Dr. Bob Thayer

DVM, Medical Director, Owner 

Dr. Bob Thayer is the Medical Director and Owner of Gage Animal Hospital. He has been working in the veterinary industry for several years, driven by his passion for improving the human-animal bond. Dr. Thayer’s journey in animal care began in a small rural community in Indiana, where his strong interests in 4-H, companion animals, and livestock nurtured his love for animals.

After completing his studies in Animal Science at Kansas State University (KSU), Dr. Thayer managed a livestock unit at KSU before pursuing his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at KSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following his graduation, he moved to Southern California in 1990 and built a state-of-the-art small animal practice. However, family commitments eventually led him to sell his practice and relocate back to Kansas, where he joined the Emergency Animal Clinic of Topeka as the Medical Director four years ago.

Dr. Thayer’s professional interests lie in small animal orthopedics and emergency internal medicine. Additionally, he has a deep fascination with wildlife and their relationship with human society, which has motivated his involvement in wildlife rescue efforts. Throughout his career, Dr. Thayer has been recognized for his dedication and expertise. In 2007 and 2008, his previous practice received the Business of the Year award for San Jacinto/Hemet, California. Currently, Gage Animal Hospital is recognized as an AHAA compliant facility and is a member of the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association (KVMA) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Furthermore, Dr. Thayer has served on the interview committee for freshman acceptance at KSU College of Veterinary Medicine for the past three years.

Outside of work, Dr. Thayer maintains a strong connection with his family. He cherishes the family-oriented atmosphere at Gage Animal Hospital, where his sister, Dr. Schoemann, Dr. Cress, and Dr. Bloom are also actively involved. Dr. Thayer enjoys spending time on his small farm, where he raises 4-H sheep. He also indulges in his hobbies, such as working on his cars, cooking for family and friends, and finding solace in the rural lifestyle. Dr. Thayer’s dedication to animal care and his commitment to fostering the human-animal bond are evident in both his professional and personal life.

Dr. Joy Cress


Bio coming soon!

Dr. Paige Bloom


Paige Bloom is an associate veterinarian at Gage Animal Hospital! She joined the practice on May 8, 2023, and has since become an integral member of the team.

Originally hailing from Omaha, Nebraska, Paige pursued her undergraduate studies at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. After completing her undergraduate degree, she attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts and Nevis, West Indies, where she obtained her veterinary degree. To gain further practical experience, Paige returned to Kansas State University for her clinical rotations.

Paige’s passion for the veterinary industry began at a young age, with a lifelong desire to become a veterinarian. Her genuine love for animals and the desire to help them inspired her career choice. The feeling of gratitude she receives from her animal patients when she improves their lives is what she cherishes most about her work.

Paige realized she was in the right profession during her undergraduate years when she explored other career options but felt that something was missing. She recognized the bond she had developed with animals and knew that working with them was her calling. Since achieving her lifelong goal of becoming a veterinarian, she cannot envision herself in any other field.

Within the veterinary industry, Paige’s professional interests span various areas, including internal medicine, critical care, toxicology, dermatology/cytology, pain management, soft tissue surgery, and ultrasound. She believes in providing the best care, knowledge, and recommendations for her clients and their beloved pets. Paige is a member of several associations, including the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP), The DermNerds, and VETgirl.

Outside of work, Paige resides in Wetmore, Kansas, with her husband, Andy Bloom. They have three children: Tayley (4), Hudson (2), and Grant (7 months). In addition to their human family members, they have a furry companion named Murphy, who is 5 and a half years old. The family is actively involved in a custom cattle feeding operation and farming operation. They enjoy spending time outdoors, engaging in activities such as ranch rodeos, fishing, exploring zoos, and attending sporting events. Whenever possible, Paige indulges in her passion for running and participates in races.

Dr. Kate Schoemann


Bio coming soon!

Mr. Black Cat

Mr. Black Cat is the adorable resident feline at Gage Animal Hospital. With sleek, shiny black fur and bright, curious eyes, he adds a touch of charm and mischief to the clinic. Mr. Black Cat is a master of finding cozy spots to nap, often perched on the reception desk or curled up in a sunny corner.

As the unofficial mascot, Mr. Black Cat brings joy and comfort to both the staff and the patients. His gentle purrs and playful antics never fail to put a smile on everyone’s faces. He has a knack for brightening even the busiest of days with his playful pounces and affectionate head bumps.

Beyond his playful nature, Mr. Black Cat also has a talent for providing comfort to nervous animals during their visits. He has a calming presence that helps soothe anxious patients and makes their veterinary experience a little less daunting.

When he’s not busy charming everyone at the clinic, Mr. Black Cat enjoys chasing toy mice, exploring hidden nooks, and receiving chin scratches from anyone willing to give them. His mischievous personality and sweet demeanor have made him an indispensable part of the Gage Animal Hospital family.

Whether he’s perched on a windowsill, gracefully swatting at imaginary creatures, or snuggled up in a cozy bed, Mr. Black Cat brings warmth and happiness to all who encounter him. He truly embodies the spirit of a beloved clinic cat, capturing hearts with his charm and reminding everyone that even in the midst of medical care, there’s always room for a little feline love.