Our Staff


Peter Jackson, DVM CVA


Dr. Jackson grew up in Spring Lake and Grand Rapids, graduating from East Grand Rapids High School in 1976. He joined the Air Force after graduation, was trained in enforcement and stationed in the Philippines as a K-9 Handler. He was then certified in narcotics detection using a drug dog. Upon returning to the United States, he was stationed at Andrews Air Force Base outside of Washington D.C. and was trained in K-9 explosives detection. He has worked for Air Force One and guarded both Presidents Carter and Reagan along with dignitaries from any different countries including Prince Charles, Anwar Sadat and Pope John Paul. After leaving the Air Force, he attended university and graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1989. He had a practice in Newaygo for 10 years, but decided to relocated to the lakeshore area, where he started Lifetime Veterinary Care in 2004. 

His personal interests include: clawhammer banjo, old time fiddle, flatpick guitar, cycling, and aviation. His wife's name is Laura and they have three children, Lee, Kelsi, and Dale. They share their house with a sundry of cats and dogs. 


Kate VanWyck

Office Manager

Kate is originally from Newaygo, and graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2006. She and her husband Brad live in Sparta with their children James, Harrison, and Lucy. They have a dog named Eva, and two cats Chloe and Ringo. When not at work you will find Kate and her family enjoying the outdoors hiking and kayaking, or braving the Michigan winters on snowshoes. 


Anita Villa-Woodrum

Office Manager

Anita has been working with Dr. Jackson since 2007. She moved to the lakeshore area after graduating St Mary's University in Notre Dame, Indiana. Although she began her career in business, she eventually followed her passion and made a career working with animals. Since a child, Anita has had a love of dogs. In high school she joined her local FFA chapter and so began another love of raising and showing pigs, lambs, and steers. Her only great claim to fame is placing 3rd in Houston Livestock and Rodeo with her beloved pig "Pork Chop". To this day thinking of him will make her tear up. Anita lives in Grand Haven with her husband Mike and their two dogs, Jake and Coco. She loves to garden, hunt, and fish. She also has a crazy love of quilting. 


Jennifer Nelson

Vet Technician

Jennifer is originally from Marne. She now lives in Ravenna with her partner Justin, son Landon, and dog Yuppie. In her free time Jennifer likes to fish, kayak, and go camping. She has always had pets growing up and loved taking care of them, so she found a job doing what she loved. 


Randi Rice

Vet Technician

Randi recently graduated from Michigan State University with her Bachelor in Physiology. She grew up in Nunica and attended Spring Lake High School. She hopes to one day attend veterinary school, but now lives with her parents, brother, and two rescue dogs, Roxy and Lola. Her interests include reading and spending time with her family on their property in Ludington where they like to hike, camp, and hunt.



Office Communications Manager

Ralph joined the Lifetime family years ago. Ralph's hobbies include snoozing on the front desk, chatting with visitors, and listening to music. He loves attention.



Head of Treat Managment

In charge of all the treats is Buddy. He is a rescue with scoliosis, but that doesn't stop him from calling the shots. He enjoys head and butt scratches, break-dancing, and treats (of course)!



Office Baby Sitter

Shelly loves to entertain the kids that tag along to the office. With her calm and care-free attitude, this turtle will surely win the heart of any visitor. She loves to play tag with her fish friends and warm up under her heat lamp.