Our Veterinarians

Joy Fox-Beaudet, DVM

Owner, Managing Veterinarian

Q: Do you have any pets? If so, what are their names, species, and breeds?
A: Yes, we currently have four cats and one dog.  When we are able to purchase a home, we are looking forward to having more pets join our family!  Our four cats are April, a very gentle Domestic Long Hair, Angel, a feisty/unpredictable calico, Odin, a very handsome Maine Coon, and Berenice, a tabby cat who was rescued with a head injury when she was a very young kitten.  Wellington is our Whippet.  He is a very sensitive little man.   He loves to snuggle under his blanket on his bed when he is not chasing skunks out of the yard.

Q: Is there any family information you’d like to provide?
A: My husband and I are blessed with two beautiful children who are now in high school. Time flies by far too quickly!

Q: What has been the most rewarding part of your career?
A: The most rewarding part of my career has been being able to bring comfort and relief to my patients and clients in different phases of their lives.  Sometimes it is in the form of surgically fixing a problem or medically diagnosing and successfully treating a disease.  Other times it is in the form of palliative relief, perhaps not curing a disease, but managing pain and providing a comfortable life.

Q: What would you consider to be your greatest life accomplishment?
A: Having children – bringing two new lives into the world and watching them grow and develop into the people they are today has been very humbling.

Q: If you could give pet owners advice in 1-3 sentences, what would you say?
A: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure – take care to educate yourself to to prevent problems where you can with really good preventive medical care and monitor closely to catch problems early! Trust your instincts, if something appears amiss, you are most likely right and we should investigate together.

Lisa Bartlett, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Q: What are some things you enjoy doing when you’re not at work?
A: Hiking in the forest, walking with the dogs on the beach, recently started doing weekend backpacking trips with the dogs exploring other parts of northern California. You may also find me practicing yoga on my days off.

Q: What has been the most rewarding part of your career?
A: Helping animals to feel better, being able to provide relief from pain and suffering, and preventing disease and extending quality of life. And helping the humans that love their animals so much- relieving animal pain helps relieve people pain too!

Q: What is your favorite comfort food?
A: Macaroni and Cheese with cookie dough for dessert

Q: What are three things you love?
A: My husband, my own pets (there are 4 of them but they can count as one), being able to come to work everyday and help people and animals

Q: What is your biggest pet peeve?
A: Letting your dog ride loose in the back of a pickup truck- it is so dangerous! We see dogs come in hurt and in pain when they fall out, and it is so preventable!

Lea Schroeder, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Q: What are some things you enjoy doing when you are not at work?
A: Spending time outdoors kayaking, hiking, walking the dogs; exploring my artistic and creative side by taking art and dance classes, meditating, yoga and spending time with family and friends.

Q: What has been the most rewarding part of your career?
A: I have realized even though I love challenges and learning, connecting with clients and their pets has been the most rewarding aspect of my career.

Q: What is your favorite comfort food?
A: Anything with dark chocolate

Q: What are three things I love?
A: Spending time outdoors soaking in the beauty of nature, spending time with animal and people I care about, and taking time for me (whether reading a book, getting a massage, taking a long walk….)

Q: If you could give pet owners advice in 1-3 sentences, what would you say?
A: Love and take care of your pets to the best of your ability and when unsure of what to do please ask.  We are here to help you and educate you on how to best care for your pets.

 

 

Our Staff in Arcata: Our hospital staff

Our Registered Veterinary Technicians

Q: Previous Vet/animal related experience?
A: Kat has 8 years’ experience in the veterinary field working in all aspects of care & has been working as a Registered Veterinary Technician for 3 years.

Q: Your pets?
A: A mischievous orange tabby cat named Dopple and a sweet Labrador Retriever named Missy.

Q: What do you think clients would find interesting to know about you?
A: She grew up in the Los Angeles area and relocated to Humboldt County 3 years ago. She is currently back in school pursuing a degree in the fine arts. Her interests and hobbies include music, reading, spending time outdoors and riding her scooter around the beautiful Humboldt County scenery.

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Q: Do you have any pets? What are their names, species, and breeds?
A: I have two pets. Johnny is a 12-year-old long haired tabby cat that I adopted almost a year ago. Soliel is a 5-year-old dwarf rabbit, and I adopted her about 4 years ago. They are the sweetest pets and I am lucky to have them.

