Dr. Rita Fay Wehrman grew up on a blueberry farm in Fall Creek, Oregon, caring for her pet rabbit and rats, kitties, dogs, and horses. She attended Tufts University for her undergraduate degree and Oregon State University for veterinary school. Before veterinary school she began participating in equine endurance, and while a veterinary student, successfully completed rides such as the "100 Miles in One Day"Tevis Cup in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. After veterinary school, Dr. Wehrman worked at the Equine Medical Center in Ocala, Florida, for a one year internship. Following her internship, she moved to Columbus, Ohio, where she conducted ophthalmology research as an ocular research fellow at Ohio State University. Next, Dr. Wehrman moved to Ames, Iowa, completing a residency in comparative ophthalmology at Iowa State University, and obtaining a Master of Science degree. Due to the school's active avian, companion, equine, exotic, farm animal, and wildlife services, Dr. Wehrman evaluated many types of animal eyes. Her research and thesis at Iowa State included the development of a novel ex vivo model of cornea wound healing in the horse.
Dr. Wehrman enjoys teaching and strives to explain the animal's diagnosis in a way that deepens her client's understanding of what is occurring. She is passionate about ocular health and alleviating discomfort, working as a team with her clients, and providing compassionate care. While her clinical ophthalmology interests include corneal health and surgery, as well as exotic and equine ophthalmology, she has participated in published research projects about the cornea, pharmacology, glaucoma, cancer and ocular inflammation. Dr. Wehrman and her husband are embracing life together in South Florida, enjoying yoga, swimming, and running. When not working or with her husband, she can be found happily exploring miles of this areas beautiful trails on her retired endurance horse.