Dr. Susan Mende | DVM, DACVP
Owner, Breeding Specialist, General Medicine
Dr. Susan Mende grew up on a 1,000 acre crop and dairy farm in northern Illinois. She attended Illinois State University for two years before transferring to the University of Illinois to complete her bachelors degree in Veterinary Biosciences in 1989. After her undergraduate years she then furthered her education to receive her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. After graduation and her internship she worked at Southern Illinois Equine Clinic before completing a mixed animal surgery fellowship at Mill Iron Clinic in southeast Ohio.
When Dr. Mende first moved to Maryland she worked in a small animal exclusive practice for a few years while completing her veterinary chiropractic certification through the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association. In 1998, Dr. Mende founded Wolf Creek Equine Clinic and the practice began to grow. Originally located in Centreville, MD the practice stayed small while Dr. Mende balanced veterinary medicine with becoming a mother to her son Nicolas in the same year. In 2005, the practice was relocated to Lothian, Maryland where it currently resides and has continued to have slow and steady growth throughout the years. With the support of family, friends, and the horse community; WCEH has grown into a large equine only practice and surgery center featuring many doctors, office staff, and technicians.
Many know Dr. Mende for her special interest in equine reproduction as well as rehabilitation, chiropractic care, anesthesia, and business management. Although running a growing practice keeps her busy, she also breeds and raises warmblood sport horses and Labrador retrievers. In her spare time she and her husband Mark enjoy personal fitness, gardening, and caring for the property and animals.