We are extremely proud of our dedicated team. We hire only the best and most experienced employees to become a part of our team here at Foothills Veterinary Hospital. Our team is filled with highly dedicated animal lovers who are well trained at their jobs. They will do anything possible for their patients and the owners who love them.
Learning and education are very important here at Foothills Veterinary Hospital. We strive to have a state of the art hospital with a staff trained in the latest medical advances. Our patients deserve the very best veterinary care.
Basically, our team is full of animal lovers. They make it a goal to treat each patient like their own. They give each patient plenty of love and attention. They are prepared to discuss preventative medicine so that every pet can stay as healthy as possible. They will also do everything that they can to make a sick pet feel better as soon as possible.
Richard Vetter, D.V.M
Dr. Vetter graduated from WSU College of Veterinary Medicine in 1975.
He practiced in a mixed practice in Montesano, WA, for several years, then moved to Bend, OR until the mid-’80s, owning a large animal/predominately equine practice.
He moved with his family to Chehalis, WA where he worked with the WSDA as an Area State Veterinarian and with the US Equestrian Federation. Since 1986, he has also had a large animal/equine mobile veterinary practice.
He began directing his interests and continuing education opportunities toward the specialty of Veterinary Equine Dentistry in 1996. Over the years, he has taken advantage of opportunities to study from international leaders in the field of Advanced Equine Dentistry and continues to do so.
Dr. Vetter has been tested and accredited by the International Assoc. of Equine Dentistry, which is a formal testing/peer review of knowledge and technique. Requirements include hands on mentoring, review of documented cases, and continuing education. He now mentors and trains other veterinarians interested in attaining IAED certification and/or achieving higher levels of expertise in equine dentistry.
Dr. Vetter’s continuing education and affiliation interests include:
- International Association of Equine Dentistry: yearly continuing education meetings (CE) and hands on lab training and testing.
- American Assoc of Equine Practitioners (AAEP): yearly CE and lab training.
- American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS): yearly meetings.
- American Veterinary Medical Association- Washington and Oregon Veterinary Medical Associations: (CE)
- Minnesota Equine Dental Symposiums:
- Meds II: Advanced Periodontics, Endodontics, Orthodontics
- Meds III: Advanced Equine Oral Surgery
Licensed in Washington and Oregon, he is available to other states by arrangement.
Dr. Dick Vetter is owned by several horses himself and is a pleasure rider when the time permits. His trusty assistant (and riding partner) on and off the job is his wife of many years, Kathy.
Dr. Jordan Flewellyn
We would like to introduce and warmly welcome Dr. Jordan Flewellyn to Foothills Veterinary Hospital.
Dr. Flewellyn is a graduate of the University of Missouri College Of Veterinary Medicine.
An Illinois native, she grew up on her family’s grain, livestock, and horse farm. She spent her early years training trail horses, showing cattle, and working hard on her family’s farm. She has extensive knowledge in small animal medicine after many years working in different hospitals before and during veterinary school. She also spent a year following the completion of her veterinary degree interning in an equine exclusive veterinary referral hospital in Northern Indiana.
Dr. Flewellyn has quickly established a strong rapport with our staff and our clientele. She is passionate about working with equine and small animal patients alike. She also loves interacting with our amazing clients here at FVH!
She and her fiancé Chris are planning to marry in early 2022. They are owned by their 2 dogs, Juniper and Olive, and their cat Flint. Please help us welcome Dr. Flewellyn to FVH!
Kathy Vetter, Owner
Kathy is definitely a vital part of our team here at FVH. Kathy wears many hats as: practice manager, practice facilitator, and is tasked with keeping Dr. Vetter on task and the clinic running smoothly! Before opening Foothills Veterinary Hospital, Kathy spent many years with Dr. Vetter performing specialized equine dentistry across the country. She can usually be found chatting with clients, helping out within the clinic, working on equine dentals, or playing fetch with her beloved dog Blue!
Tammy, Office Manager
Tammy came to us at Foothills Veterinary Hospital with over 15 years of experience within the field of veterinary medicine. She began her career as a receptionist before transitioning to a veterinary assistant and eventually her hospital’s lead assistant. She has since developed into a proficient practice manager. Her client and business skills are easy to appreciate each day. Tammy’s bright and hard working personality make her a perfect addition to our team. Tammy is often found helping out at our front desk or working behind the scenes to keep our clinic running smooth!
Tammy and her husband Dan have 3 children and 3 dogs: Smithwicks, Stout, and Kaya. They also have beloved cat Dexter.
Kristy, Practic Manager
When Kathy and Dr. Vetter purchased a run-down boarding stable named “Almost A Ranch” which was to become the new Foothills Veterinary Hospital, Kristy came on board.
Kristy has done every duty involved in running the veterinary practice including receptionist, surgery assistant, human relations, managing inventory, and even holding a horse during a dental!
Kristy currently serves as one of our two practice managers and assist in order products, completing prescription orders, and assuring our clinic never misses a step!
Kristy is ably assisted each day by Claire, her 8-year-old black labrador.
Jamie has been with us a year and is a very valuable asset to our veterinary hospital. She is owned by three cats and one Beagle, but I’m sure those numbers will change by the time I write this!
Jamie is our head tech and is very compassionate with the animals and the people.
Chancee is a very experienced Assistant and is also owned by a couple of critters. She’s a horse owner by heart, but currently is having to wait to get someplace to keep one. She is very good at her job and we appreciate having her.
Vikki is a “do it all” person. Currently, she is a veterinary assistant and also pinch hits at the reception desk. She is also an equestrian. Vikki has done and still does a lot with her horses.
Vikki always has a smile and she is very appreciated
Kayla has been working with and for us for about 5 years. She’s a good one. We call her “Old McDonald” as she is a regular at the Livestock Auction, buying calves and chickens and goats to resell. Kayla also has been helping a mutual friend in the Christmas season, take the friend’s rented reindeer around to different venues in November and December.