About Us

Our Approach

Dundee Veterinary Clinic strives to combine comprehensive, high quality medical and surgical care with a relaxed atmosphere with personalized service. You can expect honesty, integrity and compassion from everyone you meet there.

Our Story

Dundee Veterinary Clinic founded by Dr. David P. Routson, who has served as the sole veterinarian since 1976. After patiently waiting for the right buyer, Dr. Routson was happy to meet Dr. Leslie Karkheck in 2017. The two hit it off right away and both knew that she was meant to be his successor. Dr. Routson retired in January, 2019, trusting Dr. Karkheck to care for his patients and advance Dundee Veterinary Clinic while maintaining its core values.

Meet Our Staff

Dr. Leslie Karkheck

Dr. Karkheck was raised on a horse farm in Ida, MI. She studied Mathematics and Animal Science as an undergraduate at Monroe County Community College and Michigan State University. She received her veterinary degree from MSU in 2008 and completed and intensive internship at world renowned Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. There, she met her engineer husband, Jesse and had the opportunity to stay on as an equine anesthetist for an additional year. (You can see her featured here: YouTube: Anesthetizing the Horse)

The Karkhecks were married in 2010 and stayed in Lexington until 2011, where Dr. Karkheck worked in general small animal medicine and as a emergency doctor before they moved to northern New Jersey. Dr. Karkheck practiced small animal and some equine medicine near New York City for three years before her first child was born in 2014 and the family moved home to Michigan. During this time she completed additional training and practice in equine dentistry, diagnostic ultrasound, limited orthopedic surgery and acupuncture (Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine www.tcvm.com).

In 2017 Dr. Karkheck began serving the Toledo area as an emergency medicine veterinarian at MedVet Toledo and in October, 2018 she gave birth to her second child.

Dr. Karkheck has dedicated her life to the care and well-being of pets and their people. She has expertise and experience as a veterinarian gained from practicing medicine in many different environments and including general, emergency and referral practices. Dr. Karkheck brings her broad experience home to serve the community she loves.


Christy, Licensed Veterinary Technician Graduated Veterinary Technician Stautzenberger College 2013 Christy has been with DVC since May of 2012. Enjoys snowboarding, basketball, ping pong and anything outdoors. Christy has 3 dogs (one each of X-large, medium and small) and 2 cats.


Mary has been a part-time receptionist with Dundee Veterinary Clinic since March of 2015. She has a number of cats with entertaining names (ask her) and a dachshund mix named Diamond. Mary enjoys reading, playing sports and watching Family Guy.


Joei is a part time receptionist joining Dundee Veterinary Clinic in 2019. Her pets include a Quarter Horse and a family of Sugar Gliders. She enjoys riding dressage and jumping and cares for horses in her evenings and weekends. She is local to Dundee and you may know her already (she seems to know everyone).

What Our Clients Say

" On Saturday my son brought our very sick cat, Mr. Bigglesworth, to Dr. Karkheck. He was near death with a bladder blockage. Thanks to Dr. Leslie's skill, he came back from the brink and is on his way to a full recovery. He's only six years old and means a lot to my family. I bottle fed him and his siblings after their mother vanished, presumably from a predator. Again a big thank you to the team at Dundee Veterinary Clinic! "

-- Darla Bruck‎

" I'm happy with everything they have done to help are baby gir Holly they definitely saved her life. This is my number one place to go from now on! "

-- ‎Kathy Roberson‎

" Was so happy and relieved to see this post! This beautiful little kitty was so close to death but pushed through! Another reason im so happy to work at an amazing clinic with amazing staff and doctor! 😁 "

-- Mary Fultz‎

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