Dr. Desiree Avila
Start Date: May 2016
Hometown: Aibonito, Puerto Rico
Education: Biology Degree – University of Puerto Rico
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine – Michigan State University
Hobbies: Crocheting, playing cards, and spending time with my daughters
Fun Fact: Bilingual in Spanish and English
Pets: Oliver - Cat
What’s your favorite part about being a veterinarian? Diagnosing and treating complicated cases and being able to watch the pets turn around after starting treatment is the most rewarding feeling. Also, seeing puppies and kittens all day isn’t so bad!
Dr. Michael Brown
Start Date: July 1997
Hometown: Manhattan, Kansas
Education: Bachelors in Animal Science – Kansas State University
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine – Kansas State University
Hobbies: Biking, woodworking, and traveling
Fun Fact: I competed in the 2021 WA360 sailing race with my high school best friends.
Pets: Tarlee – Australian Shepherd; Roma – Australian Shepherd; Tortilla – Cat; Snuggles - Cat
Why did you become a veterinarian? I was too short for the NBA.
Dr. Matthew Hobson
Start Date: June 2003
Hometown: Parker, Kansas
Education: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine – Kansas State University
Hobbies: Spending time with family, biking, fishing
Fun Fact: I can juggle
Pets: None currently – we are trying to fix this!
Why did you become a vet? I became a vet because I have always loved animals and science. I spent most of my summers in high school interning here at Care Animal and I just knew this is what I wanted to do.
Hometown: Gaston, Indiana
Education: Bachelors in Agricultural Biotechnology - University of Kentucky
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine – Purdue University
Hobbies: Horseback riding, hiking and traveling with my husband.
Fun Fact: I have traveled to four different continents!
Pets: I have two dogs, a boxer named Bourbon and a German Shepherd named Boiler, one cat, Navle, three horses, Slate, Blackjack and Dinny, and 5 chickens!
What’s your favorite part about being a veterinarian? I really enjoy interacting with pet owners and bettering pets lives through client education. Puppies and kitten visits are also a definite perk of the job!