VCA Shadeland Animal Hospital

Indianapolis Veterinarians

We invite you to explore the biographies of our doctors and learn more about them. Our doctors have a wide variety of backgrounds and interests.

  • Jennifer Heidel

    Associate Veterinarian
    Veterinary School: University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Dr. Jennifer Heidel graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1995. The Heidel family includes a Mini Dachshund named Oliver and a Bearded Dragon named Rex.

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  • Douglas Lucke

    Associate Veterinarian
    Veterinary School: Ohio State University

    Dr. Douglas Lucke graduated from Ohio State University in 1966 and began his Veterinary career working at two clinics in the Indianapolis area. He purchased Shadeland Animal Hospital in 1973. For ...
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  • Pamela Cross

    Staff Veterinarian
    Veterinary School: Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine

     Dr. Cross graduated in 2007 and has been employed by VCA for 2 years. She was based on the east coast until moving to Inpls in 2011. 

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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, please call Noah's Animal Hospital at 253-1327 or the Advance Care Center at 578-4100