Dr. Dwyer grew up in Manlius, New York, where she was a charter member of the Limestone Pony Club. She earned a degree in Biology from Mount Holyoke College and spent one year doing tumor immunology research at Upstate Medical Center. Prior to attending veterinary school she worked as a groom and exercise rider at several east coast racetracks.
Dr. Dwyer has practiced at Genesee Valley Equine Clinic since earning her veterinary degree from Cornell in 1983. During her career she has pursued interests in equine ophthalmology. She lectures nationally and internationally and has published multiple papers and book chapters on equine ophthalmology. In 2012 she was named an honorary member of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology.
Dr. Dwyer is active in organized veterinary medicine, and served as president of the AAEP (American Association of Equine Practitioners) in 2013. Since 2019 she has served on the Council of Education for the American Veterinary Medical Association. She is currently vice chair of the Advisory Council for the veterinary college at Cornell and is a member of the Cornell Zweig Committee that allocates funds for equine research. She is a member of the advisory board of the Flaum Eye Institute at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and continues to collaborate with a number of research projects underway at veterinary schools that study equine ocular problems.
Dr. Dwyer enjoys travel, kayaking, writing, yoga and playing the cello in her spare time.