Dr. Eric Olson
Dr. Eric Olson knew Veterinary medicine was for him when he started working with animals when he was 17 and never looked back. He attended the University of Glasgow of James Herriot fame for his Veterinary Degree. After graduation, he worked in Oregon and Herriman before purchasing A Gentle Vet. When not spending time with his family he enjoys fishing, home improvement projects and all the wonderful family-oriented activities available in Utah. He has a mammoth-sized cat named Hank. He loves helping families stay happy and healthy at A Gentle Vet.
Dr. Melissa Vetter
My parents say my career in veterinary medicine started when I was a small child, as I was always trying to help sick or injured animals – baby birds that had fallen out of the nest, a frog that lost part of its leg, raising baby bunnies that had lost their mother. My childhood desire to care for animals and to be their advocate grew into a passion that led me to pursue a career as a veterinarian. After I graduated from The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in Philadelphia, I practiced in Baltimore, MD for a brief time. Having spent my whole life on the east coast, I was ready for a change, and headed west to Salt Lake City to begin a new adventure. When I am not at the clinic, my husband and I enjoy the natural beauty of Utah as much as possible by hiking and camping. Our lab Pacer joins us on many outings, and our other three fur babies (two cats Sebastian and Norah, and another dog Charlie) love to snuggle when we get home.
Dr. Terry Shields
Dr. Terry Shields is passionate about veterinary medicine and has served the profession in many capacities. After graduating from UC Davis in California, he has practiced in general veterinary medicine and in emergency specialty clinics. Always striving for excellence in the profession, he has been a veterinary hospital inspector for the state of California, a member of the Utah State Veterinary Board and president of local veterinary associations. With over forty years of experience, Dr. Shields continues to embrace the newest advancements in medicine and technology and works to make “A Gentle Vet” the best.
Hailey was born and raised in Sandy, Utah. She knew from a very young age that she always wanted to work with animals. Hailey began her career working for a boarding facility in Cottonwood Heights. Since then, Hailey has spent time working in reproduction and then finally found her way to us working in general medicine. Hailey is currently enrolled in an online program to obtain her degree in Veterinary Sciences. Hailey has two cats (Luke and Mazzy) and two dogs (Polly and Sage) of her own at home.
Ever since I was young, I only wanted to do two things: Work with animals or cars. I’ve done both now and my true passion is working with animals. I’ve worked in animal shelters and rescues and helped in shelter medicine. I am now very happy working in veterinary medicine. I truly enjoy helping animals. I have fostered dozens of animals over the years (cats and dogs) and have adopted 3 of my fosters. When I am not at work, I enjoy traveling with my husband, and two dogs, Ellie (an Aussie) and Zion (a rez pup.) We love going on hikes and to beaches. We also have a cat named Betty who is the true Queen of the Castle.
Lizzie has always known she wanted to work with animals She has spent most of her career working in hospitality prior to joining us and loves helping others. Lizzie has attended JATC at Slick where she spent time studying at their veterinary technician program. Lizzie has two dogs of her own Penny and Nova, as well as two cats Piper and Wylbert. In her free time Lizzie enjoys shooting a round of pool to help relax, going fishing (mostly the ice kind) or attending care shows.
Jamie is originally from Arizona where she attended college and obtained her degree in veterinary sciences, since then she has been working in veterinary medicine for over a decade. Throughout her experience she has worked in general medicine, emergency/critical care as well as specialty (ophthalmology). She has also spent time during her career working as a Zookeeper/Aquarist and Dog Training. When Jamie is not here in the office she likes to enjoy her time outdoors with her Australian Shepherd mix Daisy.