Mattawan Animal Hospital
Providing Quality Pet Care Since 1976
MEET THE TEAM
Dr. Thomas Griffiths
Dr. Thomas Griffiths was born and raised in Eastern Michigan. He attended Morehead State University in Kentucky and then moved back to Michigan to complete his Bachelor's Degree in Zoology at Michigan State University. He continued on at MSU to obtain his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1967. Shortly after, Dr. Griffiths got married and had four children, all of whom still reside in the southwest Michigan area.
In 1976, Dr. Griffiths founded Mattawan Animal Hospital. Dr. Griffiths became certified in Veterinary Acupuncture through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. He currently utilizes acupuncture as a complement to traditional Western Medicine.
Dr. Griffiths has numerous hobbies including woodworking, traveling, exercise, reading and Spanish culture.
Dr. Christine Williamson
Dr. Christine Williamson was raised in Southwest Michigan. She obtained her Associates Degree in Chemistry from Kalamazoo Valley Community College. In 1992, she transferred to Michigan State University where she pursued a Bachelor's Degree in Physiology. She completed the Physiology degree in 1995 and then a Post-Baccalaureate degree in Education in 1998.
Dr. Williamson and her husband lived in Lansing while she attended Michigan State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. After she graduated in 2002, the couple moved to Southwest Michigan where Dr. Williamson began her fulfilling career at Mattawan Animal Hospital.
Since that time, the family has increased to include children, a Golden Retriever, a cat, rabbits and chickens. Dr Williamson enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, aerobics, running, and gardening.
Dr. Callayn Paul
Dr. Paul's desire to become a veterinarian began at a young age in Wabash, IN, where she is originally from. She pursued her dream by attending the University of Findlay and continued on to receive her Master's Degree in Animal Physiology from West Virginia University. In 2019, she completed her studies to achieve her DVM at Michigan State University. While Dr. Paul enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, she has a particular interest in internal medicine and reproductive physiology.
Her hobbies include training horses and cake baking/decorating. In her free time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her sweet feline friend, Onyx.
Cathy, Office Manager
Cathy enjoys the satisfaction of knowing that the veterinarians and staff of Mattawan Animal Hospital are helping care for, treat and prevent medical issues. She finds the human-pet bond truly amazing! Working at MAH over many years - beginning as a teenager, through her college years and up to today - has demonstrated her love for the job. She cannot imagine working anywhere else! As office manager, she appreciates how every individual staff member works together to create an energetic, fun and creative team, along with a "family" feel. Enjoys scrapbooking and reading.
LICENSED VETERINARY TECHNICIANS
Kristen, Lead LVT, Fear Free Certified
Kristen can never picture herself working outside of the veterinary medicine field! She is a graduate from Penn Foster College and also has a Bachelor's Degree from Purdue University. Kristen began her career at MAH in 2004. She has a special interest in client education involving Diabetes and Animal Separation Anxiety. Loves German Shepherds and Northern Breed canines, enjoying time with her family/friends, and making people laugh. Always a Chicago girl at heart - Let's Go Cubbies, Let's Go!
Kaitlyn is a graduate from Baker College. She also has a Bachelor's Degree in Business from Western Michigan University. She started working at MAH in June of 2016. Kaitlyn has a love for all creatures, especially her three dogs, Oscar, Porter and Oso. Enjoys going to the beach, kayaking, hot yoga, and being outside with her husband.
Laura, LVT, Fear Free Certified
Laura started her veterinary career in 2003 with an internship turned job at a rural veterinary clinic in Kalamazoo. She has strong interest in dog training and therapy dog programs. She is also a Certified Pet CPR and First Aid Instructor. Her two therapy dogs, Niko and Marshall, love visiting nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Hobbies include showing her two Paint horses, Babe and Pepper, sewing, garment design, kayaking with her family, and fishing. She lives in Vicksburg with her husband and two boys. Pets include two horses, two dogs, and two cats, Rocket and Cookie.
Natalie has always known she wanted to love and care for animals since a very young age. She graduated from Mattawan High School in 2015 and continued her education at Ross Medical Education Center. Natalie graduated with a Veterinary Assistant certificate in 2016. She has three fur babies at home, one dog, Pepper, and two cats, Gypsy and Merlin. Natalie enjoys horse back riding, camping, fishing, spending time with friends/family, and of course, spending time with her pets.
Bridgette has had an interest in animals since a very young age. Since 1990, she has been involved in 4-H and Community Service. She has a love for Guinea Pigs and is an Assistant Superintendent for Pocket Pets at The VanBuren Youth Fair. Every day she looks forward to coming into work to see all of the fur babies and her amazing coworkers. Enjoys reading, being outside, spending time with her family (including their dog, Dozer), and anything involving Michigan State! Go Green, Go White!!
