Doctors & Staff
Dr. Charity Vuagniaux, DVM, CVA
Dr. Vuagniaux graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia, with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Kansas City Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Vuagniaux has professional interests in internal medicine, pain management, and dermatology and received training in medical acupuncture for dogs, cats, and small exotics through One Health SIM in April 2015.
Dr. Vuagniaux’s love for animals follows her into her personal life. She and her husband Corey proudly care for a Boxer named Apollo, a Golden Retriever named Chase, a cat named Jasmine, a horse named Ginger, and a miniature donkey named Zip. In her free time, Dr. Vuagniaux enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter Aubrey, playing volleyball, reading, and riding her horse. She is also President of Dynamic Connections (American Business Women’s Association) and a member of the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Jay Schweizer, DVM
Earning magna cum laude honors, Dr. Schweizer received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Missouri, Columbia in 1992. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Kansas City Veterinary Medical Association, the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, and the Association of Avian Veterinarians.
Dr. Schweizer and his wife Ronee have three children, Jacob, Luke, and Timothy. When he’s not at the clinic, he still has animals to look after; Dr. Schweizer and Ronee have a dog named Zeke, a cat named Mr. Whiskers and three fish, Squirt, Blue, and Jaws. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, boating, biking, swimming, and gardening.
Dr. Erin DeMarco, DVM
Dr. Erin DeMarco brings here passion an expertise for animals to Crysler Animal Hospital as an Associate Veterinarian. She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. Dr. DeMarco is a dedicated and active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Kansas City Veterinary Medical Association, and Missouri Veterinary Medical Association. Her professional interests include preventative care, internal medicine and dentistry.
When she is not practicing high-quality veterinary medicine, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two daughters and Beagle mix, Eli. In her spare time, she loves spending time outdoors with family and friends, attending church activities, gardening and reading.
Maureen Rettig, Practice Manager
Maureen is a long-time member of the AniMed Animal hospital team and the glue that holds us together! Her love for animals shines through in her hobbies as well. She works with D.O.G. training center and shows her own dogs in agility. Maureen and her husband Dave have five children – Robert, Michael, Mathew, Krista, and Marty – and seven grandchildren who they love spending as much time with as possible. They share their home with eight pets: a Labrador named Gideon, a Bichon Frise named Cassie Mae, a Border Collie named Hotchner, two cats, Cailin and Zeba, an African Gray Parrot named Rhett, and two Macaws, Buttons and Ollie.
Jennifer Stratton, Registered Veterinary Technician
Jennifer is a Registered Veterinary Technician at AniMed Animal Hospital in Blue Springs, MO. A magna cum laude graduate from Brown Mackie College, Jennifer earned her registered veterinary technician degree in 2012. She completed her internship at the Kansas City Zoo, and received clinical training at AniMed Animal Hospital. Jennifer’s passion for animals and biology inspired her to work in the veterinary field. Her area of professional interest is anesthesia.
Jennifer is originally from Lee’s Summit, MO and currently resides there today with her husband, Golden Retriever, Pit bull, and cat. Her golden retriever, Noodles, likes to give himself kisses in the mirror! In her free time she enjoys disc golf, kayaking, yoga, and painting.
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.