Serving the Livonia, MI Community Since 1984
As veterinary professionals, we know that visits to our hospitals are declining. Our goal: Turn this trend around by addressing the primary reason behind it – fear and anxiety created by the veterinary visit. Veterinarians, technicians and other veterinary professionals are the true pet health experts – and we’d like to keep it that way. Fear Free visits mean veterinary teams see their patients more often, and pet owners seek advice from a trusted source. Fear Free veterinary visits eliminate fear, anxiety, and stress, and create an experience that is better and safer for all involved, including pets, owners, and veterinary health care teams.
Our certified Fear Free practitioners will reduce or remove anxiety triggers that can cause pets to become fearful at home, in transport, and at our veterinary hospital, help owners deliver calm pets to our hospital, enhance the quality of medicine in our practice, increase compliance, improve safety for our veterinary team.
Meet Our Doctors
Dr. Paul Bloom, DVM, Diplomate ABVP, DACVD®, Certified Fear Free Practitioner
Dr. Paul Bloom, DVM, Diplomate ABVP, Diplomate ACVD, Certified Fear Free Practitioner Dr. Paul Bloom founded Bloom Animal Hospital in 1984, eight years after graduating from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University (MSU). That same year he became a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP), a certification renewed in 1994, 2002, and 2012.
In 1987, Dr. Bloom began training in advanced veterinary dermatology and was one of only two doctors selected from the Metro Detroit area to participate in a dermatology clerkship at MSU. Then in 2001, he became Michigan’s FIRST board-certified veterinary dermatologist by the American College of Veterinary Dermatology® (ACVD) in full-time private practice – one of only 380 diplomates of veterinary dermatology in the entire United States.
Dr. Bloom is currently one of only 10 double-boarded veterinary dermatologists in the nation. This means he not only has the depth of training (ACVD) but also the breadth of training (ABVP) in veterinary medicine to offer you the best care possible. In 2019, he received the MSU CVM Distinguished Alumni Award – Practitioner; a prestigious award given only to the most exemplary of Michigan State’s alumni. At that same ceremony, he received the 2019 Philanthropist of the Year for his work with the Mexican Equitarian Clerkship and contributions to support equine residents at MSU.
When Dr. Bloom is not at the animal hospital, he serves as an adjunct professor at his alma mater (go Spartans!). Some of his students have and continue to complete their dermatology rotation at Bloom Animal Hospital, and in the summer of 2019 he is beginning a new phase at the hospital as a veterinary dermatology residential director. Dr. Bloom and his wife Susan reside in South Lyon with our many pets: one dog, one goat, one sheep, two miniature donkeys, three cats, and two horses. It’s a full house!
To give you an insight into Dr. Bloom’s purpose in life, we thought we would share some of his philanthropic endeavors:
For over 25 years, Dr. Bloom has volunteered his time and expertise as a veterinary dermatologist, both at MSU and at his clinic, to train veterinary students and veterinary dermatology residents. He strives to improve the practice of veterinary dermatology by lecturing to practices across the country, and the world. Representing the ACVD, he has lectured pro bono to veterinarians in regions of the country that are underserved by veterinary dermatologists.
Click here if you would like to see some of the publications Dr. Bloom has published.
In 2011, The Blooms established an endowed scholarship in honor of Dr. Bloom’s Mother called the Frances Melman Fisher Memorial Fellowship. Frances Fisher had a lifelong passion for education, a love of animals and their welfare, and a great generosity of spirit. These qualities led the Blooms to sustain her memory by establishing this scholarship. Every year, a select group of veterinary students are awarded financial support to fulfill their dreams of becoming veterinarians and helping animals. From 2013-2019, Dr. Bloom has given scholarships to 34 students, granting over $134,000.00 of education to those who need it most. Dr. Bloom has also provided the salaries for a large animal surgical resident and a large animal medicine resident, facilitating further the education of veterinary medicine specialists.
Help for Animals
The Paul and Susan Bloom Fund was established in 2011 to help pay for the care of large animal companions (horses, sheep, goats, pigs, etc) whose prognosis is good and whose owners express financial need. Clients participate in the treatment plan of the animal and participate in a payment plan to the best of their ability. With your contribution, you can join the Blooms in providing support to families who need financial assistance for the life-saving care of their companion large animals. Donate Today!
Most recently, Dr. Bloom and Susan generously offered to build a brand new facility for Smokey Acres, which helps them more effectively care for their growing community of cats. They are currently caring for 14 cats, and hope to begin construction in 2017 in order to better serve the feline and human community by providing lifelong sanctuary for cats with special needs.
