Ashleigh Rhoades, DVM

I was raised in Phoenix, Arizona with my dogs, cats, guinea pigs, snakes and even a rat here and there.  As long as I can remember, I have loved animals and needed them to be a part of my life. Even though Phoenix was a large city, we were very close to the desert environment which meant different types of wildlife animals.  Helping wildlife animals in need also became a big part of my childhood and helped drive me toward a career with animals.

However, that career didn’t start in veterinary medicine. I spent a lot of time working with zoo animals and wildlife before deciding that being a veterinarian was my calling.  I attended the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in hopes of one day becoming a wildlife veterinarian.  However, during my internship working with cats and dogs, I was reminded of how important our household pets can be. Every animal in the world is special, but our pets are a huge part of our FAMILY.

The hardest part starting out in the veterinary profession was the thought of putting an animal to sleep.  I quickly learned that this task was not a burden, but a gift.  As an emergency veterinarian for many years, I have had the privilege of helping lots of animals and this includes helping end an animal’s suffering in the last moments of their life.  The struggle to make the tough decision in the final moments will always be the hardest part of the human animal bond.  It is not something that gets easier with time and it is my honor to be able to help families say goodbye when this time comes.

Tara Mudry, DVM

I grew up in a large family as the youngest of 6 kids. We lived in rural America and my family spent a tremendous amount of time outdoors camping and hiking. A love and appreciation for nature and all creatures was instilled in us from a very young age. We were taught to be kind and compassionate to all living things, so rescuing and adopting homeless animals was just a way of life for my family. I can’t remember a day when the love and companionship of pets was missing from my family.

Becoming a veterinarian to help animals and their families was a natural career choice for me.  I earned both my Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University. I’ve worked in private practice caring for large and small animals. I’ve enjoyed the rewards and challenges unique to the different species. As an Army Reserve veterinarian, I have cared for military working dogs as well as the valued pets of service members. I also had the opportunity to participate in humanitarian missions providing preventative medicine and animal care to a vast array of species in under-developed areas around the world.

I feel so fortunate to work with such a compassionate and dedicated team of professionals. I am honored to provide exceptional care and support to pets and families who need us. I am humbled to offer some peace of mind and comfort to families during a time filled with such heartache. For no matter how long our pets are part of our lives, it’s never long enough. It’s a privilege in the veterinary profession to prevent unnecessary suffering of beloved pets by offering the choice of a peaceful passing.

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of their soul remains unawakened.” – Anatole France. 

Our furry companions teach us invaluable life lessons since they don’t judge, hate, discriminate, hold grudges or care about money. They love unconditionally and that’s all they want in return. To thank them for this gift, I do this in loving memory of all those I have loved and lost, but not forgotten. Cherished memories of them will always brighten my day and bring a smile to my face.

“Life in not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away.” – Vicki Corona

My family strives to live by this motto. We are outdoor enthusiasts, so we love living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and appreciate all it has to offer. We invest our time in creating memories and checking off adventures. We believe in finding happiness through experiences and nature offers endless possibilities.