Crysler Animal Hospital

Meet Our Team

With decades of combined experience in the field, our veterinarians are committed to providing the highest quality of veterinary care available. Call us today to schedule an appointment, we'd love to meet you and discuss your pet's needs.

Jay Schweizer

DVM & Co-Owner

Earning magna cum laude honors, Dr. Schweizer received his doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Missouri in 1992. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, the Kansas City Veterinary Medical Association, and the Association of Avian Veterinarians. He loves his dog Zeke and his cat Mr. Whiskers. The proud husband of Ronee and father of three sons – Jacob, Luke, and Timothy – Dr. Schweizer enjoys fishing, boating, swimming, and biking.

Kevin Harsha

DVM

Dr. Harsha received his doctorate in veterinary medicine from Kansas State University in 1997. Today he is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association,and the Kansas City Veterinary Medical Association. He is the proud husband to Kristi and father to Rebecca and Zach, with whom he cares for and an English Bull Dog named Brick. In his spare time, Dr. Harsha loves camping, fishing, reading, cooking, and enjoying the outdoors.

Melanie Ray

DVM

Dr. Ray grew up in Wichita, Kansas, and graduated from Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. Her professional interests include surgery and dentistry. She cares for a cat named Khaleesi and a horse named Cotton, and in her free time enjoys jet skiing, horseback riding, and cheering on her Kansas City sports teams.

Maureen Rettig

Practice Manager

Maureen is always surrounded by animals – she lives with a Labrador named Gideon, a Bichon named Cassie Mae, a Border Collie named Hotchner, two cats, Zari and Cailin, two African Gray Parrots, Scarlett and Rett, and two Macaws, Button and Ollie. When she’s not at Crysler, Maureen and her husband Dan love spending as much time as possible with their seven grandchildren.

Diana Auffert

Registered Veterinary Technician

Diana Auffert is a registered veterinary technician at AniMed Animal Hospital. She graduated with a Bachelors of Biology from Missouri Western State College in 1994, and earned her Associate’s degree in Applied Science at Maple Woods Community College in 2001. Diana has been working within the veterinary industry since 1998, and her areas of professional interest include emergency care and CPR. Diana loves watching a pet go home healthy after a trip to the vet!

Originally from Northwest Missouri, she currently resides in Liberty, MO with her husband, and two dogs, Rocky and Bear. She loves spending time with her nieces and nephews, walking her dogs, swimming, reading, painting, and target shooting. A fun fact about Diana was that she was born in Ankara, Turkey!

Valerie Hoffman

Registered Veterinary Technician

Valerie Hoffman is a registered veterinary technician at AniMed Animal Hospital. She attended Missouri Western State College from 1983-1985, and earned her Associate’s degree in Applied Science at Maple Woods Community College in 2003. She began working in the veterinary industry in 1999, and her areas of interest include pain management, physical therapy, and behavior. Valerie says the best part of working in the veterinary field is being able to play an active role in the healing of sick or injured animals, and keeping pets healthy.

Originally from Plattsburg, MO, Valerie has called Independence, MO home for the last 28 years with her husband, two sons, and four grandchildren. When she finds free time, Valerie loves walking her English Springer Spaniel, Penny, fishing, golfing, swimming, and gardening.

Sarah Biegh

Registered Veterinary Technician

Sarah Biegh is a Registered Veterinary Technician at Crysler Animal Hospital. As a passionate animal lover, she graduated from Maple Woods Community College of Veterinary Technology and Applied Sciences in 2008. Her areas of professional interest include specializing in anesthesia and acupuncture.

Although Sarah always dreamed of becoming a zoo veterinarian, she found a job at Crysler Animal Hospital after graduation and fell in love with helping the patients of Crysler. She now considers working at Crysler Animal Hospital her dream job and truly enjoys being a part of improving pets’ health by helping them get the treatment they deserve.

Sarah currently lives in Kansas City with her husband Nathan and Abbie, a 13 year old Border Collie mix. Sarah loves being active in her free time and enjoys working out, hiking, biking, watching movies and attending concerts.

Join the Crysler Animal Hospital Family Today!

Located on the corner of S Crysler Ave and US-40. Just over a mile from the US-40 and US-70 interchange.

Phone: 816.358.2857

Email: info@crysleranimalhospital.com

  • Monday: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed