About Franklin Ranch Pet Hospital
Franklin Ranch Pet Hospital and Hotel was created from the ground up to provide the ultimate pet-care experience. We have a truly unique combination of a first-class pet hotel and state-of-the-art pet hospital with the convenience of one location.
Our five-acre ranch has two innovative buildings, planned specifically by the architect, to reflect the characteristics of the surrounding countryside. For a warm welcoming atmosphere, the interiors boast rich inviting colors and a gallery feel, exhibiting artwork by various local artists and photographs by Lisa Waterman.
The grounds are professionally landscaped, and our ranch enjoys a sweeping view of a nearby wildlife preserve. The pet park has a walking path, outdoor recreation equipment, and plenty of freshly manicured green grass.
We have worked diligently and spared no detail to create an environment that promotes your pets’ health, happiness, and well-being during their stay at Franklin Ranch.
Meet Our Team
Thomas Zehnder, DVM
Hospital Director and Veterinarian
Dr. Thomas Zehnder received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of California at Davis in 1979. After two years of dairy and small animal practice on the north coast of California, Dr. Zehnder returned to his hometown of Elk Grove. In 1984, Dr. Zehnder took over ownership and management of Bradshaw Veterinary Clinic along with Dr. Michael Johnson. With their combined 60 years experience in the profession, they have designed and developed the Franklin Ranch Pet Hospital to be one of the most advanced in the industry. Dr. Zehnder is married with 4 children. His outside interests include golf, tennis, waterskiing, snow skiing, and horseback riding. His goal is to offer the Elk Grove/Laguna area unsurpassed service and comfort for their pets.
Arlene McKinstry, DVM
Her experience and interests include internal medicine, geriatric care, physical rehabilitation, pain management, and preventive medicine. She is currently working towards becoming a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner through the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. Her passion is to improve the quality and enjoyment of life for all her patients.
Outside of work she enjoys spending time traveling with family and friends, reading, photography, and scrapbooking. Her family includes her husband, children, dogs, and tortoise.
Kelly Churchill, DVM
Samantha Hunt, DVM
Dr. Samantha Hunt was born in Southern California, but grew up here, in Elk Grove. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from the University of California at Davis in 2006. Samantha started working in the Veterinary field in 2004 and continued to work as a Veterinary Technician for 7 years until she was accepted into Veterinary School. She also worked in a research lab at UC Davis for several years prior to her acceptance into veterinary school. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of California at Davis in 2015.
Dr. Hunt’s veterinary interests include: preventative medicine, ophthalmology, internal medicine and behavior. She lives in West Sacramento with her fiancé and three cats (Ricky, Lucy and Nina). Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, dancing (especially Latin ballroom), watching movies, and playing sports.
Bruce W. Christensen, DVM
Dr. Bruce W. Christensen earned his veterinary degree from Cornell University in 2002. He worked as an intern in a busy, small animal referral practice in New Jersey for a year before moving to the University of Florida where he completed a residency program in theriogenology, focusing on dogs and horses. While at the University of Florida, Dr. Christensen earned a Masters of Science degree in reproductive physiology with a research project focusing on testosterone concentrations in captive male rhinoceros. He became a board-certified Diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists in 2006.
After an additional year working as a clinician at the University of Florida, Dr. Christensen moved to Australia where he worked as a senior veterinarian at Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital in Victoria. Dr. Christensen then spent 4 years as an assistant professor at Iowa State University, working with both horse and dog reproduction. He was at UC Davis as Chief of the Theriogenology for 4 years, running both equine and canine reproduction services. Dr. Christensen is thrilled to now offer reproduction services at Franklin Ranch Pet Hospital. He is a birdwatcher, a racquetball player, and a snow skier. He has a son and daughter and they love living in California.
For more information about Dr. Christensen, please visit his personal website at http://www.kokopellivet.net
Kristin Reiser, DVM
Alyssa Shelby, DVM
Emily Sutton, DVM
Dr. Emily Sutton was born and raised in Chico, California. Her participation in both 4-H and FFA during her childhood fueled her love of veterinary medicine and her decision to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from California State University, Chico. After spending a few years honing her skills as a veterinary technician, Dr. Sutton was accepted to the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and completed her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. During her veterinary education, Dr. Sutton developed a passion for animal behavior, and in addition to training under a veterinary behaviorist is also Level 1 Fear Free certified. Dr. Sutton also has a keen interest in veterinary nutrition and the ways in which disease can be managed and prevented through appropriate diet.
When not in the hospital, Dr. Sutton enjoys spending time outdoors with her fiance and their two Labradoodles, Holly and Ellie. Some of their favorite activities include camping in the Anderson Valley, hiking in the national parks near Mendocino, swimming in Lake Tahoe, and visiting the local farmer’s markets on Sunday morning.
Alexandra Thornton, DVM
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