Our Veterinary Team

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Ithaca Animal Hospital! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Get to know our team!

We are solely dedicated to your pet’s care! We look forward to getting to know you, and we hope you’ll take the time to scroll down and get to know us.
Dr. Scott Goetgeluck


Practice owner and veterinarian Dr. Scott Goetgeluck (the last name is pronounced as “Good-luck”) graduated with his doctorate from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. He is a Michigan native and grew up in a rural town reminiscent of Ithaca. Dr. Goetgeluck is particularly interested in dentistry, surgery, and the so-called “bully breeds.” In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, hiking, and doing home renovation projects, muscle cars, and motorcycles. He has a Pitbull named Mira, who he describes as energetic, sweet, full of life, and always good for a laugh.

Dr. Rachel Wenzel


Dr. Rachel Wenzel graduated with her doctorate from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She is a Michigan native and grew up in the Saginaw area. Dr. Wenzel specializes in and enjoys preventative medicine, client education, and surgery. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three boys, visiting Michigan state parks, and spending time with her four dogs, two cats, a rabbit, and a fish.

Dr. Joseph Sanchez

Dr. Sanchez grew up in mid-Michigan. Before veterinary school, he worked as a Licensed Veterinary Technician at MSU’s Veterinary Medical Center in the emergency and critical care department and the radiology department. His main interests are in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery. Dr. Sanchez and his wife, Lindsey, have a six-year-old daughter and a two-year-old son. They live on a farm with a herd of beef cattle, a pony named Taffy, barn cats, and an Australian Shepherd, Koda. Dr. Sanchez is happy to be a part of the Ithaca Animal Hospital team.

Professional degrees:

  • Associates degree Veterinary Technology, 2005 Lansing Community College/Michigan State University
  • Bachelor of Science Veterinary Technology, 2016 Michigan State University
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, 2020, Michigan State University

Office Manager

Sierra has over five years of customer service experience. She joined our team as a Receptionist, was promoted to Vet Tech, and is now our Office Manager. Her favorite part of the job is interacting with clients and their pets. Outside work, she runs a fox rescue with several species of foxes. She enjoys spending time with her two Pitbulls, Snow and Luxury, drawing, and photography.



Michelle has over 20 years of experience in the veterinary field. Michelle’s warm, compassionate and caring nature is demonstrated in every interaction with our clients and their pets. Her favorite part of the job is seeing people and their pets happy! Outside work, she enjoys spending time with her family, including her husband, two sons, a daughter currently in veterinary school, a cat, a dog, and an angora rabbit. She also enjoys reading, hiking, photography, and gardening (she grows the best tomatoes – ask her about it!)


Sara has been in veterinary medicine for about nine years. She enjoys the mystery of trying to find the problem in someone who can’t tell them what’s wrong. The most satisfying part of this line of work is bringing the puppies and kittens back to their normal selves.


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Office Cat

Clancy joined Ithaca Animal Hospital over 11 years ago. He enjoys sitting on people’s laps and purring to his heart’s content. He prefers to hang out in the back area of the clinic and rarely makes an appearance at the front desk area.


Vet Assistant

Christie has been practicing for one and a half years and gives the best and correct medicine to every patient she sees. She likes to hang out with her husband and four dogs in her free time and go hiking or swimming.



Haylee is the receptionist at Ithaca Animal Hospital. She prides herself in bringing a positive and friendly attitude towards patients and being very welcoming. She likes to spend time with family, watch movies, and go bowling in her free time.



Taylor is our receptionist at Ithaca Animal Hospital. She prides herself in being able to help animals out and, in her free time, enjoys being outdoors and watching movies.


Sharina takes pride in learning new things. Being new in the vet world can be scary, but she’s thankful to work with amazing and helpful people. She likes to spend time with her husband and daughters; she also enjoys traveling to new places, riding motorcycles, and almost any craft.