lainer always admired this, and decided early on that he would set his sights on becoming a veterinarian himself, utilizing this same spirit of invention and expertise.

Originally from New Jersey, Dr. Lainer started his education at Northwestern University in Chicago. After a few years of overseas schooling, a doctorate degree from the University of Missouri, and a preceptorship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City, he began working in animal clinics as an Associate Veterinarian. For nearly 10 years, Dr. Lainer soaked up knowledge from skilled veterinarians in Annapolis and Baltimore, as well as in the Massachusetts North Shore communities of Andover, Arlington, and Stoneham. Only when he’d reached his own high standards of proficiency did he decide to build and open his own practice—Lainer Animal Hospital in Canton, Massachusetts.

Dr. Lainer’s wife, Dr. Meaghan Lainer, practices veterinary medicine in Pepperell, Massachusetts and also occasionally helps here at Lainer Animal Hospital of Canton. They live in Canton with a Golden retriever, Punky, as well as two cats named Grise and Sensei.

Outside of work, Dr. Lainer enjoys playing sports like soccer, racquetball, and golf, and even plays soccer on a league in the greater Boston area. He and his wife are avid travelers and hikers, and have backpacked through many exotic locales including South America and South East Asia.

Dr. Meaghan E. Lainer

From 5 years old Dr. Meaghan Lainer set her sights on becoming a veterinarian. From her freshman year at UMass Boston she began working as a part time veterinary technician, while pursuing her basic studies in order to gain entry to veterinary school. Her aspirations were realized in 2000 by gaining entry to Ross University in St. Kitts and completing her studies at Virginia-Maryland school of Veterinary Medicine. Having practiced in many hospitals in the greater Boston area, Meaghan has honed her surgical and medical skills to a level where she is comfortable practicing to the highest current standards.

    Originally from Salem, Ma; Meaghan spent the majority of her childhood in Scituate. She always wanted to practice in New England. Her main priority is to provide the best current medical advice available, while communicating directly with the family to fine tune the best course of action for each situation. Her goal is to be your family veterinarian and provide the best service and care for your pets.

    Dr. Lainer adores her Golden Retriever "Punkin", her 20 year old cat "Grise", and her 11 year old "Mr. Sensi" - a kitten she rescued from a drain ditch in St. Kitts. She and her husband Gary spend a lot of time with them and bring "Punkin" on most of their domestic trips. Both she and Gary love to travel the world and go on many adventures together.

    Dr. Lainer's other hobbies include yoga (certified teacher), horseback riding, kickboxing, and baking. She loves to spend time at home on her days off.