Our emergency and critical care team is designed to serve as an extension of your practice. We want to provide your clients with emergency critical care services when it is deemed necessary. We would be pleased to care for your referred patients.


Dr. Sarah Lavery was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is a Michigan State University Graduate, and joined our team at PET in September 2018. She brings with her over 10 years’ experience in small animal general medicine and surgery. Dr. Lavery has a love for internal medicine and emergency medicine, as well as teaching. Having taught in a vet tech program in her hometown, she loves to watch owners and fellow professionals grow. She also loves to interpret behavioral woes and help our critters live healthy and stress-free lives, especially by adamantly supporting fear-free vet visits! She resides in Anchorage with her beau, Gero (the One and Only Fairbanks Goldpanners Announcer), her friendly (sometimes overbearingly so) Rottweiler, “Dr. Sheldon Cooper,” her overly-emotional Lab mix, “Taco,” her super-cuddly orange tabby cat, “Jack White & Orange” and her wilding kitty, “Ygritte.” You may find her during her off-hours exploring random, remote parts of our beautiful state (and occasionally Canada)!


Dr. Allison Melocik was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland and at a young age had a natural adoration for pets. Dr. Melocik is a 1999 graduate of the University of Florida, School of Veterinary Medicine. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Florida State University. After graduating from veterinary school, she moved back to Baltimore to practice small animal medicine. Seeking adventure and the desire to live in a mountainous community, Dr. Melocik and her husband, Brad, decided to relocate to Alaska after vacationing in Anchorage. She and her family have called Alaska their home for over 12 years.
Dr. Melocik has worked at PET since 2006 and has come to love practicing in the fast-paced environment of emergency medicine. Dr. Melocik provides compassionate veterinary care and truly enjoys getting to know her patients and their owners.
Dr. Melocik has a love of the outdoors and enjoys running, biking, cooking and spending time with her family. She and her husband share their lives with two young loving sons, Merlin the cat, five well fed backyard chickens, and 2 energetic dogs named Mabel and Gunner.


Dr. Cindy Richardson graduated from UW Madison- Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in 1987 and started her veterinary career as a dairy and small animal veterinarian for 8 years at Hartford Animal Clinic in Hartford, Wisconsin.
In 1995, despite the lack of dairy cows in Alaska, she moved to the Kenai Peninsula and settled in Sterling, where she spent 8 years hiking and exploring the Kenai Peninsula with 2 Airedale Terriers.
In 2004, Dr. Richardson relocated to Anchorage where she met her husband, Mark. During the next 6 years, she continued to be involved in emergency medicine, helping to move both Diamond Animal Hospital and Far Country Animal Hospital in Palmer from standard day time practices to 24/7 full service and emergency hospitals. In 2010, Dr. Richardson welcomed twin daughter and subsequently joined our team at Pet Emergency Treatment.
In her spare time, Dr. Richardson spends time with family exploring the wilderness around Anchorage and Sterling and working hard at reading every good book ever written.


Dr. Walton is board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Emergency and Critical Care. His special interests include gastrointestinal and respiratory diseases. He enjoys endoscopy, to include GI and bronchoscopy, and has a strong interest in new procedures for thoracoscopic and laparoscopic diagnostics and minimally-invasive interventional procedures.
A retired U.S. Army officer with 20 years of service, at one time Dr. Walton was the staff veterinarian for the White House. He also worked in the military working dog program and medical research and development. Dr. Walton has always loved physiology, and medicine was a natural progression of that interest. He obviously prefers veterinary medicine to human medicine and feels that Will Rogers summed it up best: “The best doctor in the world is a veterinarian. He can’t ask his patients what is the matter; he’s got to just know.”
Dr. Walton has an extensive educational background which includes: Bachelor of Science, University of California, Davis, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, Master of Science, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, Residency, Emergency and Critical Care, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, Residency, Small Animal Internal Medicine, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, and Internship, Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, University of Georgia, Athens. Dr. Walton is also a Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, and Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.


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