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Meet the Veterinarians of Camelot Court Animal Clinic

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Donald Dinges, DVM, Owner

Dr. Donald Dinges began his lifelong pursuit of veterinary medicine in Fairway, KS, where he grew up with pets since he was 5 years old. He enjoyed traveling to the veterinarian with his mother for all of their pets' checkups, and Dr. Dinges says he was hooked on becoming a veterinarian after his very first office visit. During high school, he worked at a boarding kennel, and during his pre-veterinary years, he worked for a veterinary research company.

In 1977, Dr. Dinges earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Kansas State University. He was a member of Alpha Zeta Tau, an organization that recognizes exceptional grade point averages during his undergraduate years. After college, Dr. Dinges studied veterinary medicine at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He was awarded the Frank Morgan Clinical Pathology Award in 1981, the same year he earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. After practicing veterinary medicine for almost a decade, Dr. Dinges purchased Camelot Court Animal Clinic in September 1990.

Over the span of Dr. Dinges's career, he's earned entrance into several veterinary organizations including the Kansas City Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association. His professional interests include internal medicine, surgery, dermatology, ophthalmology, nutrition and geriatric care.

"The most satisfying aspect about being a veterinarian is developing relationships with clients and their pets," Dr. Dinges says. "I get great insight from owners about what drives their bond with their pets. Then based on that relationship, it helps me advise the owners on their treatment options."

At home, Dr. Dinges has a longhaired Chihuahua named Roxie, two Chinese Crested/Chihuahua mixes named Basil and Gertie and an Australian Shepherd named Piper. He and his wife Mary Dinges—a nurse at Kansas University's Bone Marrow Transplant Center—have a daughter named Emily. Dr. Dinges participates in the annual Kelsey Smith Golf Tournament, and spends his free time traveling, golfing, playing handball, skiing and walking his dogs.

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Thomas Mckee, DVM

Veterinarian Dr. Thomas Joseph McKee joined the medical team at Camelot Court Animal Clinic in 2008. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and his main veterinary interest is internal medicine. Dr. McKee's favorite part of being a veterinarian is taking on a challenging case and successfully diagnosing and resolving it to the mutual benefit of the patient and the owner.

Dr. McKee studied biology and pre-veterinary sciences at Montana State University and Kansas State University, and earned his Bachelor's Degree in 1975. He went on to study veterinary medicine at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine where he earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1980. Dr. McKee is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.

Before becoming a veterinarian, Dr. McKee worked in mixed and large animal practices as an assistant and livestock handler. He credits Dr. Iain Paton—a Scottish veterinarian he knew during his formative years—as his inspiration for pursuing veterinary medicine.

At home, Dr. McKee has a Shetland Sheepdog named Lucy and a Yellow Headed Amazon parrot named Mickey. He and his wife Kathy—a retired nurse—have three children named Iain, Sarah and Andy. Dr. McKee is a member at the local Presbyterian Church, and he volunteers as a Boy Scout leader. In his free time, he enjoys playing the Scottish Highland Bagpipe, listening to Celtic and folk music, exploring the outdoors, fishing and hiking.

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James R. Swanson, DVM

Dr. James Swanson became a veterinarian at Camelot Court Animal Clinic in 2011. He is a member of the Kansas City Veterinary Medical Association, and his areas of professional interest include exotic pets, orthopedic surgery and the treatment of osteoarthritis. Dr. Swanson's favorite part of being a veterinarian is alleviating arthritic pain in dogs and cats, and the orthopedic repair of skeletal systems.

Growing up with a father who was a veterinarian in Kansas City, Dr. Swanson was motivated to follow in his footsteps. He earned a Bachelor's Degree from Kansas State University in 1981 and immediately continued at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, where he earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1983. While at veterinary school, Dr. Swanson was recognized as the Outstanding Student Surgeon by his professors.

At home, Dr. Swanson has two Labrador retrievers named Kai and Kiwi. He and his wife Lisa have three sons and five grandchildren. In his free time, Dr. Swanson enjoys running triathlons and photography.

Tina Murray, DVM

Dr. Tina Murray joined the veterinary team at Camelot Court Animal Clinic in August 2016. Originally from Emporia, KS, Dr. Murray studied secondary education and English at Emporia State University and earned her Bachelor's Degree in 1987. In 2008, Dr. Murray earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Murray is professionally interested in internal medicine and surgery, and is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Kansas City Veterinary Association and the Kansas Veterinary Association. Her favorite part of being a veterinarian is being trusted by pet owners to take care of their pets.

At home, Dr. Murray has a golden retriever named Zeke, a mix breed dog named Audrey and three Siamese cat mixes named Frances, Ambrose and "The Kitten." In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities, live music, sporting events and traveling.

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Lauretta Richtermeyer, DVM