Dr. Barbara Klimt
Dr. Barbara Klimt brings her passion for animals and shelter medicine to Aiken’s community in hopes of providing personal and shelter pets with the best care possible. Born and raised in San Diego, California, Dr. Klimt knew from an early age that animals had a special place in her heart. Growing up, she had numerous pets, including dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, hamsters, ducks and goats. She attended UC Davis for her undergraduate studies in Wildlife Fish and Conservation Biology, then pursued an international degree in Veterinary Medicine from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Medicine in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she graduated in 2012.
After graduation, Dr. Klimt returned to her hometown of San Diego, where she worked as an associate for Banfield Pet Hospital for three years. During this time, she met her husband, Wesley Klimt, a Lieutenant in the United States Navy. From San Diego, she and her husband moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she did relief work for the Companion Animal Alliance and discovered her love for shelter work.
Currently, Dr. Klimt lives in Lexington, South Carolina with her husband, three giant-breed dogs – Diesel, Cali and Chief – and four cats – Apollo, Aeres, Hamish and Junior. She has begun her work at the SPCA Albrecht Center and is excited to share her passion for shelter medicine and animal care here in Aiken.
Dr. Robyn Barton
Dr. Robyn Barton brings enthusiasm and experience to the SPCA Albrecht Center, and looks forward to using her knowledge to better the lives of Aiken’s personal and homeless animals.
From the small, rural town of Ebensburg in southwestern Pennsylvania, Barton knew from a young age that she wanted to work with animals. After a visit from a veterinarian during her fourth grade career day, she had found her calling and started out volunteering at local veterinary clinics as soon as she was old enough to work. Eventually, she worked as a veterinary technician, and also spent three enjoyable years as an assistant herd manager at a large dairy farm.
Barton completed her prerequisite college courses at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and was accepted into The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. After receiving her doctorate of veterinary medicine in 2009, she moved back to western Pennsylvania and spent four years working in a companion animal practice in Slippery Rock.
In 2011 she was asked to assist at a local shelter providing spays/neuters and basic medical care one day a week. This was a decision that changed the course of her career. Being part of a team that helped provide a second chance to forgotten or discarded pets brought on a deeper mission. In 2013, Dr. Barton left private practice and accepted a position as the chief veterinarian at the Animal Defense League, which is the oldest and largest ‘no-kill’ shelter in Southern Texas. Working closely with her talented, technical staff, they transformed the focus of the medical department from exclusively a high volume spay/neuter facility to a fully functional medical facility, providing comprehensive veterinary care for the shelter residents.
Following almost six years in Texas, Dr. Barton decided it was time to move back east in order to be closer to family. Dr. Barton relocated to Aiken, joining the veterinary team at the SCPA Albrecht Center in May of 2019.