VCA Animal Health Hospital Staff

VCA Animal Health Hospital

Phone: 520-885-2364
Fax: 520-885-2462
2560 S. Harrison Road
Tucson, AZ 85748
Business Hours
Sun Closed
As temperatures rise, never leave your pet unattended in your car for any length of time. It only takes minutes for your car to become hot enough to cause harm!

Caring for pets... and their people, too.

Veterinary Care Above & Beyond the Ordinary

VCA Animal Health Hospital is located on the east side of Tucson at the corner of S. Harrison Road and E. Golf Links Road (85748), conveniently close to Rita Ranch, Vail, Corona de Tucson communities. We invite you to visit our newly remodeled AAHA accredited facility for a tour and to meet our welcoming veterinarians and staff. Our services include comprehensive preventative wellness care including early disease detection, vaccines and parasite control. In addition to our preventative services, we offer in-house lab testing, digital radiology, internal medicine, hospitalization and intensive care, surgery, urgent care, advanced dentistry, Class IV K-Laser therapy, and other client resources. We also provide a comfortable and safe feline boarding facility.

In every case, you'll be met by experienced, knowledgeable and caring members of our staff. We take our responsibility seriously. From the

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New to VCA?

Tucson’s VCA Animal Health Hospital provides full-service veterinary care exclusively for dogs and cats. Offering everything you need under one roof is both a convenience for pet owners and the ultimate in essential veterinary care. Find what you need, when you need it, from our dedicated and skilled team of professionals.

Veterinary services we offer include:

  • Pet wellness care-Preventing illness with vaccinations, parasite prevention, and products for healthy nutrition, we provide the information, materials, and care necessary to help pets live a long and happy life.
  • Pet dentistry-Next to vaccinations and nutrition, regular dental care is essential to longevity and quality of life. We have the tools and skills necessary to correct dental problems and ensure lasting dental health.
  • Veterinary surgery-When your pet needs surgery, we are ready with a modern, well-equipped, sterile surgical unit and highly skilled and experienced veterinarians.
  • In-house diagnostics-Our advanced diagnostics include a complete veterinary lab, digital radiology, ultrasound, and endoscopy to help us determine the source of the problem and provide effective treatment.
  • Hospitalization and intensive care-We offer the ultimate environment for hospitalized pets. From rattlesnake envenomation to managing the diabetic patient, our equipment and expertise allows us to provide gentle, compassionate, and effective care.
  • Pharmacy-We maintain a complete veterinary pharmacy with therapeutics, pain control medications, and nutraceuticals and can have medications and veterinary diets shipped directly to you.
  • Exclusive feline boarding-We board cats, and only cats, in our contemporary air-conditioned facility; in addition, all of our guests are cared for by Certified Veterinary Technicians.

Additional veterinary services are tailored to your specific needs, including laser therapy, behavioral and nutritional counseling, and end-of-life care.

Going Green

VCA Animal Health Hospital is committed to preserving our community’s resources. From powering our facility with solar panels to maintaining a nearly paperless practice, our efforts to create a green hospital continue.

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The friendly, professional staff at VCA Animal Health Hospital is made up of dedicated individuals who have made it their mission to help pets live long, healthy lives. To be true to the mission, the hospital team relies on several individuals, each equally important in helping us deliver the best patient and client experience for both you and your pet. And if things get complicated, we are fortunate to have access to the nation's largest network of VCA veterinarians and board-certified specialists.

Our History

Dr. Brett Hinsch founded Animal Health Hospital in the fall of 1978 across the parking lot at 2406 South Harrison Rd. In 1980, he hired a young veterinary assistant named Susan Verschoore. Susan is still here today working as an accomplished certified veterinary technician. Early in 1983 ground was broken at the current Animal Health Hospital location. The official grand opening was July 4, 1983. Over the years, Dr. Hinsch developed a reputation for providing top quality veterinary medical and surgical care. Associate veterinarians came and went, with some later continuing their education and becoming veterinary specialists. In 1995, Dr. Hinsch hired Dr. Kipp Metzger as a new graduate from the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. The hire was instantly successful with Dr. Metzger being a motivated and dedicated associate and Dr. Hinsch carefully mentoring the new veterinarian.

Fast forward to September 2000 when Dr. Hinsch sold the practice to Dr. Metzger. Animal Health Hospital continued its successful ways with Dr. Metzger honoring the lessons learned from Dr. Hinsch and instituting new medical/surgical and management components into the business. Animal Health Hospital continued the tradition of providing the best veterinary medical and surgical care possible. Over the years we have carefully kept abreast of the top standard of care through continuing education, equipment purchases, and staff training.

In 2007, Dr. Hinsch retired from Animal Health Hospital. Dr. Metzger continues to credit Dr. Hinsch with teaching many of the important lessons that have continued to make Animal Health Hospital a great place to bring dogs and cats and a great place to work.

During the spring of 2011, Dr. Metzger hired Dr. Sherry Johns as a part time associate veterinarian. Dr. Johns proved to be a very competent, caring, and compassionate veterinarian and she is still here today!

In early 2014, Animal Health Hospital undertook a significant remodel. The goal was to update the look and feel of the hospital and highlight the quality of the medicine and client service that we provide.

Dr. Metzger realizes that his staff are the hospital's greatest asset, and takes pride in the fact that clients very rarely see a new face here. Once a technician or veterinarian joins the team at Animal Health Hospital, they tend to stick around�"and for good reason! The great people that make up the veterinary health care team at Animal Health Hospital continue to strive to provide great client and customer service with integrity and a connection to our community.

To learn more about VCA Animal Health Hospital or to schedule your pet's next veterinary appointment with us, please call our office anytime.

Dr. Sherry Johns
Associate Veterinarian
Veterinary School: Colorado State University

Dr. Sherry Johns is an Arizona native… sort of. Sherry is the daughter of an Air Force pilot and was born in  California. After spending her

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Dr. Timothy Krone
Associate Veterinarian
Veterinary School: Michigan State University

Dr. Krone received his undergraduate and doctorate of veterinary medicine degrees at Michigan State University. He completed a one-year internship

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