VCA Woodland Animal Hospital

Alana Gillhespy, DVM, Associate Veterinarian

DVM, Michigan State University


My passion for veterinary medicine started very young. At five years old, I remember telling my mother that I wanted to become a farmer or a veterinarian. My goal has held steady, and I am very fortunate to be in this wonderful profession!


I am a West Michigander at heart. I grew up in Cedar Springs, Michigan and completed my undergraduate education at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan where I received a B.S. in Biology. After completing my veterinary training at Michigan State University I returned to the Grand Rapids area and my family.


I have a special interest in surgery, microscopy (cytology), and ultrasonography. VCA Woodland Animal Hospital has allowed me to continue to develop my knowledge and skills in these and many other areas. The dedicated clientele and wonderful patients that we work with makes this job exciting and rewarding every day.


In my spare time I enjoy running, playing card games, cross country skiing, and traveling. My husband and I have one animal “child”. We recently adopted our dog, Millie, who keeps us busy and thoroughly entertained. We never know where her terrier nose will lead us on a walk and what we will find!


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 during normal business hours, please call us immediately. If you have an emergency outside of our normal business hours, please contact a local emergency animal hospital.