Delivering excellent pet care starts with having an excellent team! We’re a crew of pet lovers who are dedicated to constantly improving our skills, staying on the cutting edge of veterinary medicine and taking top-notch care of your furry family members. Our animal hospital is fear free certified and we strive to educate pet owners with the goal of preventing fear, stress and anxiety in their pets.
Though we're brought together by our passion for pets, we each came to veterinary medicine in different ways! So get to know us here, then make an appointment to come visit our Fern Creek office and experience the Shelden Vet Care difference.
Dr. Robin Shelden
Since 1989, I have been blessed to be doing what I love--practicing veterinary medicine in my adopted hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. From an early age, I had a passion for animals, probably in large part because my family always had a wide variety of pets. I felt more comfortable around them than I did people! So it made sense to me to pursue becoming a veterinarian, even though at that time in the early 1970’s, veterinary medicine was very much a male-dominated field. In fact, my family’s close friend and veterinarian told me veterinary medicine was not a profession for women (though he has been proven very wrong; today, more than 60% of all veterinary school graduates are women!).
Luckily, I was an independent and headstrong young woman, and chose not to listen to him, deciding instead to follow my dream. This led me to the Ohio State University, where I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science. I went on to earn my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from Ohio State’s College of Veterinary Medicine, a highly competitive program to which I was accepted on my first application. The profession is a great fit for me; in addition to loving animals, I like helping people, I like medicine, I like science, and I like mysteries. Veterinary medicine satisfies all of those interests!
My favorite part of veterinary medicine is helping my clients raise their puppies and kittens. Our pets should be fun and enrich our lives, but if they eliminate in the house, jump all over guests or bite our children, they’re not fun! I enjoy sharing my knowledge of rearing puppies and kittens to help my clients understand and enjoy their non-human family members.
My personal pet is Papi, a middle-aged Chihuahua who was found bleeding and in shock from a bite wound to the neck. He was donated to us, and with the help of the SVC team, he pulled through his injuries, though he will always have a raspy little bark to take away from the experience! He is a sweet and friendly little guy, and has taught me the charm of small dogs. Because of him, I will always have a small dog in my life.
I also have two daughters who both graduated from the University of Louisville in 2014. They're pursuing their passions with the same determination with which I pursued mine. I’m also passionate about giving back to the community, and choose to do that by donating services to Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky. While working with them over the past twenty years, I have helped them grow to be the largest raptor rehabilitation group in Kentucky. When I’m not practicing medicine, I enjoy reading, writing, swimming and chilling out on the lake with my loved ones.
Dr. Nic Dixon
I've always had an interest in veterinary medicine. During the summer after my high school graduation, I had to take our family cat into the vet for his annual checkup. As I left our house, my mom yelled out the door, "If you're serious about this vet thing, you might want to ask if they have a job for you!"
So while waiting in the reception area at Dr. Keith Grubbs’ office in Danville, Kentucky, I nonchalantly asked the office manager (who happened to be working the reception desk), "Are you all hiring?" The office manager stood up, eyes wide, and said, "Are you serious! When can you start?" Caught a little off-guard by the sudden excitement over my question I answered, "Tomorrow?"
I started the next day, walking dogs, cleaning kennels and caring for patients, eventually working my way into the assistant position in the exam rooms and surgical suite. I worked there every summer during my undergraduate studies until I went to veterinary school. I graduated with a major in biology and minor in chemistry from Bellarmine University and completed my veterinary studies at Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine.
I’m still as in love with veterinary medicine as I was when I started. I love to work with my hands, so all aspects of veterinary medicine are enjoyable, but surgery really lets me use my hands on a different level. Dermatology is also a strong interest of mine. Ultimately, I love preventive medicine and helping owners develop a stronger relationship with their pets. Keeping pets healthy (exercise, diet, lifestyle) not only helps our pets, but also helps their families. Honestly, I feel very fortunate to be able to work with such well-loved members of people’s families!
On the personal side, I have one cat, Gabriel, who was a stray kitten found outside Dr. Grubbs' office in the summer of 2006 (my last summer before veterinary school). Every year, we had strays come through the practice, and every year I would have to fight the urge to take one (or all of them!) home. However, Gabe came at the right time as I headed to Auburn. He became my connection back to Kentucky, and I have always said he could be thanked for ensuring I would always wake up in time for class; that cat will not miss a meal! He probably has some decent skills as a veterinarian, too, as he also never missed a chance to plop down right on my binders full of notes as I tried to study. I'm not sure if he was reading anything, or just hoping to absorb it all through osmosis.
