Dr. Bill Kellner, our Chief of Staff, is a graduate of the University of Vermont. After college he moved to Colorado where he took up dogsled racing with his five beloved Siberian Huskies. Bonding with his “team” helped to crystallize his passion for animals and led to his desire to become a veterinarian—therefore Dr. Bill moved his lead dog, Mokee, to Michigan where they attended Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
After graduating with honors from MSU, Mokee gave Dr. Bill the OK to get married and the two of them and Dr. Bill’s new wife moved to New Mexico. There, he practiced in a mixed-animal hospital on the northern New Mexico Highlands, and after getting kicked by wild range cows one too many times, Dr. Bill decided it was time to focus exclusively on companion animals.
In time, Dr. Bill, his not-so-new wife and Mokee moved to Vermont and opened Ark Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Bill and his wife have two kids and share their home with two dogs and a cat. Bill’s lead dog, the wonderful Mokee, lived to be nearly 18.
Dr. Bill’s hobbies include family time, running (though his wife doesn’t actually call it a hobby, instead using the term “addiction”) and skiing. Dr. Bill has participated in many road marathons but prefers to run ultra-distance trail races. He has completed several 50 milers and three 100-mile trail races with more on the way!
Dr. Bill is a member of many professional organizations, including the Vermont Veterinary Medical Association, The American Veterinary Medical Association, The American Animal Hospital Association, The American Veterinary Dental Society, The International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management and The American Association for Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians.
Dr. Bill is also an Alternate Path Resident in the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC), an advanced, mentored training program, with the goal of qualifying to take the AVDC’s specialist board exam. Dr. Bill provides advanced dental care and oral surgery, including root canal therapy to save broken and dead teeth.