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 began working at Lifetime Veterinary Care in 2006 after graduating from Grand Valley State University. Originally from Newaygo, she and her husband Brad live in Sparta with their 3 children James, Harrison and Lucy. They also have 3 furry children, a 17 year old cat Chole who spends the entire day on Kate’s pillow, a 13 year old cat named Ringo who is usually chasing and tormenting Bumi, their 1 year old beagle mix puppy. Kate and her family love hiking, camping and are always up for a good road trip. Although she loves cuddly kittens and getting puppy kisses, her heart truly belongs to the grey muzzled dogs and the lazy old cats.
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. Anita lives in Grand Haven with her husband Mike. She loves to garden, hunt and fish. She also also has a crazy addiction to quilting.
Licensed Veterinary Technician
Kassie is a graduate of Fruitport High School and obtained her Associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology at Baker College. Kassie’s love for animals began at an early age by owning a variety of family pets. From geckos, Guinea pigs, dogs, and cats; animals have always been a big part of her life growing up. Her attachment to animals quickly became an obsession as an adult. This led to the six pets she currently owns: Chocolate Labrador Allie, Brindle Dutch Shepherd Mix Trout, Beagle Mix Rinn, Black and White Short Hair Cat Mr. Pickles, and outside of her home she boards two horses, a Quarter Horse Cross named Jakota and a Paint horse named Booker. Aside from caring for her animals, Kassie enjoys hiking, fishing, walking her dogs, riding her horses, camping, kayaking, and spending time with her greatest joy, her daughter Cleo.
Licensed Veterinary Technician
Carlie is a licensed veterinary technician and has been a part of the Lifetime Veterinary Care family since 2019. She has a soft spot for dachshunds and most days you can find her two 12 year old weiner dogs Honey and Halie snuggled up on the couch in our back room, complete with their very own heater for extra coziness. These girls are even Instagram famous- the.doxie.dapple.sisters. When she is not documenting her dogs’ cuteness for IG, Carlie is a puzzle fanatic, plays a wicked french horn and has recently added disc golf to her list of things she likes to do in her free time.
Danielle has been working in the veterinary field for over 7 years. During this time her love for animals has evolved into an obsession. After raising a cleft palate golden retriever puppy named Rye, it has become her mission to raise awareness for all special need pets and their ability to live happy, long and fulfilled lives. Lilly is her other rescue dog that you often see with her at the hospital, managing the front reception area. Danielle believes Michigan is the most beautiful state, and spends most of her free time outside with her dogs. Her and her husband, Casey love to hike to the lakeshore and collect beach glass and rocks., as well as adventuring to find secluded waterfalls in the Upper Peninsula. Casey and Danielle also have two cats named Rocky and Munchies as well as a very missed dog named Sweets that crossed the rainbow bridge last year.
Dale was introduced into the veterinary world the day she was born. As a small kid she’d go to work with her dad, Dr. Jackson, almost everyday. From watching surgeries to playing with puppies, some of Dale’s best memories were made at the clinic. Deciding to branch out and explore other passions, Dale went to GVSU for Film and Video studies. After working in the film industry for 5 years she realized something big was missing from her life - animals! She is currently working towards going to Veterinary School to follow in her dad’s footsteps. Currently she has two feline family members at home: Baby Boy and Little.
Amanda is a lifetime animal lover. She was raised in a rural area with many pets and animals to keep her company. Her parents often bemoaned her "big heart" for creatures in trouble as it lead to them opening their doors to both domestic and wild animals. She has hand raised and released rabbits, squirrels, robins, starlings, and one feisty blue jay. Without mentioning the countless pets she had growing up, her current menagerie consists of 4 cats (Bacon, Blanket, Kyle, & Beans), 2 dogs (Penny & Waffles), 6 chickens (Nugget, Evelyn, McCluck, Ember, Loretta, & Chickpea aka: Fluffy Death). Her human family consists of 2 sons, Tucker and Phinneas. Amanda is also an avid plant mom and can be found in her abundant garden on most days.
Rachel is our newest team member at Lifetime Veterinary Care. She joined our team in April 2023 with a passion for animal healthcare and a love of customer service. Although Rachel is new to animal healthcare, she joined our team with an amazing customer service skill set that she developed as a server. High five to all servers!
As of today, Rachel has two feline furbabies named Nikki and Pancake. On her time off of work she enjoys boxing, hiking, and sketching. With planning and saving, she also chases her favorite musicians around the state to watch them in concerts.
Currently, Rachel is a veterinary assistant and front desk receptionist at LVC. Veterinarian healthcare is a large field and we are excited to watch her grow and work towards her professional goals.