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Dr. David Carter
Dr. David Carter grew up on the southside of Indianapolis and graduated from Perry Meridian high school in 1975. He attended Purdue University and graduated in 1979 with a Bachelors degree in Microbiology. He then attended the Purdue University Veterinary School of Medicine and graduated in 1983. After graduation, Dr. Carter worked part-time in two emergency veterinary clinics at night while working full-time in a small animal veterinary hospital on the southside of Indianapolis. He moved to Carmel in 1985 to work in a small animal practice for 5 years before returning to his specialty in emergency medicine. He managed an emergency hospital for a year before opening the Carter Veterinary Medical Center in 1991. Through the years, he has developed interest not only in emergency medicine, but also soft tissue surgery, dentistry, nutrition, regenerative medicine such as stem cell and laser therapy, as well as internal medicine for both cats and dogs. Dr. Carter has been using his surgical laser for 100% of all of his surgical procedures since 2002. Dr. Carter has been married to his beautiful high school sweetheart, Sandra, since 1979, has 4 adult children, 4 grandchildren, and 2 dogs. He has always had an interest in teaching and education. He helped create the J. Everett Light Veterinary Assisting program for junior and senior students in the tricounty school districts, and has held the position of chairman of the board of directors since its inception in 2001.
Dr. Carter is a teacher by nature. He sees being a veterinarian as being a kind of teacher. He loves taking the scientific and technical information from veterinary medicine and explaining it to pet owners in ways that they can understand. Whatever the problem is with a pet, Dr. Carter loves teaching the pet owners about what is wrong, why it's wrong, what needs to be done, and why. He believes learning and education has been the foundation for his career and loves to share what he learns with others.
Office Manager & Director of Internal Operations
Bridgette is the youngest daughter of Dr. David and Sandy Carter. She graduated from Indiana University with her BA in Psychology in 2013 then went on and graduated from IUPUI's accelerated nursing program in 2016 with her BSN. She worked as an RN at Community Hospital North on their Maternity Unit from 2016 to 2017 before she was drawn back to the family business of small animal medicine. She enjoys traveling, making memories with friends and family, reading anything she can get her hands on, singing classical music & Broadway classics, and tinkering on her ukulele. One of her greatest joys in life is spending quality time with her two main squeezes: Miss Lola Bug, her sassy long-haired chihuahua, and Mia, an adorable rescue kitty she adopted from one of the rescues we work with after she fell in love with her following a visit to the office. She's a passionate animal advocate and loves every moment she gets to cuddle the furry patients who visit Carter Veterinary Medical Center.
Veterinary Technician & Kennel Team Leader
Blake joined the Carter Veterinary Medical Center family in 2014 as a Kennel Attendant. In 2016 he graduated from the J. Everett Light Career Center with a certificate in Veterinary Assisting. He is currently enrolled in Purdue’s Veterinary Nursing Program where he is working towards becoming an RVT. He is the proud owner of a Sphynx cat, Titan. His favorite part about working at Carter Vet is having the opportunity to provide your family pet the care that they need.
Veterinary Technician & Inventory Manager
Julie is a Hoosier native, married with 2 children, 2 dogs, and 2 cats. She graduated from Butler University with a BS in Accounting. She worked as a CPA until becoming a mom. She enjoyed her time being a stay-at-home mom until her kids started school and then she continued to work in the accounting field. The opportunity to work at Carter Vet appeared and she eagerly accepted. Working with and around animals has always been a dream of hers. Her hobbies are gardening, yoga, bird watching, spending time outdoors, and reading.
Elise is the third child of Dr. David and Sandra Carter. She has always been a dedicated and passionate animal advocate. She owned her own Quarter horse, Abby, throughout her high school career at University High School and enjoyed competing in shows and being a counselor at Kaufman Stables' annual summer camp where she helped lead and facilitate activities between the campers and horses. She is a proud Boilermaker and graduated with her BA in History in 2013 with minors in Anthropology, Organizational Leadership, and Communications. She then went on to get her MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2016. She has worked in several bridal salons where she enhanced her skills in customer service and sales. She has experience working in different aspects of the veterinary industry and was drawn back to the family practice to help enhance every customer's unique experience. She loves traveling, cooking, music, reading, and fashion. She is also the proud mama of two long-haired Chihuahuas, Pebbles and Bandit, and loves getting in as much cuddle and play time with them as possible. You can often find her buzzing around the front-desk as she loves to visit with all of the furry patients of Carter Veterinary Medical Center!
Beth grew up in the Indianapolis area and has been living in Carmel since 1980. She has two grown daughters, each having three children, so family gatherings are pretty crowded, busy, and fun. Professionally, most of her adult life has been in education, with early childhood dominating her career. She was director of the IUPUI Center for Young Children for over 25 years, growing the program from 30 children to a licensed and accredited center for over 230. She’s active in her church and local CERT (Citizens Emergency Response Team). In her leisure time she likes to china paint on porcelain and dabbles in gardening. She has one dog, Finnegan, that she rescued from Kentucky after he was hit by a car. After he recovered from multiple surgeries, he was trained in the Kentucky prison. Once she adopted him, she registered him as a therapy dog with Pet Partners. She and Finnegan primarily visit homeless groups with children, or other organizations involving children.
Mariah joined the Carter Veterinary Medical Center team in 2021 after she graduated from Taylor University with a Bachelor's degree in Biology. She is currently enrolled in Purdue's Veterinary Nursing Program where she is working towards becoming an RVT. She has a black Labrador named Molly, and a rescue kitty named Nala. She grew up watching her animals being taken care of by veterinary technicians, and loves having the opportunity to do the same for others! Her hobbies include serving her community, spending time with family, and painting when she can!
Caitlin joined the Carter Veterinary Medical Center team in February of 2022. She is a current senior at Butler University studying Human Communication and Organizational Leadership. She previously worked as an assistant trainer at a facility in her hometown, and spent many years volunteering at her local shelter, which included taking home many fosters. Her own cat, Keeley, was once a foster of hers, but ended up being a foster 'fail.' She also has a family dog, Maggie, who she goes home to visit often. Caitlin's favorite part of working at Carter Vet is seeing the love that our clients have for their pets.
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