Meet The Team
Dr. Ashley Hotchkiss
Dr. Ashley Hotchkiss is our wonderful veterinarian.
She graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine with the passion to save animals from being euthanized in our shelters. This passion lead her directly into working in the non-profit veterinary field where she focused on high quality high volume spay/neuter surgery.
Dr. Hotchkiss realized early in her career that she could make the most dramatic impact on euthanasia in our shelters by spaying and neutering all pets.
The idea of Pawsitive Care Affordable Pet Clinic has been on Dr. Hotchkiss’ mind for quite some time. She realized that by providing affordable veterinary care to the public could lessen the number of animals that are surrendered to shelters every year.
Dr. Hotchkiss is thrilled to open the doors of Pawsitive Care. It’s a dream come true for her to touch the public through positive education and by providing good veterinary medical care!
Licensed Veterinary Technician
Alyssa is our extraordinary licensed veterinary technician.
She graduated from Baker College at the top of her class and quickly dove into her dream career by working with animal shelters and non-profits.
When first meeting Alyssa, you will notice that she is very passionate about improving the human/animal bond. She is diligent about educating animal owners how to effectively train and communicate with their 4-legged family members.
Even outside of the clinic you will find her actively involved with animals, especially taking her 4 dogs (Chief, Ava, Duke and Boston) on long walks and cuddling with her 4 cats (Vida, Blade, Marley and Cry Bebe).
Most importantly, Alyssa is very excited to be a part of the team at Pawsitive Care. The strength of the human/animal bond is what drove her to pursue her career and working at Pawsitive Care allows her to develop lifelong connections with our patients and clients.
Licensed Veterinary Technician
Brittany is our second extraordinary licensed veterinary technician.
She graduated from Baker College in the same class as Alyssa. Brittany started working as a technician for veterinary franchise where she gained a valuable skill set.
Our story began in 2016 in the surgery room of a small non-profit pet rescue.
Dr. Ashley Hotchkiss, our veterinarian, had just finished school and was working as the surgeon. The only thing she could imagine using her new degree for was spaying and neutering to help remedy the crisis of pet over-population. As a doctor, she wanted to relieve others of the pain and sorrow of euthanizing the unwanted.
Alyssa Pennington, the licensed veterinarian technician, had also just graduated from technician school. Much like Dr. Hotchkiss, Alyssa’s passion and life goal was to save as many animals as she could. She dreamed of being able to take care of the damaged and the broken that had been let down by humans.
We quickly found that we were all very much alike. We realized that our goals were so closely related, and this led us into a very close friendship. As our friendships grew, we decided that the best way we could help animals (and the community) would be to open Pawsitive Care Affordable Pet Clinic. In our eyes, the more we could educate & assist people about caring for their animal(s), the more animals we would be able to help. It was about making veterinarian medicine affordable and understandable for everyone!
From that first day we met, we have each been fulfilling our passions. We have cared for many animals; most of them ill or abused. We have sterilized thousands of animals to help control the crisis of pet over-population in our shelters. We have supported one another during the hard times, and we have been there to celebrate our successes.
Our motivation to start Pawsitive Care arose one (very) late night when we were endlessly caring for some unfortunate puppies that were fighting against Parvo disease. Parvo is a highly contagious and fatal disease with a poor prognosis without medical intervention. Some puppies can do very well with supportive care while others, sadly, do not. We strived for all of them to survive and when some did not, all we had was the support of one another to lean on. We also found ourselves treating heartworm disease much too frequently. Both Heartworm and Parvo were difficult for us to watch because both are completely 100% avoidable and preventable diseases. If owners had been informed that vaccines and monthly preventative medication would have prevented these diseases, they could have avoided harm to their animals.
Our collective experiences before and after we met are what drive us to reach our goals. The number of animals that we can save by vaccinating, sterilizing & providing preventative care to could skyrocket by just educating and serving this community – OUR COMMUNITY!