howell/hamburg veterinariansGary Wood, DVM

Dr. Wood has been a veterinarian at Countryside Veterinary Hospital since 1982. He is passionate about helping pets stay healthy so that they are able to have an enhanced quality of life - and a longer life - with their owners. When asked what he enjoys most about being a veterinarian, Dr. Wood said, "Using my training to help my patient's live healthy lives." He received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Wood is a consultant to the Howell Nature Center (and was instrumental in helping the Center get started), and is licensed to perform medicine and surgery on wildlife. Some of the services Dr. Wood provides include fixing wing fractures on hawks and owls, removing fish hooks and wire from geese, swans, and great blue herons, vaccinating bobcats and coyotes and repairing turtle shells.

Dr. Wood's veterinary-related interests include endoscopy, reproduction medicine, ultrasound, soft tissue surgery and dentistry. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, the Association of Feline Practitioners and the American Animal Hospital Association.

Outside the veterinary hospital, Dr. Wood enjoys boating, fishing, biking and camping.

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howell/hamburg veterinarianDawn Kennedy, DVM

Dr. Kennedy's interest in animals and medicine started at home. "My parents always encouraged me and told me that I could be whatever I wanted to be," she said. "And I wanted to be a veterinarian for as long as I can remember."

An honors student at Michigan State University, Dr. Kennedy graduated with a bachelor's degree in animal science in 1992 and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1995. As a veterinary student, Dr. Kennedy was inducted into the National Veterinary Honors Society (she had the highest grade point average in her class).

"Because our pets cannot tell us what is wrong, there's great satisfaction in figuring out why a pet is ill, fix the problem and return him or her to good health and back with their loved ones," Dr. Kennedy said. Her professional interests are in internal medicine and soft tissue surgery.

Away from the veterinary hospital, Dr. Kennedy keeps busy with her pets, which include three cats, Wednesday, Spot, and Dr. McFluffler, and two dogs, Po and Mr. Wiggles, and her family. She's a fan of skiing, golfing, volleyball, camping, bike riding and shopping with her daughters.

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vets in hamburg/howellCarol Brunette, DVM

Dr. Brunette became a veterinarian, in part, because of her seventh grade science teacher. "She had great enthusiasm for her topic and made it fascinating," she said. Dr. Brunette kept that enthusiasm all the way through high school, college (she earned her degree in zoology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1979) and into veterinary school. Dr. Brunette earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1983.

Dr. Brunette's professional interests include internal medicine, preventive medicine, the treatment of pet behavior issues and puppy socialization. Originally from Oxford, Massachusetts, Dr. Brunette has been a general practitioner at Countryside Veterinary Hospital since 1990.

During her free time, Dr. Brunette enjoys spending time with her pets - a dog named Moxie and a cat named Frieda. She also enjoys gardening, scuba diving, knitting and cheering for the Boston Red Sox.

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hamburg/howell veterinariansJennifer Hynes, DVM

Dr. Hynes loves being a veterinarian because it offers her an opportunity to "witness all the ways animals positively influence the lives of the people who love and need them," she said.

Her love for veterinary medicine actually started before college, when she worked for a veterinary hospital as a part-time kennel helper while still in high school. Dr. Hynes earned her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University in zoology (graduating with honors) and later received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996.

"The simple things make this career rewarding," she said. "Once a woman and her daughters came rushing in because their dog was drooling and pawing frantically at his face. I looked in his mouth and pulled out a Lego brick that was stuck between his teeth and the dog was instantly better. The girls were overjoyed that their dog was fine."

Dr. Hynes is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and she has an interest in small mammal and avian medicine. She also continues to volunteer for animal rescue groups in the area, including offering her services at the Howell Nature Center.

Dr. Hynes shares her home with her husband and two children, as well as three dogs, Forest, Linka and Riley, and a cockatoo named Boo. She relaxes by gardening, reading, camping, traveling, hiking and doing just about anything outdoors.

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