In case you haven’t heard the big news, after 45 years of faithful service, Dr. Helfrich retired in October 2018. 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 12 years. He is an electrical engineer at Riverside Manufacturing and he has been very supportive of my career. We have two young boys, Ben, 9, and Cameron, 7. 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, a leopard gecko named Leia, and a Russian tortoise named Turbo.
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: one dog named Chiller, two cats named Monte and Buddy, a leopard gecko named Leia, and a Russian tortoise named Turbo.
Registered Veterinary Technician
Kennedy joined the CVH team in January 2019. She graduated as an honor student from Brown Mackie College of Fort Wayne in 2017, and has been practicing since.
Kennedy preforms many tasks around the clinic, including surgery prep, anesthesia, dental radiographs, dental cleanings, and much, much more! Kennedy has enjoyed caring for animals all of her life, and has enjoyed making it her career. She loves building relationships with her clients and their fur babies!
Outside of work Kennedy resides in the outskirts of Columbia City where she purchased her first house with her long-term boyfriend Cody. She has one Lab-Great Dane mix named Carbon, a chunky tabby cat named Sully, and 10 chickens! She enjoys spending most of her free time with Cody and the rest of their friends and family. Her hobbies include being crafty & spending time outdoors.
Registered Veterinary Technician
Andrea joined the CVH team in June 2019. She graduated with her degree in Veterinary Technology from Michigan State University in 1992 and moved to Fort Wayne in 1994.
Andrea has made the return to primary care after having worked the last 20 years in specialty and emergency medicine. She has a long standing interest in training and has trained her pets for obedience trials and visiting therapy work. She has recently become Fear Free certified to better provide a less stressful veterinary visit for your fur children. She also works at Animal Care and Control in surgery assisting with spays and neuters for the adoption animals and community cats.
Andrea lives in Roanoke with her husband Kevin and son CJ, their two quarterhorses Commanche and Thunder, English bulldog Pete, chihuahua Little Miss, cats Biscuit and Calypso, 4H pigs and a henhouse full of chickens. Andrea loves being active in the great outdoors and enjoys horseback riding, camping, hiking, kayaking and cross country skiing.
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 daughter was in the 6th grade. For the past couple years, Lee Ann and her mother have been sharing a home. Her mother is grateful to have the extra help around the house.
Bobbi has been grooming since 2007, and she joined the CVH team in January 2019 to work with her mother Lee Ann. Like her mom she has several dogs at home, including one Shih Tzus named Eclipse and four German Shepherds named Charmander, Jigglypuff, Squirtle and Bulbasaur. Bobbi and her husband Joe have been married since 2012.