VCA El Mirage Animal Hospital

Veterinary Support

  • Technician Supervisor

    Heather Wade
    School: Southern Arkansas University, Bachelor of Science

    Heather was born in El Dorado, Arkansas. She attended SouthArk Community College and then transfered to Southern Arkansas University. She graduated in 2001 with a B.S. in Agriculture. Heather enjoys spending time with her "boys": husband Ryan, dogs "Brock", "Elvis", "Shooter" and cat "Tug".

  • Technician

    Angella Dethlefsen
    Veterinary Tech School: Bel-Rea Institute of Veterinary Technology

    Angella moved here from Colorado in 2011. She has been working as a veterinary technician since 2006. She enjoys spending time with her husband, teenage son and twins.

  • Technician

    Roxana Gatch

    Roxana is our newest addition to our team! She has worked as a veterinary technician since 2006. Prior to working as a technician, Roxana served 4 years in the United States Army. She lives in Surprise now with her boyfriend and their sweet furry friend "Daisy".

  • Technician

    Patricia Holbrook

    Patricia moved to Arizona with her partner and family in 2009. She has 2 beautiful children, Madeline and Riley, a dog named Dakota, and 2 cats named Hallows and Wash. The whole family enjoy spending time outdoors, hiking, camping, bike riding, and swimming.

  • Technician

    Erin Schimmelman

    Erin joined the El Mirage family many years ago, in 2004. She works part time now, spending most of her time raising her 3 beautiful babies and taking care of her many adopted cats and dogs.

  • Technician

    Courtney Shadden

    Courtney was raised in a small town in Colorado, always loving animals. She graduated with a certificate in the Veterinary Assistant Program. She absolutely loves working with animals!! She has 6 dogs and 1 cat. She hopes to be in the veterinary field for a very long time, and looks foward to a long career with VCA.


Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, please contact one of the following nearby emergency care clinics.

Emergency Animal Clinic (EAC - Peoria)


9875 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria, Arizona 85345

Emergency Animal Clinic (EAC - Avondale)


13034 W. Rancho Santa Fe Blvd., Suite #101, Avondale, AZ 85392

VCA Animal Referral & Emergency Center of Arizona (ARECA)


1648 North Country Club Drive, Mesa, AZ 85201


Sonora Veterinary Specialists (Emergency)


5220 North Dysart Road, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340