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 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.