Dr. Barbara Rutsey is a graduate of Michigan State University, earning her Bachelors of Animal Science degree in 1985 and her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1989. With a passion for continuing her education, she completed her Masters of Science degree in Infectious Diseases from the College of Tropical Medicine at the University of London in 2014. She is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr Rutsey has been fortunate to work in the fields of large animal and companion animal veterinary care. She currently treats cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, rats, mice, hamsters, gerbils and chinchillas, and maintains a working knowledge of the large animal species. She focuses on staying updated with the most current medicine and surgical techniques to provide you and your pets unparalleled care.
She enjoys the challenges of surgery, and has received training and years of experience in select orthopedic procedures such as repair of anterior cruciate tears and patellar luxations of the knee. She is accomplished in many soft tissue surgeries including spay, neuter, tumor removal, surgical dental extraction, splenectomy(spleen removal), cystotomy(bladder stone removal), PU(perineal urethrosomy), Zepp(lateral ear canal resection), enucleation(eye removal), anal gland removal, abdominal exploratory with intestinal resection, and biopsy of tissue and bone. She has a special interest in zoonotic diseases (infections that can be transferred from animals to humans) and educating owners on how to keep their pets healthy and their families safe from these risks.
Dr Rutsey and her husband Mark enjoy their rural life with their 2 dogs and 4 cats. In their spare time, you may find them enjoying a ride on one of his motorcyles, on a challenging trail in her Jeep, or diving and snorkeling on a Caribbean reef. Dr Rutsey has enjoyed opportunities to volunteer with the veterinary students at Michigan State University, and at spay-neuter clinics for the Navajo Nation and with RVETS. She and her husband lead a mission team to Kenya each fall to serve the Pokot tribe.
We are proud to have Dr Rutsey on our veterinary team at Commerce Village Veterinary Hospital. Dr Putt and Dr Rutsey have practiced veterinary medicine together since 1996.