We’ll Make A Difference

Over the 40 years we’ve been in practice, our patients and their parents have become like family. Warm hugs, shared stories and lots of tail wags and chin scratches are the norm around here! Does your Kalamazoo vet provide this level of personalized care? If not, perhaps it’s time for a change. Call or stop in and see us today. We can’t wait to meet you!

Dr. Heather Short

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Heather Short’s passion for animal care began when she was only eight years old—it hasn’t wavered since. For her, another career path simply wouldn’t have made sense! Dr. Short is proud to care for pets and their owners every day as an Associate Veterinarian with the Pet Vet Family Pet Care team.

Dr. Short graduated from Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996, and has been practicing in small-animal medicine ever since. Medically, she enjoys preventative care, wellness exams, dermatological work, and quality-of-life care for pets suffering from chronic diseases. Most of all, she loves creating new relationships with the area’s pet owners and their beloved companions.

Dr. Short’s interests outside of veterinary medicine include scrapbooking, photography, visiting cities like Chicago and Traverse City, bowling, bicycling, swimming, and spending quality time with friends, family, and pets. She has two children, Ashley and Austin—and shares her home with a trio of domestic short-haired cats: Mittens, Mynx, and Shadow.

Dr. Claudia Gonzalez

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Gonzalez grew up in Miami and attended Florida International University where she completed a Bachelor of Science in Biology. In 2018, she went on to pursue her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Michigan State University. She has a special interest in internal medicine, behavior, and preventative medicine. Dr. Gonzalez enjoys spending time with her very adventurous dog named Martin and her cats Lily and Nimbus. She also loves the outdoors and visiting National Parks, one of the many reasons she decided to stay in Michigan with her furry family.


Practice Manager

Charlie is originally from North Bay, Canada. She has worked in executive management for the past 25 years in the nonprofit sector.

Charlie loves animals of all kinds. Raising six children provided lots of opportunity to welcome strays and rescues into an affectionate and fun-loving family. Huskies quickly became a favorite breed.

When not at work or volunteering Charlie loves to garden, read, cook, explore Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and spend quality time with family and friends.


Licensed Veterinary Technician

Alisa graduated from Baker College in 2012 and has her veterinary technician license in both Michigan and Indiana. She is originally from Selkirk, Manitoba, Canada. Alisa is a veteran and has proudly served in the U.S. Army and the Canadian Navy.

Alisa enjoys getting to know and help a wide variety of patients. She likes learning more advanced and compassionate ways to provide exceptional care. Alisa is Fear Free Certified. Her approach helps to create trust with animals, which provides a more positive veterinary visit experience.

Alisa has been married for 35 years, has two children, a Sheltie and two cats.


Veterinary Assistant

Justin has loved animals all his life and loves caring for animals. He has enjoyed being a veterinary assistant for six years.

He is married, has a son, and a Husky. In his spare time, he enjoys playing D&D.


Certified Veterinary Assistant

Shyanne graduated from Ross Medical Education Center in 2021 with a Certificate of Veterinary Assistant. She enjoys working in veterinary medicine to help animals and their owners to receive the very best care possible.

Shyanne lives with her family and several animals on their family farm. In her spare time, she enjoys horseback riding, reading, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.


Veterinary Assistant

Tiffany graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Zoology. She was an intern at a wolf sanctuary in New Mexico following her education at MSU. Tiffany is a Veterinary Assistant and is enjoying learning new veterinary skills with the Pet Vet Team.

In her spare time, Tiffany enjoys camping, hiking, and traveling whenever the opportunity arises. At home she lives with her three lovable dogs—Caesar, Lily and Zeus.


Boarding & Kennel Supervisor

Gretchen has lived in Kalamazoo for more than 20 years. She graduated from Western Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work. 

She has loved animals all of her life and since childhood has always had a dog. Gretchen said she just can’t imagine her life without a dog.

In her spare time, Gretchen enjoys baking, gardening, and walking her four dogs.


Boarding & Kennel Assistant

Erin is currently a student at Western Michigan University in environmental studies. Veterinary medicine has always been of interest and she loves working with animals.

In her free time, Erin enjoys hiking trails, playing with her dog Benjamin and napping with her fluffy cat Suki.


Customer Service Representative

Kori graduated from Ross Medical Education Center in 2014 with a Certificate of Veterinary Assistant. She worked at Pet Vet from 2014 to 2017 and loved it. Kori worked in animal research at Charles River from 2019 to 2021. Now returning to Pet Vet, Kori said it feels like home.

She has loved animals since she was a child. Today Kori shares her home and her life with five cats, a dog, and a rat. She is always happy to help people with their pets.


Customer Service Representative

Amy grew up rehabilitating wildlife and raising farm animals. She has always loved having pets. Amy has worked in human medicine for 25 years and is excited with this new adventure in veterinary medicine.

Amy is happily married, has 3 beautiful children, and 2 dogs. Her trust in the team at Pet Vet began 30 years ago as a client. Amy said her pets are an integral part of their family which, she believes, is the same philosophy that Pet Vet embraces.