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Dr. Snyder was raised in Kansas and graduated from Salina High School. He attended Kansas State University and graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine in 1976. Dr. Snyder practiced large and small animal medicine and surgery in Wetmore, Kansas for 15 years. He founded University Bird and Small Animal Clinic, PA, now University Veterinary Care Center, in 1984. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Assn., Kansas Veterinary Medical Assn, the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Assn., and is licensed in Kansas, Colorado and California. Dr. Snyder was trained in veterinary acupuncture at Colorado State University and has a special interest in alternative/complementary medicine and adipose stem cell therapy. Dr. Snyder is a certified Stem Cell practitioner and through University Veterinary Care Center, has been involved in over 50 stem cell cases ranging from arthritis, muscle, tendon, and ligament injury, to immune mediated diseases, kidney failure and other degenerative conditions of dogs and cats. Dr. Snyder has a strong working relationship with local Ferret Rescue groups and maintains a good working knowledge of this interesting species unique problems.
Dr. Snyder and his wife, Jeanine, live near Topeka and have raised and shown AKC Yorkshire Terriers for several years.
Dr. Snyder's interests range from natural, drug-free healing methods to stained glass and antique car restoration.
Dr. Gratton grew up on beef cattle ranches in northeast Kansas and was involved in 4-H and FFA through high school. He attended Kansas State University where he graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Agriculture in 1988; in addition he completed the core curriculum towards a dual degree in Microbiology. He received his doctorate from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. During Veterinary school his interests shifted towards small animal surgery and medicine. He has been involved in general small animal practice, including avian and exotic pets, since graduation and has practiced in Topeka, Kansas since 1994 at University Veterinary Care Center.
Dr. Gratton achieved certification in animal chiropractic in 2000 after completing the required course work and passing both written and practical examinations at Options for Animals College of Animal Chiropractic. He has maintained certification by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association since that time. Since 2008, Dr. Gratton has been an instructor and lecturer at Options for Animals teaching other veterinarians and chiropractors the techniques needed to help animals of all sizes benefit from chiropractic care.
Developing expertise in animal chiropractic led to an increased interest and study of biomechanics, movement and lameness. This in turn led to increased involvement with conformation show dogs and lure coursing and agility athletes, which has propelled Dr. Gratton into the field of canine sports medicine. As a result, he has most recently, completed coursework and examinations required for certification in small animal rehabilitation through Canine Rehabilitation Institute.
Dr. Gratton's other professional interests currently include laser surgery, ultrasonography and, most recently, stem cell therapy.
Dr. Gratton has been married to his wife Jill since 1989 and has two boys: Tyler and Kyle. In his spare time he is an avid bicyclist and woodworker.
Dr. Amy was born and raised in Joplin, MO. She has wanted to be a veterinarian as long as she can remember and got her first taste of this career in high school by working at a local small animal practice as a veterinary assistant. After graduating high school, she attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR, earning a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science in 2009. (Woo pig sooie!) She also met her now-husband, Travis Youngblood, who has been her biggest fan ever since.
Amy then attended Kansas State University for veterinary school. While a student, she held a strong interest in zoo and exotic medicine, as well as reproduction. Amy graduated vet school in May of 2013, married Travis, moved to Topeka (with their dog, cat, and three ferrets), and started working for University Veterinary Care Center in July of 2013. She is loving her new position in the clinic and is excited about her future in this community!