Dr. Julie Keene graduated from Smith College with her BA, then attended Cornell University to earn her MS, DVM, and Ph.D. After graduating, she worked as a small animal and exotics veterinarian in central New Hampshire for 4 years before joining the Veazie Veterinary Clinic in 2006.
In addition to being an excellent general practitioner, Dr. Keene is the team leader for the Canine Reproduction group. She has been providing clients with breeding management counseling and reproductive services since 2007. She regularly attends continuing education programs in reproduction.
“I enjoy canine reproduction services for many reasons, but the first that comes to mind is the joy of bringing healthy puppies into the world! I find the technical aspects of ensuring conception to be challenging and fun, and preparing frozen semen is simply amazing. But the most exciting is when the team unites during a caesarian section. As the surgeon, I love hearing the first squeals of the newborns, and seeing the line of staff ready to receive the next puppy as it emerges. The entire hospital comes together at those times, and we feel honored to be able to be part of bringing that litter into the world.”
Dr. Keene is also the team leader of our oncology services and has been providing clients with counseling in cancer management, chemotherapy and hospice care since 2008.
“My work with cancer management and hospice care gives me the opportunity to help make the final period of a beloved pet’s life as comfortable and happy as possible. This is a difficult time for any pet guardian, and I strive to help the family with their grief, and to help them to understand the complex medical issues in order to make the best decisions for themselves and for their beloved companions. The primary goal of chemotherapy and adjunct cancer management strategies is to improve the patient’s quality of life, and our team provides care with compassion to achieve this goal.”
Veazie Vet also added many endoscopic and laparoscopic procedures to our clinic services and Dr. Keene has been at the forefront in utilizing this equipment. We are now able to offer upper and lower GI scopes (colonoscopy), otoscopy (ears), vaginoscopy (urinary and reproductive), rhinoscopy (nose) and more using her training and interest in this unique equipment.
At home, Dr. Keene loves spending time with her husband Chris, her son Ian, and her Pembroke welsh corgi, Tristan. She enjoys organic gardening, hiking, camping, canoeing, birding, reading, and needlepoint.