Our Veterinarians

Dr. Lonnie Davis

Owner, Veterinarian

Dr. Davis grew up surrounded by animals on his family’s 120-acre farm in rural Ohio. Roaming the farm and seeing the wildlife of Ohio firsthand sparked his interest in veterinary medicine, and many years later the profession is still the love of his life!

Lonnie was a member of the 4H club as a young man, actively showing calves and pigs and working on conservation projects. He even won the State Fair Health competition, and was elected President of the State Junior Fair Board the next year!

Dr. Davis graduated from Ohio State University in 1969 with his Bachelors of Science in Agriculture. From there, he attended OSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine, receiving his DVM degree in June of 1973. After graduation, Lonnie worked in a busy and very successful practice in Louisville, Kentucky, for three years.

In June of 1976, Dr. Davis and his wife Naomi opened Troy Animal Hospital at its current location. Since then, it’s become the highly successful practice it is today, serving the pet owners of Troy, Miami County, and dog breeders and trainers throughout the country.

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Dr. Sarah Helman

Associate Veterinarian

Growing up in Tipp City, Ohio, both Sarah and her sister, Marie, wanted to become veterinarians. While Marie decided the pharmaceutical profession was the right choice for her, Sarah’s resolve to work with animals never wavered. Now she’s a full-time veterinarian at Troy Animal Hospital!

Dr. Morrow attended Wright State University for her undergraduate studies, then pursued her veterinary education at Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation in 2007, she practiced in Florida before returning home to Ohio.

Dr. Morrow truly enjoys coming to work every day, and is fascinated by all aspects of veterinary medicine. She has a special interest in internal medicine cases.

Sarah lives in Vandalia with her family. They have three dogs, a Mini Dachshund, a Terrior Mix and a Puggle, and two cats named Uno and Tennyson. In her free time, Dr. Morrow enjoys reading, running, playing with her pets, and spending quality time with family and friends.

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Dr. Julie Peterson

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Peterson grew up on a farm in Kansas wheat country, where the dusty dirt roads and flat plains were often explored on horseback. It wasn’t long before young Julie knew she wanted to become a veterinarian—she had decided on the profession by the time she was four years old!

Dr. Julie Peterson is a 1988 graduate of Kansas State University.  She has worked at the Troy Animal Hospital/Bird Clinic for 19 years.  She loves treating cats and dogs and has particular interest in the challenges and rewards of working with exotic pets.

Dr. Peterson has a “mini-many farm”–a small farm with many pets and an organic garden, orchard and apiary.

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Dr. Sarah Knight

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Sarah Knight grew up on a farm in Union City, Indiana. When she wasn’t being tormented by her twin brothers, she could be found spending time with her house pets or tending to sheep, rabbits, ducks, chickens, and calves in the barn. For her, a career in animal care simply made sense!

Dr. Knight attended Purdue University to earn her Bachelor’s degree in biology, then headed to Columbus, Ohio to attend veterinary school at Ohio State University. After graduation, she became a mixed-animal practitioner in Versailles, Ohio; a few years later, she decided to transition into small-animal care and found herself here in Troy. It wasn’t long before she became an Associate Veterinarian here at the clinic!

Dr. Knight enjoys soft-tissue surgical work and finds it especially rewarding when her skills help a pet to live a healthy, pain-free life. She’s also fond of meeting puppies and kittens and helping new pet owners get set up with everything they need.

Away from work, Dr. Knight likes hiking, kayaking, and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Mitch, have one pet: a German Shepherd named Chief.

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