VCA Woodland Animal Hospital

Veterinary Support

  • Technician Supervisor

    Beth Passino

    Beth returned to VCA Woodland in 2012 as a part time member of our team. In 2013 Beth accepted the full time position as our Technical Supervisor. We are so delighted to have her has the leader of our medical department. Her skills, excellent customer service and compassion for your pets health are phenomenal part of our management team.

    In addition to VCA Woodland, Beth is a faculty member of Baker College's Veterinary Technology program. 

    Outside of work and School and work, Beth and her husband George are kept busy by their 3 children, Zachary, Tyler & Reagan. In addition to their children they adopted a Pit bull named Pheobe to add to their family.

  • Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Kate Freyling
    Veterinary Tech School: Baker College of Muskegon

    Hey there! My name is Kate Freyling. I am a Licensed Veterinary Technician here at VCA Woodland. I am also our Technical Supervisor. I have been an LVT since 2006, graduating from Baker College of Muskegon. Working at Woodland always offers a new adventure in animal care because we see every thing from dogs and cats to birds and snakes. I am constantly challenged with new and intersting cases and love the variety of my job.

    Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family. Right now it is just my husband and I with our cat, "Tonka" and our dog "Beck". Beck comes to work with me every day and hangs out in the office with us. Maybe you have seen him napping in the Tech Office if you have taken a tour of the clinic!

    My most rewarding case at work over the past several years has been helping a patient overcome a hit by car injury where we needed to amputate one of her hind legs. After a complete recovery and returning to normal life (besides getting around on 3 legs- which she does amazingly well with!) she was diagnosed with a type of cancer called lymphoma. Her owner decided to treat her cancer with chemo-therapy and we got to see her often enough to develop a very close relationship with both the patient and her owner. Her joy of life and her owners commitment to her has a very special place in my heart!

  • Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Leah Olsen
    Veterinary Tech School: Michigan State University

    Leah has been a member of our VCA Woodland team since 2012. Leah has helped Dr. Gillhepsy with many surgical changes and advances for your pets best possible health care. She enjoy many aspects of her position here most of all caring for your pets!

    When not at work Leah enjoys spending time with her Husband, Adam, and their two daughters, McKenna and Ella. During the summer you are almost always certain to find them on the boat doing water activities. Leah also has a Labrador, Molly, who often follows her to work to play in daycare with her friends.

  • Veterinary Assistant

    Katie Anderson
    Veterinary Tech School: Sanford Brown

    Katie originally joined VCA Woodland as a Animal Care Taker. After caring for the boarding animals for over a year Katie made the decision to join our Client Care Team as a Receptionist. Katie has since transitioned to our medical team working as a Veterinary Assistant. Katie is such an amazing part of our team no matter what role she is in.

    Recently Katie has also become a member of Motherhood! She welcome her first baby girl Veda in Feb 2014. Congrats Katie! In addition to caring for Veda Katie has her hands full with her furry kids too. Zoey and Sheila are her beagles, always there to keep her on her toes and Socks her cat.

  • Veterinary Assistant

    Kelly Bolen

    Kelly returned to our VCA Woodland team in 2011 after taking a few years off following the birth of her Daughter, Elara. Kelly can be found in both our Medical and Recption area as well as helping with some administrative tasks. Kelly is a great addition to our team at VCA Woodland. She is always thinking of ways to better help and serve our clients and their pets. In addition to Kelly's daughter, Elara, she is kept on her toes by her fun and goofy Labrador, Kolsch.

  • Veterinary Assistant

    Tara Wegner

    Tara been a team member of VCA Woodland for many years. She originally worked started here in 1999. After a short 2 year break she returned in the fall of 2007. Tara is extremely compassionate about your pets care. She remembers you, your family and your pet. She is full of contagious energy. Tara is a part of both our outpatient and inpatient medical team. In the morning she is often found assisting the DVM and LVT with surgery and then transitions to outpatient appointments in the afternoons.

    Outside of work Tara and her Husband, Cliff keep busy with their Pit Bull, Ollie. They can often be found doing training classes with Ollie at Christine's K9 Service.


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, check with a local animal hospital emergency clinic.