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), three cats (Hannah, Eleanor and Franklin), 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 www.heiferfestival.org. Monica is the 'Head Heifer'!
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 the last 8 years
practicing large and small animal medicine and surgery.
She spends most of her time with the kids, helping out on the family farm and most recently caring for the newest member of the family, her daughter's lamb, Fuzzy (pictured left). Tash also enjoys reading, singing, camping, and attending church functions.
Sara HoenshelClinic Manager
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, illus
trated a children's coloring book for the clinic, and helps with many different projects that we do here at the clinic.
Grace NewlandOffice Manager
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, five indoor kitties, and lots of barn cats. In the picture on the right, she is holding one barn kitty, Cole, after he had a major saliv
ary gland surgery. RIP Cole...we miss you!
Peggy WillsCertified Veterinary Technician
Peggy has been a veterinary technician here since 1974 when she graduated from the Columbus Technical Institute (now known as Columbus State.)
She lives with her husband, Gregg, 2 dogs, Dee and Zelda, numerous kitties and chickens.
When we let her leave the clinic, she enjoys reading, learning about animal behavior and attending dog shows especially the Cardigan Welsh Corgi Specialties.
(Sadly, Peggy passed away on February 14th, 2018.
We miss Peggy everyday!)
Miranda MainCertified Veterinary Technician
Miranda is a 2010 graduate of Brown Mackie College where she earned adegree from the Veterinary Technology program. She has been working at Oates Veterinary Clinic since 2007.
She enjoys spending time with her husband, Tim, and stepson Liam as well as their fur kids Strife, Scruffy, Allie and kitties (Yoda, Kenobi, Jedi, Padme and Anakin).
She is also an advisor for the 4-H club, the Hardin County Tailwaggers, that competes at the State Fair in canine obedience, agility and drill team.
She and Tim enjoy powerlifting, bowling, jet skiing and fishing.
Kelsey CollinsVeterinary Technician
We welcomed Kelsey to the practice in February 2018. She graduated from Upper Sandusky High School in 2012 and went to OSU-Columbus and received a degree in marketing, She then attended the Veterinary College at Bradford where she graduated with her degree in Veterinary Technology in December of 2017.
Kelsey enjoys playing with her three cats and guinea pig. She also enjoys reading, playing board games and hanging out with her family. We welcome Kelsey to the Oates Vet Family!
Kassie HurtVeterinary Assistant
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 spen
ding time with her family, her two yellow labs, Daisy and Maize, and their cat, Blue.
Brandy Van HooseGroomer
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. If your baby comes in for a 'Spa Day' then Brandy will have your baby looking and smelling great!
Brittney CastleVeterinary Technician student
Brittney started working here in April of 2016. She hopes to pursue a career in Veterinary Technology.
Brittney and her husband, Rob, have 2 chihuahuas (Jude and Killer), several cats (Bella, Logan, Lydia, Zero and Sally), and a rabbit, Willow.
Brittney and Rob enjoy being outdoors; fishing and camping, playing softball, watching football and playing with their babies.
Charelle EatonVeterinary Assistant
Charelle joined the practice in April of 2017, and she hails from Tiffon, Ohio. She moved her in 2014 because of her boyfriend, Paul Ralston, a Kenton native and local farmer. They live on a large farm in Hardin County and have dogs, cats and 'clucks' (her word for chickens). They enjoy camping and spending time together. Date night for them may involve a John Deere.
Stephanie McElreeVeterinary Assistant
Stephanie is a Kenton native and graduated from Kenton High School in May of 2017. She is going to be a vet tech and started working here in early September of 2017. She lives on her family farm and has 3 dogs, Max, Dexter and Lilly and 2 cats, Snowball and Lacey Grace. She enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, Lewie Latham, hunting, fishing, and just generally being outdoors.
Malia PylesVeterinary Assistant
Malia joined our team in September 2017. She graduated from Kenton High School in 2013 and went on to become a State Tested Nursing Assistant. She has two sugar gliders and three dogs, Macy, Dottie and Sophie. She enjoys camping, fishing, cooking and scrapbooking.
GabrielFeline Blood Donor
Gabriel is our feline blood donor and is spoiled rotten. He is very mischievous but we love him very much!
AzorCanine Blood Donor (retired) RIP
Azor was a greyhound who was our canine blood donor.
Sadly, Azor had to be euthanized on October 4, 2016. He saved many lives throughout his lifetime, and we miss him greatly.