Meet the friendly staff at Caring Animal Hospital!
Dr. Steele has an undergraduate degree from LSSU and a veterinary degree from MSU College of veterinary medicine. Dr. Steele has owned Caring Animal Hospital since 2000. She has been married to her husband Bernie for 16 years and has 2 children. Dr. Steele’s practice philosophy includes determining the best methods to achieve positive results. Each patient is treated as an individual. We may ask you questions that seem intrusive about your pet’s life or your lifestyle such as, “Do you travel and where do you travel?”, or “When do you get up in the morning?” Or, “How often does she use the litter box?” These questions are important because your pet can’t answer them, and we want to develop an individualized plan for treatment that works best for you and your pet. For example, the types of parasite preventions recommend for each pet changes depending on their lifestyle which is why we ask if you and your pet travels. Dr. Steele graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in May, 1998. Originally from Grand Rapids, she spent her first 2 years after graduation in Houghton Lake. She moved back to the Lansing area in August of 2000 and purchased Caring Animal Hospital in Holt. She now resides in Charlotte with her husband, 2 children, German Shorthair Pointer (Rooster) and hamster (Mellow Yellow). Dr. Steele enjoys working with all aspects of veterinary medicine, but dentistry (now that we perform dental x-ray on every patient), internal medicine (especially since we have added the ultrasound & digital x-ray), dermatology, behavior, and surgery are some of her favorites. Of course, seeing puppies and kittens is always a joy. Outside of work, Dr. Steele spends much of her time coaching and watching her children play volleyball, baseball, & basketball. If you’ve met Dr. Steele you know why basketball is her favorite, but she also loves working outside landscaping.
Dr. Cotter graduated from Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. It was also here where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Medicine. She was awarded her certification as a veterinary acupuncturist through the Chi Institute in Reddick, FL. Dr. Cotter is a familiar face around Caring Animal Hospital. Prior to veterinary school, she started off here as a veterinary assistant, and has since returned to us. She has three beloved cats at home named Sookie, Keiko, and Sawyer. Dr. Cotter’s special interests include acupuncture, exotic animal medicine, and soft tissue surgery.
Cindy Downey has worked for the hospital for over 21 years and was part of the transition from Rooker Animal Hospital to Caring AnimalHospital. Has been married for 40 years to Harold who is retired from the U.S. Air Force, they have a son and a daughter-in-law and 3 grandchildren. Over the years they have had a variety of animals including Black labs, chinchillas, a ferret and a rabbit, but currently have Rottweilers, and are very active in UKC and AKC Conformation. Cindy Downey is our “Jack of all Traits” at Caring Animal Hospital. She has worked here for over 22 years and was part of the transition from Rooker Animal Hospital to Caring Animal Hospital. She has been married for 41 years to her husband, Harold, who is retired from the U.S. Air Force. Together they have a son and a daughter-in-law and 3 grandchildren. Over the years they have had a variety of animals including Black labs, chinchillas, a ferret and a rabbit, but currently have Rottweilers, and a cat. Cindy and Harold are also very active in AKC Conformation.
Paige started here at Caring Animal Hospital in June of 2016. She came to us in her final year of the veterinary technology program at Baker College and graduated in June of 2017 as a Licensed Veterinary Technician after passing her board examination. Paige has interests in exotic animal medicine and wildlife rehabilitation. At home, she has a Jack Russell Terrier named Buddy, a Shiba Inu named Chloe, and a cat named Lola. In her free time she enjoys reading, camping, hunting, and just being outdoors.
Erica Suarez graduated from Baker College of Jackson’s Veterinary Technology Program in 2006 as a Licensed Veterinary Technician. She has worked for Caring Animal Hospital since 2002 when she was hired in as an assistant. When not at work, Erica enjoys spending time with her family. She keeps her plate full as a dance, wrestling, and soccer mom. Erica, and her husband, Rocky currently have 7 children. Her furry family members include 2 dogs, Chance and R2D2, and 1 cat, Victoria. Her personal interest in the veterinary field is animal behavior. Animal behavior is one the number one reason why pets are euthanized today. Erica feels, “If I can make a difference in just one pets life I have done my job.”
Maggie Smith started working in the veterinary field in 2001 as a receptionist and assistant. She loved it so much, she went back to school to become a LVT and graduated from Baker College of Flint in 2009. Since then Maggie has taken special interest in dentistry, parasitology, and practice management. During her time off Maggie loves to participate in local theater and has performed with Peppermint Creek Theater Company and Owosso Community Players. When she isn’t on the stage, she is enjoying the outdoors with her girlfriend Deanna & son Caleb. She has 2 dogs - Punkin and Edith, and 2 cats – Goliath and Penny. She is very excited to join Caring Animal Hospital’s fantastic staff and looks forward to helping the practice grow.
Beth lives in Olivet with her husband and 2 boys. She is a graduate of Wayne State University with a BS degree in biology. Prior to coming to Caring Animal Hospital, she has worked many years as a veterinary technician. She has experience in emergency medicine and wildlife rehabilitation. Her favorite part of the job is patient care. She currently has 2 calico cats, 1 gerbil, and 6 chickens. She enjoys hiking and being outdoors with her family, watching her boys play football, basketball, soccer, and baseball, and just spending time at home.
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