Meet Our

Veterinary Team

Dr. Veena Alexis

Dr. Veena Alexis, DVM

Dr. Veena Alexis earned her bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from Colorado State University in 1996. She continued on to earn her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the College of Veterinary Medicine at CSU in 2001. She has practiced in the Phoenix area since 2002.

Through the years, Dr. Veena like many veterinarians, has had numerous requests from families for in home euthanasia. Oftentimes, there would be a scheduling conflict leaving her unable to leave the clinic due to the appointment schedule. In those instances where she was able to visit the home, she witnessed the amazing difference between putting pets to sleep at home as opposed to putting them to sleep in the clinic setting. There is a certain calm that surrounds the families and the pets, knowing that they are not frightened or anxious because they are at home. Although it is a difficult calling, it is also a privilege to be able to end the pain and suffering that pets endure at the end of life.

Dr. Debra Freiberg, DVM

Dr. Debra Freiberg, DVM

Dr. Debra Freiberg earned her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the Ohio State University. She successfully started and owned practices in Montana and Washington state prior to moving to Arizona in 2007. She has served the greater Phoenix area since 2011.

Every practice that Dr. Debra has owned or been employed by has been either wholly or partly mobile and included in home euthanasia for those clients who requested it. The difference between in clinic and in home euthanasia is profound for the family and their pet. It is a deeply personal time not meant to be experienced in a public setting. The comfort of home surrounded by family creates a peaceful environment. As a veterinarian it is part of the veterinary oath to humanely end suffering but it is a privilege to help owners through this difficult time of saying, “good bye” to their beloved companion.

Dr. Rachel Bart, DVM

Dr. Rachel Bart, DVM

Certified in Pet Loss and Pet Grief Support

Dr. Rachel Bart was born in Nottingham, United Kingdom, and grew up in Toronto, Canada. She moved to Arizona in 2002. After completing a BSc. in Chemistry, Dr. Bart went on to complete her Veterinary degree in 1998 and graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College with honors. She spent the first ten years of her career in emergency and critical care and then moved on to general practice. After 22 years in a clinical setting, Dr. Bart realized that her purpose and passion is to help pet parents when faced with heartbreaking end-of-life decisions. From her days in emergency medicine and general clinical work, she has helped countless owners with this life-changing moment. Support, understanding, and empathy are never more needed than at this trying time. She became certified in pet loss and grief support and is now dedicating her career to supporting families in need of guidance and in-home euthanasia. Dr. Bart feels this is truly the most important work she can do; it is such a valued and needed service. To be able to help pets pass gently in the comfort of their home, surrounded by the family they love is an honor.

Dr. Nichola Ray

Dr. Nichola Ray, DVM

Dr. Ray was raised in Chandler, Arizona and is part of a large family. There were always cats and dogs in her life, as well as chickens and ducks.  She has an uncle in Texas that was a veterinarian and helped initiate her interest in veterinary medicine.  She married another Arizona native and has three human boys and two girl dogs –  a three-legged Chihuahua mix that she adopted, and a fat Pomeranian that eats everything she can.

Dr. Ray was a Certified Veterinary Technician prior to continuing her education and career as a veterinarian. She graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University and was accepted to Colorado State University, where she graduated with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. It was always a goal of hers to be a veterinarian and serve. She strives to treat patients and clients with compassion and to understand each patient’s individual needs.  This unique niche of patient care is an opportunity to help families celebrate the life of their devoted family member in the absolute best way possible.

Dr. Heather Perry

Dr. Heather Perry, DVM

Dr. Heather Perry started in the Veterinary field in 2008 when she was hired as a kennel attendant. She quickly realized she loved animals and had a passion for helping them. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Animal Physiology and Behavior in 2012 from Arizona State University. She then continued on to Ross University of Veterinary Medicine where she earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2017. She went on to pursue a small animal rotating internship and eventually returned to the first veterinary hospital she worked at.

When not at work, Dr. Perry is usually at home with her house full of animals, her husband, and their baby, Maddox. She has 2 dogs, a bunch of cats, a hedgehog, a bunny, a chameleon, and a snake that keep her very busy. She tries to treat every pet that she meets with compassion and empathy whether it be helping them from the beginning of their lives or helping them cross the rainbow bridge at the end.

Dr. Perry first realized the importance of home euthanasia during her internship when she wasn’t able to connect with the pets or families in a meaningful way. Helping animals cross the rainbow bridge with dignity, in the comfort of their own homes, is very special and it comforts her to know that she is helping them pass the best way possible.

Reasons for At Home Pet Euthanasia

By choosing in home euthanasia, you allow yourself and your pet solace and solitude in your last moments together. Home euthanasia eliminates fear for your pet, provides a gentle ambiance for you and your family, and allows your other pets to also say goodbye.
Avoid a stressful and painful car ride
You won’t have to load your pet into the car for a car trip that would be stressful and painful. At end of life, even pets who once enjoyed a car ride may no longer feel comfortable in the car. Cats generally always fear getting in the car, and at the end of life this fear can be amplified.
No entering the vet hospital and saying goodbye in a clinical environment
You won’t have to interact with other people and other pets at the vet hospital, which would further add to your pet’s stress and discomfort, not to mention having to explain to others that you’re there to say goodbye. You won’t have to spend your final moments with your pet in a hospital exam room
Your pet will feel safe
Not only is your pet at home, but they can be on their bed or blanket or in your arms. They are surrounded by everyone they love and by the comfort of their own home
The service can be provided indoors or outdoors
Some families choose to have their pet outdoors if there’s a place in the yard where they love to lay. All family members including other pets can be present.
You and your pet will have peace and tranquility
Because you are home, you can create an environment that is calming. Some families choose to have the television on because this was always something their pet found comforting. Some families play music, read a poem, or say a prayer for their pet before the final medicine is given
Your other pets can be present
By allowing your other pets to be close to you throughout the service you can comfort each other. Their instinct is to love and nurture us, especially when our heart is breaking. They will not be frightened and will understand what is taking place.
A gentle, loving and dignified transition
In home euthanasia is the most gentle, loving, and dignified way to send your pet along on their journey. In an ideal world, we all would just want our pets to pass peacefully in their sleep. However, this is rarely the case and we, as their guardians, must make the decision to euthanize to avoid ongoing pain and suffering. By choosing in home euthanasia, we are creating a transition for them that is gentle, loving and dignified.

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