In case you haven’t heard the big news, after 45 years of faithful service, Dr. Helfrich is retiring in October. I have been blessed to have been part of the Covington Veterinary Hospital family for 8 years part time and now I have the honor of stepping into the lead role at CVH. I certainly have some big shoes to fill as Dr. Helfrich has left a great legacy of quality and compassionate care for his patients and clients.
Growing up in Greensburg, Indiana and I knew when I was a little girl that I wanted to be a veterinarian. I received my undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from Purdue in 1997 and I graduated from Purdue University’s School of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. Boiler up! I moved to the Fort Wayne area in 2005. My husband, Ed, and I have been married for 10 years. He is an electrical engineer at Riverside Manufacturing and he has been very supportive of my career. We have two young boys, Ben, 8, and Cameron, 6. As a family, we love being outside, riding bikes, playing sports and spending time at the lake. I also enjoy being a part of our church community and local MOPS group. We also have a few pets as you can imagine: two dogs, Madison and Chiller, a cat named Monte and a leopard gecko named Leia.
Over the course of my career I have developed a special love of behavior of pets. Preventing and treating behavior problems in pets can enrich and ensure the lifelong relationship between you and your pet. Did you know that more pets are euthanized for behavior problems, than for any other reason? My interest in behavior developed when I was in vet school with my dog named Emma. She was a Chesapeake Bay Retriever and she had some behavior issues. My experiences with Emma helped me understand how behavior issues with a beloved pet affects the human-animal bond and the pet’s quality of life. I find it very rewarding to help people improve the bond with their furry family members.
Dentistry is another area of interest I have developed during practice. I have seen so many pets suffer from chronic mouth pain without complaining or the owner even knowing. Approximately 80% of pets have significant gum disease by the age of 3! This can significantly affect their overall health and quality of life. The good news is that with good mouth care, the quality of these pets lives can be so greatly improve.
If we have not already met, I look forward to meeting you and your pets. I am committed to providing kind, compassionate, quality care to maintain and improve the health of your pets. Please feel free to stop by to get to know me better. I look forward to talking with you!
Katie Chobot, DVM
Dr. Chobot received her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from Purdue in 1997 and she graduated from Purdue University’s School of Veterinary Medicine in 2001.
My husband, Ed, and I have been married since 2008. He is an electrical engineer at Riverside Manufacturing. We have two young boys, Ben and Cameron. As a family, we love being outside, riding bikes, playing sports and spending time at the lake. I also enjoy being a part of our church community and local MOPS group. We also have a few pets as you can imagine: two dogs, Madison and Chiller, a cat named Monte and a leopard gecko named Leia.
Reception / Office Manager
Jane has been working in veterinary medicine since 1989. She joined the CVH team in 2009. Jane is often answering your calls, or greeting you when you first come in the door. She loves getting to know you and your pet. She does not like to just think of you as a client but more like family.
Jane and her husband Larry have several Long Haired Dachshunds, a cat, a tortoise, and two Appaloosa horses. In her spare time she enjoys her "barn time", trail riding and shopping with her sister.
Jill grew up on a small farm in Bluffton, Indiana, where she was a 10 year 4-H member. She graduated with honors from Purdue University with a Bachelor's degree in Animal Production.
After college, she worked for 8 years in veterinary medicine before taking time off to raise her daughter. She then joined the CVH team in 2008.
Jill lives on 20 acres in Whitley County with her daughter, where they raise Ragdoll cats, goats, various types of poultry, and Chinchillas. They also share their home with three horses, several dogs, and a Macaw.
Lee Ann has been grooming since 1976, and she joined the CVH team in 2010. Lee Ann has been an animal lover her entire life. She currently has several dogs at home, including four Shih Tzus and one Scottie.
Lee Ann has a son and a daughter. Her daughter is a groomer and animal lover too! They both have been participating in the annual Walk for Animal's Fundraiser since her daugther was in the 6th grade. For the past couple years, Lee Ann and her mother have been sharing a home. Her mother is greatful to have the extra help around the house.
Reception / Office Cat
Meet Chandler the head of the welcoming committee at Covington Veterinary Hospital. He was a starving, limping, scared stray outside the clinic in August. He certainly has changed quite a bit since then. Check out the Facebook page for more stories and adventures.