Interested in learning more about us?
The Country Vet is family-owned and operated right here in Canandaigua, NY. Since our clinic opened in 2009, we've built upon the principals of good medicine, client education and team work. Our team of knowledgeable vets and dedicated staff work together to provide a veterinary clinic we are all proud to be a part of!
Committed to the health and welfare of our patients and the education of our clients!
Dr. Yates is the founder and owner of The Country Vet. A graduate of the University of Georgia's School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Yates started his career in mixed animal practice in a rural area of Georgia. After a couple of year of practice, he joined the US Army for an adventurous stint before "settling" his family in New York. Upon moving to Canandaigua, he worked for John "Jack" Wright at Phelps Veterinary Hospital until Dr. Wright's untimely passing in 2009. The Country Vet was started shortly thereafter, and quickly outgrew the small office space of its beginnings. The current location was a definite labor of love, with much of the work being done by Dr. Yates and his family, but it turned a local eyesore into a thriving veterinary practice.
In his "spare time", Dr. Yates can usually be found working around the clinic or at home in the yard, building various projects and starting new adventures. He enjoys spending time with his wife and children, and is active in the Red Jacket Rotary and Boy Scout Troop 29 in Canandaigua.
Dr. Casale began working at the Country Vet not long after the doors first opened. He was an invaluable help in remodeling the old farmhouse that is now our clinic. Much of the woodwork inside the building can be credited to his work!
Originally from "downstate", Dr. Casale is a graduate of the Royal University of Bologna in Italy. He practiced several years at Canandaigua Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Casale also sits on the Farmington Town Board. His spare time is spent with his wife, Katherine, and a house full of grandkids. He also enjoys gardening, woodworking and studying history.
Dr. Coover came to us from Sodus Veterinary Hospital. With her interest in exotics and pocket pets, she brings a new expansion to our practice in that direction. A graduate from the University of Tennessee, Dr. Coover is a native of Phelps.
Dr. Kathleen Russell is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine graduate from Cornell University. Dr. Russell was born in Cheektowaga, NY, and before entering veterinary school, she worked as a veterinary assistant in a one-doctor small animal practice in East Amherst, NY, and interned with an ambulatory large animal veterinarian who served all of Western New York.
Dr. Russell graduated from the University of Buffalo, summa cum laude, with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences and a minor in pharmacology and toxicology. She enjoys fishing, traveling, hiking, trying different cuisines, touring Finger Lakes' wineries, horseback riding, and spending time with her husband and three dogs; Sterling, Bridget, and Buddy.
While in veterinary school, Dr. Russell worked as a student assistant at Cornell University's Equine and Farm Animal Hospital. During Dr. Russell's clinical year, she worked with cats, dogs, horses, small ruminants, and miniature pigs and completed a two-week rotation solely in small animal dentistry.