For the Love of Pets Veterinary Hospital & Grooming

For The Love Of Pets Veterinary Hospital (FTLOP) is a full-service veterinary medical facility located in Grass Valley, CA. The professional and courteous staff at For the Love of Pets Veterinary Hospital seeks to provide the best possible medical, surgical and dental care for their highly-valued patients. We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and health-related educational opportunities for our clients. For the Love of Pets strives to offer excellence in veterinary care to Grass Valley, CA and surrounding areas. Please take a moment to contact us today, to learn more about our veterinary practice and to find out more information about how For the Love of Pets Veterinary Hospital can serve the needs of you and your cherished pet. Regular health discussions, photo albums and interesting facts are available on our Facebook page, accessible by clicking on our profile located on our homepage.

Our Mission
FTLOP's goal is to provide unsurpassed veterinary care to our clients and their beloved pets. We embrace the human-animal bond and pledge to treat all of our patients as we would our own animal companions. We promise to compassionately communicate to our clients their pets' veterinary needs and to fulfill those needs. We desire to always exceed expectations.

  • 561 Idaho-Maryland Road
  • Grass Valley,CA 95945
  • Phone: (530) 477-5683
  • Fax: (530) 477-2775
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  • Mon-Fri: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sat, Sun: Closed
  • Robert Avery, DVM

    Veterinarian

    As the owner (along with my wife, Inger) of For the Love of Pets, I get to wear many hats. My days vary from seeing patients, doing surgery, meeting with community members who desire our support, monitoring the financial health of a business that employs 9 people and developing new and better ways to serve my clients and their pets. My activities are seldom boring and often challenging.

    I was raised in Mendocino, California and thoroughly enjoyed coastal past times such as surfing and hiking in the woods. I developed an interest in science and animals early, creating a large collection of bones and zoological artifacts that I still enjoy. I attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon, earning a Bachelors degree in Biology in 1989. My college interests included neurobiology, especially regarding barnacles and the neuropeptides that regulate their simple nervous systems. 

    Realizing that these studies would require long hours in dark, lonely laboratories, I switched my interests back to more conventional animals and applied to veterinary school at UC Davis, completing my Doctorate in 1994.

    Professionally, my first position was in Woodland, California where I practiced until 2000 when my family moved to Grass Valley and I started working at For the Love of Pets. We purchased the practice in 2006. Here, I have thoroughly enjoyed becoming part of the community and creating long term relationships with my clients and their pets. I love that first visit with a new puppy or kitten, helping people learn to keep their new companion healthy and looking forward to years of enjoyment. This comes full circle with challenging times such as at the end of life, when I can be there for my clients and make a distressing time as good as it can be. I enjoy working with children, and have appeared many times at local schools to talk about animal care and veterinary topics.

    I am involved in local wildlife rehabilitation and release, seeing a variety of animals including skunks, raccoons, squirrels, foxes and coyotes. These cases are interesting and heart warming. Including the time when I was sprayed by an unhappy skunk in our parking lot... I couldn'™t get rid of the smell for over a week!

    Northern California Boxer Rescue and German Shorthair rescue bring many of their challenging cases involving neurologic, dermatologic and orthopedic conditions to me. We help these dogs get healthy and eventually become part of new families. 

    I enjoy giving back to our community, by being active in our local non-profit organizations. I was on the board of the Friendship Club for five years, helping local at risk girls to navigate the tricky times around junior high and high school. I believe that one essential key to a healthy society is through empowering and enabling girls to become successful and healthy women. We are also active in the arts, supporting groups such as the Center for the Arts and Concert Sierra. We make a point of purchasing from local artists to decorate the exam rooms and waiting areas of our hospital.

    My family includes my wife Inger, whom I met in 1986 in Mendocino. We were married in 1991, and have two college aged children. We have four dogs, three horses, three cats and twelve chickens round out the menagerie. I spend my free time exercising, traveling, reading a variety of books, cooking gourmet meals and enjoying good wine. I especially enjoy creating meals from homegrown vegetables and locally sourced meats. Sustainable local agriculture is very important to me! 