Though I grew up in Casey County, Kentucky on my family’s farm, my wife, Michelle, is a Louisville native and we have a beautiful daughter, Maya, and a little boy named Henry James. And, even though I’m an Auburn alum, my true loyalty lies with The Ohio State Buckeyes in all things sports.
Dr. Tracy Peckham
I’ve worked as a veterinarian for 16 years and can honestly say that I love this career. While I grew up thinking that I would be a human physician, a stint volunteering in a hospital when I was younger changed my mind--the human medical field just did not work for me! I always had so many pets and volunteered for many years at a wildlife center, that at the tender age of fourteen, I decided to become a veterinarian. I’m really glad I did--I love my furry patients!
I earned my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, but probably my most interesting veterinary learning experience was my internship at a hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. It was a difficult but amazing adventure! I’ve spent most of my life in the midwest, so it was incredibly fascinating to treat snake bites, fungal diseases and other conditions specific to the southwest.
I love all aspects of veterinary internal medicine, and am very interested in geriatric/hospice animal care, acupuncture and rehabilitation medicine for dogs and cats. In fact, I’m leading Shelden Veterinary Care’s new physical therapy program!
I moved to Louisville from St. Louis to work at Shelden Vet Care in the spring of 2015 with my husband Matt and our whole crew of feathered and furry kiddos. They’re a motley bunch that we either rescued or adopted when they were dumped at my previous veterinary clinic, and I wouldn’t trade them for the world. Outside of veterinary medicine, I love to read fiction and to sing!
I started working in the veterinary field twenty-five years ago, during which time I worked extensively with Dr. Shelden, and loved every minute of it. Then, seventeen years ago, I was blessed with quadruplets and left the field to raise my children. Fast forward to four years ago, when Dr. Shelden decided to start her own practice, and asked me if I would be her office manager. I happily agreed. Since that time, I’ve been relearning the job and am thrilled to once again be working in the field that I love. It’s exciting to watch veterinary medicine change and grow, and I enjoy helping shape this practice to reflect our high standards of care and our love of pets. I especially love meeting new puppies and kittens,and watching the bond grow between pets and their families!
My own family consists of both two- and four-legged members. I’m lucky to be married to my best friend, Tim, and he and I have four teenaged kids. We also have two cats, Cheddar and Miley. Cheddar is a shorthaired orange tabby who loves kids and always wants to be the center of attention. Miley the brown tabby is in love with my husband and follows him everywhere.
When I’m not working or running the kids around, I really enjoy going for walks, reading and chilling out with my family.
Project Manager & Team Development Lead
I grew up in the veterinary field, but only officially joined the industry in January 2015. Despite being the family trade, I was never attracted to the medical side of things; I knew I could do a lot more good in the veterinary industry on the management side.
I graduated from the University of Louisville's College of Business in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and a minor in Management.
I'm most interested in building a great culture at Shelden Vet. My goal is to make our practice the best possible place to work! We're doing a lot to make that happen, but it mostly comes down to listening to your team and fostering open communication. This is a tough industry to work in, so it's important that we take care of ourselves in addition to our patients!
I have two four-legged kids and quite a few freshwater fish. Dylan is an English shepherd and my co-pilot; he's definitely the coolest dog I've ever known. Mona is my gorgeous long-haired calico with a dark past. She's an oddball, even by feline standards, but I adore her.
I live with my long-time boyfriend in the Highlands, and am lucky to have Cherokee Park right outside my front door. When I'm not working, I love to be in the kitchen making tasty food (especially baked goods!), in the studio sewing or playing harp, or out on the road with my favorite local running group.
Floor Inventory Manager
Growing up, I saw the many injustices that happen to animals on a daily basis in our world, and decided that I wanted to make a difference by helping them. Thus did I embark on my journey into veterinary medicine. I started helping animals by volunteering at Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky, and graduated with an Associate's Degree in Veterinary Technology in 2015. In the spring of 2018, I passed the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician.
All aspects of veterinary medicine fascinate me, and I feel fortunate that after a day filled with helping pets, I get to go home to the loves of my life--my two kitties Isis and Bast, my dog Hershey and my wonderful husband.
Emily B, LVT
Licensed Veterinary Technician
I've worked in the veterinary field since 2011, and love the fact that I get to fulfill my dream of improving the lives of pets and their owners on a daily basis. In April 2015, I passed my board exam to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician.
While all aspects of veterinary medicine interest me, I have an acute fondness for dentistry; there are few things better than taking a pet’s mouth that is full of disease, and turning those same teeth sparkling white and healthy! In fact, I'm currently working on getting boarded in veterinary dentistry. This is an extremely difficult certification to complete, with only a 3% pass rate, but so far I've been doing very well.
