About the Veterinary Hospital
Dr. Kim Erbes, DVM
After graduating Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1986, Dr. Erbes practiced preventative medicine for small animals, including pocket pets, reptiles, and birds. In 1987 she began practicing at SVEC and discovered her love of emergency medicine.
Dr. Erbes had the fortunate opportunity to purchase the Salem Veterinary Emergency Clinic in 1998. After much searching for a great location, and with a huge amount of help from her contractor husband Joe, she and her staff were able to move SVEC in 2004 to its current spacious Market Street location.
Her special interests in veterinary medicine include pocket pet medicine, instructing animal first aid classes, and community awareness especially for children. She is involved with the Marion Polk Veterinary Association and the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association, as well as working with the Joys of Living Assistance Dogs, Willamette Humane Society and Marion County Dog Control. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family which includes 4 children, a Golden Retriever, a Standard Poodle, 3 Ragdoll cats, 12 chickens, and too many cute fuzzy Holland Lop bunnies to count.
Dr Kelly Pettinger, BVSc/BVMS
Dr. Pettinger initially began her career in veterinary medicine as an ER technician in 1999 while working on her undergraduate degree at Cal Poly, Pomona. Then, she got to live her dream of studying abroad when she left the US to pursue her veterinary degree at Murdoch University in Western Australia. After graduating from Murdoch in 2006, Dr. Pettinger moved back to the states and began working in a small animal practice in Medford, OR. She returned to Southern California for a few years before heading back up to Oregon. Dr. Pettinger has been working with Salem Veterinary Emergency clinic since October 2015 and is thrilled to be back in the challenging atmosphere of emergency medicine.
Dr. Pettinger’s special interests include feline medicine, dermatology and soft tissue and orthopedic surgery.
Outside of work, Dr. Pettinger enjoys challenging sports such as stand-up paddleboarding, aerial silks and trapeze. She loves to relax in between adventures by doing yoga, reading and snuggling with her 5 cats.
Dr. Rachel Jacobs, DVM
Dr. Jacobs came to the Salem Veterinary Emergency Clinic after graduating from Oregon State University in 2008. Prior to coming to Oregon, Dr. Jacobs went to the University of Alaska where she not only went to college, but also worked as an educational guide on a tour boat.
When Dr. Jacobs isn’t saving lives at the emergency clinic, she enjoys spending time with her family and cooking.
Dr. Suzy Redler, DVM
Dr. Redler has been working in the veterinary field since 2003. Prior to completing her veterinary degree she worked as a certified veterinary technician at a 24 hour small animal emergency and critical care hospital in Corvallis, Oregon. She graduated from Oregon State University in 2015, at which time she started her internship at the Salem Veterinary Emergency Clinic. Dr. Redler has always had an interest in small animal emergency medicine particularly internal and critical care medicine, cardiology and dermatology. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time taking in the scenic Willamette Valley on her bicycle as well as spending time outdoors hiking, camping and fishing with her friends and family. Her pet family currently consists of an adorable little Westie named Cricket and her loving cat Rose who found her as a stray.
Shiloh Clark, CVT
Shiloh has worked in the animal care field since December 1997 and became a certified veterinary technician in August 2006. Her professional interests include monitoring patients during surgery, performing lab work, and educating pet owners.
Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, riding her horse (on trails and in show jumping competitions), and reading books.
Samantha McVey, CVT
Samantha graduated from Ogee Technical College with an Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology in 2009. After graduating she worked in small animal practice as well as a feline only clinic before joining the Salem Veterinary Emergency Clinic team in 2012. She became a certified veterinary technician in 2016.
Samantha likes the challenge of emergency medicine and that she sees something new every day.
Samantha is known as the “kitty whisperer” at SVEC. All the kitties LOVE her. When not at the clinic Samantha enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with her family and fur babies.
Krystal has been in the veterinary field since 2001. She has been working with the Salem Veterinary Emergency Clinic since 2004. Some of her veterinary education includes online CE, X-ray certification, and learning on her feet every day.
She really enjoys the variety of cases seen in emergency medicine, but her special interests include: Ultrasound, Radiology, Surgery, and wildlife care.
Krystal’s free time is spent wrangling her very active son, maintaining 2 high maintenance Sphynx cats, baking cakes and other confections for the Little Baer Bakery, boating with her family, participating in 5k walk/runs, and making jewelry to give to family and friends.
Uta Briggs, CVT
Uta began her career in veterinary medicine in 2006, when she learned she could better support her canine companion, Sierra, age gracefully. She attended Portland Community College's accredited Veterinary Technology program, graduating and becoming certified in 2010. In 2015, she decided to build on her love of animal aid by pursuing a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University.
SVEC satisfies Uta's appreciation of versatility as a veterinary technician. She most enjoys obscure eye cases, the challenges of treating wild animals, and the pace of emergency medicine.
When Uta is not pursuing her passions in vet medicine, she is most definitely creating art, road cycling OR's terrain, or spending time with her loved ones.