Carley Gates, DVM

Metro Paws Skillman

Dr. Gates grew up in Rockwall, TX, and always dreamed of being a veterinarian. She followed the family tradition and received a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science at Texas A&M and went on to Oklahoma State University to complete her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.

As a child, Dr. Gates made it her personal mission to catch any stray in the neighborhood and return them to their owners. Fortunately for her, Dr. Gates' uncle is the veterinarian in her hometown. He made it clear that she needed to love science more than animals if she wanted to be a veterinarian. Dr. Gates was able to shadow her uncle in high school, and on her first day she witnessed an orthopedic surgery. She was amazed with how surgery significantly changed the quality of life of that dog and on that day fell in love with veterinary medicine.

As veterinarian, Dr. Gates tries to help people understand what is wrong with their pet and what can be done to help them. Whether it is explaining a disease process or the importance of preventative medicine, she wants to make sure that every pet owner understands how best to take care of their family member. As a (slightly obsessed) dog owner, Dr. Gates likes to treat each patient as if they were her own – with patience and compassion.

Outside of work, Dr. Gates spends the majority of her free time learning how to two-step or training her dog, Howdy. She also volunteers her time with a classmate to photograph pets that will decorate the halls of the Boren Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at OSU.

Dr. Gates is a Fear Free Certified veterinarian and is a student representative for Nestle Purina.