A Word from Our Vets

Read the stories of the vets who staff our clinic and oversee daily care of our animals.

Denise Dietsch, DVM 
Director of Veterinary Services

I’m a grad of the University of Missouri Veterinary College (Class of ’76) and a native St. Louisan who’s proud to have grown up on the South Side.

My first experience out of vet school was working in a private practice owned by one of the St. Louis Zoo veterinarians. Though I didn’t work at the zoo, his expertise with “exotics” attracted an unusual variety of animal clients. While I treated mostly cats and dogs, my daily routine during those seven years often included mountain lions, monkeys, birds and reptiles.

From there, I was on staff at another local private veterinary hospital. About 8 years ago I joined the staff of the APA Adoption Center. Here I am in charge of our outpatient clinic that is open to the public. I also oversee the healthcare of the dogs and cats that are housed in our shelter.

Outside the APA Adoption Center, I’m the mother of one lovely daughter, Alexandra, and 3 dogs and 2 cats. My free time is spent on remodeling and decorating my house or crafting miniatures. (Ask me about the guitars I’ve built!)



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