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Gary Ryder

Dr. Gary Ryder
Staff Veterinarian
Emergency & Critical Care
Dr. Gary Ryder
Dr. Ryder grew up in Howell, MI. He attended Michigan State University, where he graduated in 2003 with a BS in Physiology. He attended Veterinary School at Ross University in St. Kitts. While in vet school, he completed a course with Wildlife Vets in South Africa. He completed his clinical year at University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007. After practicing emergency medicine in Cleveland for 1 year, he joined VCA VSECK in the summer of 2008. He has enjoyed helping the hospital grow over the years into a trusted extension of the many primary care practices of southwest Michigan. He currently presides as an officer with the Southwest Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, as well as serving as a board member with the SPCA of Southwest Michigan. His professional interests include: emergency surgery, shock therapy, wound management and exotics emergency medicine.

He currently resides in Texas Corners with his wife, Alisha, and their three kids, Mac (canine), Zayden (human) and Roman (human). He spends his free time playing hockey, camping with family, golfing, telling dad jokes and being disappointed weekly by the Lions. However, "this" is the year! 
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Emergency & Critical Care

We have a veterinarian and personnel on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week who are trained and equipped to handle any urgent care your pet has. Usually an emergency team consists of at least one veterinarian and several technicians working together to save a pet's life. Emergencies can be things such a snail bait poisoning, trouble breathing, major bleeding, difficult labor, hit by car, and chocolate ingestion. If you ever feel that your pet needs emergency treatment do not hesitate to call or come in immediately. If possible it is best to call before coming in so that a team member can advise you on your particular emergency.

We are also available for urgent care when the condition is not life-threatening, but you feel your pet needs to be seen before you are able to get an appointment. When you arrive, our receptionists will be able to give you an estimate on how long you may have to wait in order to be seen.

Our Emergency & Critical Care Team

VCA Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center of Kalamazoo

104 West Cork Street

Kalamazoo, MI 49001

Main: 269-381-5228

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sun: Open 24 hours

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