Our Veterinarians

Dr. Tom Kavanagh

Owner, Chief of Staff

Growing up in metro Detroit as one of 11 siblings, Tom raised rabbits, tended to sick and wounded wildlife, and even had a pet crow that followed him around for years! Now he’s the Owner and Chief of Staff at Village Animal Clinic.

Dr. Kavanagh enjoyed chemistry and biology in high school. He attended Wayne State University before transferring to Michigan State University’s College of Agriculture. After graduation, he worked in Alaska for a bit before coming home and working in Michigan. After five years, he purchased Village Animal Clinic and has been here ever since. He’s a specialist in veterinary dentistry, oral surgery, and oral medicine, and is even an Assistant Adjunct Professor at Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine!

At home, Dr. Kavanagh has three dogs, Apache, Maya, and Eli, as well as a cat named Phoebe. He lives with his wife of 37 years, Sandy. They have two adult children.

Some of Dr. Kavanagh’s greatest memories include migratory water fowl bird-watching, where he saw a bald eagle swoop down to catch her dinner. He also enjoyed watching ospreys dive into the water to catch fish.

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Dr. Alanna Thompson

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Thompson is originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, but grew up in Ontario. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Guelph, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences, before obtaining her DVM degree from Ontario Veterinary College in 2010. After moving to Michigan, Alanna joined Village Animal Clinic’s team in July of 2010 as a full-time veterinarian!

At veterinary school, Dr. Thompson immersed herself in her passion for animal care. She worked and volunteered at various animal practices around her university and gained first-hand experience in clinical research while at Ontario Veterinary College. She was a member of her class council, Small Animal Club, Equine Club, and was Vice President of Internal Affairs for the Central Veterinary Student Association. She strives to continue her education, and is especially interested in internal medicine and surgery.

At home, Alanna lives with her fiancé, Branden, their dog Aero, and their cat Francisco. She’s also discovering the beauty and adventure that Michigan has to offer by attending sporting events, concerts, and going on camping trips!

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