The Neighborhood Veterinarian
Dr. Susan Bartz, or "Dr. Sue" as she is more affectionately known by friends and clients alike, knew by the third grade that all she wanted to be when she grew up was a veterinarian.. Now, some 45+ years later, she admits she still loves what she does for a living and cannot imagine doing anything else!
Born and raised in the heart of America's Dairyland in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Dr. Sue had her first experiences with animals on the dairy farm where her father lived as a child. Her interest in veterinary medicine ultimately led her to Purdue University, where she received an athletic scholarship, excelling in both the classroom and on the basketball court. An NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship allowed her to further her animal experience while she pursued a master's degree in animal science at Montana State University. Her academic "career" finally came to a close at Iowa State University, where she obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1988.
After moving to Indianapolis in 1990 and working as an associate veterinarian for 12 years, Dr. Sue finally gave in to an "inner voice" that moved her to pursue the establishment of her own animal hospital. With the help and support of friends and clients alike, The Neighborhood Veterinarian Animal Hospital became a reality. The hospital's name not only reflected its location, but also its goal to be an integral part of the local community.
Although owning and operating an animal hospital keeps her extremely busy, Dr. Sue also manages to save some of her "free" time to enjoy a variety of other hobbies and volunteer opportunities. She was a member of the Indianapolis Arts Choral for many years. She's even performed the National Anthem at a number of amateur and professional sporting events! Dr. Sue volunteers with the Indiana Sports Corporation, currently sitting on committees for the Big Ten Women's Basketball Championships (where she also is the public address announcer for all the games in Conseco Fieldhouse), the 2005 & 2011Women's Final Four, and the 2005 Solheim Cup. Her ties to Purdue University are still strong, where she is a member of the John Purdue Club and the President's Council. And, if there's any time left (!) she loves trying to escape back to the mountains of Montana where she enjoys hiking in Glacier National Park.
Dr. Sue shares her home with her three "kids" - Digger, Clyde, and Lacy - all special kitties she's rescued through the years. She gladly welcomes the opportunity to help you with your "special kids" as the Neighborhood Veterinarian is totally committed to providing all of its clients and their pets with the best of "Professional service and personal care
Annie graduated from Purdue University in 1998 with a degree in Aquatic Sciences. Her love for fresh water changed to companion animals when she took her first job in the bacteriology department at The Animal Disease Diagnostic Lab at Purdue. Another career change came with a move to Indianapolis where she started as a Veterinary Assistant for Dr. Sue. Over the last several years Annie has become a familiar face to the clients of The Neighborhood Vet. She oversees many of the daily responsibilities of the staff as well as well as a direct contact for client communications. Annie has a soft spot for puppy behavior and senior pet wellness.
Annie lives in Carmel with devoted husband and two young boys that keep her on her toes. You will often find a slew of whippets in tow as well! Most weekends are spent watching her kids play sports, whippet racing, running and enjoying her husband’s cooking!
Amy graduated from IUPUI with a degree in Psychology. To pay for school, she started working as a veterinary assistant in 2002 and fell in love with the job. Her main interest is in dentistry, but she loves the ‘gross’ parts of the job. She married her husband, John, in August of 2010 and they’ve been fascinated with traveling ever since. Along with traveling, Amy enjoys gardening, cooking with her husband and relaxing with a glass of wine.
Amy and John share their home with 4 dogs and 2 cats. Klyde(Great Dane), Bits (shepherd mix), Anja (cocker spaniel), Cinder (cocker spaniel), Mishka (the sweetest kitty every) and Klondike (he’s a cat, but don’t tell him that!).
Emily decided to go back to school and get her Associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology after working in retail sales for several years, and needing a change doing something she felt passionate about. She has been working in practice since 2012 and really enjoys her job.
In addition to working as an RVT, Emily enjoys singing, writing, working out, and spending time with her husband Chris, her son Luca, and her two crazy dogs, Charley and Finnegan. They love living in Indianapolis and are happy to be a part of The Neighborhood Veterinarian team!
Graduated from Harrison College in 2010, obtained an Associates degree in Veterinary technology. Spent 6 years at another veterinary clinic here in town and joined the Neighborhood Veterinarian in May 2016.
I am married, mother of 3, and have 2 dogs. Bear is a 6 year old Newfoundland, and Emma is a 6 year old English pointer/lab mix.
In my free time I enjoy spending time with family, painting, and working on my health/fitness.
Lace Richey RVT is a 2017 graduate of Harrison College Veterinary Technician program. She has a special interest in patient care.
She lives with her fiancé and two dogs, Sweet Pea and Sandy