Dr. Robards grew up in Tulsa, and always had “lots of pets even though we lived in the city.” He had an Irish setter that developed osteosarcoma, and the interaction with the dog opened his desire to become a veterinarian. As a young boy, Dr. Robards began volunteering with animals, and at age 15 worked as a kennel technician with a local veterinarian.
Dr. Robards earned a bachelor of science degree in biomedical sciences from Oklahoma State University before his acceptance into the highly regarded veterinary program at Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He was awarded his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1989. After gaining experience working as an associate veterinarian at hospitals in Georgia and Arkansas, Dr. Robards returned home and purchased Southern Hills in 1991. In addition to general medicine, he has professional interests in laser surgery, endoscopy, and orthopedics.
Dr. Robards is very committed to the profession of Veterinary Medicine. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Tulsa Chapter of the Veterinary Medical Association, and the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association. Dedicated to community involvement, he has been a member of the Rotary Club of Tulsa for over 20 years. Dr. Robards is an accomplished runner, having completed 11 marathons, including the Chicago, Boston, New York, and the Marine Corps marathon in Washington, D.C. He discovered Crossfit a year ago and loves it! When not exercising, he can be found spending time with his family.
Dr. Robards and his wife Julie are the proud parents of three wonderful children and family pets that are the best of friends: Golden Retrievers Remi and Cleo, and an orange tabby named Thunder.
Hello! I am Dr. Thomas, associate veterinarian at SHVH! I’ve been here officially since May 2016 but was fortunate enough to spend my last 6 weeks of Veterinary school learning from Dr. Robards! I’m a Tulsa native, Jenks graduate, and Oklahoma State Cowboy! I especially love working with cats and have a special love of skin and eye cases. In my free time I love to run, read, and spend time with my husband, Mitch, our Saint Bernards, Heidi and Oslo, and our cat White Foot. I feel so lucky to be part of this SHVH family and feel privileged to work with clients and pets who are friends!