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Welcome to our Oates Veterinary Clinic, Inc. Website!

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If you live in Kenton, Ohio or the surrounding central Ohio area, we would love to be your veterinary hospital.  Our doctors and staff are committed to providing you with full service veterinary care for your dogs and cats. 

In operation since 1971, Oates Veterinary Clinic, Inc. welcomes both emergency cases as well as patients in need of routine medical, surgical, and dental care. Beyond medical care, our goal is to also make our clinic as comfortable, pet-friendly, family-friendly, and calm as possible.  We also offer a full service boarding and grooming facility and offer tours for anyone who is interested.

In addition to our medical services, we strongly believe in education: both for ourselves and also for our clients.  We are continually learning new techniques, in animal training and behavior, nutrition, and also in medicine and surgery.  We love to share our knowledge with clients because we believe that the family is providing the majority of the care, and they need to understand what is happening medically and why we are prescribing the medication.  Research on the internet is popular for many now and we don’t disagree that it can be a very useful tool.  We can help you find reputable sites with trusted veterinary information so that you can find the information you need.

We love the challenge of solving difficult cases not just for the pet but for the family as well.  If you require help with a sick pet then please contact us and let us schedule an appointment for a thorough examination.  Your pets’ health and well-being are of the utmost importance to us and we will work tirelessly to give your animals the care and attention they deserve.  Please review the many services we offer under Our Services .

Please contact us at (419) 673-0473 to schedule an appointment or tour of the hospital.  We are centrally located within 35 miles of Findlay, Lima, Lakeview, Bellefontaine, Marysville, Upper Sandusky and Marion, Ohio.  Travelling east on 67, we are 7 blocks from the Hardin County Courthouse and located next to the Kenton High School football field parking lot. 

We sincerely look forward to meeting you and your pets!

Oates Veterinary Clinic, Inc. | 419-673-0473

715 East Columbus St.
Kenton, OH 43326

Caring For All Pets.

Call us at 419-673-0473.

Meet Our Doctors

  • Dr.
    Carol Oates

    Dr. Carol Oates purchased this veterinary clinic from a local veterinarian, Dr. Curtis, in 1971 upon her graduation from The Ohio State University.  The hospital was much smaller at that time and has had two major expansions throughout the years with the last one being in 1998.  Dr. Carol's husband, Gary, a local farmer with a degree in Dairy Science (OSU '67) helps to make sure everything is in proper working order at the clinic and more importantly manages the taxes and payroll.

    Carol is originally from Fairborn, Ohio (near the Dayton area) but has lived here in Kenton since 1971. She and Gary enjoy being in the great outdoors.  Carol has several hobbies, in particular, she has become fond of harvesting maple syrup and has recently started her own apiary (bee hives) with her sister, Linda.

  • Drs.
    Bill and Monica Decker

    Drs. Bill and Monica Decker began working here in 2006.  They were experienced veterinarians at the time and joined Carol initially only as relief veterinarians but later became associates. They live on a family farm in Marion County and commute to Hardin County each day.  Bill is a local Ohioan from Green Camp, Ohio and a graduate of OSU ('92) but Monica is from Selma, Alabama and attended Auburn University.  She graduated in 1998 with her DVM degree.  Dr. Bill and Dr. Monica are rarely here on the same days because they have two children ( Benjamin and Rachel), and one stays at home to manage the kids and the farm.  One of them is here almost everyday.

    They also have a yellow lab (Scout), four cats (Hannah, Eleanor, Franklin and Vladamir Poopin), 1 rabbit, Dale, and two fish, Aubie and Lister.

    The family enjoys outside activities such as gardening, fishing, and camping.  Bill enjoys fixing things and is very mechanically gifted which comes in handy with three geriatric tractors at home.  Monica used to enjoy playing basketball, baseball, and the trumpet.  Now she enjoys a nap! 

    They started The Heifer Festival of Richwood, Ohio in 2005.  It is a fundraiser for Heifer International, a non-profit organization that helps fight hunger and poverty.  Check it out at

  • Dr.
    Natasha Weaver-Dyer

    Tash is the newest veterinarian to join our staff, having started in March 2017.  A native of Kenton, Tash with her husband, Shawn, their two young children, and cat, Archie, recently returned to the area.  Tash is a 2009 DVM graduate of OSU and has spent her first 8 years 

    practicing large and small animal medicine and surgery.

       She spends most of her time with her  kids and helping out on the family farm.  Here she is caring for her daughter's lamb, Fuzzy (pictured left).  Tash also enjoys reading, singing, camping, and attending church functions.


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  • "I couldn't begin to say enough about Oates Veterinary Clinic. They are amazing in every way. The doctors and the staff are knowledgeable and really do love what they do. I wouldn't go anywhere else."
    Michelle B. - Kenton, OH

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