Grass Valley Veterinary Hospital Doctors

Dr. Kristy Cortright

Medical Director – Veterinarian

Dr. Kristy Cortright received her DVM in Veterinary Medicine and PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of California at Davis where she lived most of her adult life. She practiced medicine in the East Bay area of Northern California for a number of years before making the move to the mountains that she calls home. She enjoys getting to know her patients and clients and all aspects of general practice, with an emphasis on education, preventive care, dermatology, dentistry and small animal surgery. In her free time she enjoys hiking with her partner, cycling, cross-country skiing and biathlon, as well as hanging out with her dogs Meesha and Manny and her cat Punkin.

Dr. Berit Owen

Originally, from Grass Valley, Dr Owen’s travels have taken her around the world, and she has lived for several years in both Australia and Maui, Hawaii. While in Australia, she earned her veterinary degree at Murdoch University and worked at one of the largest veterinary clinics in Western Australia, focusing on small animal medicine and surgery. Dr Owen is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, and has a special interest in feline medicine and behavior. She attended the 2019 European Feline Congress hosted by the International Society of Feline Medicine in Croatia, which focused on feline infectious diseases. She has a special interest in dentistry and geriatrics, in particular preventative care and chronic pain relief.

While in Australia, Dr Owen spent time in Tasmania working with the endangered Tasmanian devil, as well as catching and releasing the Australian duck-billed platypus for species monitoring and data collection; some of Dr Owen’s patients were exotic wildlife such as kangaroo, cockatoos and carpet pythons.

After many beautiful and adventure-filled years overseas, Dr Owen has returned to Grass Valley with her two much-loved Aussie cats. She is very happy to once again have the privilege of helping and healing pets and getting to know their owners. When she is not at the clinic, Dr Owen enjoys hiking, meditation, being outdoors and searching for a great cup of coffee.