Barbara A. Wohlfahrt, D.V.M.

Barbara A. Wohlfahrt, D.V.M.

Dr. Wohlfahrt was born and raised in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. She knew from an early age that she wanted to be a veterinarian. Her interest in the veterinary profession increased greatly when her Old English Sheepdog was diagnosed with a life-threatening congenital heart murmur, and she and her family sought help at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary medicine. It was there that she met the world-renowned Dr. Gary Bolton. With his help her puppy recovered from the open chest surgery that was necessary to repair the heart defect. She had seen first hand what this profession could accomplish when a group of doctors work together for the benefit of their patients. Cornell left its impression and her goals were set.

After high school Dr. Wohlfahrt attended Chatham College where she completed a major in Biology and a minor in German. She graduated cum laude with a BS in Biology. She gained admission to Cornell’s Veterinary College in 1986. As a veterinary student she was a student intern at the small animal clinic and as a senior she earned the coveted position of intern crew chief. She graduated from Cornell in 1990.

At the time of her graduation, Dr. Wohlfahrt, established very high standards for the practice she wanted to join. These qualifications included AAHA membership, twenty-four hour emergency coverage, around the clock nursing care, and a progressive multi-veterinary facility. In January of 1989 Drs. King and Lemieux traveled to Ithaca, N.Y. to interview a large field of graduates. A position would be available at Berkshire Veterinary Hospital in June of 1990. One applicant stood above the rest and she was offered the position. She visited numerous hospitals but when she visited BVH she quickly knew this was a practice she wanted to be a part of. Dr. Wohlfahrt joined our group in June of 1990 and she has become a respected and integral part of our professional staff.

Dr. Wohlfahrt with a patient

During her long career at BVH Dr. Wohlfahrt has raised three children, the youngest is graduating from high school in 2018, and all three have an interest in pursuing careers in education. To avoid the empty nest syndrome, her youngest child, having caught the “cat bug” has added two more kittens to their house full of pets. In her spare time, Dr. Wohlfahrt enjoys working with young children, reading, and running. Hoping to combine her running with an interest for travel, she is hoping to visit many running destinations, beginning with Quebec in 2018, and hopefully Utah and Key West in 2019.

Dr. Wohlfahrt special areas of interest include behavior medicine, dermatology, endocrinology, and ferret medicine. She is a member of, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Ferret Association.

Dr. Wohlfahrt’s husband, Dan McMahon, is the director of the Dalton Youth Center. They and their three children, Rachel, Ryan, and Kelly, live in Dalton.