About Village Veterinary Hospital
On January 4 1999, Drs. Bangert, Lucas and Trimble opened Village Veterinary Hospital's (VVH) doors for business and welcomed both old and new clients to their new practice. The first couple of years were full of the usual business start-up problems as well as great successes. The doctors' long-time clients and patients gradually rediscovered us and it was great to be reunited with them.
We were proud to be voted Best New Business by the Bellingham Business Journal in 1999. Over the years, VVH has been involved in all kinds of community fundraisers including the successful Bellingham Police Department fundraiser for protective vests for our K-9 protectors, various Humane Society activities, support of the local Bellingham Business Conferences, Hurricane Katrina animal victims fundraiser (in coordination with other Bellingham veterinary practices), as well as continued support of the Whatcom Humane Society and the Alternative Humane Society.
VVH has grown as a practice from a startup staff of 8 to a staff of 20 and nearly 5,000 active patient households. Our practice is continuing to grow and we strive daily to provide our clients and patients with exceptional veterinary care.
About the Doctors
Rachel Bangert D.V.M.
Dr. Bangert graduated from WSU with a degree in Veterinary Science in 1985, and from the College of Veterinary Medicine in 1986. She went on to get her Masters Degree in Veterinary Science, and then did a one-year internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the Virginia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988. In addition to her experience in small animal medicine, Dr. Bangert has experience dealing with diseases, injuries and nutrition of pet birds, and also has provided care to wild raptors in conjunction with Sardis Wildlife Center and Wildlife Rescue. In 2009, she received the Whatcom Humane Society's Woof & Whiskers award for Veterinary Services. She has been practicing small animal and avian medicine and surgery in Bellingham since 1989. She has a Doberman Pinscher, an orange tabby cat, four horses and a flock of birds.
Cindy Lucas D.V.M.
Dr. Lucas was born and raised in the Seattle area. She graduated from WWU in 1979 and from the College of Veterinary Medicine at WSU in 1983. She did mixed practice and traveled for a while, then settled into small animal practice in Bellingham in 1987. She has a Brittany Lab mixed breed dog, four cats, three horses and one daughter. She enjoys trail riding with her husband when she gets the chance.
Carrie Trimble D.V.M.
Dr. Trimble graduated from the U of W in 1984, then went north to the University of Saskatchewan for her DVM. She practiced in Canada for a year, then came to Bellingham in 1990. By the way, she also graduated from Sehome High School. She enjoys walking her Australian Sheperd, Gillie and gardening in her spare time.
Tiffany MacInnes D.V.M.
Dr. MacInnes received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph in 2003. She pursued additional professional training in a 12 month intensive internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida and then settled in the pacific northwest. She had been in practise as a small animal veterinarian since 2003. In 2010 she joined the Village Vet family. She loves running, biking, hiking, cross-fit and spending time with her son. She has a German Shepherd & Australian Shepherd, a Draft horse, a rat and three stick bugs.