Meet Our Akron Veterinarians

Looking for friendly, experienced veterinarians in Akron? You’ll find plenty of them here at Valley Animal Hospital! Our team of doctors and support staff make it their #1 priority to provide complete veterinary care through excellent pet services and compassionate client services. Call us today at (330) 836-1971.

Dr. Manz, PhD, VMD

Dr. Manz has worked at Valley Animal Hospital since 1995. She grew up near Philadelphia, PA and obtained a BS from Pennsylvania State University in 1979. Dr. Manz also earned a PhD from the University of Washington in 1990. She is a 1992 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, where she also completed an internship in medicine and surgery in 1993.

Dr. Manz has two dogs, Genevieve (Genny), a black lab; and Bingo, a dachshund. She also has a leopard gecko named Yoda. She enjoys Pilates, hiking, gardening, and hummingbirds. She is also busy volunteering for Akron Children’s Hospital and for various activities at her children’s schools.


Dr. Caires

Originally from Rhode Island, in 2001, our medical director, Dr. Caires, obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture at Purdue University, along with a minor in Biology and Animal Science. He attended Ross University where he completed his veterinary degree in 2005. He completed his clinical studies at the University of Georgia.

Married in 2008, Dr. Caires lives with his wife, Jaclyn, their daughters Eva, Kyla, Cora and along with their cat Pandora and dog Kelly.

Dr. Caires main interest is in dentistry, ultrasound and laparoscopy surgery. He currently does not practice at our location, but he will travel to other locations to assist in doing dentals and dental procedures. Dr. Caires also will do ultrasounds to aid in diagnostics.

His other interests include the outdoors and working on his home.


Dr. Wendi, DVM

Dr. Wendi grew up in northeast Ohio and attended Kentucky Wesleyan College. She is a 1993 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Wendi has been practicing veterinary medicine in the northeast Ohio area for 23 years. She enjoys reading, jogging, biking, working in the yard, and spending time with her four boys.


Dr Kat Roberts, DVM

Dr. Roberts grew up in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan and attended Michigan State University for both undergrad and veterinary school, graduating in 2014. After practicing in Las Vegas for 2 years, she returned home to Michigan State to complete an internship specializing in surgery and emergency medicine. Her special interests include surgery and wound healing. She enjoys traveling, cheering for her Michigan State Spartans, the outdoors, and spending time with her husband, daughter, and 2 dogs.


Dr. Fox

Dr. Fox grew up in Ashland Ohio and received her bachelors in biology with a minor in Animal Science from Wilmington College. She is a 2020 graduate of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine where she then finished her clinical rotations at Iowa State. Dr. Fox has a passion for small animal medicine, fear free medicine and senior pet care.

In her spare time she enjoys hiking with her two beautiful dogs Esperanza and Moo, reading, traveling, and napping.

A cool fact about Dr. Fox is she was born a month early and loves our house cat Figaro!




They are awesome! My dog Merlin knows who his groomer is and runs to the door every time. He doesn't even look back or kiss me goodbye.

- Karyn P.   

My dogs look great! The best part is they had a great time.

- Barb C.   

Laura is always so friendly and gives Phoebe a beautiful hair do! The rest of the staff is also very friendly and professional!

- Echo K.   

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– Beth K.   

From seeing our dog Tango through skin & thyroid issues, and then ACL repairs on both his legs the Doctors and staff have been awesome.

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Thank you to Dr. Hart and his staff for taking great care of our Dobie today. All of our questions were answered, Jax was well cared for, and the bill was very reasonable.

– Erin T.   

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Excellent care! Dr. Miller and staff are awesome!

– Barbara W.   

Go above and beyond! So thankful for everything they did while caring for my dog.

– Taylor C.   

Great service! They're so sweet to my dog and very reasonable with prices.

– Autumn B.   

The vets and staff here are amazing. I appreciate every single one of you and the treatment you provide to my pets.

– Leah D.   

Countless times I have gone to them with healthy or sick pets that mean the world to me. And every time they have given them all the very best care I could ever have asked for. And then some.

– Mary M.   

It is very apparent that owners made their expectations to the staff perfectly clear, because EVERY employee we encountered during our visits are happy, outgoing, compassionate, and friendly.

– John H.