COVID 19 Update 6-24-2021 

Hello Safe Harbor Family, 

     First, I want to say Thank You again for continuing to be the most amazing, supportive clients as we continue to navigate through the COVID Pandemic. Assuming infection rates continue to decline, vaccination rates continue to increase and there are no new negative developments, we will be welcoming clients back into our exam rooms effective Monday, July 5, 2021, with the following modifications: 

One person per pet family permitted in the lobby and exam room 

Face masks are required in exam rooms and lobby at ALL times. If you need a mask, please ask and one will be provided to you. If you prefer not to wear a mask, your entire visit will be curbside. 

We will still check you in while curbside. Call us when you arrive (616-942-8147) After check in, you may decide whether you would like to come into the building for the Doctor’s examination or remain curbside while your pet’s exam is performed inside the building. Check out will be performed curbside or in the exam room at our discretion. 

We are providing hand sanitizer in various locations throughout the building. 

At times during your visit, we will need to contact you by telephone to discuss your pet’s needs. Please wait in your vehicle and remain in the parking lot. Keep your cell phone turned on and near you. 

Please reschedule your appointment if you are sick or have COVID 19.

Prescription Medication and Food Refills: 

     Please call ahead for refills. When you arrive, we will check you out over the phone and bring the items to your vehicle for you. You may also purchase many items through our online store which is available through our website at 

     Thank you for your patience and understanding as we negotiate this ever-changing situation in the safest way possible. We can’t wait to see you again! 

Safe Harbor Animal Hospital 

Dr. Smith

Vaccines save lives and end pandemics


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  • Dr.
    Richelle Smith

       Passion.  Knowledge.  Expertise. Your pet’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

        I was always going to be an animal doctor. Since I could say the word “vet”, my path was chosen. I started in the way most budding vets do, bringing home injured wildlife and strays and attempting to nurse them back to health.  Both my successes and failures helped ignite a need for more education.

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  • Rhonda Ritter
    Practice Manager

    For as long as I can remember, I have loved animals and loved taking care of them. In 1996, I graduated Colorado Mountain College with a degree in Veterinary Technology and spent 13 years in Colorado gaining experience in large animal medicine, emergency and specialty medicine, and small animal private practice. I enjoy many aspects of veterinary medicine, but my special interests are  pain management, behavior, and anesthesia. In September 2006, I moved to Michigan to pursue new aspirations in veterinary management and teaching.  I have enjoyed working at Michigan Veterinary Specialists and teaching new veterinary technicians at Sanford Brown.

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  • Becca DiCicco
    Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Becca is a licensed veterinary technician who has been with our Safe Harbor Animal Hospital team since 2016. Becca holds an Associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology and graduated with honors from Baker College in Michigan. She is also Fear Free Certified in small animal medicine. Becca grew up with a variety of animals, including horses. We embrace her ability to multitask and her expertise in working with frightened cats. Becca’s passion is in veterinary dentistry, anesthesia, and patient nutrition. Her and her husband shares their life with Bruce the tortoise, Dexter a bearded dragon, Cloud the ferret, Haymitch and Pickett, two very mischievous kitty’s. During her free time, Becca and her husband enjoy trying new local restaurants and breweries in the Grand Rapids area. Becca also volunteers at the Animal Wild Life Center in town. 

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