Meet the Doctors
Kipp Metzger, DVM
Dr. Metzger is an accomplished Veterinarian who has been in practice for over 15 years.
Dr. Metzger has a BS in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Arizona, and a Veterinary Degree from Colorado State University. Dr. Metzger is also a graduate of the Veterinary Management Institute.
Dr. Metzger joined the Animal Health Hospital team in 1995, and by 2000 had become owner and director.
Dr. Metzger is an excellent diagnostician with exceptional communication skills. His ‘bedside manner’ helps put even the most anxious or agitated pets (and owners) at ease, which makes the whole process of diagnosis and treatment much less stressful and confusing. In short, you won’t find a better or more compassionate Veterinarian than Dr. Metzger.
Dr. Sherry Johns
Dr. Sherry Johns is an Arizona native… Sort of.
Sherry is the daughter of an Air Force pilot and was born in California. After spending her early years in Iran, Sherry and her family moved back to Arizona.
Sherry graduated from the University of Arizona with a BS degree in Animal Science, and then earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University.
Sherry initially practiced mixed animal medicine before moving back to Tucson, where for three years she practiced small animal Emergency Medicine.
For the past 11 years, Sherry has devoted herself exclusively to small animal medicine, and has recently joined the Animal Health Hospital team.
Sherry has an open and straight-forward approach to animal health care, and as a result, she has developed a large and devoted client base.
With her special interests in small animal medicine, soft tissue surgery, animal behavior, and client education, Sherry’s attitude towards her patients can be summed up in one simple sentence;
“At Animal Health Hospital, your pet is our pet while they’re under our care”
Timothy M. Krone, DVM
Dr. Krone received his undergraduate and doctorate of veterinary medicine degrees at Michigan State University. Dr. Krone completed a one-year internship at The Veterinary Teaching Hospital of Washington State University, in Pullman, WA. After finishing his internship, Dr. Krone practiced on the east coast, calling Dover, DE home for 3 years. Dr. Krone was part of a busy, mixed practice doing both small animal and equine work. During this time, his passion for emergency small animal care emerged.
Dr. Krone moved to Tucson in 2005 to work overnight emergency services. In 2009, Dr. Krone began graduate studies at the University of Arizona and joined Animal Health Hospital in 2010. Much of Dr. Krone’s time outside of the practice is spent as that of a graduate student. He is currently working a field project looking at the significance of Chagas’ Disease in the Tucson area. In addition to this he has a love for the outdoor recreation that Arizona has to offer. Dr. Krone also is an avid pilot, and is happy to use this skill to volunteer as a pilot for Angel Flight West and the Civil Air Patrol.
Kerri L. Beck, DVM, Diplomate ACVR
Radiology and Ultrasound
Dr. Beck received her DVM degree at the University of California, Davis; after which she completed an internship in small animal surgery, emergency medicine and radiology from CAH in Los Angeles, California. She then traveled to the mid-west where she completed a four year residency in Radiology becoming a Board Certified Radiologist. Dr. Beck then taught as a clinical professor at Purdue University in Indiana and worked as a radiologist in Chicago and Phoenix.
Dr. Beck came to Tucson in 2003 and loved it so much she stayed and is a mobile radiologist for the Tucson metro area.
Victoria M. Lukasik, DVM, Diplomate ACVA Anesthesiology and Pain Management
Dr. Lukasik is a board certified veterinary anesthesiologist. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona, her DVM from Washington State University, and completed her anesthesiology residency at Cornell University.
At the conclusion of her DVM curriculum, she was awarded the Outstanding Senior Student in Medicine and Surgery (across all disciplines) and the Dorothy Eggerman Memorial Compassion Scholarship Award. She has also received awards from the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists for speaking and outstanding research, research awards from the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute, and actively participates on a committee at the National Cancer Institute.
She has a total of 21 years experience working with animals, including 4 years as an emergency and urgent care clinician in both large and small animal medicine. For the past 13 years, she has focused her practice in her specialty of anesthesiology and pain management. Dr. Lukasik currently owns a traveling anesthesia practice, Southwest Veterinary Anesthesiology as well as the Southern Arizona Animal Pain Center in Tucson. She is available to manage the anesthetic care of patients in our hospital on an “as needed” basis when her expertise would enhance the care of our patients.