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.
If you would like to speak to someone on our team, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (360) 829-0500.
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 2 beloved cats, Dexter and GusGus/Gustavo.
Kristy, Practice 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 13-year-old black labrador.
Jamie is one of our outstanding license veterinary technicians here at FVH. She brings knowledge and passion to all cases at our clinic. Jamie plays an important role assisting in our pocket pet, small animal, pig, and small ruminant cases. She is often found monitoring anesthesia and assisting in surgical procedures. Jamie is always there to assist our clients and staff in any way possible. Her anesthesia skills and bubbly personality have made her a vital part of our team.
Jamie’s motto is: “What can I do to help you?”
Jamie’s crew includes her beagle Jasmine, cat Molly, and Chiweenie Arlo.
Julie is one of our newest licensed veterinary technicians at Foothills Veterinary Hospital.
Julie is extremely skilled in equine medicine and small animal medicine alike. She is most passionate about equine medicine, dentistry, and small animal anesthesia. Julie can be found assisting in both our small animal and equine clinics. Her many year’s experiences working within all fields of veterinary medicine have made her the perfect addition to our team.
Julie and her husband Coleman have 2 beautiful children and are owned by their 2 dogs Willow and Indy as well as their horses: Sherlock, Stetson, Rowdy, Josh and Izzy.
Taylor is one of our amazing certified veterinary assistants here at FVH. Taylor came to us after completing her PIMA veterinary assistant program in 2019 and hopes to one day become a licensed veterinary technician. Taylor has a passion to work with all animals, with a particular love for cats and goats!
Taylor can be found helping our doctors and clients alike. She is a very hard worker and has become an invaluable member of our team.
Taylor is owned by her beloved cats Theodore and Dorothy.
Kayla has been with Foothills for many years. She began as a stall cleaner and has since worked her way into the clinic as one of our valuable assistants. Kayla is skilled handling horses, cats, dogs, and all species. She is always ready to work hard and do whatever is necessary to help take care of our patients. Kayla can often be found in the equine barn assisting with our equine appointments or in the clinic as a versatile member of our team.
Kayla has a love of horses and
Kayla is owned by her dogs Tiny and Koda, her cat Linda, as well as her horses Sid and Briar.
We are excited to welcome Bre to the Foothills Veterinary Hospital team!
Bre is one of our wonderful receptionists you will likely meet during your visit. She has also been a certified veterinary assistant since 2010. Bre is always ready to jump in and help with appointments and loves working with each of our clients. Like many of us, Bre’s pets are like her children. Outside of the clinic, she enjoys photography, books, and spending time with her family and friends.
She is currently owned by three pet kids: 2 dogs, Max and Peppa and one cat, Mr. Pooh.
Heather has been a welcome member of our team since mid-2021. She is helpful, genuine, and always has a smile on her face. We also appreciate her ability to help assist with the animals when needed!
Heather’s crew includes her boyfriend Brandon, her 1 1/2 year old cat Peaches, and her opinionated 25 year old gelding, Hank.
Olive and Juniper
Olive and Juniper are Dr. Flewellyn’s sidekicks and are frequent visitors at Foothills Veterinary Hospital. Olive can usually be found assisting Dr. Flewellyn throughout her day, while Juniper takes her job as receptionist very seriously. Keep an eye out for these two during your next visit!
Blue is the trusted and beloved sidekick of Dr. Vetter and Kathy. He is often found assisting Kathy throughout the day or patroling the property in search of his toys! Blue is quite the character and loves to say hi to our clients each day. Be sure to say hello next time you see him!
Sheldon and Julian
Sheldon and Julian are our resident clinic cats. These two are often seen entertaining clients in our parking lot, catching mice, or taking lazy mid-day naps in our front office. These two are quite the pair and the best of friends. Be sure to look for them during your next visit!