I am an Ashtabula County native. My family has been here since the 1800s. They came here to farm and raise their families in the beautiful wooded North Country of Ohio. After graduating from The Ohio State University, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1978 I decided that my ancestors had the right idea and I too returned home to raise a family and practice veterinary medicine.
The faculty at OSU bestowed upon me the great honor of being the most outstanding large animal veterinarian in the class of ’78. I practiced large animal medicine and surgery almost exclusively for the next 20 years. I had built the Country Doctor Veterinary Clinic in 1983 and my associate veterinarians attended to small animals for many years while I stayed focused on the areas of dairy and horse farms.
In 1996 a horse that I was working on attacked me and severely injured my neck. I was forced out of large animal practice and transitioned into small animal medicine and practice management. I love this every bit as much as my large animal days.
Over the years our clinic has evolved from a premier large animal practice into a premier small animal practice that has been nationally recognized for excellence in patient care and practice management.
I truly believe that our incredible staff deserves most of the credit for our success. I have had many amazing people work with me over the years and this has been the greatest pleasure of my long career. If you think about it; a veterinary clinic is just brick, mortar, medicine and equipment. It is the people that set it apart and I have been blessed with the greatest staff on the planet!!
The clients have been wonderful as well. We have over 13,000 clients in our database and I can truly say that it has been a pleasure to know and work with so many people who are dedicated to their animals. We are really in the people business the animals don’t bring themselves to the Vet! Thankfully through the people, we get to meet and help so many wonderful animals.
My name is Dr. Melanie Richards. I am an Ashtabula native who graduated from Edgewood High School. During high school, I started shadowing at Country Doctor as part of the Ashtabula Education Service Center Mentorship Experience. I guess they liked me here because they kept me around. I worked as an assistant through undergrad and veterinary school. In between, I earned my bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry from Lake Erie College. I was also president of IDA (our dressage riding team) and a tutor for Organic Chemistry. After graduating from The Ohio State University 8 long years later, I came back to work here as an associate veterinarian. I am fortunate to work in all four of our fantastic clinics with all of our amazing team members.
My passion for veterinary medicine comes from the opportunity to serve the human-animal bond. I love seeing patients through all their life stages from the first puppy visit through their golden years. I have a particular interest in surgery, nutrition, internal medicine, cardiology, and neurology. But my favorite appointments are still new puppy and kitten visits.
Outside of work, I'm kept busy running my small hobby farm milking (and spoiling) my small herd of ADGA lamanchas and Nigerian dwarf goats. I also have two senior horses, Bud and Diana, who have been with me since I was in 4-H. I am an active volunteer with Ashtabula County 4-H and Greyhound Adoption of Ohio. I also enjoy hiking and running with my greyhound, Arthur.
Hello, I'm Jaime and I am very happy to be a part of the Country Doctor family. I am a lifelong resident of Ashtabula County. Growing up on a hog and beef farm and being active in 4-H and FFA helped me to develop a passion for working with animals. I have been involved in the animal industry ever since.
Currently, my husband, Christopher and I own and operate a grain farm. We have two wonderful daughters, Alyssa and Zoey, who keep us very busy along with our dog, four cats, and a horse named Joe. I can also be found volunteering with the 4-H program in our county.
Hello! My name is Erin, I’ve been with the Country Doctor team through Conneaut Creek Veterinary Clinic since May 2019. I have worked in the veterinary / animal field for the past 17 years. I was always that kid bringing home frogs and snakes to my mother’s dismay. Now I am bringing home snakes, peacocks, hawks and cats home to my husband's dismay.
I have worked with large animals, small, pocket pets and even some exotics. My favorite was a bald eagle brought in to a hospital from a wild like a rehab.
I live in Madison with my amazing and understanding husband, Craig and our miracle twins Liv and KenzieCurrently I am the mom of a Golden retriever named Clancey, 4 kitties: Bubba O’riley; Abby Normal, Mello Yellow, and Winchester (Winnie for short). I have raised chickens for the past 10 years and turkeys for the past 5 years. I also have dabbled in the saltwater fish tank hobby.
In my spare time, I love to read, enjoy binging Netflix and am a happy little beekeeper! I love to cook and make treats for both humans and animals in my life. As a native of Ohio, I love watching the Indians play and enjoy spending time with my family.
I am so happy to be apart of such an amazing team and look forward to helping you with your furry family member. My goal is to make you feel like family.
Hello, I’m Becca. I live with my son down in Andover where I’ve lived for my whole life. I’ve had an assortment of animals all my life including a miniature horse, parakeets, iguanas, and dwarf hamsters. Right now I only have a dog and turtle but look forward to rebuilding my “mini-zoo” as my family likes to call my collection of pets. I grew up helping with the milking cows and always being the person taking care of animals ever since I was little. It has been a great journey to get to turn my love for caring for animals into a profession. I went to Vet Tech Institute in Pittsburgh and have been working in the field for 3 years. I look forward to getting to take my VTNE and continuing to learn from everyone here.
My name is Wendy Minarik. I have been in the veterinary business for 22 yrs and have enjoyed every minute of it. My passion is to educate clients on weight loss and behavioral issues. I love the small veterinary clinic and family atmosphere. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my boyfriend, daughters and grandchildren. I also have some pets of my own. I have 5 ferrets, 2 cats named Puppy Cat and Monster, Ducks and chickens. As well as a English Springer Spaniel named Briggs. I also enjoy many outdoor activities such as hiking, running, gardening and camping.
Hello, I'm Bethany, I am a veterinary assistants here at Conneaut Creek Veterinary Clinic. I was born and raised in Ashtabula County. I have always had a passion for animals and driving my parents crazy by bringing dogs and horses home that I knew they would not approve of me having, but that is what made it so much better at the time.
My Husband, Dylan and I have a wonderful little boy, Waylon. I have three crazy dogs, Duke: Mastiff/Great Dane, Buck: German Short Haired Pointer and Denali: Great Dane. Also on my hobby farm I have three horses, two goats and 14 chickens. My animals and my family are absolutely everything to me.
It is a blessing to go to work with such an amazing team and doctor. I hope you love this clinic as much as I do and we can't wait to meet you and your furry family members.
My name is Kristinna Jerik. This is my first job at a veterinary clinic but I have had a passion for animals and have had them for my whole life. I do not have any children but my animals are my babies. I have 2 horses, 2 dogs, and 2 cats. I enjoying showing Quarter Horses and have been competing successfully for 6 years with one of my horses. My other horse is 41 years old so he is just a big pet that I feed treats to. I also take my dogs (Charlie and Bella) on walks and swimming in the creek and at the beach. My love for animals has now grown into my everyday job and for that I am grateful. My goal here at Conneaut Creek Veterinary Clinic is to make our clients feel like family along with reassuring them that their pets are in great hands.
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