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Meet Dr. Frank Helfrich

Dr. Frank C. Helfrich

Dr. Frank C. Helfrich was born and raised in Evansville, Indiana and is one of 11 children. Dr. Helfrich graduated from Purdue University in 1964 and served in the Vietnam War.

In 1972, Dr. Helfrich graduated from Veterinary School at Michigan State University. Upon graduation, he was one of two students in his class to receive the top clinician award. After graduation, Dr. Helfrich accepted a one-year position on the faculty of Michigan State University School of Veterinary Medicine as an instructor clinician. In 1973, Dr. Helfrich and his family moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana, and purchased property at the existing location to begin serving the veterinary needs of the people in Southwest Allen County. During this time, Dr. Helfrich also worked part time for Dr. Eber Allen as a small animal clinician.

Dr. Helfrich married his wife, Gloria in 1971. He and Gloria have three daughters - Rachael, Nicole and Ericka - who each have children of their own. Dr. Helfrich's grandchildren are all the 'apple of his eyes.'
In his spare time, Dr. Helfrich enjoys spending time with his grandchildren, raising cattle on his hobby farm and volunteering his time at St. Michael Lutheran Church, where he served as congressional President for nine years and has also served in the other leadership roles. Dr. Helfrich enjoys visiting elementary schools and giving hospital tours to young children to educate them about his profession.

Dr. Helfrich's most valued possessions are his faith in Christ, his wife and family, and a profession where he has the best of both worlds - working with pets and their owners. Dr. Helfrich loves his job!

Member of:
  • American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
  • Indiana Veterinary Medical Association (IVMA)
  • Northeast Veterinary Medical Association (NEIVMA)
  • ASPCA of Fort Wayne

Jill Shelby

Jill Shelby works as Dr. Helfrich's veterinary/surgical assistant. She graduated from Purdue University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science. Jill has over 9 years experience working in the field of veterinary medicine. Jill enjoys spending time with her daughter and raising a variety of farm and domestic animals.


Lee Ann Bruner - Groomer

Lee Ann started grooming at Covington Veterinary Hospital in May 2010, but it all started long before then. Her mother has a picture of 5-year-old Lee Ann combing her cat …and that started it all. By 1976, Lee Ann was grooming professionally. Her natural love for animals extends past her career. She is also the proud owner of 3 Shih Tzus, 2 St. Bernards, and 1 cat.

Lee Ann is also the proud mother of 2 adult children. Her daughter shares her love of animals as well as her chosen occupation as a groomer. A close family, Lee Ann helps her mother in her spare time and gives her the credit for her becoming a groomer.


Jane Bolden

Covington Veterinary Hospital is proud to have Jane Bolden as part if its team, where she serves as receptionist. Jane joined our family in August 2009 after working in veterinary medicine for over 20 years. Jane graduated in 1984 from Indiana Tech where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. Jane thoroughly enjoys working with the clientele and their pets. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Larry, and their variety of pets, which include three longhaired dachshunds, two cats and two appaloosa horses. Other interests of Jane's include camping and trail riding. Interests are shopping, camping, and trailriding.