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 www.heiferfestival.org.
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 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!
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 family and well as her fur kids Scruffy, Allie and kitties (Yoda, Jedi, Padme and Anakin).
She enjoys power lifting, 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 pigs. 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 spending time with her family, her two yellow lab, 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 Assistant
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.
Tonya CastleVeterinary Assistant
Tonya is our newest staff member, joining our Oates Vet Family in April 2019. She and her husband, Bobby, have one son and two daughters. They have made her a grandmother to 11 wonderful grandchildren.
Tonya enjoys reading, crafting and checking out flea markets.
Tonya and Bobby have two cats and four dogs who they adore. Please help us welcome Tonya.
GabrielFeline Blood Donor
Gabriel is our feline blood donor and is spoiled rotten. He is very mischievous but we love him very much!