Urgent Vet Compassionate Care Center

Meet Our Team

Mark Carter, DVM

Mark Carter, DVM

Dr. Mark Carter is an Arizona native growing up in the Mesa area, and currently enjoys living in San Tan Valley with his wife (Tori) and daughters (Kansas and Addi).  He has been an animal lover his entire life, with an interest in animals large and small.  In addition to sharing his home with his family, he appreciates having several horses and frenchies around too!  In Dr. Carter’s spare time, you will find him spending time with his family and trying to get outdoors as often as possible.  He also enjoys spending time on a family friends’ ranch to lend a helping hand, where he has been able to spend many hours horseback working with his girls.

Dr. Carter attended Farrier School in 1999 and graduated from ASU with a Bachelor’s in Agricultural Business.  After this accomplishment, Dr. Carter enjoyed a career in ranching, where he had the opportunity of working on the largest cow-calf operation in the US.   While in Florida, he decided to further his education to obtain a degree in veterinary medicine. 

Dr. Carter later graduated from Washington State University with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine, and he is rewarded by giving his clients and their fur-babies the best possible care. He treats all his patients as if they are his own, only recommending what he feels is necessary for the pet’s well-being.  Many clients refer to him as the “good doctor that wears the boots.”

Over the last few years Dr. Carter has realized the need for an UrgentVet Care Center to allow pet owners the opportunity to get care and treatment sooner rather than later.  Being an advocate for animals, he doesn’t want owners to face limited options with appointments being offered weeks out.  He enjoys all sides of veterinary medicine, but his focused areas of interest include preventative care, internal medicine, dermatology, dentistry, soft tissue surgery, and a subset of orthopedic surgery.

John McWhirter, DVM

John McWhirter, DVM

Dr. John, as most people call him, is from a small agricultural community of 1000 people in western Kansas. His love story for veterinary medicine began as a kid. He grew up raising and caring for stocker and feeder cattle.  He left that small town of Dighton to attend Kansas State University where he received his bachelor’s degree in animal science and his doctorate from the Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine.

 

After veterinary school, he started his own practice in northwest Kansas. His patients included both small and large animals with an emphasis on feedlot and cow-calf production. He sold his practice and moved to Arizona to further his career in feedlot consultation. After leaving feedlot work, he worked with Hi-Tech Institute to develop and direct their veterinary technician program. His path eventually brought him back to small animal medicine.  He enjoys performing soft tissue surgeries. However, his favorite part of vet medicine is being involved in the care and treatment of both healthy and ailing pets.

 

Dr. John lives in Casa Grande with wife Gigi, their pack of dogs, a finch, and a parakeet. He has four grown kids, Kiel, Kade, Kagney and Kameryn, a bonus daughter, Jennifer, her husband, Jake, and their son Fernando. He loves his KSU Wildcats and can frequently be heard yelling “EMAW!” (Every Man A Wildcat). He also enjoys all kinds of music, especially the blues and Joe Bonamassa, watching NCIS, traveling around the state of Arizona and spending time with his family and friends.

Matthew Hay-Roe, DVM

Matthew Hay-Roe, DVM

Dr. Matthew Hay-Roe was born in Canton, Ohio, and his family moved to Phoenix in 1998. He attended University of Arizona in Tucson and graduated with his Veterinary Science bachelor’s degree in 2011, and followed with vet school at Colorado State completed in 2016. During both undergraduate and veterinary school, Dr. Hay-Roe performed in bands on some weekends and continues to do so. He has worked at several veterinary practices in the Phoenix area, and has also worked at specialty and emergency hospitals around Arizona. His special interests include liver diseases, animal reproductive health, and dentistry. He lives in central Phoenix with his wife and 3 pets (2 cats and 1 dog).

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