Erin Haxton, DVM
Ever since I can remember, I wanted to be a veterinarian. My parents still have school papers that list veterinarian as what I wanted to be when I grew up, although I doubt I even knew how to spell veterinarian at the time! As a little girl, we had an assortment of animals including geese, turkeys, dogs, cats, cattle, and rabbits. I was always the first to volunteer to bottle feed any calves in need. Bringing home stray cats was a hobby of mine that I’m pretty sure my parents were not fond of, but they always supported my love for animals. During school, science was the subject I excelled in and something that peaked my curiosity. Pair this with my love for animals and it just made sense to pursue veterinary medicine as a career.
I graduated from Oklahoma State University with a B.S. in Animal Science and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. Oklahoma State holds a special place in my heart and I love rooting on the Cowboys! I met my husband Robbie in Stillwater and we still find our way back every year to tailgate with friends. During away games, or if we can’t make it to Stillwater, you’ll find us at a local venue wearing America’s brightest orange!
My first job after graduating from veterinary school was in a small animal walk-in clinic in Oklahoma City. The experience I gained during this time changed my love for animals and the sciences into a true passion. Robbie and I each commuted in opposite directions for work, so when a college friend told us about an opportunity to join Arrowhead Veterinary Clinic, we decided to make the move to Bartlesville!
The staff of Arrowhead Veterinary Clinic, along with the citizens of Dewey, Bartlesville, and the surrounding area, have made us feel very welcomed and at home. My passion, which makes me excited, despite what can sometimes be a difficult day, is the human-animal bond. I love seeing how our patients and their parents impact each other’s lives. Knowing that I am a small part of making that bond last as long as possible is a huge privilege for me and I am honored by the trust placed in me, not only by my patients but also by the pet parents that love them. I treasure the relationship I develop with each of my clients as we work together to ensure the pets they love to receive the care they deserve. The importance of preventive healthcare is at the center of my passion. Nothing makes me happier than to educate clients about the different aspects of preventive medicine and helping ensure pets live their longest, healthiest lives possible. The human-animal bond is something that I feel should be respected through all aspects of veterinary medicine, whether it is routine health care, sick pet visits, or during the difficult time of deciding to give a pet a peaceful ending. My passion for the sciences still lives through continuing education. Veterinary medicine is constantly changing and keeping up with current medicine is something I find fun and extremely satisfying.
Along with my husband, my family consists of one cat, Orion, and one dog, Tex. Orion is a rescue that wandered up to the clinic where I worked in high school. She’s an old lady now, but I have hopes she will live forever! Tex came into our lives as a senior in need of medical care. He has been a huge joy despite the amount of hair he leaves in his wake, just ask the clinic staff! In my spare time, I enjoy being outdoors, traveling with friends and family, reading, and going to concerts/plays. My professional memberships include the OVMA and AVMA. I look forward to meeting and building a relationship with you and your beloved pets!
Elizabeth Hine, DVM
I decided I wanted to be a veterinarian when I was 9 years old while on a local TV show with my Brownie Girl Scout troop. The host asked us “what do you want to be when you grow up?” At the time, it was a huge question that required serious thought to answer. And the answer stayed the same from then on.
I graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a B.A. in Biological Sciences and an M.S. in Veterinary Microbiology. After an 8-year career in molecular biology research at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, I received my D.V.M. from Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. When I moved to Bartlesville, I provided contract veterinary services before joining Arrowhead Veterinary Clinic. I see small animals and have a special interest in internal medicine, radiology, and veterinary acupuncture. I was registered as a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist by IVAS and am a member of AVMA and OKVMA.
My husband, Steve, and I have one adult daughter. I enjoy volunteering at Children’s Musical Theatre of Bartlesville and being on the Scientific Review Committee for the Bartlesville District Science Fair. In my free time, I like to travel, research my genealogy, help with costumes and sets for CMT musicals, and spend time with my senior dogs, Polly (the Terrible Terrier) and Ms. CeCe (a spoiled diva).