Our Team of Specialty and Emergency Veterinarians
WestVet’s team of board certified specialists and highly-trained emergency doctors and staff serve famililes throughout Northern Utah and Eastern Idaho.
Meet the Specialists
Our specialists maintain the highest level of training and work as experts in their respective fields. In addition to publishing in professional veterinary journals, they provide lectures and continuing education training to doctors and veterinary professional in local, national, and international forums.
Just as in human medicine, the specialists expertise complements your family veterinarian. We refer to family veterinarians as our Referral Partners because we work together to provide you and your pet exceptional service and care to achieve the best possible outcome.
DVM, MS, DACVS-SA, Veterinary Surgeon
About Dr. Jesse Terry
Dr. Terry joined the WestVet surgical team in summer 2016 with the assignment to launch specialty services in Northern Utah.
He grew up in Greeley, Colorado with several family pets, and found himself gravitating toward the sciences during high school. After volunteering and later working at a local animal clinic, he knew he wanted to pursue a career in veterinary medicine — and has not slowed down since. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology at Colorado State University in 2006, followed by his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State in 2010. That same year he received theIntervet/Scherin-Plough-Plough award for proficiency in small animal medicine and surgery. Dr. Terry traveled to the heat of the southwest to complete a rigorous one-year rotating internship at the Emergency Animal Clinic in Phoenix, AZ, followed by a year in general practice in Juneau, Alaska.
During the first two years following vet schools graduation, Dr. Terry’s interest in surgery became apparent. He moved to Boise to join the WestVet team in 2012 for a one-year surgical internship and was then selected from a large pool of competitive applicants for a three-year small animal surgical residency at Oregon State University. During his training at Oregon State, Dr. Terry completed a Master’s degree in Veterinary Sciences and extensive involvement with several research projects. He published multiple articles in peer-reviewed journals during his time there.
In October 2015, Dr. Terry presented a section of his research on feline injection site sarcomas during the residents’ forum of the American College of Veterinary Surgeon annual symposium.
During his one-year internship with our surgical team, Dr. Terry exemplified professionalism, a strong work ethic, and a solid knowledge of medicine and surgery. Knowing his easygoing and approachable demeanor, we did not hesitate to invite him to join our team full-time as the lead surgeon for WestVet Utah.
He enjoys the challenge veterinary surgery brings, requiring knowledge in multiple sciences along with complex technical skills. “I feel so very lucky to have found such fulfillment in the profession I have chosen,” he said. Dr. Terry successfully passed board certification exam in spring 2017 and now holds the title of Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons – Small Animal.
Having grown up near the Rocky Mountains, he had hoped to settle in the West and welcomed the opportunity to live along the Wasatch front.
He and his wife Laura, also a veterinary professional, welcomed their first child Grayson in 2015 with another addition soon to come. They share their home with a handful of pets including a senior English Setter, a Corgi mix, a Miniature Pinscher and two Southern Painted turtles. The Terry family enjoys outdoor recreation including camping, fly fishing and hiking.
DVM, DACVIM, Veterinary Cardiologist
About Dr. Jason Arndt
Dr. Jason Arndt, Diplomate of the American Veterinary College of Internal Medicine and veterinary cardiologist, joined the WestVet specialty team in March of 2016. He is the only board-certified veterinary cardiologist in the state, bringing nearly ten years of specialty experience and knowledge to Idaho pets.
Dr. Arndt grew up southeast of Los Angeles. He pursued veterinary medicine as a career due to what he describes as a “long-term love of both animals and medicine.” A volunteer stint at a small animal veterinary practice during undergraduate school at California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo sealed the deal. He attended veterinary school at UC Davis, earning a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2004, where he quickly realized that he wanted to specialize in cardiology.
Following veterinary school, Dr. Arndt attended the University of Illinois for a one-year rotating internship. His next stop on the path to veterinary specialty medicine was a three-year cardiology residency at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. David Sweeny
David Sweeney was born in Iowa and grew up in Minnesota, where he attended veterinary school. Finishing veterinary school in 1990, he worked for his uncle and his father, doing both small animal and equine work. In 1994 he moved from Minnesota to Salt Lake City, where he worked as an emergency veterinarian for the next six years.
In 2001, when his children were young, he worked at No More Homeless Pets in Utah, a Best Friend’s program, where he served as medical director of the spay neuter program, while also continuing to work part time as an emergency veterinarian at the newly established Animal Emergency Center in Sunset.
In 2007 David returned to full time emergency veterinary work, taking a position as associate veterinarian at the Sunset Emergency Clinic. In 2012 he and his family moved to Nebraska, where his wife took a position as Professor and Division Chief of Pediatric Nephrology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Since that time, Sweeney has commuted to Utah from Nebraska. He became Medical Director in 2014 and helped to lead the successful transition from Animal Emergency Center to WestVet Utah.
He and his wife Teri have two human children, Sarah and Sam, who will both be attending the University of Nebraska this fall, in addition to two canine children, 8 year old Steve, a lab/border collie mix and a new puppy named Sebastian, a labradoodle. Outside of his passion for caring for sick and injured animals, David enjoys spending time with his family, road and mountain biking, going to plays and movies, and travelling.
Dr. Holly Dougherty
WestVet is happy to welcome the newest member of the WestVet emergency team!
Dr. Holly N. Dougherty is a 2004 graduate from the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. As a new graduate, Dr. Dougherty took an immediate interest in small animal emergency medicine. She enjoys the fast-pace, unpredictable nature of emergency medicine, and lending help to families and their pets in their time of most need. She is a member of the Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society and the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Dougherty is an Arizona native, and while she misses her friends and family in the desert, she is very much enjoying her new beautiful home state of Utah. When not busy caring for your furry family members, she enjoy s her three amazing canine children “Jake, Little Jake and Pongo” who give her constant companionship and love. Her hobbies outside of work include tap dancing, traveling, cooking, and gardening.
Dr. Audrey Morrissey
Dr. Tara Curry
What is a veterinary specialist?
Veterinarian specialists are a valuable resource in treating your pet. They serve as an extension of your family veterinarians practice – a referral partnership that ensures you receive the best veterinary care possible.
Occasionally – just as in human medicine – your family vet may suggest a referral to a specialist. This is to ensure your pet receives the highest level of care available.
Your family veterinarian and WestVet specialists will work as a team in treating your beloved pet, with the goal to provide you essential information on an accurate diagnosis and the best treatment options.
Once specialty treatment at WestVet concludes, your pet will return to the diligent care of your family veterinarian who remains your primary source for routine and preventative care.