ann arbor veterinarianVeterinarians in Ann Arbor: James Clarkson, DVM

Dr. Clarkson chose to enter the veterinary profession because of his love of medicine and his desire to help people with concerns they have about their pets. He has now been practicing veterinary medicine for more than 30 years and is the proud owner of Westarbor Animal Hospital.

After graduating from Michigan State University in 1975, where he received his undergraduate degree in food science, Dr. Clarkson earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1978.

Today, Dr. Clarkson has a special interest in dentistry and is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association, American Veterinary Dental Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, Southeastern Michigan Veterinary Medical Association and Washtenaw Academy of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Clarkson and his wife Pam, a dentist, have two sons. They also have a standard poodle named Gina and a miniature poodle named Pebbles. Dr. Clarkson relaxes by hiking, camping, cooking, volunteering at his church and taking vacations with his family.

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veterinarian in ann arborKatie Anderson, DVM

Dr. Anderson was encouraged to become a veterinarian by her mother who "always supported me on my educational and professional journey." Dr. Anderson grew up in Watervliet, MI and spent a part of her childhood showing horses with the 4-H Club.

Dr. Anderson received her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University in zoology in 2003, having graduated with honors (she was also a member of the MSU equestrian team). During college, Dr. Anderson worked in a veterinary clinic that was in the same building as her apartment.

Dr. Anderson earned her Doctorate of Veterinarian Medicine from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008, from which she also graduated with honors. Today, she has professional interests in behavioral medicine, internal medicine, dermatology, feline medicine and surgery. Dr. Anderson is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Southeastern Michigan Veterinary Association, the American Association of Feline Practitioners, and the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association and continues to attend veterinary seminars to further her education.

"I love getting to know people and their pets. I enjoy experiencing the human-animal bond through our patients and their owners," Dr. Anderson said when asked what she enjoys most about being a veterinarian. "It's very satisfying to give people quality time with their pets."

Dr. Anderson and her husband share their home with their daughter and son, their two dogs, Astrid and Pickle, and two cats, Jingle and Rocky. She relaxes by gardening, jogging, walking with her dogs, golfing, fishing, camping and spending time with her family.

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veterinarian in ann arborRachel Whitesell, DVM

Dr. Rachel Whitesell enjoys both outpatient and surgical care. She takes special pride in her relationship with her clients and their pets. Dr. Whitesell was drawn to Westarbor's family atmosphere and great reputation and shares Westarbor's commitment to the highest level of quality care for our patients with a focus on education and maintaining the high level of standards set by the American Animal Hospital Association.

Dr. Whitesell earned her Bachelor of Arts in German Studies from Pennsylvania State University. She later attended the University of Pennsylvania to fulfill her veterinary school requirements. In 2013, Dr. Whitesell graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. She is a member of the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association.

She says, "I was drawn towards Westarbor Animal Hospital because of the family atmosphere, the high quality of medical treatment, and the hospital's great reputation."

Rachel loves both dogs and cats. She has a 12 year old mixed breed dog named Cosmo and an 8 year old cat named Hobo. Both of them are rescues. Rachel is fluent in Dutch and German. Rachel enjoys camping, hiking, reading, film, theater and visiting her family in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Clarkson, Westarbor owner, believes that Dr. Whitesell's addition to Westarbor continues our commitment to give our patients quality veterinary care.

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