MEET OUR VETERINARIANS
Dr. Keely Bertram, DVM
Dr. Bertram grew up a child of a National Park service family, where she developed a great appreciation for all types of animals both domestic and wild. During her high school years she worked at Oakhurst Veterinary Clinic where she fostered a variety of orphaned babies from birds, squirrels, and possums, to kittens and puppies. She attended Fresno City College and Fresno State University prior to transferring to the University of California Davis, where she was awarded her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2002.
Dr. Bertram joined Atwater Merced Veterinary Clinic as an associate veterinarian in 2004. Dr. Bertram maintains regular clinic hours at both the Atwater and Merced Locations.
Her household is full of a multitude of pets. There is Clementine Rose (her beloved basset hound), Lenny & LoLo Two (weechuahuas!), Amy and Beaurgard Festis the cats; and Turtle, the 20+ year old box turtle. Dr. Bertram has a history of adopting a stray for each year she works. Who knows what type of critter is next!
Dr. Haley Bartlett, DVM
Dr. Haley Bartlett is a California native, born in the San Francisco Bay Area and happily transplanted to the Central Valley. Dr. Bartlett has always loved animals, and dreamed of pursuing a career in veterinary medicine very early. She was thrilled to earn her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science in 2017, and went on to earn her DVM from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2022.
Dr. Bartlett’s favorite parts of vet med include dairy production medicine, goats, camelids, surgery, nutrition, dermatology, and of course the owners! She loves being a mixed animal vet, helping critters large and small!
In her free time, Dr. Bartlett loves to spend time with her husband, Joe, and their four (for now) fur children, Hazel the black lab, Olive the border collie mix, Pepper and Goose the cats! She also enjoys spending time outdoors, crafting, traveling, and being a plant mom. Dr. Bartlett looks forward to meeting you and your pets!
Dr. Sam Katten, DVM
Dr. Sam Katten is a dedicated and passionate veterinarian with a strong affinity for animal science and a special fondness for sheep. He embarked on his academic journey at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science in 2019. Throughout his undergraduate years, Dr. Katten actively participated in managing the school’s flock of sheep, solidifying his interest in small ruminant medicine and reproduction.
His insatiable curiosity and commitment to animal care led him to further his education at the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. In 2023, he proudly achieved his lifelong goal of becoming a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from Tufts University. During his time at Tufts, Dr. Katten delved deeper into his passion for sheep and small ruminant care, honing his skills in the intricacies of their health and reproductive systems.
Beyond his professional pursuits, Dr. Katten possesses a diverse range of hobbies. An avid runner and hiker, he finds solace in the great outdoors, relishing the chance to connect with nature. In contrast, his love for video games allows him to explore virtual worlds and challenge his strategic thinking. Dr. Katten’s enthusiasm for sports, particularly professional football and college basketball, further enriches his life. He is an unwavering supporter of the New York Jets!
With his strong academic foundation and hands-on experience, he is poised to make a lasting impact in the field and contribute to the well-being of animals under his care.
Dr. Amanda Farr, DVM
Dr. Amanda Farr is a remarkable veterinarian with a diverse range of experiences and a strong passion for animal care. Her journey began at South Dakota State University, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology in 2018, with minors in Chemistry and Animal Health. Her academic foundation laid the groundwork for her future endeavors in the field of veterinary medicine.
In 2023, Dr. Farr achieved a significant milestone by graduating from Iowa State University with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree. Her dedication to learning and her commitment to the well-being of animals drove her to excel in her studies and gain the skills necessary to provide top-notch veterinary care.
Beyond her veterinary pursuits, Dr. Farr proudly serves as a member of the South Dakota Air National Guard. For nearly a decade, she has been an aircraft structural maintainer, showcasing her dedication, discipline, and versatility.
With a heart for animals and a desire to create positive experiences for them, Dr. Farr is Fear Free certified, demonstrating her commitment to ensuring that veterinary visits are as stress-free and comforting as possible for pets. Her empathetic approach and knowledge make her an invaluable asset to her patients and their owners.
Dr. Farr’s professional interests span various facets of veterinary medicine. Her expertise in small animal dentistry, as well as her fascination with beef cattle and pigs, highlights her dedication to providing comprehensive care across different species.
Outside of her professional commitments, Dr. Farr’s roots in agriculture run deep. Growing up on her family’s farm in South Dakota, where they raised beef cattle and finished hogs, she developed a genuine connection to farm life. Her passion for animals extended to the rodeo arena before college, and she looks forward to rekindling her love for riding horses and roping.
In her leisure time, Dr. Farr enjoys a diverse range of activities, from hiking and running to reading and engaging in DIY projects. Her upcoming goal of running her first full marathon in the winter reflects her determination and perseverance. With a few half marathons under her belt already, she’s well on her way to achieving this feat.