    I look forward to continuing our community involved life in Grass Valley. Maintaining a business here enables me to contribute to the lives of many people and support our local economy. Next time you see me at the grocery story feel free to stop and say hello!

    The picture on the homepage is Dr. Avery at 13 years of age with "Mica", his grandfather's Labrador "Macho" and his Border Collie "Bess", shortly after he got her. The picture was taken on a beach in Mendocino.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1994
    Education:
    B.A. - Reed College, D.V.M. - UC Davis
    Interests:
    Cooking, golf, exercising, reading, hiking, enjoying a fine bottle of wine
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  • Maria DeCarlo, DVM

    Veterinarian
    Born and raised in upstate New York, Maria attended and graduated from Cornell University as a Natural Resources major with a concentration in Wildlife Biology, then adventurously moved to California with an old Nissan full of PB&Js, record albums, stereo equipment and her faithful Lab-Husky cross. Later she realized she wanted to be a veterinarian. Dr. DeCarlo attended UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine (concurrently with Dr. Avery), graduated and began practicing large and companion animal medicine in El Dorado and Placer counties.

    Dr. DeCarlo is married and shares her home with one dog and three horses. Dr. DeCarlo is an avid equestrian and competed in the Tevis Cup for the first time in 2011 and loved it! Dr. DeCarlo's other passions include hiking, backpacking and traveling to foreign countries, most recently to Tanzania, Africa.

    Dr. DeCarlo is pictured likely at a fair astride her pony, at least for that round of tickets.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1994
    Education:
    B.S. - Cornell, D.V.M. - UC Davis
    Interests:
    Horses, horses, horses.... and travel
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  • Kimberly Furtado

    Office Manager

    My grandfather travelled here from Sweden as a young man, settling with my Swedish grandmother in the Montclair District of Oakland. Our family did not spread terribly far from each other and though my home was physically located in Martinez, I call the entire East Bay home.

    Technically we had one dog when I was young, but when a neighbor moved and left her lab behind with her mom (who didn't really want to be burdened with the dog) I moved "Bogart" in to our garage until the neighbor returned years later to reclaim him. My mom would walk with me to the local grocery store so I could solicit the stockers for torn bags of dog food. Eventually mom caved and just started buying the dog food. Animals would either show up in our backyard or people would give them to me and my parents were tolerant enough to let me keep them. Chinchillas, parakeets, finches, bunnies, cats, snakes, horses you name it, I had it. I just loved animals including taking care of them, training them, etc. 

    I attended UC Santa Cruz and Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where I thrived, earning a B.S. in Animal Science while participating in student run livestock projects of dairy, beef cattle, sheep management and breeding. I particularly loved my physiology, anatomy, animal nutrition, herd management and ultrasonography classes. During my collegiate education I worked for outstanding veterinary practices that were both large and small, with focuses on equine, exotics and companion animals. 

    Following graduation I was hired on to an agriculturally based software firm in sales and marketing. After criss-crossing the country and into Canada I realized that my heart was in veterinary medicine and also that I had a knack for talking to people. As an Office Manager I call on my software and marketing experience regularly to fine-tune our practice software, create documents, manage our social media and website; tools which can enhance our client relationships and education. I also handle human resources, account management (not limited to non-profits), vendor relationships including negotiating with our vendors for pricing and also to get those drugs that may be unavailable at other places. I do whatever I can to make the client experience better, up to and including equipment maintenance!

    I am married and live in Penn Valley with two children, an English Mastiff, a Shar-Pei x Lab, one cat that came with the house, a retired Standardbred pacer from the Cal Expo track, an aging ranch horse and my kids' Welsh x pony. My son's first word was "cat" and my daughter's was "doggy". At age 4 my son cried if I didn't let him feed the dogs and cat every day.

