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Veterinarians in Portsmouth, OH

Gail Counts, DVM, Co-Owner portsmouth oh veterinarianGail Counts, DVM, Founder

Founder Dr. Gail E. Counts started the Shawnee Animal Clinic in 1988 and has never looked back. "Every day of my life is memorable because I am fortunate enough to love what I do for a living," she said. As of 2011, Dr. Counts was named the area's top veterinarian for five years running.

She is a Pet First Aid and CPR Instructor through the American Red Cross. She is also an instructor for the Veterinary Assistant Certificate Program at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio.

It is the day-to-day interaction with her clients and their pets that gives her the most satisfaction.

"The feeling I get knowing that I have been a part in keeping an animal healthy or even saving the life of a client's beloved pet – that never gets old," Dr. Counts said. Her areas of focus today are surgery, holistic medicine, and rehabilitation.

She received a B.S. in Anthropology from Ohio Dominican College in 1976, having graduated Magna Cum Laude, and went on to the University of Wyoming where she earned a Master's Degree in Animal Nutrition on a research assistantship. Dr. Counts earned her DVM from The Ohio State University in 1983, and earned a spot on the Phi Zeta Honor Society, which represents the top 10 percent of the class.

Dr. Counts is a member of the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, Holistic Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association. She also served as a District Representative for OVMA.

Dr. Counts also founded and is the Executive Director of the Sierra's Haven Animal Shelter for New and Used Pets, an effort that is very close to her heart.

"I lost my little brother at the age of 42 to a heart attack and that inspired me to follow my dream before it was too late," she said. "I was always rescuing pets at my clinic and had wanted a way to build a shelter. When my brother died and left his 14 year old cat, named Sierra, behind, I decided to get on with it. I created a Board of Directors and started raising money. We raised $500,000 over the course of five years and opened the shelter in 2006."

Sierra's Haven is a non-profit organization that operates solely on donations and has a functioning dog population between 40 and 60. Its operating budget is about $250,000 a year. You can visit them on the web at www.sierrashaven.homestead.com.

Dr. Counts has four dogs, including April, a yellow Lab; Jake, a 12-year old Lab mix; Briar Rose, a Husky Chow mix; and Zack, a Lab mix. She also has three cats: Corona, Chad and Tawny. Dr. Counts enjoys whale watching, biking, travel, meditation, writing, and antiquing.

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Angela Sherman, DVM veterinarian in portsmouth ohAngela Sherman, DVM

General Practitioner Dr. Angela Sherman grew up on a farm in Wheelersburg, Ohio, where she was inspired to become a veterinarian by her father, Don. "He would laugh and always encouraged me to be involved with the farm," Dr. Sherman said. She has been with Shawnee since 1988, first as a veterinary assistant. She has been a general practitioner with us since 1996.

Dr. Sherman graduated from the Ohio State University College of Agriculture with a B.S. in Animal Science. She was the recipient of the school's Animal Science Award each year for her four years at school, from 1989 – 1992. She was also a member of the Ohio State Saddle and Sirloin Club and the Ohio State Pre-Veterinary Club. Dr. Sherman graduated with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree in 1996, also from Ohio State.

Her special interests today include ophthalmology and large animal medicine. She derives particular satisfaction in "seeing cases that are extremely difficult and have a poor prognosis respond and do well." She remembers specifically the case of Kilo, a boxer pup with severe bronchopneumonia who was doing poorly for several weeks. "We discussed euthanasia several times, but I kept wanting to try. After several weeks of care, Kilo started acting great and is now a 3-year old happy, loving boxer," said Dr. Sherman.

Dr. Sherman is a member of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, the American Medical Association, the Veterinary Information Network, American Association of Bovine Practitioners, American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners, American Heartworm Association, the Academy of Rural Veterinarians, and the Ohio State University Greyhound Health and Wellness Program.

Dr. Sherman shares her home with a number of companion animals, including 12 dogs named Colorado, Austen, Georgia, Sheeby, Molly, Kashi, Kansas, Tiny Tim, Tiny Tara, Tiny Tessa, Darla, and Toby. She has five cats, Sebastian, Woodsy, Mimi, Charlie, and Okie, and four cockatiels, named Freebie, Robbie, Chipper, and Angel. She spends her free time with her nieces and nephews, reading, and volunteering at the Sierra's Haven Animal Shelter.