I own many pets of all shapes and sizes. My largest is a horse, a five-year-old American Saddlebred, whose show name is CC's Main Heir, or CC for short. I also own an eleven-year-old Chihuahua named Scrappy, though he's more my husband's dog (Scrappy loves his dad)! I’ve also owned pocket pets my whole life, and right now have four rats, two girls, Nala and Kiara, and two boys, Dorian and Harry.
Lastly, I’m a major geek in my free time. Whether it’s science fiction, fantasy, anime or manga, I love it all!
Licensed Veterinary Technician
Caring for animals is my life’s calling. Since I was three years old caring for my first goldfish, I knew I wanted to work in the veterinary field. I have worked specifically in veterinary medicine for ten years, but have been involved with the field since 2003.
I earned my Bachelors of Science in Veterinary Technology from Murray State University in 2012 and became a certified veterinary technician in Kentucky the following year.
I really enjoy the reproductive aspect of veterinary medicine, as well as animal behavior. I hope to specialize in reproductive therapy one day, but for now I’m focusing on the Fear-Free initiative at Shelden Vet Care, and looking at how we can make each pet’s visit a low-stress one.
I currently have 2 pug crosses named Rufus and Cleatus. 2 bearded dragons named Citronella and Agave, and a small swarm of Gouramis.
I have recently moved back to Kentucky from Texas to be closer to my family, as I just had my first child, a beautiful baby boy. My husband and I couldn’t be more proud, and once our life settles down, I look forward to taking my family on outings and going on adventures as I relearn about my hometown.
Megan Adair, CVT
Certified Veterinary Technician
What started as a summer job cleaning kennels after high school grew into a career in veterinary medicine. I climbed the ranks, going from a kennel assistant to a Certified Veterinary Technician. And even after 14 years, I’m still in love with this field.
I got my Associates in Applied Animal Science from Rockford Career College in IL, and passed my boards to receive my Certified Veterinary Technician license soon after. I am passionate about anesthesia and pain management. I believe that no animal should be in pain if we can help it.
I have 2 dogs, both standard poodles, named Draco and Luke. They are fantastic dogs that really enrich our lives so much. We frequently take them for walks, hiking, biking, traveling and just for car rides and outings.
I also have fancy goldfish that I really enjoy! My husband and I have multiple fish and tanks between us; we’ve really developed a passion for our aquariums.
We moved down from Wisconsin to Louisville at the start of 2017, and are working on renovating our new house. Family is really important to us, so we try and visit when we can.
Between my dogs and fish, we are kept pretty busy. Taking the dogs for outings to hike or explore a park is a favorite activity of ours. We really enjoy golfing, but don't seem to get out as much as we would like. I also enjoy sitting down with a good book when I have the chance.
I chose to become part of the veterinary field after the loss of one of my best friends. His name was Jake. Though he couldn't talk, he sure was a great listener; he was always willing to lend an ear. I remember him as a simple guy--it only took a couple tosses of the tennis ball to cheer him up. Then one day I came home and he wasn't moving. I didn't know what to do. I remember the helplessness I felt and the anger towards myself that I couldn't do anything to save my best friend. That really spurred me to take an interest in the veterinary field. I want to help educate people and help take care of their pets. I’m currently attending the University of Louisville (Go Cards!). I’m studying business, specifically international business.
I have two dogs and two cats. Woody is a dachshund and Jessie is a labrador we rescued as a pair. I recently adopted a kitten that was rescued from a local rock quarry. He's solid black and a resilient little guy, so Bagheera seemed like the perfect name. My other cat is Leo, who is a chill and regal long-haired orange tabby.
Head Client Service Representative
I'm new to the veterinary field and am thankful that Shelden Veterinary Care is giving me the opportunity to do what I love. I’ve chosen to pursue veterinary medicine as a career simply because I love animals, and find joy in helping them. I'm a vegetarian for the same reason.
I really enjoy learning about animal behavior. I used to watch pet behavior shows on Animal Planet and would try the training techniques I learned with the pets I took care of while volunteering at the Humane Society. I find behavior training not only fun, but also rewarding, because you get to see your work pay off with happier, calmer pets!
I am the proud mama of 2 cats, both domestic short hairs. Imah is 4 years old, but still a kitten at heart. She loves playing with her stuffed toys and staring out the window at birds. I think she likes hearing her own voice, because she meows all the time. Penelope (Peeps) is 6 years old and although she's a little bit more laid back than Imah, she still enjoys running after laser pointers! She's fun to mess with because she will let you do anything to her. They both love the bathtub. They wait for someone to get out of the shower just to lick up the excess water.
In my free time, I enjoy eating Indian food and playing video games with my boyfriend.