Dr. Pat was raised on a small farm in a suburb of Indianapolis. That is where her love for animals started. She attended Purdue University and graduated from Purdue University of Veterinary Medicine in 1976. While at Purdue, Dr. Pat meet her husband,Chuck, who was also going to vet school. When they graduated, they started a small animal practice across the street from Dr. Chuck's childhood home. Thru the years, the practice has grown and grown. Dr. Pat is a very proud mom of 2 children, Clay (an engineer at Novelis) and Dr. Jessica (a Purdue grad veterinarian practicing small animal medicine with her mom at Heritage Animal Hospital). Dr. Pat loves animals and people. She has 4 small dogs and loves to garden and spend time with her 3 grandchildren. She continues to love the field of veterinary medicine and giving quality care and compassion to all living things.
Dr. Jessica Cooke, along with her older brother, was born and raised in Terre Haute, Indiana. One could say that veterinary medicine runs in her blood. Both her mother and father are veterinarians, which meant that Dr. Jessica spent most of her life around animals and her parents’ veterinary hospital. As a child, Dr. Jessica earned her allowance by cleaning cages at the clinic. As she got older, she continued to work at Heritage; however, she took on additional responsibilities such as maintaining the kennels and boarding areas.
Dr. Jessica is a graduate of Terre Haute North High School. During her high school years she was actively involved in gymnastics. After high school, she made her way to Indiana University to pursue an undergraduate degree. She received her Bachelors in Biology in 2003. She continued her education at Purdue University, and received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2007. Additional professional experience includes externships at the Indianapolis Humane Society and with exotic animal veterinarian, Dr. Todd Driggers, in Arizona. Dr. Jessica is also a proud member of the AVMA and IVMA. In the past, she has also dedicated her time to participate in the Big Brother, Big Sister program in her community.
In her free time, Dr. Jessica likes to spend time with friends and family. One of her favorite things to do to wind down after a long day is to snuggle on the couch with her two dogs. Possum is her Bull Terrier and Puppy is her Pit Bull mix. On a heartfelt side note, Puppy was a parvo-positive, abandoned puppy found by a family acquaintance. Dr. Jessica nursed Puppy back to health, and she’s been a happy dog living the good life ever since!
Dr. Trevor Strahla grew up in Pimento, Indiana with three other siblings and currently resides in Coatsville, Indiana. He has always shown an interest in the health and well-being of animals, so it was only natural for him to become a veterinarian. As a hobby, Dr. Trevor had raised and showed Miniature Schnauzers for nearly 10 years. He has also been active in 4H Rabbit club since he was a boy, and continues to be a proud supporter of 4H. During his free time, Dr. Trevor enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with his pet and human family members. Speaking of pet family members, Dr. Trevor has a large household! He has three Parrotlets; one named “Y,” and the other two are unnamed at this time. He has four Russian Tortoises named Tasha, Lenny, Annastasia, and Pearl. Then he has two Greek Tortoises, who still haven’t found their names (it is difficult to determine the sex of Tortoises until they are much older)! And lastly, his beloved Miniature Schnauzers, Ben, Boo, and Izzy
Dr. Trevor received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1996 from Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. He is currently a member of the AVMA, and IVMA. Dr. Trevor joined the team at Heritage Animal Hospital nearly 10 years ago and continues to provide valuable experience and knowledge to all of his patients and clients. Dr. Trevor’s favorite part of his job is being able to send a pet home healthy and happy after they came to us sick.
Dr. Trevor Fun Fact: His favorite animal related movies are Black Stallion, That Darn Cat, and Misty!