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Surprise Animal Hospital and Grooming

13954 W. Waddell Rd., Ste. 109
Surprise, AZ 85379
(602) 926-7044

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Sunday: 8:00 AM  -  5:00 PM
Monday: 7:30 AM  -  7:00 PM
Tuesday: 7:30 AM  -  7:00 PM
Wednesday: 7:30 AM  -  7:00 PM
Thursday: 7:30 AM  -  7:00 PM
Friday: 7:30 AM  -  7:00 PM
Saturday: 8:00 AM  -  5:00 PM

Surprise Animal Hospital and Grooming - Surprise

The Surprise Animal Hospital team consists of four veterinarians, an office manager, and about fifteen support staff that all have you and your pets needs as our priorities. Our veterinarians are licensed to practice in Arizona and have a combined 25 years of experience, ensuring your pet will benefit from our experience, education, and up to date veterinary care and medicine. Having four doctors on staff allows us to discuss cases and share our knowledge on a daily basis. We also are able to be fully staffed 7 days a week, so we can see you and your pet when it best fits your schedule and needs. Our staff also focuses on communication, and we have regular meetings to ensure we are offering the best care to every client and pet. Focusing on communication is one of our core values and allows us to meet our vision of providing compassionate, preventive, and quality medical and surgical veterinary care. All of our staff is provided continuing education so you to make the best health care decisions for your pet. And all of our staff members are pet owners, so we understand the importance of pets in your life.

Dr. Nichole Westerweel

Dr. Westerweel is originally from Las Vegas, NV and moved to the Phoenix area after graduating veterinary college in 2009. After completing a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University, she went on to graduate from Kansas State University (Go Wildcats!) College of Veterinary Medicine. Before entering general medicine, she completed a one year rotating small animal internship with VCA Animal Referral and Emergency Center in Mesa, AZ.

In her free time, Dr. Westerweel loves to be outdoors hiking, swimming, and camping with her two dogs "Tater" and "Cash". They add so much joy to her life each day! She also has a mischievous Siamese mix cat named "Finnegan" who just loves to chase lizards and keeps the dogs in line. While Dr. Westerweel loves all aspects of veterinary medicine, her personal interests lie in internal medicine, surgery, and nutrition. She strongly believes that the bond between you and your pet is special, and something to be treasured for a lifetime. Her pets are like her babies and she treats each patient as though they were her own furry family member. She looks forward to meeting you and your pets!

Dr. Johanna DeKing

Dr. DeKing is originally from the Midwest and spent time growing up in Illinois and Wisconsin prior to moving to Arizona with her family. She attended Arizona State University, graduating summa cum laude in 2005. Dr. DeKing earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University in 2009, and graduated as a member of the Phi Zeta Veterinary Honor Society. Following graduation, she completed a one year internship at Washington State University in order to further expand her knowledge in areas of emergency and critical care, oncology, internal medicine, and surgery.

Dr. DeKing shares her home with five dogs, Gonzo, an Australian cattle dog, Sami, a black Labrador, Sawyer and Emmett, both mixed breed dogs and a loveable pitbull named Gus. In her free time, Dr. DeKing is an avid Chicago Cubs fan and also enjoys hiking, cooking, reading, and spending as much time outdoors with her dogs as possible.

Dr. Scott Fleming

Dr. Fleming spent most of his life in the southwest, growing up in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He received two B.S. degrees, one in Animal Science and another in Biology from New Mexico State University. After that, Dr. Fleming moved on to Fort Collins, earning his DVM from Colorado State University in 1993. After veterinary school was finished, he returned to New Mexico and spent the next sixteen years in small and mixed animal practice around the western and four corners regions of the state. Over that time, he developed a particular interest in soft tissue and orthopedic surgery.

Dr. Fleming and his wife, Lisa, moved their family to Arizona in 2009. They have a busy, full family with five children, and an assortment of pets who they’ve adopted or rescued. Their four-legged kids include three mastiffs (Lola, Max, and Sam), two cats (Roy and Cephus), and a Chinchilla who goes by Chimi. When they do manage to get some spare time, Dr. Fleming and his family like to stay active by working out, going for a hike or a mountain bike ride.

