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Join Josh Gilbert (and his cat, Waffles) and the rotating cast of veterinarians Dr. Cloud, Dr. Cays, Dr. Nack, and Dr. Paige K. Stroud as they discuss all things animals. From proper diet, exercise, and vaccinations, to how to properly clean one’s shoe after walking through a mine field of animal waste. Call in Saturday mornings to 314-969-KTRS for all of your animal related questions and concerns.
Dr. Dennis F. Cloud is a General Practitioner and the Hospital Director of Rock Road Animal Hospital. He founded the practice in 1971.
Asked who first inspired him to become a veterinarian, Dr. Cloud says that his lifelong love of animals was supported and nurtured by his parents. “I was raised in St. Louis and they would let me bring home any injured or stray animal that I found and let me take care of them,” he says. “They also allowed me to raise homing pigeons on the roof of our home.”
For his undergraduate studies, Dr. Cloud attended the University of Missouri where he studied Pre-Veterinary Medicine and Agriculture. In 1964, he enrolled in the University of Missouri – Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine where he earned membership into the Phi Zeta Society, the honor society of veterinary medicine. Dr. Cloud graduated with his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1968.
Dr. Deborah Cays is a General Practitioner who has been with Rock Road Animal Hospital since 1991 when she started as a kennel attendant and then as a veterinarian in 2003.
Asked what influenced her to become a veterinarian, Dr. Cays says, “I have always wanted to be a veterinarian since I was 3 years old and I had unbelievable support from my family and friends throughout my life.” Now that she is a veterinarian she says, “The thing I like most is waking up each morning and looking forward to going to work.”
A native of St. Louis, Dr. Cays attended the University of Missouri for her undergraduate studies and received a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1998. She then enrolled in the University of Missouri – Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine and received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. Her areas of special professional interest include dermatology, endocrinology and pediatrics. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Cays is married to Dr. Allen Weltig, DVM. They were in the same graduating class in veterinary school, and the couple has two young children named Elizabeth and William. Their pets include a black Labrador Retriever named Belle, two cats named Gelpie and Logan (both are rescues), a 3-year-old Abyssinian guinea pig named PJ, a hedgehog named Penny and an assortment of lizards, snakes and tortoises.
Dr. Cays’ interests include basketball, fishing, shopping, walking and movies.
Dr. Bob Nack is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners specializing in canine and feline practice. A native of St. Louis, he has cared for pets at Webster Groves Animal Hospital since 2004. Dr. Nack attended Truman State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He then enrolled at the University of Missouri – Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine and received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1997.
Dr. Nack’s wife, Michelle, is also a veterinarian and the couple has four boys. They also provide a home for two cats named Milo and Jack and a dog named Hazel. Dr. Nack’s interests include studying history, especially American History, and teaching.
Dr. Paige K. Stroud is a General Practitioner who joined the medical staff at Rock Road Animal Hospital in July of 2007.
Originally from Paducah, Kentucky, Dr. Stroud says that the desire to become a veterinarian solidified during her time at a local veterinary hospital. “I worked with a young, ambitious veterinarian during high school and college,” she says. “She was 5’4″, confident, in charge and taught me that veterinary medicine has a place for women.”
Dr. Stroud attended Murray State University for her undergraduate studies and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 2000. She then enrolled in Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine where she again graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Stroud and her husband, Steven, a computer programmer, met while attending Murray State University. Their pets include three cats named Hampton, Oscar and Willie. Her interests include reading, gardening, yoga, travel and going to the movies.
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