Veterinarians of Cottage Veterinary Care

pacific grove veterinariansKimberly D. Wilkins, DVM

Dr. Kimberly D. Wilkins purchased Cottage Veterinary Care in October of 2012 and has professional interests in preventive medicine, geriatric care, and internal medicine. She is a member of American Veterinary Medical Association, California Veterinary Medical Association, and American Animal Hospital Association.

Dr. Wilkins grew up in North San Diego County with her chocolate Labrador Axel. "We were both young pups together," she recalls. "One of the most difficult days of my life was the day he was euthanized due to cancer. I had grown up with him; he was my best friend and part of my motivation to become a veterinarian."

There were multiple factors that inspired Dr. Wilkins' veterinary calling, including her eight years working as a veterinary assistant. She saw the compassion of the veterinarians and the relationships they built with their clients. This left her fulfilled every day, and she knew her destiny was to help save and care for animals and their owners. She also volunteered for Project Wildlife Rescue, Spay and Neuter Animal Project, and Momma's Kitchen (Meals-on-Wheels) as an undergraduate student.

What Dr. Wilkins finds most satisfying about being a veterinarian centers around the human-animal bond. "I love being able to foster this bond by providing the medical care needed to keep community pets healthy so that they in turn will continue to enrich the lives of those around them," she explains.

Dr. Wilkins received her undergraduate degree in biology from San Diego State University in 2005. She accomplished Dean's List honors from 2003-2005, while serving as the president of the Pre-Veterinary Medical Club. Dr. Wilkins attended University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2009. During her veterinary school career, she volunteered for Mercer Veterinary Clinic for the Homeless in Sacramento. After graduation, she gained extensive experience while working at a busy emergency clinic in rural northern California.

As for her own pets, there is Maverick (husky), whom she rescued after his fall from a truck. His wounds were extensive, but after months of surgeries and healing, he now chases balls down Carmel Beach and plans to train for his therapy dog certification! There is also Caesar (domestic short hair), Ralphie (domestic short hair) and Peaches (domestic short hair).

Dr. Wilkins enjoys hiking, biking, beach exploring (with Maverick), and reading. She is a member of Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce and is married to Tony Campbell, an official dog walker who spends his free time volunteering and is active in city government.

vet in pacific groveValerie Welch, DVM

Dr. Valerie Welch grew up in Frederick, Maryland, with her beloved friend (and first pet), a guinea pig. Eventually other pets followed—a parakeet, multiple hamsters, and a cat. Visiting the veterinarian with her animals was especially meaningful, clarifying from her earliest days that she wanted to become a veterinarian.

After graduating from the University of Delaware in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology, Dr. Welch studied biology at the University of California Santa Cruz and earned her Master of Arts in 2003. In 2009, she graduated from University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine—with a Dermatology Scholarship from Novartis.

Dr. Welch has been with Cottage Veterinary Care since September of 2012. Her professional interests include dermatology, ophthalmology, dentistry, and compassionate end-of-life care. “What is most satisfying to me is getting to be part of an incredible bond,” she explains about her role in veterinary medicine. “My focus is on quality of life for my pet patients, and it is incredibly gratifying to see them grow and thrive from their first appointment as a puppy or kitten.”  Early in Dr. Welch’s career, she had an especially rewarding experience. She met a week-old kitten who had been hiding in the bushes and subsequently injured by a weed whacker.  Despite his fragile condition, Dr. Welch restored him to health with the aid of magnifying lenses and tiny stitches. His paws healed beautifully, and he grew and walked well despite his early life trauma.

Before becoming a veterinarian, Dr. Welch worked in a small veterinary hospital in the Santa Cruz Mountains. She also volunteered for Mercer Veterinary Clinic (serving the pets of the homeless in Sacramento) and participated in low/no cost spay/neuter events for cats and dogs.

She and her husband Jack, a software engineer, have two cats (sisters Pearl and Potato) and a border collie/cattle dog (Ellie). Although her main activity out of the office is running after her daughter Sylvie, she also enjoys gardening, surfing, and hiking.