The Neighborhood Veterinarian
Dr. Susan Bartz, or "Dr. Sue" as she is more affectionately known by friends and clients alike, knew by the third grade that all she wanted to be when she grew up was a veterinarian.. Now, some 45+ years later, she admits she still loves what she does for a living and cannot imagine doing anything else!
Born and raised in the heart of America's Dairyland in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Dr. Sue had her first experiences with animals on the dairy farm where her father lived as a child. Her interest in veterinary medicine ultimately led her to Purdue University, where she received an athletic scholarship, excelling in both the classroom and on the basketball court. An NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship allowed her to further her animal experience while she pursued a master's degree in animal science at Montana State University. Her academic "career" finally came to a close at Iowa State University, where she obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1988.
After moving to Indianapolis in 1990 and working as an associate veterinarian for 12 years, Dr. Sue finally gave in to an "inner voice" that moved her to pursue the establishment of her own animal hospital. With the help and support of friends and clients alike, The Neighborhood Veterinarian Animal Hospital became a reality. The hospital's name not only reflected its location, but also its goal to be an integral part of the local community.
Although owning and operating an animal hospital keeps her extremely busy, Dr. Sue also manages to save some of her "free" time to enjoy a variety of other hobbies and volunteer opportunities. She was a member of the Indianapolis Arts Choral for many years. She's even performed the National Anthem at a number of amateur and professional sporting events! Dr. Sue volunteers with the Indiana Sports Corporation, currently sitting on committees for the Big Ten Women's Basketball Championships (where she also is the public address announcer for all the games in Conseco Fieldhouse), the 2005 & 2011Women's Final Four, and the 2005 Solheim Cup. Her ties to Purdue University are still strong, where she is a member of the John Purdue Club and the President's Council. And, if there's any time left (!) she loves trying to escape back to the mountains of Montana where she enjoys hiking in Glacier National Park.
Dr. Sue shares her home with her three "kids" - Digger, Clyde, and Lacy - all special kitties she's rescued through the years. She gladly welcomes the opportunity to help you with your "special kids" as the Neighborhood Veterinarian is totally committed to providing all of its clients and their pets with the best of "Professional service and personal care
Annie graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor's degree in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. After graduation, Annie worked as a technician in Purdue's Animal Disease and Diagnostic Lab but ultimately wanted to work with the general public. An animal hospital was just the place! Annie has been a part of the Neighborhood Veterinarian since it's doors opened in 2001, yet she and Dr. Sue have been co-workers and friends since 1999.
Annie lives in Carmel with her husband, son and three whippets. Most weekends are spent with her family or racing the whippets. Annie's favorite evenings include a good glass of wine and her husbands wonderful cooking!
Cindy has been with The Neighborhood Veterinarian since 2002. She graduated from Indiana State University in 1998 with a bachelor's degree. Cindy lives in Castleton with her two dogs - Zeppelin (whippet) and Trixie (sheltie mix). When Cindy isn't working she likes to go fishing with her Dad, spending time with her dogs, reading and hanging out with friends. At the hospital, Cindy enjoys educating clients about their pet's behavior and health.
Jamie has been working in the veterinary field since 1998 and has worked for The Neighborhood Veterinarian since 2010. She has a particular interest in canine and feline behavior & training; that she enjoys using both at work and at home with her own animals. Her family includes two collies, an old english sheepdog and seven cats.
Leah grew up in Connecticut and moved to Indianapolis in 2006. After working as a kennel assistant for a few years, she decided should make a long-term career out of working with animals. She graduated from Harrison College and became a Registered Veterinary Technician in the summer of 2009. Leah has two orange cats named Pumpkin and Morris. In her free time she enjoys music, art and spending time with her friends, family and cats.