Our Vets

Dr. Erin HoranErin Horan, DVM
Director of Outpatient & Surgical Services
Companion and Farm Animals - Michigan State University

Dr. Erin Horan grew up in California and the Pacific Northwest, earning a BS in zoology from the University of Washington. After spending a couple years living on the east coast, she became a Michigander in 2004 to attend veterinary school and has lived here ever since. She earned her DVM from Michigan State University and after graduation worked at another humane society in Michigan for eight years before joining HSHV.

Her life is filled with family and a farm in the Irish Hills. Starting the farm was a dream of Dr. Horan and her husband, both raised in suburbia. The farm has Jersey cows, Nubian goats, Kune Kune pigs, chickens, ducks, and (spoiled) farm cats. They also have English Pointers and Italian Spinoni. Three of Dr. Horan’s six kids were adopted from Ghana, so she has spent a lot of time there and is passionate about West Africa. "When you have six kids and live on a farm," she says, "parenting is pretty much your only hobby!"


Dr. Ashley HotchkissAshley Hotchkiss, DVM

Outpatient Veterinarian
Companion Animals - Michigan State University

Dr. Ashley Hotchkiss is a recent graduate of Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She first earned her undergraduate degree in Wildlife Biology at The University of Michigan. Her personal career ambition was to work for a non-profit organization that emphasizes the importance of spaying and neutering to, in turn, lower shelter intake rates and increase shelter save rates -- just like HSHV. She is currently taking courses from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine to earn an additional certificate for proficiency in Shelter Medicine. Dr. Ashley not only works at HSHV, but also at another small non-profit rescue where she is the spay/neuter surgeon.

Outside of work, Dr. Hotchkiss is a certified wildlife rehabilitator. She rehabilitates most all four-legged creatures, and really enjoys raccoons and opossums. Her at home “zoo” consists of 3 pot-bellied pigs, 1 sheep, 6 dogs and many (spoiled) barn cats.


Dr. Julie KellyJulie Kelly, DVM

Surgeon & Shelter Veterinarian
Companion Animals - Michigan State University

Dr. Julie Kelly completed her undergraduate degree at University of Illinois, her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University, and post-graduate high quality high volume spay/neuter (HQHV) training at Humane Alliance.  Dr. Julie lived in Chicago for almost 20 years before moving to Michigan. In her previous life, she earned an MS in Human Clinical Nutrition from Rush University and a Certificate in Clinical Trials Management & Regulatory Compliance from the University of Chicago.  Dr. Julie recently completed the University of Florida Graduate Certificate in Shelter Medicine.

Outside of work, Dr. Julie enjoys spending time with her husband, their beloved APBT Ike, and their five crazy cats: Zelda, Moose, Squirrel, Fritz and Miller.  She also enjoys eating out, watching movies, listening to music, riding her bike and ordering things from Amazon so that her cats can have more boxes.  

Dr Jason Speidel


Jason Speidel, DVM
Outpatient Veterinarian
Companion Animals - Ohio State University

Dr. Jason Speidel was born and raised in Ohio and attended the University of Dayton where he earned a bachelor's degree in political science.  Following this, he spent time working for the United States Senate before turning his eyes toward a career in veterinary medicine.  In 2010, he earned his DVM from Ohio State University.  While still a proud Buckeye alumnus, he hasn't looked back since relocating to the Irish Hills area of Michigan, and has come to enjoy the ribbing received from both his Wolverine and Spartan friends.

When not in clinic, Dr. Speidel is a barbecue and home brewing enthusiast, or you might find him outside trying to keep up with his wife and daughters on the many local hiking trails and waterways.  Of course no one in the veterinary profession is complete without some pets around; rounding out the household are two cats, a dog, and a pair of rats.  

Dr. Julie Spencer


Julie A. Spencer, DVM
Foster Clinic Veterinarian
Companion Animals - Michigan State University

Dr. Julie Spencer completed her undergraduate degree and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University. She practiced at several veterinary clinics in Ann Arbor for 12 years prior to joining HSHV 7 years ago. Her main job at HSHV is working as the Foster veterinarian.

She enjoys golfing, attending UM softball and women's basketball games, and gardening. She and her partner own 5 cats - 3 brothers (Pete, Ron, and Harry) and 2 cats who started as kittens they fostered (Montana and Sable).




Dr Jennifer Wells


Jennifer Wells, DVM
Outpatient Veterinarian
Companion Animals - Michigan State University

Dr. Jennifer Wells earned a degree in Microbiology from Eastern Michigan University and received her veterinary degree from Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She has enjoyed a diverse veterinary career which has included traditional clinical positions, relief work, and instructing veterinary technology students. She is passionate about using her veterinary training in underserved areas of the world and has volunteered in Haiti, Honduras, post-Katrina Louisiana and Mississippi, and along the Iditarod trail in Alaska.

When not in the clinic, Dr. Jen enjoys organic gardening, quilting, sewing Little Dresses for Africa, volunteering at church, and playing the French horn in groups near her home in Manchester. Dr. Jen shares her home with a loveable collection of critters which includes her husband (also an MSU-trained veterinarian), a feline-obsessed daughter, a pair of hamsters, an inseparable cat and dog, the occasional foster pet, and a handful of chickens.


Dr. Courtney White


Courtney White, DVM

Shelter Veterinarian
Cats, Dogs, and Small Domestics - Michigan State University

Dr. Courtney White completed her undergraduate career at Michigan State University and went on to earn her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine.  Following graduation, she completed an internship at Michigan Veterinary Specialists and later trained at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine where she received her certification in canine physical therapy.
Outside of work, Dr. Courtney enjoys spending time with her husband, their three amazing children and senior golden retriever, Annabelle.  They all keep her very busy (and also keep her from bringing every shelter animal home)!  In any free time she gets, she enjoys reading, crocheting, hiking, swimming and spending time up north at Glen Lake.


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