Dr. Carrie Uehlein
Veterinarian, Hospital Director
Certified Veterinary Acupuncture, Fear Free Certified
Special Interests: General medicine and surgery, soft tissue surgery, acupuncture, ultrasonography, oncology
Education: The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medecine – B.S. 2001, DVM 2005
Hometown: Lorain, Ohio
Pets: Tate (dog), Ketch (cat)
I am that girl who wanted to be a veterinarian since I was a small child. I felt it was my calling when I was young, and I still feel that way today. I am supposed to be a veterinarian—there was no backup plan. This profession is part of who I am.
My family would tease me that I went into this career because I loved animals more than people, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. I decided to become a general practitioner because I truly enjoy getting to know my clients. I had many interests in veterinary school and considered becoming a surgeon, an oncologist, or maybe even an internist, but working in this field throughout high school and college showed me that I wanted to do it all. I wanted to treat the heart, eyes, kidneys, and skin. I wanted to take socks out of the intestines and remove tumors from the abdomen. I wanted to dive into tough medicine cases and put the puzzle pieces together to make that pet well. I wanted to follow through with my patients, making sure they were doing better and staying well. And by wanting to do it all and becoming a general practitioner, I realized that I figured out the greatest part of this profession: the bond and friendship I can make with my clients.
I’ve been called a therapist. I have been told coming to see me is something my clients look forward to in their day. I’m often called a friend. I have become more than a veterinarian to many people, and I honestly believe that I truly care about people. I am interested in their life stories, want to hear about their successes, and am willing to lend an ear when they need to talk about their failures. We all have a story, and that is what makes us human. So yes, my job is to take care of your pet, but my calling is to be a caretaker of all.
But let’s get back to the medicine. I treat every patient as if they were my own. My recommendations for diagnostics or treatment plans for your pet is what I would do for my own in that situation. Clients trust me because they can see just how much I care, and I’m willing to put in the work to find the answers. I won’t give up. I want to see my patients thrive and live as long as possible with the best quality of life. I am certified in acupuncture and have studied Chinese herbs, Western supplements, and food therapy. I take a common-sense approach to treating my patients and integrating different types of medicine to get the best results. I believe in treating the whole pet, not just the presenting clinical complaint. I am thorough in my exams and recommendations, and I communicate clearly on the diagnosis, treatment plan, and future expectations. I will listen to you and make sure I address your concerns while also showing kindness and compassion to your pet.
The last thing you should know about me is that I am crazy about my own pets, and that is why I can understand my clients crazy! That’s a bit of a joke, but I honestly understand how upsetting and stressful it can be when your pet is sick. I have cried in the middle of the night when my dog had diarrhea, and she couldn’t get comfortable. I have sat in a neurologist’s exam room while I waited anxiously for my dog’s MRI results. I have spent hundreds of dollars trying to figure out why my cat was itchy (it was the topical flea prevention), and I have opened many cans of cat food to find out what he likes best. So I understand your stresses because I’ve been there and have agonized over making medical decisions for my own. I can empathize and recognize that it can be difficult to know what’s best for your pet or know how to make them better when they can’t talk to us. So I will be their voice, and I will help you take the best care of your cat or dog…or pig because sometimes I take care of farm animal pets too!
Dr. Carrie Uehlein is a member of and supports the following organizations:
- American Veterinary Medical Association
- American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association
- American Association of TCVM, World Association of TCVM
- Humane Society of the United States
- Hilda Club Member of Farm Sanctuary
- The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Association
- Sponsor, Women for Women International