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ohio veterinarian Liza Guess, DVMLiza Guess, DVM

Dr. Liza McVicker Guess read James Herriot books as a child and was hooked on the idea of becoming a veterinarian. Herriot, an English veterinary surgeon, wrote two books that were later used as the basis for the "All Creatures Great and Small" series on PBS. Dr. Guess has been with SAC since 2009.

As a child in Ada, Ohio, Dr. Guess "grew up in a rural environment," she said. "My experiences in county 4-H showing goats and rabbits were very memorable." Dr. Guess also worked in the kennel at Findlay Animal Hospital in Findlay during her undergraduate studies.

Dr. Guess graduated from the University of Findlay in 2003, majoring in Biology with an emphasis on Life Sciences and a minor in Chemistry. She had scholarships in Choir and Band, where she played the French Horn. She received her DVM from The Ohio State University in 2007. Today she focuses on dentistry, feline medicine, camelids (such as llamas and alpacas), and surgery, behavior, and endocrinology. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, the Veterinary Information Network, and the American Animal Hospital Association.

She is a past volunteer for the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association at a spay/neuter clinic which was located on a Native American reservation in Nevada.

Dr. Guess is married and has two daughters, Lily and Hazel. They have a Shepherd named Lola, a Jack Russell Terrier named Jasper, and two domestic short hair cats, Theseus and Achilles. Dr. Guess spends some of her spare time reading, traveling, knitting, hiking, canoeing, belly dancing and teaching.

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Naomi Dean, DVM portsmouth oh animal careNaomi Dean, DVM

Associate Veterinarian, Dr. Naomi Joy Dean said her family had always encouraged her in whatever she aspired to do. Dr. Dean is a native of Hillsboro, Kansas and raised rabbits and homing pigeons as a child. She also shadowed at the Animal Care Clinic of Marion County while still in high school. Dr. Dean has been with SAC since June of 2008.

Dr. Dean has a B.S. in Animal Science & Industry from Kansas State University and is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa sorority and the Ballroom Dance Club. She received her DVM from the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. She is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association.

Two of her most memorable cases involved amputating a cockatoo wing due to cancer and treating a cat that another veterinarian "had said was not able to be saved and helped her recover."

Dr. Dean is married and has three children. Her home is filled with a variety of animals, including three dogs, Crimson, Jasmine and Popcorn; four short hair cats, Persio, PJ, Autumn, and Jeezy, a quaker parrot, a Pawniard, a goldfish, 2 betta fish, an alpine goat named Chase, and one homing pigeon named Grace. Dr. Dean is a member of Christ's Community Church.

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portsmouth veterinarian oh Raymond Urban, DVMRaymond Urban, DVM

The strong bond Dr. Raymond Urban had with his own pets while he was growing up formed the basis of his desire to become a veterinarian. "I always loved the bond I shared with my pets and wanted to help other people maintain their pet's quality of life as my veterinarian did for me." Dr. Urban's family was always "supportive in my dream of becoming a veterinarian." He started on his path early, having worked as a veterinary assistant during high school at Animal Care Hospital.

Dr. Urban joined the staff at Shawnee Animal Clinic as an associate veterinarian in July of 2012.

He attended The Ohio State University and earned his undergraduate degree in Biology in 2008. He graduated Cum Laude and was published in "Authors of Tomorrow." He then went on to The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and was awarded his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2012.

He completed his externships at Avon Lake Animal Clinic with Dr. Frank Krupka and at Animal Care Unlimited (ACU) with Dr. Don Burton. At these externships Dr. Urban said he was able to "further my knowledge of exotic animal medicine and surgery." He was also a volunteer at the Ohio Wildlife Center during his ACU externship.

Dr. Urban is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association. He has a special interest in exotic animal medicine and surgery, cardiology, ultrasonography and endoscopy.

"The satisfaction of being a veterinarian can be experienced in many ways," Dr. Urban said. He recalled the case of Dougie, a bearded collie puppy, that had problems weaning because of a condition called "persistent right aortic arch" that causes an animal to regurgitate food. "After surgically correcting this, Dougie got along great! A bonus was being able to touch his beating heart during surgery. Regurgitation can be a frustrating thing for a pet, so it was exciting to see him respond so well."

Dr. Urban has two guinea pigs, Darwin and Newton.

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