Dr. McKinney’s interest in veterinary medicine was piqued early in her life following a trip to Rochester’s Leader Dogs for the Blind School at the age of nine. To this day she continues to feel that veterinary medicine offers the best of all professions: the ever-evolving challenge of science and diagnosis, the hands-on creativity of surgery, and the opportunity to meet extraordinary pets and their owners.
Dr. McKinney, her husband and their two daughters share their home with five cats ranging in age from two to “came to live with us last century”. She enjoys long walks, a good book, a proper cup of tea, and thoughtful conversation with friends and family. She encourages pet owners to be active participants in the health of their furry family members. She stresses regular preventive care and having an awareness of what’s normal for your pet. “Our pets (especially cats) are adept at hiding illness or injury. Prompt veterinary care when something’s ‘not quite right’ can save a life.”
Dr. Webster owns almost too many animals to count! She has a herd of Chihuahuas (three to be precise), one pug, two dachshunds, several cats, a flock of birds, a pot-bellied pig, a milk snake, and a flying squirrel. She and her husband have two grown daughters.
Dr. Webster enjoys the diversity of personalities and experiences provided by the dedicated professionals here at AAAH. She says that the commitment and sensitivity of the support staff is excellent; the warmth and empathy they provide to frightened and anxious clients and their pets makes a big difference when treating the animals! Dr. Webster would advise pet owners to “Take the time to be observant of your pet’s normal daily activities and behaviors. This will give you important insight into determining whether or not your pet may be ill.”
Like so many veterinarians, Dr. Corbett knew he wanted to care for animals from a young age: “I wanted to become a veterinarian since the time I was 8 years old and we took our dog Heidi to MSU for the first time. Never wavered from the goal.”
Dr. Corbett says that he came to work at the AAAH ER because of our reputation for providing the best care for our patients and allowing our veterinarians the opportunity to practice the highest quality of medicine. His co-workers have helped: “There is great teamwork here. Veterinarians work together to help one another and the support staff is fantastic.”
While not treating emergency cases here at the ER, Dr. Corbett takes care of many animals at home, including Roisin, an 8-year-old Husky mix; Leona, a 13-year-old DSH; Coconut, a 12-year-old Corgi/Beagle; and Morgan, a 1-year-old mixed breed “3-footed pirate dog”.
Dr. Corbett stresses, “You know your pet better than anyone else. Any major variations from your pet’s routine behavior could indicate illness and should be reported to your veterinarian.”
Dr. Wright says, “I always held a deep love for animals but did not always know I wanted to be a veterinarian. From an early age I was able to experience the human-animal bond. I have only come to realize more and more just how valuable that connection is.” Dr. Wright considered both human and veterinary medicine, but having made the decision to become a veterinarian, he is glad to have chosen a career where he now helps both. His goal is to work with owners and their pets to achieve the best possible outcome for all parties involved.
He is excited to be back in the Ann Arbor area where he lives with his wife and their dog, Ollie. Ollie (a black lab/pitbull mix) has his own special connection to the AAAH, as Eric adopted him over six years ago from the hospital after he was relinquished here as a stray. (See Ollie’s story here!)