Brandi has been a lover of all animals since a very young age. She has a special love for Golden Retrievers and has been a foster mom for Great Lakes Golden Retriever Rescue since 2010. She loves rehabilitating dogs so that they can find their perfect forever home. At home she has Finley, Baxter and a foster dog named Ellie, that has become a permanent member of their family. She absolutely loves being a member of the MAH team and feels she has found her perfect job and calling in life. Outside of work she loves spending time outdoors in her garden and time with her family.
Becky, Lead Client Coordinator
Becky has fifteen plus years experience under her belt in many facets of the veterinary medicine field. Her pets, Roscoe, Lilly, Sophie, Hannah, two geckos and twelve fish keep her very busy! She always looks forward to working with all the "furry, huggable, lovable" animals. She finds it very rewarding to help sick animals become well again. Interacting with MAH's many wonderful clients make her day! Enjoys scrapbooking, bowling with her husband, paintball and playing with her children.
Peggy is a life-long animal lover, who has spent many years in customer service. She is excited to continue her journey with the MAH family, where she feels like she has found her work home. Peggy loves greeting all of the furry friends who visit, as well as their families. Her hope is to help put clients at ease, and to make their day great as much as they make hers! Enjoys time with her family and friends as well as her newest family member, her rescue puppy.
We’re pleased to offer our clients
CareCredit® Convenient Monthly Payment Plans.
With CareCredit you can say “yes” to the best treatment for your pet immediately, and pay for it over time with low monthly payments that fit easily into your budget.
Veterinary Information Network (VIN) is the world's largest and most trusted on-line veterinary database and community.
You will find information about your pet's health, safety, medication, therapies, surgery and behavior all at your fingertips.
Our veterinarians may direct you to VIN in order to provide you with more in depth detailed information concerning
your pet's health condition or diagnosis.
PET POISON HOTLINE
How to Safely Remove a Tick from Your Pet
- Wear latex gloves to protect yourself. Use a pair of sharp-pointed tweezers or specially-designed tick removal tweezers to grasp the tick at the point of attachment. This should be done as close to the skin as possible.
- Be very careful not to squeeze the body of the tick.
- Pull the tick straight out from the skin slowly and steadily using even pressure - without twisting or turning. Some of your dog’s skin may come off with the tick. This is normal. If bleeding occurs, apply light pressure to the area.
- Once removed, the tick should be handled carefully. While some prefer to dispose of the pulled tick, saving the tick for further identification is a good idea. You may want to place the tick in a small airtight container. Some rubbing alcohol may be added to the container. Label the container with the date and store in case future illness occurs, as identification may become necessary.
- If part of the tick’s head still appears to be embedded, use the tweezers to gently pull it out.
- After the tick is removed, clean the bite area with mild soap and water. Keep an eye on this spot for several days in case of further irritation or infection. If the area does not clear up in a few days or if you have any concerns or questions, please contact MAH at 269-668-3307 and we'll be happy to assist you!
- Do NOT use a match or other materials to try to smother the tick or get the tick to 'back out'. This does not work, and may cause the tick to regurgitate more saliva (and potential pathogens) into the skin.
- Use a Flea/Tick repellent product on your pet. MAH can help you find a product right for your pet's needs.
- Check your pet daily, especially in the spring when ticks are most common.
- Discuss your pet's risk assessment of Lyme Disease and the annual Lyme Disease vaccination with one of MAH's veterinarians or staff.
Blood chemistry and electrolyte panels as well as complete blood counts can often be performed during your appointment. These tests are important in evaluating organ systems and blood cell responses. These panels are often performed prior to anesthesia/surgery, to monitor a chronic medical condition, or when your pet is acutely ill. We also offer a variety of other blood tests performed in-house as well as access to Michigan State University and IDEXX labs.
Radiographs (“x-rays”) are often taken during your pet’s appointment to assess the medical and surgical needs of your pet. They are processed in a timely manner so that the veterinarians can discuss optimal treatment with you at the time of your pet's appointment.
Ultrasound is another useful diagnostic tool to non-invasively assess the health of your pet's internal organs.
Dental care is an essential part of the overall health of your pet. While under anesthesia, your pet receives a complete oral exam. The teeth are probed, scaled and polished, a dental chart is completed, and x-rays are taken as needed. Once the x-rays are reviewed, oral surgery may be needed to remove abscessed, worn or broken teeth. Advanced cases needing endodontics, such as root canals, may need to be referred to a local specialist.
Any anesthetic and surgical procedure involves some level of risk. In order to monitor the patient as carefully as possible, we utilize a pulse oximeter that measures the blood oxygen level during surgery. A Licensed Veterinary Technician also carefully observes heart and respiratory rates as well as blood pressure during surgery.
It has been suggested that laser surgery results in less bleeding, less pain and faster recovery times. We especially recommend this surgical tool for our older feline patient declaws.
HOURS & LOCATION
HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday - Wednesday: 7:30am - 6pm
Thursday: 7:30am - 5pm
Friday: 7:30am - 5pm
Saturday: 8am - 12pm