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Oxford Veterinary Hospital welcomes Dr. Susan Matyas

Is there a doctor in the house? Actually, there’s now two at the Oxford

Veterinary Hospital, located at 6 Lincoln St.. It’s been a year since Dr. Susan Matyas joined the practice owned by Dr. Stephen Steep since 2005 and things are going quite well. Dr. Matyas comes with 17 years of experi- ence in small animal practice. In addition to her general practice skills, she has extensive training and experience in abdominal and car- diac ultrasound. “That’s not something that’s offered at a lot of veterinary practices in this area,” she said. “Usually, abdominal and cardiac ultra- sounds have to be referred to a specialty clinic. Now, people can have them done right here. I’m not a specialist, but I’ve been do- ing it for many years.”

She spent 15 years working at a veteri- nary practice in Rochester with six other doc- tors. This afforded her an opportunity to be involved in a variety of cases, big and small, routine and emergency. Dr. Steep believes he absolutely made the right decision bringing Dr. Matyas on board. “Her reputation preceded her,” he said. “She is a skilled communicator and a skilled clinician.”

Steep was also complimentary of his colleague’s ability to treat a variety of dental issues pertaining to dogs and cats. “This has always been a very progres- sive practice with regard to dental care,” he said. “But she’s enhanced things by bring-

ing advanced training and skills to the prac- tice, along with her own instruments.” Combined, the two doctors have 55 years of veterinary experience. That’s coupled with the high level of passion and compassion they bring to their profession. “We are blessed to be members of the

world’s greatest and most compassionate profession,” Dr. Steep said. “Every morning, there is an undercurrent of anticipation as we come into our office and prepare for the pets that will visit us.” “With every appointment, we ask ourselves, did we do our best for that pet and his or her family,” Dr. Matyas said. “Every person that walks through our door has made a choice and is coming to us for help. We do our best to remember that and to treat every pet as if it were our own.”

Being a 15-year resident of Oxford with a son in the school district, Dr. Matyas is thrilled to be working in the heart of the community she loves, serving her friends and neighbors. “It’s nice to be home,” she said. Having two doctors at the hospital has enabled Oxford Veterinary Hospital to im- prove client communications. “We like to keep in touch with our clients after hours,” explained Dr. Steep. “When it’s one doctor, that’s hard to do.”

“Our commitment to our patients doesn’t end at 6 p.m. when the clinic closes,” Dr. Steep noted. “For our critical care patients, we maintain e-mail contact and provide medi-

cal advice after hours.” Oxford Veterinary Hospital’s services in- clude, but are not limited to, wellness and sick medical care, hospitalization, complete dental work including radiographs and ex- tractions, soft tissue and orthopedic sur- gery, abdominal and cardiac ultrasound, and of course, abundant amounts of tender loving care provided by an excep- tional staff. Oxford Veterinary Hospi- tal is proud to have achieved accreditation from the Ameri- can Animal Hospital Associa- tion (AAHA) in 2010. The AAHA’s standards are so rigorous, it took Dr. Steep five years to become a member hospital. Less than 15 per- cent of animal hospitals in the U.S. have earned this ac- creditation. Now, Oxford Vet- erinary Hospital must pass an inspection every three years in order to maintain AAHA membership. Oxford Veterinary Hospital continues to improve its facility and upgrade the technol- ogy used to care for its patients. For example, the hospital now utilizes digi- tal radiography. It’s a form of X-ray imaging where digital X-ray sensors are employed in- stead of traditional photographic film. Digital radiography provides the doctors

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Dr. Susan Matyas and Dr. Stephen Steep with Gabby.

with higher-quality images than film. With a few simple clicks, the doctors can enhance images and zoom in on areas of con- cern. And because it’s all done digitally, re- takes are simple and quick, making things less stressful for the animals and doctors. Dr. Steep is in the process of exploring and educating himself with regard to alternative medi- cine. Some conditions have been effectively treated with herbal supplements and Dr. Steep is considering adding them to the practice. “People do see results,” he said. “That’s why I want to learn more and see if it’s something we can incorporate.” Oxford Veterinary Hospital is dedicated to helping local rescue groups such as the K- 9 Stray Rescue League and Heavenly Paws. The doctors provide treatment for sick ani- mals, surgery, medical and be-

havioral advice, and new adoption visits. “It’s very, very rewarding,” said Dr. Steep. “The animals are so appreciative. It’s a true adrenaline rush to help these animals and see them get adopted into loving homes.” For more information, please visit or call (248) 628-3092. Like them on Facebook at Oxford Veteri- nary Hospital.

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