March 23, 2020

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update 

    Hello everyone, It has been quite a historic few weeks and today is no exception.  These are concerning times, but we can get through this as long as we all work together! The governor today thankfully closed all non-essential businesses for at least the next three weeks.  Veterinary hospitals are designated as essential services.  As such, Safe Harbor will continue to operate as long as our staff is well (and we are taking all precautions to make certain we are).  

    We will be open Monday, Tuesday and Friday 7:30 am to 6:00 pm and closed Wednesday and Thursday.  We will be available for sick pets, medication and food refills, critical vaccines for puppies and kittens, dental extractions and necessary surgery and rechecks for all pets with ongoing medical conditions.  Please don't wait to bring your friend in if they are having any difficulties. 

    At this time, we are delaying all non-emergent services such as annual examinations and routine dental cleanings and ask that you make appointments for these services starting 4 to 6 weeks from now in order to help preserve numbers of masks and gloves available in the system for human healthcare workers and to decrease potential exposure to our staff.

    Over the past week, we have been asking all clients to remain in their cars and phone the clinic (616-942-8147) to let us know you have arrived.  A staff member will take your pet's history over the phone and then come out to your car to bring your pet inside (PLEASE make certain your pet has a strong leash and collar that they CANNOT slip out of and that your cat in INSIDE a carrier).  At this time we are not allowing any clients into the clinic except for very specific circumstances.  After we have looked at your pet, a technician or the doctor will call and go over the diagnostics and treatment plan and then you will be checked out over the phone.  As always, if you are sick, stay home!

    Thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time.  We are working hard to stay ahead of this while still providing your pets with the exceptional care you deserve. 


Be smart.  Be safe.  Be kind.  

Richelle Smith, DVM


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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. 

  • Angela Campbell
    Veterinary Assistant

    Angela is another new face to the veterinary industry and joined our Safe Harbor Animal Hospital team the beginning of 2018. Angela is currently enrolled in a Veterinary Technician program and is aspiring to become a licensed veterinary technician. We welcome her enthusiasm and energy for veterinary medicine. She is Fear Free certified in small animal medicine. Angela loves the fast-paced of clinic life and getting to know our clients. Prior to her new career endeavor, Angela spent a lot of time in customer service and being a full-time mom. She has three grown children and five grandchildren. Angela and her husband are owned by two dogs, Howie a hound mix and Sammy a pit bull lab mix, and two cats, Jack and Frank. Halloween is her favorite holiday and she makes all her own costumes! When Angela is not studying, she enjoys spending time with her family and in the summer, you can find her camping and touring the Midwest with her husband on their motorcycles. 

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