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About Franklin Ranch Pet Hospital

Franklin Ranch Pet Hospital was created from the ground up to provide the ultimate pet-care experience. We have a state-of-the-art pet hospital and a team of highly experienced veterinarians.

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.

The grounds are professionally landscaped, and our hospital 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 visit to Franklin Ranch.

 

Meet Our Team

Thomas Zehnder, DVM

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.

Kelly Churchill, DVM

Kelly Churchill, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Kelly Churchill developed a love for animals as a very young girl. She grew up riding horses and showing Shetland Sheepdogs from the early age of 7 and this paved the way for a natural career in veterinary medicine. She graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and a minor in Equine Science. After completing her undergraduate education, she obtained her doctorate in 2009 from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. She worked for 7 years as a small animal veterinarian in Fresno before relocating to the area in 2017. Dr. Churchill was born in Stockton, California and raised in Valley Springs, so she and her family were very excited to join the Franklin Ranch team in 2018 and get back to her roots in the area. She has two beautiful children with her husband; a boxer mix named Ryder, and two cats Pearl and Autumn. When she’s not working on her furry friends, she enjoys watching movies, gardening, riding horses, and wakeboarding.
Samantha Hunt, DVM

Samantha Hunt, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

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.

Kristin Reiser, DVM

Kristin Reiser, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Kristin Reiser grew up in Portland, Oregon until she moved to Boulder, Colorado to pursue her bachelor degree in animal science which she earned at the University of Colorado in 2000. She moved to Sacramento right after graduation to take a job at a local veterinary clinic with hopes of attending what she considered the best veterinary program in the country. She fulfilled her dream and received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of California at Davis in 2005. Throughout veterinary school she continued to work at the same local veterinary clinic on the weekend and after graduation she was excited to begin her career as an associate veterinarian with this same clinic. She then enjoyed 14 years there practicing quality medicine while gaining some amazing life long clients, many of which have followed her to her new location today. Looking for a change of pace she was intrigued when an opportunity arrived to practice medicine at Franklin Ranch Pet Hospital. She enjoys all aspects of general practice, but her special interests include internal medicine and ultrasound. She currently resides in El dorado Hills with her family which includes her husband, 2 children and three furry children. In her spare time she enjoys snow boarding, puzzles and trail running with her border collie.
Emily Sutton, DVM

Emily Sutton, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

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

Alexandra Thornton, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Alexandra Thornton was born and raised in Fresno, CA. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Biology at DePaul University in Chicago, and attended veterinary school at Colorado State University. Deciding that the snowy weather was over-rated, she moved back to California and is excited to call Sacramento home. Beyond her love of small animal general medicine, she is particularly interested in pain management and is certified in medical acupuncture and physical rehabilitation. She is also passionate about client education and partnering with clients so that they understand how to best help their beloved pets both inside the veterinary hospital and at home. She lives in downtown Sacramento with her husband and four feline kiddos. When not working, she’s tucked away in a coffee shop reading and writing.
Dr. Cole Gevurtz, DVM

Dr. Cole Gevurtz, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Cole Gevurtz (“Dr. Cole”) grew up in Napa and is a proud northern California native. She graduated with her Bachelor’s of Science in biology at UC San Diego and earned her doctorate at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

She is a Fear-Free certified professional and a certified Cat-Friendly Veterinarian as part of the American Association of Feline Practitioners. She is passionate about making veterinary visits enjoyable and low-stress for her patients and their owners. She works hard to provide the best healthcare for each of her individual patients and treats them each with integrity, compassion, and empathy. She looks forward to building relationships with her clients and caring for their beloved pets. She enjoys collaborating with her team, serving her community, and being a role model for women in science.

She lives with her 3 cats, Jake, Eleanor, and Finn, and her Golden Retriever, Captain. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her friends, family, and pets.

Shelby Rush, DVM

Shelby Rush, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Rush was born and raised in Elk Grove. She has two older sisters and a younger brother. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Animal Science from Oregon State University and was then accepted into St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine in Grenada, West Indies, where she made friends from all over the world and adopted her island dog, Bonnie. She enjoyed her clinical training at the University of Missouri in Columbia and graduated in June of 2020. Her interests include surgery, rehabilitation, and large animal medicine.

She enjoys playing tennis, hiking with her dog, and spending time with her boyfriend and family. She has a soft spot for Mastiffs, Corgis, and mutts.

Khushboo Attarwala, DVM

Khushboo Attarwala, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Khushboo Attarwala was born in India and moved to Pennsylvania as a teenager. She completed her undergraduate education at Pennsylvania State University, where she majored in Biology and Veterinary Science. Seeking to escape the cold winters, she decided to move to California, where she received her veterinary degree at UC Davis. She fell in love with California and decided to stay in the Sacramento region after finishing vet school.

She is Fear-Free certified and has been passionate about working with animals since she was a kid. She is dedicated to creating a welcoming and collaborative environment for her clients and patients. Outside of work, her interests include traveling, hiking, reading, and painting.

Thomas Hack, DVM

Thomas Hack, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Bio coming soon!

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10207 Franklin Blvd.
Elk Grove, CA 95757
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