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OSU Veterinary Hospital expands small animal primary care services

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Media Contact: Kaylie Wehr | Coordinator, Marketing and Public Relations | 405-744-6740 |

The Oklahoma State University Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH) is expanding its primary care service to better serve its clients by providing comprehensive primary care and enhancing the clinical education of veterinary students.

“This expansion of our Primary Care services will not only serve the needs of our clients and their animals but also provide an excellent teaching caseload to help develop tomorrow’s veterinarians,” said Dr. Paul DeMars, clinical associate professor of small animal primary care.

The newly expanded services, which are open to the public, open on May 8, 2023, and will offer services in: 

Small Animal Wellness and Dermatology — Providing lifelong preventative care for pets and addressing common skin and ear disorders.

Small Animal General Medicine — Providing acute and chronic disease care including diagnostics, imaging, medical interventions and pain management. 

Small Animal General Surgery and Dentistry — Providing preventative care as well as treatment for disease conditions through the offering of a variety of surgical and dental procedures.

Current primary care doctors Paul DeMars and Lara Sypniewski will continue to provide care to your pets through these services, but will also be joined by several other highly experienced small animal doctors.

One such addition is Dr. Blake Murray, clinical assistant professor of small animal primary care, who brings expertise in the field of dentistry.

“I am so excited to be a part of the expansion of the primary care service,” Murray said. “I have a professional interest in dentistry and I know this is both a much-needed area of care for our patients as well as a necessary learning area for our students. I look forward to providing quality dental care to the pets that need us and preparing our new doctors to do the same."

The trusted team of nurses and technicians will continue to provide support to the primary care service and will also be expanding with additional compassionate and knowledgeable nurses.  

“We think you will find this expansion of our small animal primary care service of great importance to the health and welfare of your pet,” said Dr. Lara Sypniewski, clinical professor of small animal primary care. “The primary care team is working diligently to provide a seamless transition and we thank you for your support and understanding as we take this progressive step forward.”

To schedule an appointment with the primary care service, please call 405-744-7000. The primary care team looks forward to caring for your beloved pets.

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