People and pets routinely died from infections before penicillin, the first antibiotic, was introduced in the first half of the 20th century. Today, veterinarians use antibiotics to treat many typ ...View Article
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Doctor Gary Lattig and his Lhasa Apso, "Pookie Bear"
Doctor Gary Lattig
My interest in veterinary medicine stems from my fondest childhood memories, when my parents moved to a small farm in Idaho. It wasn’t a large piece of land, but it was one that required patience and hard work. Even though I was young, I was old enough to help Dad with the field plowing and chores with the animals. We had horses and cattle, dogs, cats and chickens. I participated in 4-H, and raised steers for sale in that program.
I attended the University of Idaho and earned my B.S. in Zoology. I then transferred to Washington State University where I earned my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1971. After graduating, I came to Modesto to work at Modesto Veterinary Hospital. I met my wife Linda here, and we have raised our family in Modesto since that time.
I am a member of the American Animal Hospital Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, California Veterinary Medical Association and the Northern San Joaquin Veterinary Medical Association. I am on the Board of the Veterinary Emergency Clinic Inc., and a past member of the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital External Advisory Board.
It is a part of our interest to help young people find out if veterinary medicine should be a career and have hired part-time helpers, and volunteers, from local high schools and colleges.
Outside the clinic, I enjoy backpacking, camping in the Sierras, being on a tractor, and being grandpa.
Doctor Debbie Greer and her dog, "DeeDee"
Doctor Debbie Greer Veterinarian
I have been practicing veterinary medicine in Modesto since graduating from the University of California at Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine in 1983. I currently live in Modesto with a menagerie of animals from horses, dogs, and cats to turkeys, goats, and chickens. In my free time, I love to ride horses in the mountains, boat and fish. I spent a number of years volunteering for Alley Cat Guardians to help reduce the pet overpopulation. “Beyond just loving animals, they need a voice of reason and compassion. I hope that I am that voice.”
Doctor Bruce Johnson Veterinarian
I grew up in the Midwest and had a dog and horse. I spent time with my grandparents in South Dakota where they raised cattle and I developed a strong interest in becoming a veterinarian. I attended veterinary school at Purdue University and graduate in 1984. I moved to California and first worked at an equine hospital. I went from there to a mixed animal practice, and in 1989 I went to work for Dr. Lattig and Dr. Dooley treating companion animals at Modesto Veterinary Hospital. I have been continuously employed by Dr. Lattig since then. I am proud to be a part of the professional staff at Standiford Veterinary Center since the two locations have recently combined.
In my spare time my wife and I enjoy our horses and traveling. We no longer compete with our horses and enjoy just riding at home. I have also have done custom leatherwork for 20 years and moved into refurbishing and dealing in antique leather working tools. We share our home with two horses, two dogs, four cats, and a varying number of cattle.