Dr. Carissa Haverly has joined the team at Circle L Animal Hospital in Chino Valley.
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Chino Valley has a new veterinarian, and she's an area native.
Born and raised in Prescott, Carissa Haverly has come full circle - from pet-loving child to medical school at the University of Minnesota, and back home. Now, Haverly is working with Dr. Leonda Armstrong at Circle L Animal Hospital.
Haverly grew up loving animals, a penchant her long-suffering mother supported, but with a twist.
"I didn't get to have a new pet until I had done a three-page report about it, and read three books. My mom said I couldn't get the pet unless I knew how to take care of it," she said.
That didn't cure her love of critters, and today, she's thrilled to be practicing in Chino Valley, the community where, as a child, she boarded her horse.
Haverly said she didn't know Dr. Armstrong until she interviewed for the opening at Circle L, but she quickly warmed to the clinic's family atmosphere and "small town feel."
What also attracted Haverly, however, was despite being in a small town, Armstrong has invested in advanced technology.
"She has all the tools to practice good medicine. People can make choices about the level of care for their animals," Haverly said.
While she's not solely an avian specialist, Haverly spent time during her studies to focus on avian and poultry medicine.
"I'm now prepared to see birds," she said. "They're different than mammals."
She is in contact with the Pet Bird Club of Yavapai County, and has helped the club's members learn about care, behavior and emergency avian medicine.
Outside work, Haverly, who is married to husband Steven, still has "quite the herd" of pets, although she probably doesn't need to write any reports on them these days. Four dogs, two cats, a tortoise, two horses and a parrot keep her busy at home.
This past year, she also was busy preparing to run a November 5K event to honor her mother, whom she lost to cancer. She also enjoys an eclectic mix of activities in her spare time - horseback riding, art, sewing, urban farming and sword fighting.
Haverly welcomes all pet lovers to visit her at Circle L Animal Hospital. Call 928-636-4421 for an appointment.