Our Veterinarian Team
JOCELYNN JACOBS, DVM, CVC, BSc
Dr. Jacobs is a graduate of Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and is the owner of Countryside Animal Health Center, LLC. She has been practicing small animal medicine and surgery in the Midland area since 1991. In 2014 Dr. Jacobs was accepted in the Veterinary Chiropractic program at the Veterinary Chiropractic Learning Center in Ontario, Canada. She graduated with her Certification in Veterinary Chiropractic in 2015.
Dr. Jacobs’ areas of interest and expertise include soft tissue surgery, canine reproduction, pediatrics, lameness evaluation, and back/neck pain and issues (thus her certification in veterinary chiropractics).
Dr. Jacobs is very well known for her expertise in canine reproduction and performance dog issues. She is one of the very few reproductive veterinarians in the United States who also has a history of being a breeder, musher and dog trainer. She has finished over 25 AKC champions (owner handled) and obtained some obedience titles as well. In her breed, Alaskan Malamutes, she owner-handled two of her dogs to AMCA National specialty wins (Best of Breed and Best of Opposite Sex) as well as won dozens of specialty and sweepstakes wins. Dr. Jacobs also finished her requirements as an AKC conformation judge in 2009 and has judged multiple breeds at dog shows over the years.
Additionally, Dr. Jacobs has expertise in small animal nutrition. She wrote Performance Dog Nutrition (the first nutrition book of its kind) in 2005 which won the Maxwell Award in New York City. You can purchase a signed copy of the book via this website or at the veterinary clinic.
Dr. Jacobs shares her life with her family and with many animals on her organic farm: dogs, horses, Nigerian goats, sheep, chickens and a fish. She enjoys running 10K races and half marathons to keep in shape so she can handle all your pets’ needs at the clinic. In her limited free time you will find her busy with church activities, conservation work, or out fishing and kayaking with her family.
DR. LORI PETERSON, DVM
Dr. Lori Peterson is a graduate of Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, and is excited to be joining the staff as an Associate Veterinarian at Countryside Animal Health Center. She is returning to private practice after most recently serving in the field of academic and private research animal care, as well as occasional relief veterinarian. Dr. Peterson worked full time in private practice in the Midland area for over ten years. She received her Bachelors of Science in Animal Science from Kansas State University before moving to Midland in 1989, and has been involved at least part-time in the veterinary field since 1982.
Dr. Peterson was involved in breeding and training Labrador Retrievers, and then, West Highland White Terriers for both conformation and obedience while living in Kansas and during her first few years in Michigan. This experience helped cultivate her special interests in reproduction, dermatology, canine behavior, as well as the human-animal bond. And, although she is not actively showing, her life would not be complete without at least one black lab and one westie.
Dr. Peterson and her husband, Adam, have no worries that their lab, Trinity, and their westie, Emmie, are ever lonely. They also have a calico cat named Hedwig, and a black cat who goes by Bruce Wayne; two hamsters named Alex and Charlie; a red-eared slider turtle known as Tuck; and several tropical fish. Add this menagerie to their four “two-legged” children ranging in ages from 16 years to 9 years old, and you understand why nobody in the Peterson household is ever bored.
DR. SHAINA DAMM, DVM
Dr. Shaina Damm is a graduate of Oregon State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine but is originally from “the Thumb” of Michigan. She is excited to be returning to the area and joining the staff as an Associate Veterinarian at Countryside Animal Health Center.
Her area of interest includes neurology, soft tissue surgery, dermatology and internal medicine. Her love for neurology peaked when she was fostering dogs for a local humane society in Oregon and met Bradie, a puppy with a congenital neurologic disorder. Bradie quickly became her sidekick through veterinary school.
Dr. Damm resides with her husband, Kalen and their multiple fur-babies. Two Australian shepherds named Bradie and Brody, a beagle named Copper and a cat named Riley. In her free time, Dr. Damm enjoys hiking with her dogs and husband, spending time with family, enjoying Lake Huron and horseback riding.
DR. LIBBY DUDAS, DVM
Dr. Libby Dudas graduated from Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017 after completing a Bachelor’s in Biology from the University of Montana in 2013. She is originally from the Metro Detroit area.
Her areas of interest include internal medicine, dermatology, and diagnostic imaging, particularly ultrasound. She also has an emerging interest in canine and feline rehabilitation medicine.
Dr. Dudas lives in Linwood with her husband Chuck who is also a Veterinarian. They have 2 rescued cats, Noel and Lucy along with 2 ferrets, a Russian Tortoise, and multiple saltwater fish. Her hobbies including hiking, kayaking, and gardening.
DR. SAMANTHA BRICKEL, DVM
Dr. Samantha Brickel was born and raised in the tri-city area. She completed her undergraduate work at Albion College and graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
She has a special interest in feline medicine and educating owners in preventative care to help them enjoy a long healthy life with pets.
In Dr. Brickels spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband, Andy in the great outdoors. She also raises Scottish Highland Cattle. Call to make an appt to meet with Dr. Brickel.
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