Our Team

Our veterinarians and staff have many years' experience in companion animal medicine, ensuring only the very best care for your pet. Our staff has a wide variety of backgrounds and interests, but above all, they are all dedicated veterinary professionals who share a genuine love of animals and a desire to provide only the very best care for them.  

As pet owners ourselves, we understand how difficult it is when a pet becomes ill. It's our mission to help in every way possible with expertise and compassion. Please don't hesitate to call upon us whenever we can be of assistance to you and your pet.

Our Team's Core Values:

  • Excellence: Offering high quality veterinary medicine in a state-of-the-art hospital is something we believe your pet deserves. Our veterinarians and patient care staff are specially trained to provide quality, compassionate care to your pet in an emergency- because emergency and critical care is all we do. We are constantly learning and developing our team, both personally and professionally, because we know that is the way to excellence.  
  • Respect: We believe that the value of our care is defined not only by the quality of our medicine, but by the way we treat each other and those we serve. We are dedicated to demonstrating a high regard for pet owners, our co-workers, and our veterinary partners. Every person we interact with will be treated with empathy and dignity.  
  • Teamwork: We recognize our people as being our most valuable resource, so we strive every day to nurture a collaborative and supportive environment. Each member of our staff plays an essential role in the care of our patients and clients, and we are dedicated to providing that care as a united team. Local veterinarians trust us not only because we provide quality medicine, but because we work in partnership in the care of their patients.
paw Team Spotlight
Joseph Richter
DVM Medical Director

Dr. Joe has been working in veterinary medicine for over 20 years, and joined the VCA MECA team as Medical Director in December of 2019. Dr. Joe grew up on a dairy farm in northeast Indiana and graduated from Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. Following graduation, he did a medical and surgical internship at Sacramento Animal Medical Group in Sacramento, California from 2002 to 2003. From 2003 until 2014, he practiced at a VCA hospital in Tacoma, Washington, providing general wellness services, emergency and critical care, internal medicine, soft tissue and orthopedic surgery. In 2015, Dr....

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Andrea Young
Hospital Manager

Andrea started in veterinary medicine in 2020, when she joined the VCA MECA team as Hospital Manager. Prior to that, Andrea worked for 15 years in a variety of management and service roles in the health care and restaurant industries. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Administration in 2014, and Master of Business Administration degree in 2020.  

Andrea has always loved animals of all shapes, sizes and species, so she was thrilled to find herself in a role that combines her love for animals with her professional experience. Her favorite part of her job is providing support to th...

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Our veterinarians are a team of highly trained individuals dedicated to the health and well-being of your pets. Explore our veterinarians' biographies and learn about the individuals who make our hospital an excellent choice for your pet's care.

Veterinarian Support

Our technicians and support team members are all gentle animal lovers who treat your pets with the compassion and respect they deserve. Explore our support team members' biographies and learn about the individuals who make our hospital such a good choice for your pet's care.


The hospital administration team consists of management personnel who oversee all staff members, hospital activities and the facilities. Together, they keep the hospital running smoothly, ensuring quality patient care and excellent client service. From the moment you check in, our administrative staff is here to deliver the best possible experience to you and your pet before, during and after your visit.
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