Dr. Heidi Bassler is passionate about cats and dogs. She is devoted to their health, well-being, and comfort.
Her special interests include dentistry, internal medicine, pain management, dermatology, and ear disease.
As a primary care veterinarian, Dr. Bassler focuses on the lifetime well-being of your pet. Special attention is given to pediatric visits and senior care.
Pain management is an important part of her practice, and includes preventive care, nutritional supplements, medications, and laser therapy. Dr. Bassler is committed to making her patients feel better.
When illness arises, Dr. Bassler is knowledgeable and equipped to help diagnose and treat your pet. She is well-versed in internal medicine and is asked to consult on challenging second-opinion cases.
Dr. Bassler has received extensive training in veterinary dentistry and focuses much of her practice on the oral health of pets, including oral exams and radiology, pediatric dentistry, periodontitis (gum disease), feline stomatitis, and surgical extractions. She recently published a case summary on the Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry's e-newsletter; click here and scroll down to read the summary.
Dr. Bassler received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Atlantic Veterinary College in Canada with several awards. Earlier in her career, she performed post-doctoral research at Cornell University. She was a pioneer in developing the rapid polymerase chain reaction test, commonly referred to as Real-Time PCR. This test uses computer technology to detect DNA from disease-causing organisms, and is frequently used today in human and veterinary laboratories. Dr. Bassler published her ground-breaking research in Applied and Environmental Microbiology. Click here to read her article.
Professional memberships include:
- American Association of Feline Practitioners
- Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry
- American Animal Hospital Association
- American Veterinary Medical Association
- Canadian Veterinary Medical Association
- Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association
- New Hampshire Veterinary Medical Association
- Veterinary Information Network
Dr. Bassler is licensed to practice veterinary medicine in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. She is also involved in various local groups, and supports Anna Jaques Hospital, Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center, Firehouse Center for the Arts, and Newburyport's Chamber of Commerce.
In addition to daily communications with pet owners, Dr. Bassler enjoys educating the public through various media outlets. Her newspaper column, Paw Prints, appears monthly in Newburyport's Daily News. Click here for the most recent article. For almost a decade, her radio show, Your Pet's Health, aired every Sunday morning from 8:30 am to 9:00 am on WNBP (106.1 FM).
Most importantly, Dr. Bassler understands that good communication with pet owners is essential to helping her patients feel better and stay well. Her goal is to help your pet live a long and happy life with you.