R. Zimmerman, DVM, earned his degree from The Ohio State University
College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000.
He was raised in nearby Lindsey, and attended Fremont Ross High School,
where he was active in sports, FFA, and 4-H. Dr. Zimmerman joined Westview
Veterinary Hospital, Inc. in 2005. He is a member of the American
Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners
where he sits on the committee for Infectious Disease, and serves on the
Executive Board of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Zimmerman sees large, as well as small animals. He has strong interest in
equine lameness and reproduction as well as small
animal orthopedic surgery.
Dr. Zimmerman resides in Fremont with his wife, Sarah, twin girls, Lauren
and Faith, son, Aidan, dog, Mason, cats, Raven and Jack, and horses. He also
attends Lindsey United Methodist Church. In his spare time, he is on the
Board of Directors for the Sandusky County Chamber of Commerce, and is a
Lieutenant with the Lindsey Volunteer Fire Department where he has been a
firefighter and First Responder since 1996.
Dr. Jacquie B. Chorba,
DVM, earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from The Ohio State
University in 2012.
She grew up in North Olmsted, a suburb of Cleveland, where she was active in
track, cross country, and orchestra. She earned her Bachelors of Science
degree in 2008 at Bowling Green State University, where she initially
started shadowing at Westview. Dr. Chorba was a member of Phi Eta Sigma and
Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Fraternities and worked as a volunteer in the
University Herpetology Lab. She was a member of the Pre-Veterinary Medical
Association, and in 2008 became President of this organization.
At Ohio State, she worked in the Anatomy Lab and was a member of the milking
team. During one of her summer vacations, she traveled to Thailand on a
study abroad program with a small group of veterinary students where she
studied elephants, cattle, and small animal medicine.
She is currently a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association,
Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Association of Equine
Practitioners. Dr. Chorba has been with us since 2012.
Dr.Chorba currently resides in Fremont, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys
running, traveling, enjoying the outdoors, and spending time with her family
Pendleton (Journeyman Farrier)
Dr. Pendleton joined our team in 2013 and we are happy to have him on board
and to be able to offer specialized equine hoof care.
Below is an article from Ohio State while Adam was attending the University.
Adam Pendleton was designated as one of the youngest certified journeyman
farriers right after high school graduation, and is one of the first to go
to veterinary school after already being a farrier.
The journeyman farrier distinction is the American Farrier Association's
(AFA) highest certification, and is only granted after a farrier completes
an extensive set of exams.
Adam grew up in the industry and learned from his dad. He began making
horse shoes at 11 and started shoeing horses by the time he was 14. He was
able to meet some really talented farriers that "showed him the ropes" and
helped him get started.
He did a lot of competitions and learned as much as he could about the
industry. He never expected to find himself in veterinary school though. “I
never really liked school,” Adam said. “But one day my mentor was talking
about the physics of the farrier industry. I was really interested, so I
started taking some classes to better understand. Then I was so close to
completing my degree that I decided to go for it.” Adam received his Animal
Science degree from The Ohio State University in 2009, and then started
graduate school at the College of Veterinary Medicine that fall. He is now a
third-year veterinary student pursuing a DVM with a focus in equine. “It’s
not common for farriers to go to vet school after already being certified
but it helps give you a different perspective on things,” Adam said. Adam
says he hopes he can bring the farrier perspective to veterinary medicine,
fitting each individual horse and condition with the treatment and shoe that
fits best. To do this, Adam takes every opportunity to speak on the subject.
Adam recently helped plan and present a wet lab for the International
Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology (ISELP) in conjunction with Dr.
Jean-Marie Denoix, the founder of ISELP and a world-renowned equine
anatomist and diagnostic specialist. The organization presents eight modules
over a course of two years as a part of a continuing education program. Adam
was asked to put together and present information on the farrier
industry for the module, which included demonstrations and a live shoeing.
Close to 100 veterinarians and farriers attended Adam’s wet lab which
brought together the veterinary and farrier sides of equine medicine.
Adam also competes in farrier competitions with his most recent win at the
AFA National Championship in March. Adam and his partner Jason Bromley
received fourth place in the two-man draft shoe class. The competition
included teams who made a set of horseshoes to a set of specifications for a
certain horse. The teams that met the specifications most closely in the
allotted time placed the highest.
Michael R. Stone earned a Degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
in 1988 from The Ohio State University.
Doctor Stone being born and raised in Oak Harbor knew this was where he
wanted to place his practice. Dr. Mike started his Veterinary career working
for his Uncle Dr. Bob Nehls, during his first years of college. In 1992 Dr.
Stone opened Oak Harbor Veterinary Hospital, Inc.
Dr. Michael Stone sees mostly small animals and has a strong interest in Ultra sounds
and Diagnostic Imaging.
Dr. Stone and his family reside in Fremont where they have a Belgian horse
farm. At the farm he has an extensive breeding program and also competes in
many halter and hitch competitions around the Midwest. Along with Mike and
his wife Kim they have two sons Josh and Drew, both attending Ohio State (Go
Bucks!) and their daughter Katie. Their family pets are two house cats Gizmo
and Carmen. You are welcome to check out the farm at
Matthew G. Lenke earned the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree
from The Ohio State University in 2005.
Dr. Lenke was raised in Oak Harbor, and during high school was active in
basketball, musicals and choir, as well as showing horses in 4-H. He grew up
on his families’ grain and hay farm, working with the horses, and raising
pigs and cattle as well. He has been with Catawba Veterinary Hospital, Inc.
Dr. Lenke works with small animals and also does acupuncture and alternative
medicine on both small animals and horses.
Dr. Lenke lives in Oak Harbor with his wife Brandy, son Seth, daughters
Madelyn and Kayleigh, and their two Australian Cattle Dogs, Doc and
Cheyenne. In his spare time, he enjoys helping out on the family farm,
camping, riding horses, and spending time with his family.
Irene Lavigne earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from
the University of Tennessee, May 2008.
She grew up in nearby Woodville where she was involved in track, 4-H, FFA,
NBHA and Tri State Rodeo. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Biology at
the University of Findlay in 2004 where she was a member of Pre-Vet Club and
Rodeo Club. During high school and college, Dr. Lavigne worked as a
veterinary assistant. Dr. Lavigne has been with us since 2008 and is
currently a member of the American Veterinary Medical Assoc., Ohio
Veterinary Medical Assoc., Toledo Veterinary Medical Assoc., and American
Her areas of interest include equine internal medicine and lameness, small
animal pain management, and small animal internal medicine and surgery.
Dr. Lavigne resides in Oak Harbor with her dogs Sammy, Tipper and Zoe, and
cats Ray-Ray and Piper. She also has her first horse Maggie, a retired
barrel horse who she’s had for almost 20 years. In her spare time, Dr.
Lavigne enjoys hiking and camping, running with her dogs Tipper and Zoe,
taking Sammy for walks, traveling, horseback riding, biking, and music.
Dr. Leslie Avery earned her Doctor of Veterinary
Medicine degree from The Ohio State University in 2009.
Dr. Avery grew up in Oak Harbor where she was active in softball,
volleyball, and 4-H. She attended the University of Findlay for undergrad
where she was the pre-veterinary barn manager and played on the softball
team. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Biology in 2005.
Currently, she is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Assoc.,
Ohio & North Carolina Veterinary Medical Associations, and the American
Assoc. of Equine Practitioners. Dr. Avery has been with us since 2009.
In her free time, Dr. Avery enjoys traveling, reading, biking, and
spending time with her family and pets. She is a member The Ohio Waterfowler
Association, The Oak Harbor Conservation Club, and the North Coast Young