    Fun facts: my grandma's brother, Lawrence, opened Swenson's Surplus on Main Street in 1959 and my in-laws started the Wildlife Rehabilitation & Rescue group located in Penn Valley. I am 9 years old in the picture with my first family dog, "Taffy" a Lab x Irish Setter.

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1999
    Education:
    B.S. Animal Science - Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
    Interests:
    My two small children, riding my horses, skiing, cooking and travel
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  • Celina Raper, RVT

    Senior Veterinary Technician
    Being of Native American and Pacific Islander origin, I was born in Southern California and moved to Grass Valley when I was two years old.

    I originally wanted to be a pediatric cardiologist when I was in high school. That changed to reconstructive surgeon until I discovered 49er ROP my senior year. My job site was FTLOP and here I am.

    I enjoy the challenge of difficult cats. People here refer to me as the "cat whisperer" and most of the time I can safely handle the wildest kitty.

    I come from two loving parents who are my rocks in life. I was raised with two older brothers and have a wonderful fiancee whom we share one rescued pitbull and three cats on 5 1/2 acres.

    During down time I enjoy gardening, being with my family and I thoroughly enjoy Crossfitting 6 days a week and hope to be a certified coach by next year.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2001
    Interests:
    Staying fit, spending time with family
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  • Devlynn Hooker, RVT

    Veterinary Technician
    I'm a local girl who embraces the country lifestyle. I am an avid hiker with my two hiking hounds, Buster and Val-BOB's. You will commonly see us bounding up and down local trails with enthusiastic grins on our faces and tails wagging. (Their tails, not mine). I also own two very frisky kitties; Gidget and Rainbow. These two girls always know how to put a smile on my face whether it be fitting into any box size or chasing bugs. Oh yeah, there is one more animal. That would be my fiance Cory. We have been together for about 9 years and love going on adventures every chance we get.

    I have always had a love/connection with animals. in fact, for my fifth birthday I asked my parents for a saddle with the hopes of getting a horse along with it..... but this did not happen. My parents said that I could not share my room with a pony. I guess I was not as cunning as I thought I was.

    I went to Yuba College and attended the Veterinary technician Program. This is a vigorous two year program. I graduated in 2012 with my AS in Veterinary Technology. I then took both my National Veterinary Technician Board exam and State Board exam. I passed both, and am now a licensed RVT in California and nationally. Prior to attending Yuba College I got two degrees from Sierra College, one in Natural Sciences and the other in Liberal Arts. I always joke with my family that I will get the world record for the most AA/AS degrees. I have a passion for learning and plan to do it for the rest of my life.

    Some day when I have enough money (other than for toilet paper), I would love to travel. The world is such a beautiful place and I want to be able to experience as much of that beauty as I can. I have a fervor for cultures, and would love one day to teach proper animal care in foreign lands. I will relish the day that I get to help save an elephant's life on an Animal Conservation.

    And as my favorite author once dais, "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off your bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." (Mark Twain).

    Devlynn fell in love with the neighbor's horse Cherokee. Even though the owner sold the gelding, he stayed in the neighborhood for the children to enjoy after being purchased by another neighbor!
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2011
    Education:
    A.S. - Yuba College, A.S. & A.A. - Sierra College
    Interests:
    Spending time in the outdoors with her family and pooches
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  • Kattie Whitman

    Veterinary Assistant
    I come from a long line of animal lovers, all the way from my Great-Great Grandma who used to take a wild chicken and have it go from 0-60 seconds into a boiling pot, and my Great Grandfather who every morning would take his nine-iron club and chase the cattle out of his rose garden. Seriously though, I first found my love for animals in 1987 during the floods when I was volunteering at the local SPCA helping all of the animals that had been injured or separated from their owners.

    Personally, during the last 10-15 years, I have personally acquired a varying number, i.e., 7-10 horses, 20-35 chickens (not to mention 4H show chickens), guinea pigs, hamsters, 4-5 cats and 4-5 dogs, several goats, several steers and pigs.And.... I am still married to my loving husband, bless his heart.

