The Animal Clinic of Paulding was founded in the 1970's by Harold Wilkin, DVM with the vision of creating a medical practice that treats every client and animal with dignity and first-rate care. The Doctors and Vet Assistants at Animal Clinic are highly-trained and exceptionally friendly. We understand that for many, visiting a Veterinarian can be a stressful experience. Our comfortable surroundings and compassionate medical professionals will ease your fears.

Our animal hospital strives to improve pet health and longevity by providing for the diagnosis, treatment, prevention of pet injury and disease in the most humane manner, consistent with fiscal responsibility to the pet owner as well as to the hospital.

Dr. Tom V. Wilkin attended Ohio University for undergraduate, majoring in Biology, and graduated Summa Cum Laude.He attended The Ohio State University for Veterinary School. Upon graduation, he started at the veterinary practice with his father, Dr. Harold E. Wilkin. Tom has continued to practice in Van Wert. He also continues to practice at the Paulding Animal Clinic in Paulding, Ohio that his father had started. Tom has interest in travel, bicycling, and flying. He has four children with his wife that they are immensely proud of! Dr. Melissa Bowman graduated from Paulding High School with honors in 1988. She received a Bachelor of Science from The Ohio State University College of Agriculture’s Animal Science program in 1992 and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. Melissa began practicing in Gahanna, Ohio in a five doctor practice with a focus on internal medicine, surgery, and dentistry. After two years, she returned to Northwest Ohio and began general practice with Doctor Tom Wilkin. Melissa currently is co-owner of the Animal Clinic of Paulding and has provided full time services for Paulding county since 2004. Melissa volunteers her time to the local dog shelter providing care and medicine when needed and gives advice on animal abuse cases to the Paulding County Sherriff Department. Melissa is a board member of the local Ohio State Alumni club of Van Wert/Paulding counties, and member of the OVMA, and the AVMA. She is the 2013 award recipient of the Paulding High School Hall of Fame.
Audrey Hanenkratt is the office manager at Animal Clinic of Paulding. She has been with Dr. Wilkin and Dr. Bowman since 2000. She is a 1998 graduate of Wayne Trace High School. Her special interest in veterinary medicine is Dentistry. She resides in Payne with her husband Brion, their 2 dogs, and their cat. Beth Schweinsberg is a Veterinary Technician at the Animal Clinic of Paulding. She has been employed with Dr. Wilkin and Dr. Bowman since 2008. Her special interests in Veterinary medicine include canine and feline behavior, Radiology, and Neonatal Intensive Care. She strives to further her education to become a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Behavior Medicine. She shares her life and love with her husband Michael, their three children, two Boston terriers and their cat.
Stephanie Wagner grew up in Cecil, Ohio and graduated from Paulding High School in 2011. Since she was little, she knew that she wanted to go into this field because she loves the challenge of helping someone who isn't able to communicate with words. She attended Brown Mackie College in Fort Wayne, Indiana where she received her Associates Degree of Applied Science (Veterinary Technician). She complete her externship with the clinic from October-December 2013, and became employed here in January 2014. She married her husband Stephen Wagner on September 6, 2014. Together they live on a farm with goats, horses, chickens, cats, and their dog. Their daughter's name is Savannah.


The Animal Clinic of Paulding offers services for dogs, cats, and pocket pets. These services include disease and medical treatments for various conditions, preventative medicine through vaccinations and parasite medications, surgery, and dentistry. We have onsite digital xray and pre-surgical blood screening. All services are provided by appointment.


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For more information, to schedule an appointment with us or to refill your pet's medication, either call us during normal business hours or email us.


Phone: (419) 399-2871

Fax: (419) 399-3079

Opening Hours:  
Monday 9am - 12pm; 1pm - 5pm
Tuesday 12pm - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 12pm; 1pm - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 12pm; 1pm - 5pm
Friday 9am - 12pm; 1pm - 5pm