Dr. Jennifer Coate
Dr. Jennifer Coate grew up in Celina, Ohio and received a B.A. in molecular biology from Ohio Wesleyan University. She has done research at the James Cancer Research Institute, Duke University Medical Center, and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine in areas ranging from cancer gene expression to creating a molecular model for the FIV virus. Dr. Coate graduated from veterinary school at The Ohio State University and went on to two small animal general practices in the Dayton and Columbus area. In the weeks following Hurricane Katrina, she also volunteered at a Louisiana hurricane relief animal shelter. Dr. Coate acted as the surgeon for the non-profit animal shelter, Citizens for Humane Action, spaying and neutering rescued animals for adoption. She joined the Best Friends staff in the summer 2008.
Dr. Coate lives with her husband, Matt, in Hilliard, Ohio. They have a very energetic Jack Russel-Beagle Mix named Mitchell and two cats, Dusty & George. Dr. Coate spends most of her free time renovating her house. She and her husband have the DIY bug and are always tackling a new home improvement project. She also enjoys long walks with Mitchell.