Q: What are some things you enjoy doing when you’re not at work?
A: When I’m not at work or at school, I love going hiking, tide pooling, bird watching, and other outdoor adventures. I also love reading, especially with my cat in my lap.

Q: What has been the most rewarding part of your career?
A: I really enjoy being involved in helping a patient get better. Especially after an emergency or difficult procedure, it is very rewarding to care for an animal and being a part of every step towards their recovery and wellness. I also enjoy learning and advancing my skills, especially as veterinary medicine evolves.

Q: What is your favorite comfort food?
A: I really enjoy vegan mac and cheese

Q: If you could give pet owners advice in 1-3 sentences, what would you say?
A: Don’t wait to bring your animals to the veterinarian. If you notice a problem with your pet, don’t hesitate to call us.

Q: Do you have any pets?
A: 2 dogs, Albert and Jack

Q: Is there any family information you’d like to provide?
A: Husband and two beautiful daughters

Q: What are some things you enjoy doing when you’re not at work?
A: Spending time with family and friends.

Q: What has been the most rewarding part of your career?
A: Helping our furry family members

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Our Veterinary Assistants

Q: Hire Date?
A: 08-21-2017

Q: Previous Veterinary/Animal related experience?
A: I have worked as a receptionist and veterinary assistant for the past 10 years. I worked mostly with cats and dogs, but I also got the opportunity to work with mini of the primates and Rosie the bear from Sepuoia Park Zoo for their annual exams. In my off time I would also foster pets and bottle babies for some of our local pet organizations. I also, enjoy pet sitting, specializing in geriatric pets with special needs.

Q: Your Pet(s)?
A: “Izzy” a 10 year old black & white McNabb, “Cricket” a 14 year old tri-colored Australian Cattle Dog, “Spark Plug” a 15 year old black & white Chihuahua, “Rudy” a 14 year old one eyed orange Domestic Medium Hair, who is partially paralyzed.

Q: What you think clients would find interesting to know about you?
A: After working in the food and beverage industry for over fifteen years, I finally wanted to pursue my lifelong dream of working with animals. So, I first started out as a volunteer at the Sequoia Humane Society in my off time. I knew then this was the path for me. After ten years, I’m doing what I truly love.

Q: What is your favorite part of working here?
A: Being given the opportunity to expand my training and knowledge on all animals furry, feathery, and scaly. Also, the doctors and staff are so knowledgeable, loving, and caring to all their patients and clients.

Q: Do you have any previous experience working with animals?

A: I used to pet sit and volunteer at the Wildlife Care Center.  I had grown up always being around dogs and birds.

Q: Do you have any pets?

A:  I have a beagle named Buster, a cockatiel named Ziggy, and a ball python named Amara.

Q: What do you think clients would find interesting to know about you?

A:  I graduated from HSU with a degree in Zoology.  I want to further my education by getting my veterinary technician certification.  In my spare time I enjoy dancing, hiking, and watching movies with my animals.

Q: What is your favorite part about working here?

A:  Being there to comfort and care for our patients is a great feeling.  It is very rewarding when you get to see a patient’s health and happiness improve.  All of the cuddles are a huge plus!

Q: Previous Veterinary/animal related experience?
A:  I have been working at Arcata Animal Hospital for 3 years. I started working with animals in 2005 in a groom shop and later went on to work in several zoo’s and aquarium’s throughout the country. After my travels, I came back to to Humboldt and came to work here.

Q: What has been the most rewarding part of your career?
A: I love it here because I know that every patient we see is given the best care possible.

Q: Do you have any previous experience working with animals?

A:  I worked at PetSmart for two years and have always had pets of all kinds of my own.

Q: Do you have any pets?

A:  A dog named Nyxie, a bearded dragon named Seth, and a crazy tripawd kitty, Dale.

Q: What do you think clients would find interesting to know about you?

A:  I moved up to Humboldt from Southern California to pursue my B.A. in Wildlife at HSU.

Q: What is your favorite part about working here?

A:  I feel like I can’t take my animals anywhere else now.  I have never seen such genuine care for our animal patients and clients anywhere else.  Your pet will always have the best possible care with this team!

Q: Do you have any previous experience working with animals?

A:  House and pet sitting for friends and family.