Dr. Kelsey Newman

I was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. I did my undergraduate degree at the University of Arizona, and my post graduate studies at Colorado State University, graduating in 2017. As a part of the AZPetVet family, my special interests include low stress handling, cardiology and soft tissue surgery. My goal is to treat every pet as if it were my own.

Life at home includes my cat Niya, and a rambunctious terrier mix named Flash. My hobbies include photography, reading sci-fi and fantasy novels and the ultimate air conditioned sport – Just Dance! I hope to meet you and your pets very soon.

Dr. Lauren Griggs

Dr. Lauren Griggs was born in Louisiana but found herself growing up in many places (military brat). However, she calls AZ home since it is where she has lived most of her life. She obtained her undergraduate degree in 2007 from the University of Arizona (yup, Bear Down!) and graduated from the Cornell University Veterinary College in May 2016. Dr. Griggs has a passion for helping those most vulnerable in our world such as our pets but also those predisposed to disease (children, elderly, etc) and those living in impoverished conditions. Thus much of her background is in infectious disease research, having completed numerous competitive research programs including the Howard Hughes Medical Research Fellows Program. Besides her academic interests in pathology and research, her clinical interests include low stress treatment of patients, soft tissue surgery, preventative care, and dentistry.

Outside of work, she enjoys cooking, playing basketball, playing board games with friends and family, and exploring new cities and hiking trails. You will also find her leading and teaching music to the praise team at Eden Christian Center, where her and her church family aspire to help those hurt within the church and outside of it. At home, she has a very talkative 12-year-old toy poodle named Alex, a scaredy-cat 6-year-old yorkie-poo named Scooby, and a sneaky 6 year old Shih-tzu/Pom mix named Ghost. Dr. Griggs is excited to meet your fur babies as well and treat them like one of the family!

Dr. Emily Hein

Dr. Hein was born and raised in beautiful Prescott, AZ. She earned her undergraduate degree from University of Arizona in 2013, followed by working full time as a veterinary assistant for one year. She then headed off to Colorado State University where she earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2018. Dr. Hein recognizes that animals are an integral part of the family and she enjoys providing quality care throughout a pet's lifespan. Her special interests in veterinary medicine include ophthalmology, internal medicine and preventative care.

In her free time, Dr. Hein enjoys hiking new trails with her golden retriever named Tag.

Dr. Victoria Nelson

Dr. Nelson spent most of her childhood in New Rochelle, NY (a suburb of New York City). She stayed close to home and attended Yale University for her undergraduate degree in 2007 - where she was a competitive swimmer! After her undergraduate studies, Dr. Nelson moved from the East Coast to Bozeman, Montana for 7 years, and then attended Colorado State University, receiving her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in July 2019. Clinically, Dr. Nelson is fascinated by dermatology, nutrition, aquatic medicine, and most importantly, strengthening the human-animal bond.

Currently, she shares her home with her 4 rescue dogs and 4 rescue cats, all recently making the move to Arizona! While not practicing veterinary medicine, her hobbies include swimming, photography, spending quality time with family, friends, and of course, her pets!

Dr. Maddie Moffatt

Dr. Maddie Moffatt is from Wellington, OH (which is about an hour outside of Columbus.) She attended The Ohio State University (O-H-I-O!) and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. Once determining her passion for veterinary medicine, she continued her education at her alma mater and received a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in May 2019. While studying to be a veterinarian, she gained exposure to the veterinary field when working in a local clinic. Her specific interests in veterinary medicine includes behavioral studies and dentistry.

Dr. Moffatt recently made her way out to Arizona and brought along her mini Aussie, Luke, and calico, Tonks. When she’s not caring for pets, she enjoys running, hiking, traveling, and most importantly, cheering on the OSU Buckeye’s football team!