Dr. Thomas Ahlers


Dr. Tom Ahlers was born and raised in Ohio and received his DVM from The Ohio State University in 1984. After graduation he and his wife and young family moved to Maine to enjoy what has now become known as the “way life should be”.
He joined Dr. Jeff Smith at Forest Avenue Veterinary Hospital in Portland and had a successful partnership for 24 years. In addition to 35 years of experience as a veterinarian and practice owner, Dr. Ahlers was past president of the Downeast Veterinary Society and served as Treasurer of the Maine Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA). He was also past president of the Animal Emergency Clinic in Portland where he worked very closely with Dr Giroux in the management of that business.
Dr Ahlers’ three adult children are all doing great things in their own lives, so now he has more time for the three grandchildren, pets, traveling, and several hobbies including golf, fishing, hiking and anything else that allows him to enjoy the Maine outdoors!
His favorite veterinary challenges are complicated medical cases and anything that involves surgery or dentistry, and has developed a true appreciation for what we call the “human-animal bond”.