Meet the Team

OUR CARING AND COMPASSIONATE VETERINARY CARE TEAM!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Val Vista Animal Hospital in Gilbert! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

  • ANGELA CALDWELL, DVM, MS
    ANGELA CALDWELL DVM, MS

    I am from Alpine, Utah. This rural mountain community allowed me to enjoy the outdoors with our many pet family members. I always knew I had a love of all animals thus my choice in a college major was directed to the study of animal life. I attended Brigham Young University for both my Bachelor’s degree in Zoology and Master’s degree in Teratology. I was then privileged to continue my education at Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and receive a doctorate. While there I focused on small animal study.

    I am a member of Arizona Veterinary Medical Association the American Veterinary Medical Associations. My husband and I have lived in Arizona for over 16 years.

    We have three children, two cats, two horses and a dog which sometimes makes our home feel like a full-time zoo. Together, with my husband Richard, we own and operate Arizona Healthy Pet Hospitals, which includes Val Vista Animal Hospital. Arizona Healthy Pet Hospitals provide pet family-members in the East Valley the very best health care. We maintain the highest standards and are proud of the excellent animal / pet doctors and staff members that care for each and every pet as if it were their own.

  • SARAH LITTLE, DVM
    SARAH LITTLE DVM

    Dr. Little grew up in Nebraska and Iowa. She always had dogs and loved animals of all shapes and sizes. She attended the University of Northern Iowa where she graduated with a degree in biology. She moved to Arizona to attend graduate school in microbiology at ASU. As a result of this move, she discovered she loved Arizona. She also realized she wanted to become a veterinarian. Dr. Little then left the warmth of Arizona to pursue her doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. After graduation she was again drawn back to Arizona and now calls Gilbert home. She has been a part of the Val Vista Animal Hospital family since 2003.

    Dr. Little and her husband are blessed to have 2 young daughters. Her pet family consists of 2 dogs, a pug and an athletic chocolate lab. Dr. Little enjoys sports and really loves running. She also enjoys shopping, hiking, jewelry making, and traveling.

    Dr. Little is a member of the Arizona and American Veterinary Medicine Associations. She has interests in soft tissue surgery, internal medicine, and behavior. When describing why she enjoys being a veterinarian, she said, “Every day is different. I never know what to expect. Animals amaze me. I am constantly learning, and I get to help people and their pets.

  • MERCEDES CORE, DVM
    MERCEDES CORE DVM

    Dr. Mercedes Core was born in Ohio, and moved to Arizona when she was 6 years old. She grew up in Mesa, Arizona and attended Arizona State University to obtain her Bachelor of Science degree in zoology. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, Dr. Core began working in animal hospitals, first as a receptionist and eventually as a certified veterinary technician. When Dr. Core’s childhood cat became very ill, she decided that she was going to continue in the veterinary field after ASU and become a veterinarian.

    She attended Ross University of Veterinary Medicine in St Kitts, and after doing a clinical year at Oklahoma State University, she became a doctor of veterinary medicine in 2007. Dr. Core returned to Arizona after graduation and practiced for 5 years prior to moving to Michigan with her husband. After 4 years in the Midwest,she and her husband decided to return to their family, friends and the Arizona sun. She has been happily married since 2013 with one young daughter, 2 cats and 2 dogs. The entire family is excited to work and live in the land of the sun again and looks forward to meeting everyone!

  • JESSICA PEDERSON, DVM
    JESSICA PEDERSON DVM

    Dr. Pederson was born in Minnesota and moved out to Arizona with her family when she was 10. She attended Arizona State University for her undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering. After graduating from ASU, Dr. Pederson moved to beautiful Fort Collins, CO to pursue her veterinary degree at Colorado State University. From there, she moved back to Arizona to start practicing as a small animal veterinarian in the east valley. Dr. Pederson joined the staff at Augusta Ranch Animal Hospital in April, 2013. Her professional interests include all aspects of small animal veterinary medicine but especially internal medicine. In her free time, Dr. Pederson enjoys hiking, crocheting, and spending time playing with her dogs Kata and Isis.

  • RENEE FISHER DVM
    RENEE FISHER DVM.

    Dr. Fisher was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She attended the University of Arizona and received her undergraduate degree in Veterinary Sciences. After graduation, Dr. Fisher moved to Columbus, Ohio to obtain her doctorate in veterinary medicine at The Ohio State University. After surviving the Midwest winters, she decided to move back to the valley of the sun to practice veterinary medicine. Her veterinary interests include dentistry, ophthalmology, and soft tissue surgery. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her Labrador Shylow and her cat DJ, hiking with her husband, and cooking.

  • ALONDRA VELEZ, DVM.
    ALONDRA VELEZ D.V.M.

    Dr. Velez was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico where she grew up with lots of Chihuahuas. Dr. Velez always knew she wanted to be a veterinarian, even dressing up for career day using one of her mom’s dress shirts as a lab coat and making a cast out of toilet paper for her stuffed animal.

    After high school, she attended the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez Campus where she completed the pre-requisites to attend veterinary school.  She then went on to Ross University in St. Kitts, W.I. where she ended up adopting 3 cats and a dog from the island. She completed her clinical year at The University of Minnesota, St. Paul Campus where she survived her first winter ever with her island critters.

    Dr. Velez then moved to New York City where she completed a rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship at VCA Fifth Avenue Veterinary Specialists. She enjoyed the city so much that she stayed for an additional year doing relief work for clinics all over the city.

    She then moved to Tucson where she worked as an emergency veterinarian for 3 years. Missing the connection to her clients and having her patients lost to follow up made her switch gears and start working in general practice where she has been ever since.

    Dr. Velez is passionate about Feline Medicine, low-stress handling, and enjoys soft tissue surgery and dental. She has one island kitty left and recently acquired a Yorkipoo mix and a Chihuahua from her previous clinic that is keeping her very busy.

    In her spare time, Dr. Velez enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. She is bilingual and fluent in both Spanish and English.

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