Dr. Federico N. Rivero
Dr. Rivero became the owner of our hospital in 2000. He has since moved us from an outdated building on Hwy. 321 to our custom built hospital on Nuway Circle in 2003. He is an avid LSU fan, master scuba diver, and he also loves to travel, snow ski and fish. He has been married to Susanne, our Practice Manager since 1987. He has two children and one granddaughter who visit often and two grand dogs.
Dr. Rivero's interests include Orthopedic and Soft Tissue Surgery.
Education: Louisiana State University
Veterinarian, Practice Owner
Dr. Emily C. Salzer
Dr. Salzer joined our practice in 2018 after working as an emergency veterinarian in Memphis. She is originally from New England but always dreamed of living in western North Carolina. She is engaged as has five dogs. Dr. Salzer’s interests include internal medicine as well as emergency and critical care.
Education: Indiana and Iowa State University. Internship in Boise Idaho.
Dr. Rebecca C. Whisnant
Dr. Whisnant has been a Veterinarian for us since 2000. She is the associate veterinarian with the longest tenure. She is married, has one daughter and a step-son. She has one dog, one cat, and a bird. In her spare time she likes to hike and enjoy the outdoors.
Dr. Whisnant's interests include acupuncture and exotic pets.
Education: North Carolina State University and University of Florida.
Dr. Kiri de la Cerda
Dr. de la Cerda is a University of Florida graduate who practices small animal medicine. She lives in the High Country with her husband and three children, plus 2 dogs, 3 cats and their small flock of chickens. In her free time she enjoys all things outdoors including hiking and camping. Dr. de laCerdas veterinary interests include soft tissue surgery and client education.
Dr. Constance Hatchard
Dr. Hatchard has been a veterinarian since 2005, and has been with us since 2019. She is married and has a daughter. Her family shares their house with 5 cats and 2 dogs. Dr. Hatchard and her husband have lived in several states in the midwest and eastern United States before settling in to western NC. In her spare time, Dr. Hatchard enjoys riding horses and hiking with her family. Dr. Hatchard’s interests include feline medicine and behavioral problems.