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!