VCA Woodland Animal Hospital

Christine West Hoornstra, DVM, Medical Director

DVM, Michigan State University


I was born in East Lansing, Michigan where my parents were both college professors in the education department of Michigan State University. I spent most of my youth dedicating myself to the art of dressage with my Thoroughbred horse "Faygo". We were even the Jr. Young Midwest Champion one year!

I graduated from East Lansing High School and quickly moved on to Michigan State University where I graduated with a B.S. in Animal Science and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1997.

I came to the Grand Rapids area in 2000 and began working as an associate veterinarian at Woodland Hospital for Animals. I greatly enjoyed my time with Woodland and spent years developing my interest and skill with many different types of unique small mammals. Most recently, I have had the great pleasure of becoming the Medical Director for VCA Woodland Animal Hospital. I am very excited about this new responsibility.

When I am not at work I am kept very busy with my husband, young family and all their passions. My life is filled with gymnastics, karate, bike riding, swimming, school and church events. We have two dogs, Albert and Brik. Albert is a Shiba Inu and Brik is my husband’s partner at the Grand Rapids Police Department. Brik, who lives full time with us, is from the Czech Republic and is trained in patrol duties and narcotic detection. Most recently I have found myself back in the saddle -- and who knows where that will lead!!

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.