Why did we decide to become Euthanasia Veterinarians?
When I was young, I never thought that I could put an animal to sleep. After becoming a Vet, I watched animals suffer in cancer wards, critical care, and even at home. These experiences left an indelible impression on me. I watched people holding onto their pets and suffering right alongside them. I witnessed their relief as they allowed their pets to go peacefully and end the suffering. I knew then I wanted to help our pets and their guardians.
After I graduated from Colorado State University College of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences and started working in an award winning clinic, I offered this service to people in my free time. The demand began to grow as more and more people were learning about the at home options. In 2007 I made the decision to make this my life’s work. -Dr. Christina Nutter
Dr. Christina Nutter
Dr. Christina Nutter graduated from Colorado State University College of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences in 2003. She was the first person to start a home euthanasia service in Arizona. While working in a clinic and she offered home euthanasia service to people in her spare time. In 2007 she dedicated her sole practice to providing home euthanasia. In 2015 she developed the first pet hospice program.
Dr. Kaycie Baxley
Dr. Kaycie Baxley, an Oklahoma native, moved to Arizona after receiving her undergraduate degree in Animal Sciences and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University in 2013. After losing her own dog several years ago to cancer she became passionate about helping other pets and their families who are experiencing the same journey. When not at work, Dr. Baxley enjoys spending time with her pets and riding horses.
Dr. Kendra Roberts
Dr. Roberts attended Arizona State University with a major in pre-veterinary medicine. She later attended Veterinary School at St. Matthew University in the Cayman Islands and completed her clinical rotation at Purdue University in Indiana in 2009. Prior to returning to the warmer climate of Arizona Dr. Roberts was an Associate Veterinarian in Oakville, Ontario. In her free time she stays busy with her two young children, 2 dogs and 2 cats.
She is passionate about helping pet owners provide a peaceful transition for their loving pets and offering dogs and cats the opportunity to pass at home in familiar and stress free environment.
Dr. Lisa Schnier
Dr. Lisa Schnier is an Arizona native, born and raised in Sierra Vista, AZ. Dr. Schnier knew she wanted to become a veterinarian at a young age and had a variety of pets. She started at a private practice veterinary hospital caring for their boarding animals. She then developed into a veterinary technician where she gained a firsthand look into what life would be like as a veterinarian. To pursue her education in veterinary medicine, Dr. Schnier attended the University of Arizona (Go Wildcats!) and the University of Prince Edward Island prior to being accepted into veterinary school at the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Dr. Schnier completed a small animal internship, worked as an emergency clinician, and currently works at a general practice. Dr. Schnier joined the Gentle Journey’s team to help provide an at home experience for pets and their families during a very difficult time. She strongly believes in a peaceful, stress, and pain free experience for pets crossing the Rainbow Bridge. Dr. Schnier enjoys spending time with her husband Jonathan, their two young boys, Ethan and Zachary, and their furry family as well (3 Huskies, and 2 cats).