OUR DOCTORS

Left to right: Dr. Fidan Kaptan, Dr. Erin Schelle and Dr. Gary Smith
Left to right: Dr. Fidan Kaptan, Dr. Erin Schelle and Dr. Gary Smith

THE OATH

Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health and welfare, the prevention and relief of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge. I will practice my profession conscientiously, with dignity, and in keeping with the principles of veterinary medical ethics. I accept as a lifelong obligation the continual improvement of my professional knowledge and competence.

Dr. Smith

Dr. Gary Smith

Dr. Gary Smith wanted to be a Veterinarian since 8th grade. In college, his major was Sociology, Psychology and Anatomy. He received his degree in Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University in 1974 and then completed
an internship at the Rowley Memorial Animal Hospital in Massachusetts. Dr. Smith then went to New York to practice for 3 ½ years while spending some time at the largest animal hospital in the world, The Animal Medical Center,
where he further developed his technical skills. He started the County Animal Hospital in 1979 after purchasing a motel on 3 acres of land in Mason, Ohio.

Dr. Smith and his wife Leah have been married for 38 years. Leah is a Social Worker, and they have 3 children -- Bryan is a Post Doctorate in Nanotechnology Biomedical Engineering at Stanford University, Jaclyn is a Veterinary Oncologist, and Erica is in Occupational Therapy. Dr. Smith spent his entire life loving all aspects of Veterinary Medicine while dedicating himself to his family, clients, and staff. Dr. Smith’s philosophy of adding a new service every year to the practice has helped everyone grow as individuals and has abled him to offer his clients the finest in quality medicine and surgery including the alternative approaches to medicine. His long term goal is to continue the valuable services and relationships that the County Animal Hospital has built over the past 32 years.

Dr. Kaptan
Dr. Kaptan

Dr. Fidan Kaptan

Dr. Kaptan received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Istanbul University, Turkey, then from Iowa State University. He was a research assistant for five years at Istanbul University, College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Kaptan has a master's degree and PhD coursework from Istanbul University, Institute of Medical Science.

Dr. Kaptan worked in the Emergency and ICU departments of MedVet-CVES Hospital in Columbus, Ohio for three years. While in Columbus he volunteered for the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association-Rural Area Veterinary Services Spay Neuter Program. Dr. Kaptan's major interest areas are Internal Medicine, Dermatology, and Critical Care. He is very enthusiastic about his work and is a strong believer in providing quality medicine. He joined County Animal Hospital in 2007. Dr. Kaptan is a member of AVMA.

Dr. Erin Schelle
Dr. Erin Schelle

Dr. Erin Schelle

Dr. Schelle grew up in Middletown, Ohio, and she always had a collection of pets ranging from dogs and cats to a guinea pig, crab, newt and a bird. While in high school she discovered her love of science. She put the two together and decided to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Wittenberg University in 2006. She went to veterinary school at The Ohio State University where she graduated in 2010.

Immediately after graduation Dr. Schelle and her husband moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico for job opportunities they were given. She worked in a small animal practice there for a year and a half. While they grew to love the sunny blue skies of New Mexico, they decided to move back home to be closer to their families. Dr. Schelle spent about a year doing overnight emergency work in Cincinnati before joining County Animal Hospital in March 2013.

Dr. Schelle and her husband have 2 children, Sam and Jane. They also have 2 cats, Rona and Izzie, and a shepherd mix named Toby. In her spare time Dr. Schelle enjoys watching Notre Dame and Bengals football, kayaking, and sewing or crafting. Her professional interests include dentistry, soft tissue surgery, and feline medicine.