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Dr. Kathleen E. Wakefield

Dr. Kathleen E. Wakefield

D.V.M - D.A.B.V.P

Dr. Kathleen E. Wakefield

My first memories as a child involve the animal world, whether it was going on farm calls with my father or snuggling under the covers with our dachshund. I knew most of my life that I would become a veterinarian. From an early age I helped my father, (veterinary class of 1954 MSU) with his large and small animal patients and my grandfather doing chores on his Hereford farm. I have always had a soft heart for all animals. Whenever a very sick dog or cat was missing from my dad’s clinic he knew where he would find it, in my bedroom with me trying to nurse it back to health. While driving by one of his cat-lady client’s home and viewing the 50 cats heading toward her house at dinner time, my father exclaimed to me, “There for the grace of God go you, Katz, if you don’t make something of your life!” After 2 years of undergraduate study at Michigan State University, I was accepted into MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine class of 1979. In 1984, I joined Clark Animal Hospital (started by Dr. Stillman Clark) and became owner/partner together with Dr. Charpentier in 1988. We renamed the practice Clark Animal Care Center when we built our present facility and relocated to Route 250 in 1992. In June 2017, Dr. Charpentier and I sold our practice to National Veterinary Associates. My very tolerant husband, Paul, fortunately shares my compassion for animals. We currently have 8 pets: 2 dogs (both boxers), 5 cats, and a small parrot. There always seems to be some woebegone animal that needs a home. We live on a hill in Penfield and Paul has often suggested that we put a sign halfway up our drive saying: Reject Hill, you are home now. In 1998, I became board certified by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) in Feline Medicine. There are approximately 75 veterinarians worldwide who have achieved this accreditation. Although my expertise is feline medicine, I will never limit my practice to cats only. I love dogs too much!