Asheville Veterinarians

veterinarians, ashevilleDavid Vigee, DVM, Owner

Dr. David Vigee is owner of Asheville Veterinary Associates and one of the surgeons at our South Office. When Dr. Vigee was a child growing up in Birmingham, Alabama, he would bring home injured animals and nurse them back to health. "I was the neighborhood caretaker of injured birds and other small wildlife," Dr. Vigee said. But it was in the fifth grade that he made the official decision to become a veterinarian. "I chose veterinarian in a Career Education class and it stuck," he said. In the ninth grade, Dr. Vigee started working at a local veterinary hospital owned by J.D. Nall and he "worked there after school and in summer up through college. Dr. Nall was my mentor and my role model." Dr. Vigee has been with Asheville Veterinary Associates since 1999.

He earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988. Dr. Vigee has practiced veterinary medicine in various places around the country and the world. He has cared for orphaned animals after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, he has worked in Wyoming, and he also joined a Humanitarian Aid Mission to Niger in Africa to develop a vaccine and herd health program. Dr. Vigee was a U.S. Army Veterinary Corps Officer from 1988 to 1996 and was an emergency veterinarian from 1998 to 2000.

He has a professional interest in surgery, cardiology and geriatric medicine and he continues his veterinary education as a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. He is also certified in endoscopy from the University of Tennessee's College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Vigee and his wife Alli have one daughter and share their home with a Siamese cat named Cinnamon and a terrier mix named Murphy. Dr. Vigee is a fan of cooking, hiking, fishing, gardening, and traveling.

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asheville veterinarianElaine Klesius, DVM

Dr. Elaine Klesius' discovered her love for animals when she was very young. "I was very fortunate to grow up around a lot of animals, and that naturally led to my desire to become a veterinarian," Dr. Klesius remembers. "I spent much of my childhood with my pony and my dog. My family also kept goats, pigs, chickens, ducks and geese. My grandfather raised Polled Hereford cattle and took us out on his farm whenever we visited," Dr. Klesius said.

Considering that early exposure, it's no surprise Dr. Klesius continued to pursue her passion for helping animals as she grew older. As a freshman in college she worked for a second-generation veterinarian in her home town of Maysville, Kentucky, and eventually achieved her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating magna cum laude in 1995. She later worked in the veterinary field in Atlanta, Georgia and Maryville, Tennessee.

She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and joined the team at Asheville Veterinary Associates in June 2014. Her professional interests include dentistry, dermatology, medicine and surgery.

Dr. Klesius and her husband Stephen are the proud parents of two sons, Henry and Lyle. Dr. Klesius and her husband work with The Halstead Family Foundation, a nonprofit foundation that supports education. She also enjoys spending time hiking, gardening, practicing yoga, reading, and playing guitar. The Klesius family has three rescue cats, named Katje, Snowy and Teeny Pepper, as well as a rescued Cairn Terrier named Trixie.

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veterinarians, ashevilleTeresa Warstler, DVM

Dr. Teresa Warstler has been working with Asheville Veterinary Associates since 2006. She began working full-time with us here in of May of 2018 and has continually been a great source of wisdom and compassionate veterinary care. Dr. Warstler enjoys providing a variety of services to animals in need of medical attention here in Asheville, especially in cases involving dentistry, cardiology, ophthalmology, and dermatology.

Growing up, one of Dr. Warstler’s closest friends and companions was her family’s dachshund. Her childhood dog was always attentive and willing to share love. She would always spend time with Dr. Warstler when she was in “time out”. There was a very strong bond shared between them that helped cultivate Dr. Warstler’s passions of working in the veterinary industry.

For her undergraduate education Dr. Warstler attended Indiana University and achieved a diploma in Biology. Before pursuing her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University Dr. Warstler worked with cytogenic technologies at Indiana University Hospital. She graduated from Purdue University in 1994 with a Hills Award and scholarships and has been helping animals ever since.

Dr. Warstler is a member of both the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association. She has helped teach veterinary technicians at Gaston College, and has worked with Asheville Humane Society in years prior to coming to Asheville Veterinary Associates.

One of her beloved, Zip, is a grey domestic shorthair cat who was rescued from the Asheville Humane Society. Dr. Warstler also owns a cat named Sophie, who is a ragdoll cat that Dr. Warstler began looking after once her previous owner went into hospice. To stay active Dr. Warstler likes to go running or exercise through Crossfit, but she is also happy to stay in and listen to some audiobooks or find something mysterious or suspenseful to read.

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