West Geauga Veterinary Hospital

We Operate by Appointments Only...... No Walk Ins.....

Cat Friendly Practice since 2013

Fear Free Practice--taking the pet out of petrified!

Visit www.fearfreepets.com to know more!

  • Monday-Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Closed for Lunch 12:30pm-1:15pm
  • Saturday 8:00am - 1:00pm
  • Sun: Closed
  • Hours might differ on Holidays
  • Dr. Christine Pappas


    Dr. Pappas is a 1986 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, with an undergraduate degree at OSU in Zoology, summa cum laude, with Honors in Liberal Arts. After graduation she worked at small animal practices in Cleveland and Burton, and co-hosted a pet talk radio site at WWWE. After the birth of her first child she began a house-call practice limited to birds and exotics, and worked as a relief veterinarian at small animal practices and all-night emergency clinics. In 1991 she purchased the West Geauga Veterinary Hospital from Dr. R.A. Langford, and became "The Boss!" More than 30 years later, she still loves her career and looks forward to each day at work. She is proud to own a hospital that is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association, is a Fear-Free Certified professional, as well as certified as "Cat Friendly."

    Dr. Pappas enjoys treating dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, pocket pets, and small exotics. Medicine, laser surgery, pain management, diagnostics, senior pet care, nutrition, and behavior counseling are all part of a day' work. She enjoys the benefits of laser surgery, and uses the therapy laser as a great tool for healing and pain relief. She treats all pets as if they are her own, and offers estimates for the care she feels your pet needs to live a long and happy life.

    She is an active member of numerous veterinary groups. She is a Fear Free professional, and Cat Friendly Practice Advocate.  Veterinary groups include the Cleveland Academy of Veterinarians, American Animal Hospital Association, Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association,  Association of Avian Veterinarians, American Association of Sugar Glider Veterinarians, and Ohio Wildlife Rehabilitators.  She and her dog Dot are members of Therapy Dog International.

    Dr. Pappas is president of the Geauga County Veterinary Medical Society. She volunteers her time mentoring Veterinary assistant students from Lakeland Community College and veterinary technician students from Tri-C and Stautzenberger College.  They gain experience at the hospital through an internship with Dr. Pappas and staff. Also, high school seniors regularly intern with Dr. Pappas each spring. She is a Master Gardener volunteer for OSU and volunteers her time manning a helpline for the public and fundraising for a scholarship for students interested in plants and finding projects teaching school kids about plant horticulture for the community.  She regularly lectures to the public about gardening for pollinators, and establishing butterfly gardens.

    Dr. Pappas is a Class II licensed rehabilitator of wildlife.  Local orphaned or injured wildlife are treated, rehabilitated and released, if possible, for free.   She volunteers her time for the "One Health Initiative," offering free care for disadvantaged people, and participates in spaying/ neutering and vaccinating feral cats in the area.

    Her hobbies include perennial flower gardening, raising native plants from seed,  playing classical piano, traveling, and reading science fiction/adventure novels. The hospital was awarded the "Loving Care Award" for gardens of businesses.  In her spare time she enjoys hiking local Metroparks and the Buckeye trail, and photographing wildflowers and mushrooms.  She is an active member of the North Coast Hosta Society and vice president of  the Chesterland Perennial Gardeners, and has hosted garden tours at her home.

     She lives in South Russell with her husband Mitch.  Their grown daughters are Stephanie and Kiersten. Her pets currently include her Chihuahua Dot (who was born at the clinic!), 4 cats-  Prince and Sweet Pea (born under the clinic deck to a feral mom), Milo and Tyke, Meyers parrot Beepers, Eclectus parrot Gustolph, and cockatiel Elvis and tropical fish.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1986
  • Dr. Yasmin Nehal


    Dr. Yasmin Nehal was born and raised in northeast Ohio. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology and her Bachelor of Arts in French from the University of Akron in 1983. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Ohio State University in 1987. Dr. Nehal is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA).

    In her free time, Dr. Nehal enjoys gardening, cooking, and jewelry making. She has one dog, Shelby.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1987
  • Pamela C

    Office Manager

    Pam C is our office manager. She brings years of experience in people and management skills from a varied background in waitressing and factory work. She has a great memory, is a whiz with our computers, and can fix anything that breaks! Special duties include inventory, ordering , payroll, scheduling, and assorted office management duties. Pam's hobbies include home improvement projects, woodworking, puzzles, gardening, and reading non-fiction. She lives in Chesterland with her daughter Nicole, her chug (chihuahua-pug) Mojo, Stich (chihuahua-jack russell). 
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1995
  • Marcus M


               Started Working at WGVH in May 2017

    Marcus  graduated from Tri-C' s Vet tech program In 2017, started working for WGVH in may. He is currently head registered technician. He loves both large and small animal care with a special interest in parrots. He excels in fear free handling and client communication. Marcus spends his free time walking dogs, bird watching and petting cats.

    Years in Practice:
    May 01, 2017
  • Katherine R


    Katherine started working at WGVH in late January 2021. She went to Stautzenberger College and received her RVT license . She loves all types of animals.  She currently owns 4 cats. In her free time she likes to relax by spending time by the water fishing or reading a good book.  
    Years in Practice:
    May 13, 2021
  • Christine L

    Chris joined the staff in 2023. A lifelong animal lover, Chris has trained and showed dogs, showed and cared for her horse and volunteered at local pet shelters. After moving to Ohio in 1999, getting married and raising two kids, Chris has now focused her attention and dedication to fostering cats and kittens for Forever Friends Foundation. She is an adoption counselor and manages the adoption center at Petsmart in Macedonia Oh. 
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2023
  • Leigh T


    Leigh joined our team in Febuary 2024. Leigh is currently going to Lakeland Community College for a degree in social work. Outside of school and work, they like the outdoors and taking long naps. Leigh has a chihuahua mix named Chicklet. 
  • Gianna T


    Gianna joined our team in late February of 2023. She is currently attending classes at Lakeland Community College to pursue her degree as a Registered Veterinary Technician. Outside of work,  she spends quality time with her dogs at home Daisy and Jasmine, whom she adores with all her heart!  She enjoys doing crafts, volunteering at Rescue Village, and listening to music. Gianna has found her niche in life working with animals!

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2023
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    Julie B


    Julie joined our team in Spring of 2023. She’s pursuing a degree to become an RVT through Purdue University’s distance learning vet tech program. When not at work, she likes to take naps with Deedee, one of the 6 family cats. In addition to cats, she lives with 3 dogs and 14 chickens. She likes playing Pokemon and listening to music
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2023
  • Abigial M


    I grew up on a ranch in Texas working with farm life. I have decided to join
    the veterinary field to expand my knowledge for dogs, cats and exotics. I have previous experience working in a vet hospital. Starting in 2022. I have a special love for exotics/reptiles, which makes this clinic the perfect place for me to work. I have 2 bloodhounds, 2 Dobermans, 1 19yr old tabby cat and a Maine coon cat. I also own/rescued many reptiles. Currently I have 3 bearded dragons, 3 geckos, an iguana, snakes and a rescued sulcata tortoise. In my free time my animals take up most of my time but I love listening to records while taking care of the "Heard".