Petri, Practice Owner
Petri enjoys being the boss and runs a tight ship. He always makes sure that his minions (which include the veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and receptionists) are in line and ready to give him lots of treats. If he isn't willingly given treats, he has no issues with theft when it comes to the desires of his stomach. He also has numerous extra toes, a total of six extra, in fact. He enjoys being what's called a polydactyl cat, it makes him feel very fancy.
Legolas is Petri's right-hand man and does not mind reprimanding any employees that they deem to be out of line. He agrees with Petri's thoughts on theft of food, and he is always hungry. He makes up for Petri's abundance of toes by having only three legs, so they balance each other out well.
Dr. Casey Wittwer, DVM
Dr. Wittwer was born and raised in St. George, Utah. After high school he spent two years in Mexico on an LDS mission. Dr. Wittwer attended Dixie State College, then moved to colder weather at Utah State University. Dr. Wittwer completed veterinary school at Washington State University. After graduating in 2007, Dr. Wittwer started his career in Las Vegas. Family ties and a desire to return to Southern Utah brought him to Hurricane. Dr. Wittwer met his wife, Andrea at a dog flyball competition. They have four kids that love to visit their dad at work. The Wittwer's have their own zoo with two dogs (Zuko & Link), three cats (Gurgi, Casper, & Gator), goats, turkeys, a goose, chickens, a tea cup pig (Jewels), and mini horses.
Dr. Wittwer loves being a veterinarian. His main focuses are with internal medicine and soft tissue surgery. Dr. Wittwer also does acupuncture and ultrasound. He enjoys the challenge of understanding why pets get ill and helping them get better.
Dr. Kristen Lucibello, DVM
I graduated from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Regional Program in conjunction with Utah State University as part of the inaugural class of Utah State University’s veterinary medicine program our first two years of training began at Utah State and our last two years ended at Washington State University. I was born in New Haven, Connecticut. I have always been fascinated with Utah’s landscape growing up and was so lucky to be accepted into the regional program. My love for the state solidified while living and studying in Logan, UT. I worked all throughout my undergrad, at Quinnipiac University, as a Connecticut Certified Veterinary Technician. My main interests in veterinary medicine are wildlife/exotics, shelter medicine, and public health. In my free time I enjoy anything related to the outdoors and am absolutely fascinated with the State and National Park systems our country has to offer.
Dr. Jaime Goolsby, DVM
Dr. Jaime Goolsby of Little Rock, Arkansas has wanted to be a veterinarian her entire life. She has worked in various veterinary clinics since 2011 and was introduced to exotic medicine at the Little Rock Zoo. She received two bachelors degrees in Animal Science and Zoology at Oklahoma State University and then proceed into the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Her main interests are in small animal internal medicine and exotic pet medicine. Dr. Goolsby and her husband fell in love with Utah on a road trip and are excited to call Hurricane home. They have a fur family that includes two cats, Simba and Muffin, and two dogs, Maya and Cheddar. In her free time Dr. Goolsby enjoys hiking, kayaking, and camping.
Jeri, Practice Manager
I have lived in St. George for most of my life and went to Snow Canyon High School. After graduating in 2006 I went to Dixie State University and began working towards my Bachelor's Degree. I received my Integrated Studies degree with emphasis in Biology and Psychology in 2011. My first dog came to us in October of 2010 and she has been amazing. Jazzy is a golden retriever/border collie and is one bundle of constant energy. Our second pup Ember, the German shepherd, passed away from cancer in May of 2021. I have two kids, one wonderful boy and a sweet girl.
Nicole, Lead Technician
I have been working in the veterinary field for over 10 years. I started out at Midvalley Animal Clinic before moving to Southern Utah. I worked at the Southwest Animal Emergency Clinic before landing a position at Zion Veterinary Clinic.
Diana, Lead Receptionist
Diana is native to Utah and moved to St. George a few years ago to attend school at Dixie State University. She recently graduated from DSU with a Bachelors in International Pre-Law and Global Justice Studies. She enjoys spending her time outdoors with her dog, trying new food, or traveling. She has always had a passion for animals and has a few of her own. You might see Norman, her dog, hanging around the lobby.
I was born in Salt Lake City, UT. I moved to Southern Utah at the age of 13 with my family. I had wanted to work with animals ever since I was a little kid. I grew up surrounded by dogs and developed a deep love for them. I did some shelter volunteering while in high school and then completed an Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts at Mohave Community College. In 2017 I moved back to Salt Lake to complete an Associates in Veterinary Science at Broadview University. While going to school I worked at Petcare Animal Hospital to get hands on experience and additional training. After graduating, I took and passed the Veterinary Technician National Exam and became a Certified Vet Tech. I continued to work in Herriman, UT at VCA Oquirrh Hills Animal Hospital until I decided to move back home in April of 2019. I have been working with Zion Vet for almost a year now and have loved every day of it. Dallas is my adorable mini poodle mix. I also have a cat named Link, 7 chickens, 10 little fish, and a chubby human child.
I was born in the Salt Lake Valley and moved to Logan for 12 years before I decided I hate the snow. I moved to Southern Utah in March of 2020. I have always had dogs and loved them my whole life. I went to school for dog training at Animal Behavior College and have been training for 8 years before venturing into the veterinary field.
I have been working with animals since 2014, I've worked as a tech since 2018 and plan on staying in this field for a long time. I am currently enrolled in Penn Foster College's veterinary technician program. I have a deaf dog named Capella who has the funniest personality and she has taught me that some challenges are well worth conquering. You will definitely catch me talking to her more than I do to hearing dogs.
I was born on a ranch in Southern Utah where I raised horses, cows, and chickens. I grew up caring for neighboring animals and soon got my first horse at the age of 10. Since then, I’ve worked with several equine rescue organizations in Utah. My first rescue was my best friend named Scout whom I learned to train after adopting him.
I’ve wanted to work in the veterinary field my whole life and was fortunate enough to land a spot on the Zion Veterinary Clinic team!
I was born in North Carolina and moved out West in 2006. I finished high school in 2015 and have wanted to work with animals my whole life! I worked at a dog kennel, and have helped my mom birth 4 litters of pups. I am training to be a veterinary technician, and I am so excited to learn about and help animals. This is my dream job and I love getting to meet all the animals. I am a dog mom of 4, and adopted two of my babies together from a local shelter.
My favorite animals are "wild ones" and I would love to one day be a zookeeper.
I absolutely love soup and if I could only eat one food for the rest of my life it would be soup (because there are SO many flavors and things that could be considered soup!).
I grew up locally on a small farm with cows, pigs, and chickens. I interred at Zion Vet Hospital for a while through Hurricane High School before being hired in April of 2021. I am on a veterinarian career path and intend to go to college for it as soon as possible. I enjoy making crafts and baking when I have free time.
I was born in California and spent two years in North Dakota before moving to Southern Utah. I have lived in Hildale, UT for 6 years where I graduated from Water Canyon High School. I am currently a senior at Dixie State University getting my bachelor's degree in biology. I hope to apply to vet school next year. I have always loved working with animals and am so thankful to be working at Zion Vet Hospital. I have two cats, two dogs, cows, horses, chickens, and a tortoise. In my free time I enjoy cooking, drawing, and horseback riding.