Our Health Care Team

Our health care team consists of licensed veterinarians, registered veterinary technicians, veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants, client services staff and a practice manager. They work side by side with Drs. Harris and Skavdahl providing comfort and care to you and your pets.

Our team works with you through the entire process of your pet's visit, medical treatment, surgery or hospitalization. We are here to help answer any questions or address any concerns you may have regarding your pet's health and well-being.

Our registered veterinary technicians are licensed by the state of Ohio and perform certain duties essential to our practice. They perform many of the same duties as registered nurses, however in addition registered veterinary technicians can perform laboratory testing and administer anesthesia and perform therapy laser procedures along with many other duties. Our veterinary technicians and assistants work with our registered veterinary technicians with a mission, to treat you and your pet with honesty, respect and dignity in a caring, friendly and compassionate environment.

Our Client Services representatives are dedicated to make your experiences with the Hinckley Animal Hospital convenient and time efficient. They are the friendly voices and faces that represent our hospital. We recognize that your time is valuable and we respect appointment times. We realize in many cases that you may have questions and we want to ensure they are answered before you leave; therefore our appointments are longer than most practices. Please be on time for your appointment so you get the benefit of all your allotted time.

Dr. Jerry Harris

Jerry Harris, DVM Clinic Director

Dr. Harris developed his interest in veterinary medicine while in high school, working as a kennel attendant, Chief Pooper-Scooper, at Bartels Pet Hospital in Brecksville, OH. Subsequently, he attended The Ohio State University for both his undergraduate and advanced veterinary studies. He received his DVM from the College of Veterinary Medicine in 1973.

Prior to graduation from veterinary school, Dr. Harris was commissioned as a US Air Force officer. Following graduation, he went on active duty, serving three years as the Director of Veterinary Services, 31st TAC Hospital, Homestead, FL. During that time he provided veterinary care to the pets of active and retired military personnel. In addition, he oversaw the health of 50 Army and Air Force military dogs. While at Homestead Air Force Base, he provided veterinary care to President Richard Nixon's dogs when the President was visiting his south Florida retreat. Upon leaving the Air Force, he returned to Bartels Pet Hospital in Brecksville, OH, where he served as an associate veterinarian. In 1979, Dr. Harris opened his practice in Hinckley, OH, where he converted a 35 year old home into Hinckley Animal Hospital.

Dr. Harris served on the Hinckley Township Zoning Commission for many years. In addition, he served on the Hinckley Volunteer Fire Department for almost 25 years, retiring as Assistant Chief.

Dr. Oscar Skavdahl

Oscar Skavdahl, DVM

Dr. Skavdahl grew up on a cattle ranch in western Nebraska, where he can honestly say that he has worked with animals all of his life. He graduated valedictorian from Sioux County High School with a class of fifteen students in 1978. Following high school, he did his undergraduate work at the University of Wyoming in Laramie WY before being accepted to Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine in Manhattan, KS. Dr. Skavdahl graduated with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1986.

After graduation from Kansas State, he started his professional career working in a mixed animal, both large and small animals, practice. He then took a position with the Middleburg Heights, OH, Fire Department, a decision he made due to his interest in emergency medicine and his dislike of being stuck in an office. He worked in emergency medicine at the Animal Emergency Clinic in Brook Park, OH and relief work at several private practices, including Hinckley Animal Hospital. After getting married to Mary Jo in 1993 and realizing the importance of family, he left the hectic schedule of emergency medicine. In 1998, he started Animal House Calls, an in-home veterinary care service, while continuing to work at Hinckley Animal Hospital and the Middleburg Heights Fire Department.

Dr. Harris and Dr. Skavdahl are firm believers in staying current with the rapid changes in medicine and surgery by attending local, regional and national veterinary conferences, allowing them to offer you and your pet the most current and innovative medical and surgical procedures utilizing state of the art equipment.

Staff Members

Lynne Johnson-Harris

Lynne Johnson-Harris, LVT (MI), RVT (OH)Practice Manager

Lynne is a Licensed and Registered Veterinary Technician who graduated in 1976 from the Veterinary Technology Program at Michigan State University. She has worked in many areas of the veterinary community, including clinical instruction and lead veterinary technician, a Sale Force Trainer and an Equine Territory Manager. Lynne has been our Practice Manager since 2010, and enjoys spending her free time with her family, which includes the Golden Retriever, Quinn, and two cats, Puder, and Q-Tip.

Jodie Young

Jodie Young Veterinary Assistant

Jodie has been with us since 2009. She graduated from Keystone High School in 1994, and is a 2008 graduate of the Veterinary Technology Program at Stauzenberger College. She enjoys time with her family, dogs, cats and rabbits.

Autumn Ruiz

Autumn Ruiz Registered Veterinary Technician

Autumn has been with us since 2011. She is a registered Veterinary Technician, and a 2002 graduate of the Veterinary Technology Program at Cuyahoga Community College. When not at work, Autumn enjoys spending time with her family and two rescue Doberman Pinschers, Cody and Lucky.

Rachel Steinbrenner

Rachel Steinbrenner Veterinary Technician

Rachel is a 2016 graduate from the Veterinary Technology Program at Cuyahoga Community College. She enjoys spending time with her family and two Labradors, Sierra and Piper, when not at work.

Taryn Suhanic

Taryn Suhanic Registered Veterinary Technician

Taryn Suhanic joined our team in 2017. Taryn is a registered veterinary technician, and also has a BS in Criminal Justice/Political Science. In addition to working with the Hinckley Animal Hospital team, she is the manager of Home Buddies in-home pet care through Camp Bow Wow. Taryn grew up with a passion for animals and would not feel fulfilled doing any other job. She enjoys spending time with her two dogs, Sullivan, a Blood Hound, and Bosco, a lab pointer mix, and her cat, Jack.