Dr. Kaija Platacis received her DVM degree from Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. She has worked in two other veterinary clinics prior to finding her “home” with Franklin Animal Clinic in August of 2011. Dr. Platacis, affectionately called Dr. P, is a native to the Greenwood area. She met her husband, Jonathon, while attending Greenwood Community High School and they have been together ever since.
Dr. P has always fostered a special interest in all animals ever since she was a child. She was known to foster sick or injured wild-life and, as a toddler, was often found trying to get wild squirrels and birds to eat out of her hand. As she grew, she found her passion for animal welfare and became actively involved with local humane societies and other rescue programs. She has not lost her interest in helping rescue groups and has volunteered her time and services to the Indy Feral trap, neuter and release program since 2008.
Dr. P greatly enjoys developing relationships with pet owners and their companions. Prior to considering a career as a veterinarian, she had considered becoming a teacher. Veterinary medicine provides the perfect opportunity to combine medicine and the chance to educate. She takes great pride in providing individualized attention to every pet owner and pet so that, together, they can provide the best care possible for the pet. “There is no greater feeling than when a sick pet feels better, and celebrating that victory with the owner.” Within the veterinary field Dr. P has a passion for surgery, internal medicine, and dental care. In addition, she is a huge advocate for spay and neuter.
Outside of work, Dr. P enjoys reading, scrapbooking, crochet, and spending time with her family. When time permits, she and her husband love to travel. They have been lucky to visit many interesting places within the U.S. and abroad. A few of her most fond memories include assisting on a dairy farm in Ireland and snorkeling in the Caribbean. However, Dr. P and her husband just started the most exciting adventure of their lives as they welcomed their son in the spring.
Dr. Platacis currently shares her home and her heart with three cats: Sidda, Ella, and Lulu; their Lab mix, Samantha; and one very noisy little Quaker parrot, Tugboat, all of which are “rescues”. Who rescued who has yet to be determined!