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  • Dr. Dean Henricks
    Associate Veterinarian

    Dr. Henricks owned Citrus Heights Pet Hospital for 13 years and has been practicing veterinary medicine for over 45 years. Dr. Henricks was the 2010-2011 President of the California Veterinary Medical Association. He is a graduate of the Kansas State University School of Veterinary Medicine class of 1969. Dr. Henricks is also very involved in his community. He is an active Citrus Heights Rotary member. His 'pet project' is Rotary Youth Exchange and he has been on the district committee for about 18 years. Dr. and Mrs. Henricks have two grown daughters and two grandchildren. Besides community involvement, they love travel.

  • Dr. Averi Brickson
    Medical Director

    Dr. Brickson graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. While her first love was equine medicine, she made the transition to dogs and cats over a decade ago. She came to Citrus Heights Pet Hospital in the summer of 2007 and became the practice owner along with her husband, Eric, in the summer of 2010. She is a member of the AVMA, CVMA, and AAEP, as well as a board member of Puppy Love Rescue. Dr. and Mr. Brickson have two sons, and a daughter. Dr. Brickson’s outside interests include spending time with family, singing, working out at the gym, and playing with her mixed-breed and two weimaraner dogs.

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    Prairie Dogs

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    Skunks

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    Flying Squirrels

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    Fennec Foxes

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    Fish

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    Snakes

    If you’re looking for a low-maintenance pet, then you might be interested in owning a snake. However, there are a few aspects of owning a snake that you need to be aware of before you make this type of commitment. Here’s what you need to know. What to Know Before Choosing a Pet Snake Before you purchase ...

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    Domestic Pigs

    Pigs are great for families who want a relatively exotic but easy to care for a pet. Whether miniature, like a pot-bellied pig, or a full-sized animal, caring for a pig is similar to caring for a cat or dog. Health Domestic pigs need to see a veterinarian regularly for vaccinations and checkups. We ...

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    Gerbils

    Gerbils are great little pets for pet owners who don't have room for a dog or cat. They're friendly and fun to watch, but they do take a moderate level of care and investment. If you're thinking of getting a gerbil, here's what you'll need to know to keep him happy and healthy, including giving him a ...

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  • "Excellent care for your pet I came in with an emergency, and the staff is very caring. The doctor was wonderful to my dog and to me. I lost a wonderful pet and friend, but the doctor assured me I was doing the right thing. I would recommend this vet to everyone. In times of great stress it is good knowing that you have wonderful people to care for you and your pet."
    Kelli
  • "Dr. Brickson was always ready to answer questions, look over results, and answer our questions when working with outside specialists. The staff is unbelievable. My pets are greeted like rock stars at the hospital. Everyone greets us with a smile and the all of my pets past and present are excited to go in the building. They know they are going to be loved. I will never use another vet for our primary care."
    Tim H.

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Citrus Heights Office

Monday:

8:00 AM-6:00 PM

Tuesday:

8:00 AM-6:00 PM

Wednesday:

8:00 AM-8:00 PM

Thursday:

8:00 AM-6:00 PM

Friday:

8:00 AM-6:00 PM

Saturday:

9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Sunday:

Closed