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Our Veterinarians

3 dogs and a cat: Veterinary Support Staff in Temperance

Where else in Temperance can you find seven outstanding veterinarians under one roof? We're proud to introduce our experienced veterinary team, and we invite you to learn more about them in the bios below.

Dr. Christine Ravary, D.V.M.

Dr. Ravary was born and raised in North Toledo. After graduating from Toledo Central Catholic High School, she attended Bowling Green State University for her undergraduate studies.

Dr. Ravary began as an associate of Temperance Animal Hospital in 1995 after receiving her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University. In 2001, Dr. Ravary became the owner of Temperance Animal Hospital. She strives to present veterinary medicine to clients in an understandable and educational way. Her time is spent between practicing medicine and managing the business and team of T.A.H.

Her family includes her two sisters, one nephew, and her Boston Terrier “Maya”. In her time away from T.A.H., she enjoys yoga, vacations, and OSU sports. Go Buckeyes!

Dr. Todd Smith, D.V.M.

Dr. Smith was born in the hills of West Virginia and grew up in nearby Adrian, Michigan. After graduating from Adrian High School, he attended Michigan State University for both his undergraduate and veterinary programs. 

Upon receiving his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1995, he returned to his home town to practice for four years before joining Temperance Animal Hospital in March of 1999 (and moving to Bedford shortly thereafter). In October of 2010, Dr. Smith joined the ranks of Bedford Small Business Owners by becoming a Partner at Temperance Animal Hospital.

Dr. Smith’s special areas of interest lie in preventive health care and managing complex internal medicine cases. His career passion focuses on helping our patients and the families that love them cope with, fight, and survive cancer with dignity. Since 2001, he and our Oncology Team have treated numerous cancer patients.

Dr. Smith is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, the Toledo Veterinary Medical Association, the Human Rights Campaign, and Equality Toledo. He is a past-President of both the Southern Michigan Veterinary Medical Association and the Toledo Veterinary Medical Association. 

In his spare time, Dr. Smith can be found enjoying life -- perfecting his practice of Yoga; celebrating the diversity of the arts; writing amateur movie reviews; traveling; or enjoying a good book over a cup of coffee.

Dr. Debra Russett, D.V.M.

Dr. Russett has been a member of the Temperance Animal Hospital Team since 1996. Born in San Diego, CA she has lived in numerous locations as an Air Force dependent. As a child she always had friendly pets - dogs, cats and small pocket pets. 

Dr. Russett graduated from Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1986. She worked in emergency veterinary medicine in Vernon Hills , IL, Ft. Wayne, IN and Flint, MI. T.A.H. welcomed her as a staff veterinarian in 1996. Since then she has become an integral part of our team.

Her areas of interest at T.A.H. include general medicine and dentistry. When she is not working, you can find her enjoying the outdoors or reading a good book. Her current household includes her loving husband, her sweet cat Grendel, puppy Pan, and Minerva and Miranda – the two friendly snakes.

Dr. Cody Pollins, D.V.M.

Dr. Pollins was born in Hillsdale, Michigan and grew up right here in Temperance. After graduating from Bedford High School, Dr. Pollins began his Undergraduate studies at Monroe County Community College. In 2012 he transferred to Michigan State University where he completed his Undergraduate studies and went on to complete his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in May 2017.

Dr. Pollins decided to return home after graduation and has re-joined the Temperance Animal Hospital Team as an Associate Veterinarian. The special areas of interest in Veterinary Medicine that appeal to Dr. Pollins the most include Orthopedics, Laser Therapy, Surgery, and Dentistry.

Dr. Pollins’ family includes his Fiancé, 4 chickens, Goldendoodle, “Maui”, and Soft Wheaten Terrier, “Daisy”. When not at work, he enjoys playing sports such as soccer and volleyball, and woodworking.


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