Ale Aguirre, DVM, DACVIM
Ale Aguirre, DVM, DACVIM, earned his undergraduate degrees in Biology and Anthropology at Stanford University in California. He attended veterinary school at Cornell University in New York. After earning his doctorate of veterinary medicine, Dr. Aguirre spent several years pursuing advanced training to become the specialist that he is today. He completed an internship at the University of Missouri in small animal internal medicine and surgery. He then completed a residency at Cornell University in internal medicine. Dr. Aguirre spent several years practicing internal medicine in New Jersey prior to joining VETMED in 2007.
In July 2007, Dr. Aguirre published an article in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association about gallbladder disease in Shetland Sheepdogs (Shelties). He found that Shelties are predisposed to developing gallbladder mucocoeles, a newly recognized disease in which the gallbladder fills with mucous and is at risk for rupturing. Dr. Aguirre recently wrote a chapter for the leading Veterinary Internal Medicine Textbook on liver disease in dogs and cats. He has served as a lecturer for local Arizona veterinary conference.
When not practicing internal medicine, Dr. Aguirre enjoys spending time helping injured wildlife, doing photography, hiking, and playing with his many pets including his dog, several tortoises and birds.
Dr. Ale Aguirre is a Diplomate of the American College
of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
Jonathan Schnier, DVM, DACVIM
Dr. Jonathan Schnier received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2004. He then completed an internship in Tucson, Arizona. Dr. Schnier returned to Canada following his internship in order to pursue a small animal internal medicine residency at the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island. Dr. Schnier became a Diplomate of the American College of Internal Medicine in 2008. He spent several years practicing internal medicine in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, before returning to Arizona in 2010.
Dr. Schnier enjoys practicing all areas of internal medicine and he has special interests in the fields of immune mediated, endocrine, and gastrointestinal disease. He has extensive experience and training in endoscopy and ultrasound and has also received training in the fields of medical oncology and chemotherapy.
Dr. Schnier has presented lectures for the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association regarding canine hyperadrenocorticism and immune-mediated hemolytic anemia. His peer-reviewed paper regarding feline porphyria was published in 2010.
Outside of work, Dr. Schnier enjoys spending time with his wife, Lisa (who is also a veterinarian), and their many pets including two Huskies, three cats, two tortoises, and several reptiles. Dr. Schnier is an avid alpine skier and a former ski instructor. He also enjoys SCUBA diving, hiking, running, and cycling.
Dr. Jonathan Schnier is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.