    Beyond having a deep love for animals, I love to camp and do almost anything that involves my family. We all work together in running our very, very tiny ranch. I believe tat hard work and team work is a great foundation for love and family.

    Veterinary care is my third love, only behind my husband and family. I feel truly blessed to get up daily and do what I love to do, care for animals.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2000
    Interests:
    Spending time with her family and riding her horses
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  • Holly Kremple

    Receptionist
    I spent the first 8 years of my life in Thousand Oaks and then we relocated to Nevada City. I was obsessed with sports as a kid, mainly softball, but I also played soccer and volleyball. My summers were spent playing on allstar teams, and when we had a day free from sports, my entire family would go to the lake or river. That all changed when I became a freshman in high school. I became quite a social butterfly, enjoying my new found freedom with friends and also spending summers in SoCal with my family. I got my first job at 15, working at Papa Murphys.

    I always wanted to nurture animals. I took in orphaned cats, injured birds, you name it. I was that kid and my parents never said no. So when it came time for ROP and choosing coursework, I immediately chose veterinary medicine as opposed to law enforcement, construction or automotive.

    When clients come in I try to help them with their questions or issues promptly and as efficiently as possible. Many of our clients have pets on specialty foods. I track a long special order list to make sure those feeds are in stock. When you call to schedule an appointment or come in for treatment, my job is to make sure you are greeted with a cheerful smile and open ears. I am always striving to perfect how to best serve you and your pets' needs. 

    My boyfriend and I live with our very entertaining, but not too bright cat "Bobbles". He spends his days outside lounging in the the sun and lazily chasing bugs. Our pride and joy is an emotionally fragile Miniature Pinscer, "Bailey" aka "Bailey Ann Kremple". Bailey spends her days at doggy daycare, otherwise known as my mom and dad's house, or she gets to hang out with me at the clinic. That little black dog that is nervously following me around or standing on her tippy toes to see who you are when you come in, that's Bailey. She is currently working on a mild case of separation anxiety. OK, she's also working on the whole "sitting" thing.

    I come from a very large, very close, very loud Italian family who I treasure more than anything else. I absolutely love to cook and for me, music and cooking go together like a whisk and heavy cream or a spatula and burgers. So with a little help from Dean Martin and the rest of the Rat Pack, I can create just about anything!
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2011
    Interests:
    Cooking, family, unicorns and princesses
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  • Jessica Patrick

    Receptionist
    I grew up in Colfax and the surrounding areas with my mom, dad, brother, sisters and countless pets.

    I have always had a love for animals, admittedly mainly dogs and cats but I also had many hamsters that wold bite me constantly. I never really understood why the hamsters were so mean, until I started getting older and it dawned on me that they probably did NOT appreciate the frequent rides in my Barbie car.

    As a Receptionist we are the first point of contact with our clients and it is our job to make a good impression no matter the circumstance. If a client is sad, we offer sympathy and compassion, otherwise it's my job to create a positive experience by making their visit timely and as flawless as possible.

    I am married and have a son and daughter. I have three dogs, "Buddy", my old Pitbull, "Scooter", my young Lab mix and then there's "Dozer", my chihuahua who has crowned himself King. I regularly tell him "he's just a dog" but he stare back at me like I'm crazy. I mean, who doesn't have conversations like this with their pets? Oh, I can't forget MeMa and my dad - I don't know what I would do without them!

    I love doing almost anything outdoors. I particularly love fishing, boating, camping and working (I have to say that right?). Really I just love watching my kids get outside to play. Any chance I have I boot them outside to get dirty. It's also the only hope I have of getting some quiet time. Shhh... don't tell them that!
    Years in Practice:
    Jun 18, 2014
    Interests:
    Fishing, boating, camping, spending time with my family an watching my kids grow.
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  • Ashley Maxwell

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 18, 2017