Our dedicated doctors and staff are uniquely experienced in treating the traumatized and critically ill pet. We focus our training and continuing education on emergency medicine and critical care so that we are prepared to best serve the needs of your pet when they need more than a general care practice can deliver. We offer the only specialized emergency and critical care focused hospital in the Yakima Valley. We care for all small companion animal species and most extoic pets.
Meet the Doctors
Dr. Kelly O'Malley, DVM. Owner, Hospital Director.
Graduated Washington State University 2003.
Dr. O'Malley became the owner at Yakima Pet Emergency Service in July 2009, after serving as hospital director & full-time clinician since it's opening in 2005. Professional experience includes: Mixed animal general practice, small animal emergency and critical care, continuing education in advanced abdominal ultrasonography, and critical care medicine. Special interests include: Ultrasonography, Cardiology and Critical Care Medicine. In her spare time, Kelly enjoys working out, snowboarding, cross country skiing, traveling, reading, hiking with her two dogs, Spanky and Pretzel, and spending time with family and friends.
Dr. Clare Fitzpatrick, DVM
Graduated University of Georgia 1997.
Dr. Fitzpatrick has been working at Yakima Pet Emergency Service for more than five years. She has experience in mixed animal practice, emergency and critical care. Dr. Fitzpatrick is known as a jack of all trades around the clinic. In her spare time, she enjoys going horseback riding, reading, kayaking, and traveling.
Dr. Christine Ramsey, DVM
Graduated Washington State University 2000.
Dr. Ramsey has been doing relief veterinary work for Yakima Pet Emergency Service for ten years. Her special interests include: Soft tissue surgery, working with wildlife, and pet nutrition. Dr. Ramsey is known not only for her veterinary skill but also for coming from a long family line of Lumberjacks. When she turned sixteen she became the fourth generation to compete in her family. You can still find her today competing with her father. In her spare time, she enjoys the outdoors, gardening, DIY projects, volunteering and being involved at her church.
Meet the Support Staff
Licensed Veterinary Technician
Maryam, LVT, VTS (ECC)
Maryam is a full-time Licensed Veterinary Technician, with a board certification in emergency and critical care. She has worked in the veterinary field since 1991 and she has extensive experience in emergency and critical care, since 2001. Maryam has a special interest in teaching, and enjoys the mental stimulation that comes with caring for critical patients. Maryam is known as the DIY technician at the clinic; enjoying knitting, gardening, and other crafts. In her spare time, she also enjoys spending time with her dogs and cats.
Lili is a full-time Licensed Veterinary Technician. She has been employed at Pet Emergency since 2012, and received her AAS in Veterinary Technology from Yakima Valley Community College in 2014. Lili has a special interest in emergency and critical care, and equine medicine. You can find Lili dancing around the clinic singing to our patients, while giving them some TLC. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading, fishing, and any outdoor activities she can manage time for.
Adriana is a full-time Licensed Veterinary Technician. She has been involved in veterinary medicine since 2013 and received her AAS in Veterinary Technology from Yakima Valley Community College in 2015. Adriana has a special interest in small animal orthopedics and enjoys hematology. She is known for her big heart and generous personality. In her spare time, she enjoys getting cozy next to a fire with blankets, hot tea, and Stephen King.
Veterinary Assistants and Support Staff
Shantel, Office Manager, Veterinary Assistant
Shantel is our full-time Office Manager and Veterinary Assistant. Shantel obtained her Phlebotomy certification in 2008. She has been working here at Yakima Pet Emergency since 2010. Her best bud is Franklin, one of our clinic cats.
JoAnn, Veterinary Assistant
JoAnn is a full-time veterinary assistant and has worked in the veterinary field since 2013. She received her BA in Public Relations, with a minor in Advertising from Central Washington University in 2016. Animals have been a passion of JoAnn's since she was a little girl, and she looks forward to working PR for a company or organization that shares the same passion. In her spare time, she enjoys CrossFit, reading, outdoor activities, spending time with her Akita, Zander, and spending time with friends & family.
Yaritza is our part-time receptionist, she has had a interest in veterinary medicine for more than a decade. It is her goal to attend Yakima Valley College to earn her AAS in Veterinary Technology. In her spare time, you can find her kayaking, hiking, searching for a new furry companion, or taking another road trip because there is nothing like an open road and music on the radio.
Antonio, Receptionist & Veterinary Assistant
Antonio is a full-time receptionist and veterinary assistant that has been interested in veterinary medicine for as long as he can remember. With a decade of experience working with rescues and clinics in Las Vegas, he brings a unique set of skills with compassion. Antonio has a special interest in reptiles, he finds their complex lifestyles and hibernation fascinating, and that others tend to shy away from them, which adds to their appeal for him. He is known for giving back to his community, and having a positive attitude. In his spare time, he enjoys sharing his wide knowledge of reptiles, hiking, camping, dog training, and traveling.
Nelson, Veterinary Assistant
Nelson is a full-time veterinary assistant and has worked in the veterinary field for more than a year. He has a special interest in working with exotic animals, from snakes to lions. In his spare time, Nelson enjoys riding his motorcycle, running with his dog, Duke, and playing soccer.