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4000 SW 12th Street Topeka, Kansas
Robert H. Shipman, DVM
Leslie B. Blackwell, DVM
Gage Animal Hospital provides a range of veterinary services for small animals, allowing us to become the single resource for your pet's medical needs. We provide an extensive offering of services and diets, ranging from physical wellness examinations and vaccinations to full laboratory services and advanced surgical procedures. To learn more about the services we offer, please visit our Services page.
Dr. Shipman graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University in 1977.  He received a B.S. degree in Zoology from the University of Kansas in 1970.  In 1973, he received an M.S. from the Department of Chemical Engineering at Kansas State University.  He attended veterinary school to combine his love of animals and science.  Dr. Shipman began working as a staff veterinarian at Gage Animal Hospital in 1977.  He has been Chief Veterinarian and owner of Gage Animal Hospital, P.A. since 1994.  Dr. Shipman's interests lie in soft tissue and orthopedic surgery and internal medicine.  

Dr. Blackwell graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University in 2009. She received a B.S. degree in Biology from Kansas State University in 2005.  Her extended family as well as that of her husband resides in rural Shawnee County.  She is a graduate of Washburn Rural High School.  Her veterinary career began at Little Apple Veterinary Hospital in Manhattan where she practiced for four years.  Joining Gage Animal Hospital in the summer of 2013, Dr. Blackwell's interests lie in soft tissue surgery and internal medicine.
A Commitment to Excellence in Small Animal Healthcare 
Since 1950
Gage Animal Hospital, Topeka's oldest continuously operating veterinary hospital, was established in 1950 by J. Alan Bradbury, D.V.M. A graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University in 1944, Dr. Bradbury, "Brad", entered the Army Veterinary Corp where he served in the European Theater during World War II. 

After the war he returned to the Midwest and briefy practiced in Kansas City where he met and married the love of his life, Rosie. Desiring to establish his own small animal practice, where excellent quality veterinary care could be offered to small animals in a caring community, he and Rosie moved to Topeka and established Gage Animal Hospital at 1133 Gage Boulevard in 1950.  
Dr. Shipman graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University in 1977, at which point he began working at Gage Animal Hospital alongside Dr. Bradbury.  In 1986, Dr. Shipman became the primary veterinarian at the practice. In 1994, he became the owner of Gage Animal Hospital.
The growing practice soon needed a larger and more modern facility.  In 1994, Gage Animal Hospital was relocated to 4000 SW 12th Street, one block west of Gage Boulevard where it remains today.  Gage Animal Hospital continues the same tradition of excellence established by Dr. Bradbury over half a century ago while embracing the future of veterinary medicine by adopting the newest medical advances. 
The veterinarians at Gage Animal Hospital are members of the following veterinary associations:

Gage Animal Hospital provides funding as well as veterinary services for the care of wildlife, feral cats, rescued pets and pets owned by low income families residing within Shawnee County.  

In the past two years, Gage Animal Hospital has provided complete funding and veterinary service for the spaying, neutering, immunizations and necessary veterinary services for over 1,500 feral cats inhabiting Shawnee County. 

About Gage Animal Hospital
Our Veterinarians
Our History
Our Commitment to Community

American Animal Hospital Association 
American Veterinary Medical Association 
Topeka Veterinary Association 
Kansas City Veterinary Association
Kansas Veterinary Medical Association
We are proud sponsors of the award-winning children's television program, Wild Kratts!  Don't miss it weekdays at 7:30p.m. on local channel 11, KTWU.

Gage Animal Hospital provides spays, neuters, and immunizations for cats belonging to members of our community whose income falls below federal poverty guidelines.  Income verification and establishment of pet ownership is strictly documented in this program.  Hundreds of families within Shawnee County have received veterinary services through this program.