Meet Our Veterinarians

  • Dr.
    Larry J. Agle

    Dr. J. Larry Agle, founder of Buckeye Veterinary Service, has been practicing medicine since graduating from The Ohio State University in 1992, where he received his degree in Animal Science and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.After graduating, Dr. Agle moved to Southern California where he spent time on the thoroughbred racing circuit. In 1994 he got the opportunity to move back to Ohio when he joined Stachowski Veterinary Service. Six years after joining the practice, Dr. Agle purchased it in 2000.Under Dr. Agle's direction Buckeye Veterinary Service was born. The practice quickly began to grow and the addition of five qualified and highly reputable veterinarians, a new clinic, and small clinic staff followed.Dr. Agle's veterinary special interests include equine lameness, alpaca reproduction and medicine. He splits his time being an ambulatory practioner, in-house clinician and principal managing partner of Buckeye Veterinary Service.Personally, Dr. Agle and his wife have two children and both are very active in school and sports. Dr. Agle enjoys fishing and bike riding, and loves Ohio State athletics! 

  • Dr.
    Ken Keckler

    Dr. Ken Keckler graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 1987 and a DVM in 1991. Since then he has practiced equine medicine in Northeast Ohio, working on everything from Standardbred race horses and Hunter-Jumpers to miniatures and draft horses.  Sport horse medicine has been his primary focus, dealing with lameness diagnostics and treatment, including blocking, ultrasound, radiography and joint injections. He has taken an interest in the 'digital' aspect of veterinary communication, and is actively involved with website content and working on the 'BUCKEYE BLOG'. Another area of interest is preventative medicine.  Dr. Keckler is actively involved in our Wellness Program, emphasizing the importance of  vaccines, deworming and routine maintenance.

    With a busy family life, (wife Stephanie is a small animal veterinarian and two boys active in sports, music and drama) he also makes time to be involved in a men's acapella group at church, and plays guitar on occasion. As a diehard Ohio State football fan, Dr. Keckler bleeds scarlet and grey.  GO BUCKEYES!!

  • Dr.
    Thomas Shaw

    Dr. Thomas Shaw joined Buckeye Veterinary Service in September of 2015.  Prior to joining the team at Buckeye, he worked extensively with Standardbreds at The Meadows Racetrack in western Pennsylvania and serviced everything from miniature donkeys on up to Clydesdales in south-eastern Ohio.

    After graduating from The Ohio State University in 2011, Dr. Shaw completed his internship at Rhinebeck Equine L.L.P., located in the Hudson Valley of eastern New York.  As an intern, Dr. Shaw worked closely with Hunter/Jumper, Dressage, Standardbred and Thoroughbred race horses in a specialized referral hospital to gain valuable experience in sport horse and emergency medicine.

    Dr. Shaw's admiration for horses started as a young child growing up riding Hunter/Jumper horses with his Mom and two sisters in northeast Ohio. In his spare time he enjoys running, tennis, and spending time with his family and friends.

  • Dr.
    John L. Agle

    Dr. John L. Agle, (pictured with wife Carolyn) graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1960.  He practiced veterinary medicine for 48 years before semi-retiring in 2002.  He currently works as a relief veterinarian for Buckeye Veterinary Service.  Dr. John Agle describes his job as 'something different everyday,' which involves the treatment of food animals, horses and alpacas.

    Dr. John Agle has been married 50 years.  He has two daughters and one son (Dr. Larry Agle), as well as five grandchildren.

    Outside the clinic, Dr. John Agle enjoys farming, fishing and gardening.  He also enjoys cooking, canning and grilling.  ReadinOg is very important to him since television was not available until he was 15.  A few of his favorite authors include James Herriot, Dick Francis and Jean Auel

  • Dr.
    Laurelyn Keener

    Our intern for 2009-2010, Dr. Laurelyn Keener, received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State University in May. Previously, she earned her Bachelor of Science (Biology with Chemistry minor) and Bachelor of Arts (German Studies) at the University of Minnesota-Duluth in her hometown. She has a special interest in equine dentistry, though is thoroughly enjoying learning about camelid medicine and surgery.

    Married in June, Dr. Keener's husband is working in Denver, Colorado until she completes her internship in June, at which point they intend to return to Minnesota, where her three horses are currently boarded on her parents' farm. When she's not working to learn as much as possible, helping in the clinic or visiting her husband Josh, she enjoys playing basketball, reading, running, quilting, weight-lifting and relaxing with her ferret, Tyson.

    (Dr. Keener went into private practice in Minnesota in the summer of 2010. We wish her every success and thank her for bringing passion, enthusiasm, a will to learn and share knowledge, and her great sense of humor to Geauga County.)


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