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Current Relief States: 

Ohio - Greater Cincinnati area

Kentucky - Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati area

West Virginia/Indiana/Michigan/South Dakota - Please contact me for more information. 

I am Dr. Sara Porter. I graduated from Ross University in 2014 and my clinical year was at Michigan State University.

I thrive on education for pet owners/parents in general medicine with a strong interest in behavior, but know time is limited for appointments. 


My diverse background has allowed me to adapt to various work settings including those that have paper or electronic records, rural or urban, and adjusting to referral accessibility. Although I am most proficient with Avimark, I have worked with EzVet, ImproMed, Hippo, and Cornerstone as well.  I strive to do the best for the patient and clients in all settings including fear-free and low stress handling. I offer gold standard care, but also aware of cost limitations, access to specialized equipment, and the ability to refer. 

Behavior medicine is a passion of mine. I have worked with multiple clinics and local behavior trainers to manage cases including forms of anxiety (general and separation) and different levels of dog aggression.  I am equipped with non-slip mats, treats, and handouts to  help incorporate fear-free techniques in practice. 

Hospice and pain management are a vital part of veterinary care. I am familiar with Companion Laser, Assisi Loop, and multimodal pain management protocols. I encourage PRP, acupuncture and rehabilitation techniques when possible. 



Relief Pricing 
Updated for 2024 pricing
Currently not performing surgeries

Ohio and Kentucky: Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati area: Travel from 1820 Forest Run Drive 41051: $50 per 20 miles; $125/hr 8 hour minimum


Urgent care: $170/hr daytime up to 7pm

Emergency Care: $200/hr daytime up to 7pm

Weekend day general practice minimum: $933

West Virginia, Indiana, Michigan, and South Dakota - I have lapsed licenses but please contact me if you have a need for relief work. 

If you are more than 30 miles away, please contact me for more information.

Behavior Consulting

Currently not accepting new patients, please contact me if you are a veterinarian.

$300 per case includes:

  • 3 month follow up phone and email 

  • Continued outreach and communication with referring veterinarian/clinic

  • Prescribing medications as well as changes during the first year.

  • Consulting with a Board Certified Behavior Veterinarian if needed on complicated cases and/or Trainer

Ongoing consultation:

  • $100 for ongoing consultations for another 3 months on complicated cases PLUS $35 per phone consultation over 30 minutes.

Recheck consult:

  • $35 per email or phone consultation after the initial 3 months.

Minimum Booking

My current minimum booking is 8 hours/day for weekdays. Maximum is 10 hour days with preference for at least 20 minute wellness and 30 minute sick appointments. 

Practices over a 1.5 drive please contact for available hours.

This can also be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.


You will typically receive an invoice within 24-48 hours of work being completed. Invoices are typically due within 2 weeks of receiving the invoice. This can also be timed with your payroll.

20% fee is applied if overdue by 30 days.  If more than 30 days, see contract.

Cancellation Policy
I understand that sometimes circumstances denote that scheduled work needs to be cancelled. Any cancellations made outside of 30 days prior to the booked date will not incur a fee. However, any cancellations made within 30 days of the agreed upon schedule will levy a 6-hour minimum charge per day unless that date is rebooked. A good faith effort will be made on my own part to rebook any cancelled dates. However, it can be difficult to book specific dates on short (less than 30 day) notice. This policy is discretionary and will be applied on a case-by-case basis. 
Please note that as an independent contractor, I pay my own share of Medicare and social security tax (commonly known as the self-employment tax). I also cover the cost of my own malpractice, general liability, worker's compensation, and health insurance, and retirement. I am also responsible for my own continuing education, licenses, DEA, office supplies, and other expenses. My rates take these expenditures into account as well as my overall experience in veterinary medicine.


RELIEF SERVICES                                                                     

  1/16- Present

Relief veterinarian for areas within West Virginia, Indiana, South Dakota, and Michigan; Adding Kentucky and Ohio.  Medical and behavioral services were utilized. 



Efficient in triage, managing multiple cases, and communicating with clients after hours for any emergency needs including medical and surgical. Working with the Animal Clinic of Rapid City for behavioral consulting in order to help other veterinarians and clients further understand behavior and appropriate management plans.




Full-time managing associate in a single veterinary practice with a special interest in behavior and business management. Working with Walkerton and North Liberty police as a supplemental veterinarian for medical needs.  Working as the primary veterinarian for Heartland Animal Rescue for medical and surgical needs including exotic spay and neuter.


VIP PET CARE                                                                           INDEPENDENT VETERINARIAN             

  10/14- Present
Utilizing skills as a veterinarian to work with a variety of community partners to bring wellness veterinary clinics to communities.  





Tel:  574-292-2227 - PRACTICES ONLY

Dr. Sara Porter is a relief veterinarian that currently services Northern Kentucky, and Cincinatti, Ohio.

She does not see patients outside of the relief practices and cannot answer client questions by website message, email, phone, or text message.

State licensure

  • I am currently licensed to practice veterinary medicine in Kentucky and Ohio. Licenses are in good standing. I can provide copies of the state licenses upon request.


  • I carry my own malpractice liability, worker's compensation, and general liability. I can provide proof of this coverage upon request.

DEA Licensure

  • I currently carry a DEA license in good standing.

USDA Accreditation

  • I do not currently have accreditation in any state

Licensures & Insurance:
Member of:

Low Stress Handling® Certification

- Silver Level


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