“Being a veterinarian is not just a job to me. It is my calling. It is what I was meant to do, and I find so much meaning in caring for your pet like I would want my own pets to be cared for. Because the bond that you two share is precious, and I take the responsibility of protecting it very seriously.”
Dr. Heidi Bassler is passionate about her work in veterinary medicine. She is often referred to as “The Cat Whisperer” though she is quick to point out that she loves dogs too! Her focus is in making sure they live as long of a life as possible, and importantly, prides herself on her ability to consistently improve their quality of life between visits. Spotting the subtle signs of pain and offering simple adjustments is integral in this. She also cares deeply about pediatric visits and senior pet health.
Dr. Bassler believes in elevating the standards of patient care. She has received advanced training in veterinary dentistry and is passionate about how oral health can improve a pet’s quality of life and life expectancy. She also has advanced training in internal medicine due to its wide ranging impact on improving the lives of dogs and cats. Because of her level of knowledge and ability, she is often asked to consult on challenging cases as a second-opinion.
Dr. Bassler earned 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, Merrimac River Feline Rescue Society, 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. Every single thing she does is about helping you and your pet live a longer, happier life together. Because you both deserve that.