Dr. Jeff Payne:
Jeff and Retta attended The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. They graduated in June of 1985, took boards, got married, packed up and moved to Somerset County. They worked at White Oak Veterinary Clinic in mixed animal medicine. Jeff did a variety of work with dairy and beef cattle, horses, sheep, pigs and pets while Retta concentrated on pet animals.
In late 1989 they decided to focus on small animals and on January 2, 1990 opened the first Somerset area small animal exclusive veterinary hospital. Somerset Veterinary Hospital started as a lease-hold facility until 1993 when they built and moved into their new hospital just one building north of the initial location.
They enjoyed concentrating on working with pets and their owners adding new technology along the way to be able to provide the most efficient and up to date care. Meanwhile they raised their two sons, Matthew and Christopher; cats D.C., Ben and Willie; a succession of Collies, Spirit, Amber and Belle; Labrador Bear and German Short-haired Pointers Wigeon, Teal and Apple. They enjoyed birding, traveling and gardening on their small mountain farm.
Tragedy struck in 2009 when Retta was diagnosed with fast-acting pancreatic cancer. We lost her in November of that year.
Restructuring took place at Somerset Veterinary Hospital, P.C. in 2011 and now Dr. Jeff is very pleased to be working with Dr. Penny Iliff and Dr. Robert Henry. We continue to add new services to provide the best medicine and surgery possible for our patients. Dr. Jeff greatly enjoys working with pets and their families and providing both medical and surgical care.
New and exciting in Dr. Jeff's life was his July 2014 marriage to the former Carolyn LaBute. They enjoy traveling, puttering in the gardens and fields around the farm, bicycling and hiking in Somerset County and playing with the dogs which now include Yorkies Kota and Chloe. Dr. Jeff enjoys hunting with his shorthair Apple (pictured here with Teal who passed away in 2012). He recently added Sora (pictured), a rather energetic German Shorthair Pointer to the mix and (usually) enjoys training her to be a bird dog.
Dr. Penny Iliff
Dr. Penny Iliff is a graduate of the University of Florida. She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and was raised in Bradenton, Florida. Penny worked for many years as a certified veterinary technician before earning her DVM at the University of Florida. After graduation she worked in a small animal hospital and emergency practice in Tallahassee, Florida. She moved to Somerset County and began working at Somerset Veterinary Hospital in July 2011. Her special interests include feline medicine, dentistry and surgery. She is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners (http://www.catvets.com ). She currently has 3 cats (Isaac, Dharma and Boy Boy) and 2 dogs (Panda and Sydney). She enjoys hiking, bicycling and playing with her daughter.
Dr. Meghan Younkin
Dr. Meghan Younkin is a graduate of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her clinical training at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Meghan has worked in general practice and emergency medicine prior to Somerset Veterinary Hospital. She also spent a year focusing on small animal surgery at MedVet Cincinnati. Meghan not only has a passion for small animal surgery but also has a true appreciation for preventative veterinary medicine, spay/neuter, internal and external parasite control, annual wellness visits, dental health, proper pet nutrition, geriatric pet care, client education, and honoring the human-animal bond. She has a strong background in community service and has strived to make community service a constant focus in her life. She enjoys joining Animal Alliance Partners, Inc. and volunteering her surgical skills with spay/neuter clinics at Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. In addition to this, she hopes to contribute to the Caribbean spay/neuter work that takes place in locations such as Aruba, Belize, and even traveling back to St. Kitts and Nevis. Outside of work, she enjoys taking advantage of the outdoors. Hiking, camping, biking, and gardening to name a few favorites. Meghan’s husband is also a veterinarian who will be an equine surgeon for Brown Equine Hospital here in Somerset. Meghan and her husband have 6 dogs (Owen who is in this photo, Mango, Pistol Pete, Tobey, Mojo, and Bowser), 3 cats (Guinness, Ting, and Brutus), and one hamster named Hammie. Meghan is excited to be in Somerset near family, joining the Somerset Veterinary Hospital team, and looking forward to being a part of her surrounding community.