Q: Do you have any pets?

A:  No, but when I get a place that allows pets, I will gladly get one asap!

Q: What do you think clients would find interesting to know about you?

A:  I am a goal-oriented person.  I love animals, playing video games and board games with friends and family.  I have volunteered for Humboldt Roller Derby matches for the last six years.

Q: What is your favorite part about working here?

A:  Being able to help and see the different kinds of animals that come in.

Our Client Service Representatives

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Q: Prev vet/animal related experience?
A: Pet owner, no prev vet experience

Q: Your pet(s) (name and species)?
A: Leai – Italian Greyhound

Q: What you think clients would find interesting to know about you?
A: I grew up here in Humboldt County. I attended McKinleyville High School and graduated in June 1997. My father was a professor of philosophy at HSU until he retired in 2010. My hobbies include singing, I enjoy going out to karaoke but would love to sing professionally or with a band. Music and animals are my two biggest passions, and I am blessed to be working at such an amazing animal hospital with a wonderful staff and clients.

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Q: Do you have any previous experience working with animals?

A: Yes, I worked at a doggie daycare/grooming/boarding facility.

Q: Do you have any pets?

A:  Yes, I have a dog named Sadie.

Q: What do you think clients would find interesting to know about you?

A:  I am scared of snakes!

Q: What is your favorite part about working here?

A:  Helping animals

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Our Managers

Christine joined the Arcata Animal Hospital team in March of 2018.  She entered the veterinary field in 1997 and began working her way through different veterinary hospital positions.  During this time, she attended California State University Chico and obtained Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Biology as well as a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology.

In 2007, Christine started working in veterinary hospital management.  She earned her CVPM certification as a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager in 2016.  A fan of all animals, Christine has a particular passion for felines.  After joining Arcata Animal Hospital, Christine focused on Fear Free certification as well as becoming a Certified Cat Behavior Consultant through the International Association of Applied Behavior Consultants.  She does private behavior consultations locally and via phone/internet through her consultation service, Purrfecting the Bond.

She shares her home with a number of feline companions and three happy retrievers: Molly, Bailey, and Scooch.

Q: Previous Veterinary/animal related experience?
A: I had no experience before working here besides owning my own cats and a dog, and petsitting for friends and family.  I started cleaning the hospital five nights a week, moved into an assistant position, and then started training to become a technician.  In 2010 I obtained my RVT license.

Q: Your pets?
A: Talulah (pomeranian mix), Gizmo (long haired tabby), Saracena (husky/poodle), Gizmo (long haired grey tabby cat), Peanut Butter Cup (torti), and Lando Catrissian (short haired orange tabby)

Q: What you think clients would find interesting about you?
A: I graduated from University of Memphis with a BS in biology, and came to Humboldt to take classes at HSU for marine biology. I started working at Arcata Animal Hospital, and fell in love with veterinary medicine. I worked my way up being a kennel assistant, to a trained technician, to an RVT in 2010. Besides working with animals, I enjoy taking my dogs to the beach or on a walk, agate hunting with my husband, going to see live music, exploring National and State Parks, and cooking (especially thai food).

Q: What has been the most rewarding part of your career?
My favorite part of working at Arcata Animal Hospital is the relationship you create with clients and their pets. I have worked here long enough to see some pets through from puppy or kitten hood to end of life, and knowing that the pet had a happy & healthy life full of love makes it all worth it! I also work with some amazingly talented and caring people who are like my extended family, and we help each other through the good days and the sad ones.

Q: Do you have any pets? If so, what are their names, species, and breeds?
A: I am lucky to have Ernie, who has stepped into the humongous footprints of her predecessors. She is part Papillon, I think, & part Muppet.

Q: What has been the most rewarding part of your career?
A: Veterinary medicine is hard work. All of us live for the moment successes, whether it be to give comfort or save a life.

Q: What is you favorite comfort food?
A: All food is comfort food.

Q: What is your biggest pet peeve?
A: What is a peeve?

Q:If you could give pet owners advice in 1-3 sentences, what would you say?
A: Pet-proof your home. Treat them like you would a 5-year-old and supervise them outdoors.

Meet Some of Our Staff Members!

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Dorie

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Rachel 

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Jeremy

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Kat

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Valerie

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Shannon 

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Shar

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Mariah

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Erica

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Amy