Continuing our “Getting to Know” series, this month we share an interview with Dr. Ueno.

Our objective is for you to know more about each of us, why we’re passionate about pets and how we each developed the skills and experience to help maintain the wellness and health of your pets.

A Discussion with Dr. Stanley Ueno, DVM

Dr. Ueno

Where did you attend school?
I graduated from the University of Hawaii with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Zoology. While studying for my Master’s degree, I participated in research projects in animal science and comparative medicine. I received a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University, School of Veterinary Medicine.

When did you know you wanted to be a veterinarian?
I learned that I wanted to become a veterinarian during my fourth year of college while studying Pre-med to become a doctor. Through a part-time position working in a medical lab with physicians, I could sense I had a different medical calling. Despite being enrolled in medical school, I spoke with a group of veterinarians. I enrolled in a Master’s program to study animal health, loved the work and decided to enroll in Veterinary School. Looking back, I was told I was the only pre-med student at Washington State to enroll in Veterinary School. I am delighted in my choice as being a veterinarian is a joy in my life and is exceptionally fulfilling in every possible way.

What significant changes have you experienced practicing medicine over your career?
During my nearly 40 years as a practicing veterinarian, the quality of imaging and the expanding repertoire and efficacy of medicine have dramatically improved. These important advancements enable us to identify and treat diseases earlier and produce more positive outcomes. These methods in combination with my personal philosophy to treat every pet and owner as I would like to be treated have helped improve the pet care that we deliver for our clients.

Thinking back, is there any particular situation or treatment that has personally affected you?
Being a veterinarian is challenging and it keeps you sharp; there is always something new to learn and to share with pet owners. Regrettably, the terminal or end-of-life decisions that need to be made are difficult and painful. Everyone at Kirkwood knows that pets are an integral component of the family, and their illnesses dramatically impact the family. While there is some comfort in knowing a beloved family member did not suffer, the passing of a pet always deeply affects me. This is one part of practicing medicine that is always difficult and chokes me up.

What holds the most promise to help promote the health and longevity of pets?
Understanding that pets are integral members of the family and ensuring they have access to quality healthcare. And just as with people, regular exams, exercise and eating the right foods can dramatically increase the health and longevity of every pet. Fortunately, there is more information and a greater desire to understand how to better care for pets — and that we play a role in educating pet owners.

What factors do you attribute to the success of Kirkwood Animal Hospital over nearly four decades?
First, I believe in fairness and will never betray the trust bestowed upon us by pet owners. Every decision and action we take is to improve the health and comfort of pets; it is always about what is best for the pet. Second, I believe in providing exceptional pet healthcare at a fair price. We strive to provide the highest quality healthcare while managing our fees. I believe that every pet owner, regardless of their occupation, should be able to access our services. To manage expenses and maximize pet comfort, we harness our training and experience to diagnose problems and confirm those diagnoses with targeted tests. Unlike other animal hospitals, we do not run batteries of tests searching for a diagnosis — saving our clients time and money.

Can you share a bit about your family — how long you have been married and the names and careers of your children?
I have been married to my wife, Chris, for 40 years. We are perfectly complementary as Chris speaks five languages, enjoys music and is exceptionally creative. I am, on the other hand, scientifically and logically driven with a passion for medicine. We have two children, Jeremy who is a periodontist and Meryl who is an OBGYN. Meryl, at one time, wanted to follow in my footsteps as a veterinarian. However, two cat bites in two weeks and a trip to the Emergency Room altered her perspective and reinforced how much I love animals and pets.

Outside of helping pets, how do you spend your time?
In the rare moments when I am not working I enjoy golf, wine tasting and spending time with my family. I enjoy the ability to relax, unwind and walk into local stores wearing a T-shirt and flip flops!

Kirkwood Animal Hospital
The entire staff at Kirkwood Animal Hospital is dedicated to maintaining the health and wellness of your pet. We look forward to seeing you and your pet again and to sharing additional profiles of our passionate pet professionals.

Kirkwood Staff

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding your pet’s health.