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 expan
sions 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 enjoys harvesting maple syrup and tending her 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), three cats (Eleanor, Steve and Binx), 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!
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.
Sara has been working at Oates Veterinary Clinic since 1993. Sara works hard to keep us all in line and to make sure that the hospital is functioning efficiently.
Sara is very creative and 'crafty' and designed the clinic's logo, illustrated a children's coloring book for the clinic, and helps with many different projects that we do here at the clinic.
Grace has been here since 2000 and has a degree in journalism from Ohio Northern University. She lives with her husband, Nick, son, Dominic, and daughter, Faith.
The family has a dog, Suzie, four indoor kitties, and lots of barn cats.
Registered Veterinary Technician
She enjoys spending time with her family, her boyfriend, Keith, her dog, Allie, and kitties (Yoda, Anakin, Squink and Ash).
She enjoys powerlifting, bowling, jet skiing and fishing.
Kassie is a 2001 graduate of Kenton High School and joined our staff in July of 2010. She resides in Kenton with her husband, Keith, and three children, Lora, Logan, and Kylie. She enjoys working outside and spending time with her family and their cat, Blue.
Brandy Van Hoose
Brandy and her sons, Jonathon and Keith, love to do family activities such as snow tubing, playing video games and watching TV.
Brandy has been a great addition to our staff. Besides being a veterinary assistant, she is also a groomer and if your baby comes in for a 'Spa Day' then Brandy will have your baby looking and smelling great!
Brittney started working here in April of 2016. She hopes to pursue a career in Veterinary Technology.
Brittney has 2 chihuahuas (Jude and Killer) and several cats (Bella, Logan, Lydia, Zero).
Brittney enjoys being outdoors; fishing and camping, playing softball, watching football and playing with her fur babies.
Stephanie grew up on a farm here in Hardin County and has always enjoyed working with animals. She enjoys fishing,
hunting, camping and generally being in the water.
She has a kitty named Lacey Grace (AKA "Grumpy").
Kailey is from the Harrod, Ohio area and graduated from Allen East in 2015. She joined our practice in September 2020.
Kailey has two dogs, a pug named "Callum" and a pug mix named "Otis". She has a chubby orange kitty named "Simba".
Kailey enjoys hanging out with her fur babies and reading.
Canine Blood Donor and Veterinary Hero
Duke is pretty chill but does love to check out the front office and run around a bit. Duke is very food motivated and will ignore everything around him if treats are involved.
Feline Blood Donor and Veterinary Hero
Gabriel is our feline blood donor and is spoiled rotten. He lives upstairs above the exam rooms so if you hear what sounds like an elephant above your head, it is okay, it is only Gabriel playing with his toys. He is very mischievous but we love him very much!