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Live Oak Veterinary Hospital No Animal Too Small Written By Jordan Rosenfeld W hile the most common animals to come through a veterinarian’s office are cats and dogs, Jeanne Haggerty-Arcay, DVM, veterinarian and co-owner of Live Oak Veterinary Hospital in Morgan Hill, has provided veterinary care for animals as small as mice and the occasional lizard. “We’ve done surgeries on multiple hamsters,” Haggerty-Arcay said. Hamsters are prone to tumors in their cheek pouches. Unsurprisingly, it is usually children with pet hamsters whoinspires their parents to bring in these tiny, infirm rodents for treatment. Practicing medicine to help animals, even those with short lifespans, is just part of the spirit that drives Haggerty- Arcay’s practice. At the tender age of nine she decided she would become a veterinarian. 52 “It was just something I always wanted to do,” she said. During her youth, Haggerty-Arcay worked with horses and other large animals for about a decade. She and her three sisters showed animals through the 4-H Club and attended equine grooming and medical clinics at UC Davis where she learned how to care for the animals on an even more complex level. After college, she worked as a Vet Tech in San Martin, where she met Dorothy Verble, who is now the Hospital Manager at Live Oak. Verble, who admires Haggerty- Arcay’s steady, patient way with the animals, also raves about the collective talent of the practice’s other three veter- inarians, who include Loreen Clark (co- owner of the practice with Haggerty- Arcay), Mike Switzer, and Jill Muth. GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN february/march 2019 The practice also has about 25 other employees. Verble said she loves working at Live Oak. “I’ve loved animals since I was an itty bitty. I was allergic, but I didn’t care.” She’s worked for veterinar- ians since the mid-1980s. “I don’t think I’d ever want to work anywhere else. It’s great to be around these animals,” she added. Haggerty-Arcay and fellow veteri- narian Loreen Clark bought the Live Oak practice in 2010. She has enjoyed immersing herself in the Morgan Hill community ever since. “A lot of our clients are involved in the community in some way, and are people I know [from] elsewhere; from school, the gym, or church.” That sort of small-town feeling, she said, doesn’t happen in a bigger town like San Jose. One of the perils of working in a gmhtoday.com