Dr. Chelsey Terry, DVM
Dr. Chelsey Terry is a perfect example that pets truly are family. Her 12-year-old Japanese Chin “Chulo” was ring bearer in her wedding.
“He pranced down the aisle carrying our rings, with a little tuxedo on,” she said. “He has passed since, but I loved that he stood by our side on such an important day.”
Dr. Terry received her DVM degree from Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2021 and joined Animal Hospital at Auburn Hills the next month.
Growing up in a small town east of Salina, Dr. Terry loved dozens of family pets - dogs, barn cats, fish, and a horse named “Shay”. After earning a bachelor’s degree from Kansas Wesleyan University, she pursued a Master’s degree at Emporia State University.
But her career goals took a turn (for the better, in our opinion!) when she got a job as a receptionist at a nearby veterinary clinic in 2014.
“I got a part-time job at a local veterinary clinic and immediately fell in love with the field. I loved the detective work that the veterinarians did to diagnose and treat patients,” Dr. Terry said. “It inspired me so much that I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian just like them!”
That detective work is what she likes best about the profession, she said.
“I like that veterinarians are able to use physical exam findings, history, their senses, and diagnostics to help treat and serve patients,’ she said. Which is why her philosophy is “to treat each pet as if they were my very own. Spoiled - and nothing but the best!”
At the end of the day, the spoiling comes easy for Dr. Terry with her rescued fur babies: “Samantha” the cat, Japanese Chins “Yoshi” & “Koji” and Shih Tzus “Charlotte” & “Ginger.”
“I am passionate about making my pets feel loved,” she said. “No matter how long of a day I have had or how many pets I have seen throughout the day, I always make it a point to love on my pets. Whether this is hugging each of them when I walk in the door, sitting on the floor just to be on their level or playing fetch with squeaky toys.”
She and her husband John, a financial advisor at Edward Jones, are also proud of their pet family.
“None of our animals are in any activities such as agility,” she said. “They can, however, all sit on command together, INCLUDING THE CAT!” she said.
Dr. Terry said she is looking forward to connecting with the Wichita community.
“I’m eager to make a positive impact and really get to know clients from the clinic as well as my neighbors,” she said. “I’m excited to become a member of a local church and potentially their worship team. Maybe someday I would also like to ‘nerd out' and join Chamber Choir. I would also like to volunteer at the Kansas Humane Society.”
In her free time, Dr. Terry and her husband like to head outdoors.
“I love outdoor activities such as gardening, hiking, and fishing - especially in the Gulf of Mexico,” she said. “I’m addicted to antiquing - no, I’m not in denial. My husband and I love to travel and go to red-dirt country concerts. I love to sing and be a part of all things music - I used a vocal scholarship to pay for part of my undergraduate degree.”
Dr. Terry holds memberships and certifications in the following:
- American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
- Kansas Veterinary Medical Association (KVMA)
- Veterinary Information Network (VIN)
- K-Laser Therapy Certification