655 W. Warner Road #111
Tempe, AZ 85284

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Dr. Velvet Edwards

Dr. Velvet Edwards is a trusted veterinarian with a passion for the pets she treats and the families they share their lives with.  Growing up in Wisconsin, Dr. Edwards was the kid who brought home every stray or injured animal she found and she has been caring for them ever since.  She is dedicated to providing expert care for pets, and determined to provide accurate information about their care to their families.  Dr. Edwards has a special interest in stem cell regenerative medicine.

Dr. Edwards never grew out of that kid who takes in animals in need, and that is how she came to share her life with 9 cats, 3 dogs and a tortoise.  Her commitment to leading edge veterinary medicine combined with her unmatched love and passion for what she calls "our other family members" make her one of the most trusted and sought-after veterinarians in the Greater Phoenix area.


Technical Staff

Andrew Wilken  

Cats and dogs have always been a form of therapy for Andrew.  His philosophy is "It's not work if you love what you do".  He enjoys establishing long lasting friendships with our clients, and creating a special bond with the pets who visit the hospital each day.  Andrew is truly impressed by the commitment our clients have to their pets.  He notices them taking the time and doing what is necessary to care for their much loved family members. 

Andrew is retired military and has a lovely wife Katie. Together they enjoy their 4 wonderful children:  Grace 12, Anthony 8, Jamie 3 and Adeline - who was born in June 2017. They also have 5 dogs:  Pippa & Bandit - both Pugs, Roxy - a GSH Pointer, Dallas - a Daschund and Dutchess - just a Big Dog!  Andrew also cares for 3 unique individual                                                           cats:  Fluffer, Wanda and Mystique.



 Rosie got into veterinary work when she discovered she loves working with animals.  Rosie says "I grew up with 6 cats and 2 dogs.  I tried doing other things, but kept coming  back to the pets."  Rosie graduated from Kaplan college in 2007. She enjoys performing  her technical duties, especially drawing blood and placing intravenous catheters.  She excels at her career, and provides excellent care for our patients, and their families.  Rosie  possesses a kindness for those who have lost a pet.  She puts love in each clay paw print she creates for the family to take home as a remembrance keepsake.

Rosie has 4 children - all girls ages 16, 14, 12 and 6.  She has 2 dogs:  Snickers - a lab mix, and Kuma - an Inu Akita. She spends her free time with her family and friends and enjoys going to the movies.                                                   



 Administrative Staff

Dave Smith - Practice Manager

Dave has called Phoenix home since 2003.  Born and raised in Milwaukee, his corporate career as an Operations executive with Newell/Rubbermaid and Division President at Fiskars, took him to Ohio, Illinois, Florida and Boston. 

His daughter relocated to Phoenix after finishing college, which helped Dave and his wife decide to retire here as well.  Shortly after moving, his wife Mary passed away, from complications with TYPE 1 diabetes. His son Brian also passed away from the same disease.

Dave enjoys spending time with his daughter and her family, whether at a Sunday cookout, swim meet or Tae Kwon Do class.  The three grandchildren keep everyone very busy!  He also enjoys golf, watching sports of any kind, the Green Bay Packers (GO PACK!), gardening, camping and exploring our National Parks.  He is a real history buff and makes a point to be informed of current national and world affairs.

Dave has two cats, Roxy, a 19 yr old tabby cat, and Smoke, a recent rescue (also known as Gargantuan!).  Daisy, his faithful supervisor and companion, is a sweet Yellow Lab, rescued 3 years ago.


Eddie Rodriguez - Office Manager

 (Photo coming!)  Eddie was born and raised in Arizona.  He has a passion for helping others, whether it is humans or animals.  As a child, Eddie grew up with 2 capuchin monkeys, a horse, 2 cockatiels, 3 dogs and a cat. He loves animals and wishes he had the space to add more to his family.  Eddie's career began in the realm of Senior Care.  He began caring for Seniors and over the years, with ambition, goals and compassion, he gained an Executive role in his career in Senior Living.  Eddie made the decision to leave that career to be able to spend more time with his family.  He is married to his soul-mate Brandy.  They are raising 4 wonderful children - Sal, Tori, Zach and Bri.  He also shares his life with 3 dogs - Molly, Pixie and Billy.  When Eddie is not at Pecan Grove taking excellent care of our clients and managing the office he enjoys time with his family.  His family enjoys swimming at Grandma's house, camping up North and hanging out with Mother Nature.