Dr. Megan Bauer D.V.M.
I grew up as a stereotypical Midwest farm girl just ten miles south of Morris. I spent my school years helping on my family’s grain and livestock farm. That time was spent driving a tractor, baling hay, showing cows and pigs, and participating in 4-H and FFA. These activities both prompted and assisted my career goal of becoming a veterinarian. I completed my undergraduate studies at Black Hawk East Junior College and Western Illinois University majoring in Animal Science and minoring in Chemistry. I attended the University of Illinois Veterinary School and graduated with honors in 2011.
I interned for the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center during veterinary school and got involved in numerous toxicology cases. I found that experience has helped many of my clients over the years in general practice.
I currently care for mostly companion animals at Animal Care Hospital but occasionally still practice on livestock species (mostly my own!). I love seeing the familiar faces of longtime friends and acquaintances come in with their pets. I enjoy performing oral surgery and my favorite topic is educating owners on dental health and ways to keep their pet’s mouth healthy and pain free. I attend frequent educational seminars to keep up on current therapies and treatments and have a great working relationship with specialists in our area for those pet’s that benefit from even more advanced care. I also like dermatology, working up internal medicine cases, and performing soft tissue surgery.
My favorite part of working at ACH is being part of a team that adheres to the highest standard of care and is always striving to improve patient care. Each day I learn something new and try to increase my knowledge and skill level.
Outside of work, my husband and I are raising two young children. Our oldest is full of energy and our youngest has a rare medical condition called Sotos Syndome so we have no such thing as free time or hobbies! Being a working/special needs mom can be tough somedays! We also have a crazy border collie nicknamed “Flea” who loves living on a farm and spends most days chasing squirrels and swimming in the creek. We also raise cattle, pigs, and few backyard chickens.
One item on my bucket list is to travel Europe, starting with Scotland.
In the winter or Holiday times I enjoy baking cookies using old handed down family recipes, and delivering them with my children to neighbors, family, and friends. My favorite special winter treat i enjoy is hot chocolate and cut out sugar cookies with frosting.