Dr. Connie Zielinski, DVM Certified Fear Free Practitioner
Dr. Connie Zielinski (or Dr. Z!) has been working alongside Dr. Bloom since graduating from Michigan State University Veterinary School in 1986. She loves working in all aspects of veterinary medicine and has a true passion for continuing education so she can stay up to date on the latest advancements in animal care and health. She is also experienced in multiple facets of animal dental care, internal medicine, and diagnostic imaging, including radiographs and abdominal ultrasound. She lives in beautiful Plymouth with her human family and pets; a Beagle named Bella and three orange cats named Otis, Buff, and Blue. She can’t wait to meet your furry family!
Dr. Kelly Flannigan, DVM Certified Fear Free Practitioner
Dr. Kelly Flannigan graduated in veterinary medicine from Iowa State University in 1984, and practiced in several areas such as Wisconsin, Illinois, and California before beginning her tenure at Bloom Animal Hospital in 1994. She is certified by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) and is always excited to discuss whether acupuncture treatments are appropriate for your pet! She and her partner Laura have been showing and breeding Dalmatians for over 30 years, and Dr. Flannigan is on the board of directors for The Dalmatian Club of America. Dr. Flannigan is a strong advocate for well-bred, health-tested, purebred dogs. She lives in Ann Arbor with her four Dalmatians: Izzy, Zukey, Zephyr, and Sammi, all of whom have been trained to achieve multiple obedience and agility titles. She loves pets and pet people, which is why she loves her job!
Meet Our Staff
Julie C., Practice Manager, Certified Fear Free Practitioner
Julie Chuey had the distinct pleasure to join Bloom Animal Hospital as of January 2019. As your Practice Manager, she loves making sure that everything behind the scenes is running smoothly so our amazing staff can focus on you and your pet’s health. After pursuing a degree in chemistry from Eastern Michigan University, Julie fell into the veterinary field and have been in Practice Management for more than 6 years. She has a sweet and playful husky/doberman mix named Mara Jade. Julie loves working with the passionate, devoted team here at Bloom Animal Hospital and hopes to be of service here for many, many years to come. It’s such a pleasure to be here for you!
Licensed Veterinary Technicians
Sue R., LVT, Certified Fear Free Practitioner
Sue Ross has been with Bloom Animal Hospital for almost 30 years as of 2019. It has been her pleasure to serve Bloom Animal Hospital as a certified and licensed dermatology and dental technician since June of 1989, as well as working as the office manager. She is a graduate of Michigan State University’s Veterinary Technology program and takes great pride in keeping up with the latest in greatest in the veterinary profession. Bonding with our clients and working with their pets on a daily basis is the great joy of her job, along with tending to the most complicated of dermatology cases. Sue’s husband’s name is Dave and she has two children, Tim and Kristen, three dogs (Bison, Hubble & Willow) and two cats (Tiger and Wade). Her hobbies include traveling up north, scrapbooking, visiting Nashville, and MSU football. Your pets are her passion
Melinda H., LVT, Certified Fear Free Practitioner
Melinda is thrilled to be one of your licensed veterinary technicians! She started working with animals in 2007, volunteering at a no kill animal shelter before working at her first veterinary hospital in 2009. In 2013, she graduated the veterinary technician degree program from Wayne County Community College and was licensed in September of 2013. Melinda lives with a very needy, but loveable cat, Leroy. Outside of her passion for animal care, she enjoys camping, cooking, and archery. Melinda loves caring for our most fearful patients; there is no pet we cannot make comfortable and calm!
Rebecca B., LVT, Certified Fear Free Practitioner
Becca is a licensed veterinary technician that has been working at Bloom Veterinary Hospital since 2018. She received her technician degree from Michigan State University, and is proud to say that she graduated with a bachelor’s in veterinary technology with a concentration in zoo and wildlife medicine. It is one of Becca’s greatest joys to get to know you and work closely with your pets, not only to help them heal and stay healthy, but to get to know their personalities and what makes them happy. She and her husband Kirk have a full house: their four dogs Pinot Noir, Dixie Lou, Tito, and J.D. cohabitate with their kitties Toulouse and Whiskey. Working with rescue and foster animals is a true passion of hers, and she loves to travel and volunteer. Be sure to say “hi!” the next time you and your little buddy are in to see us!
Breigh D., CVD, Certified Fear Free Practitioner
Breigh is one of our star veterinary assistants here at Bloom Animal Hospital. She specializes in general practice and emergency and critical care and is also certified by the American Society of Veterinary Dental Technicians (ASVDT). Breigh also has a certification in veterinary dermatology. Having been with Bloom since 2004, she has seen and learned a lot about veterinary medicine, not to mention watching innumerable cats and dogs grow from puppies and kittens into happy, healthy dogs and cats. It is the best part of her job to be able to care for our patients from their tiny, fluffy beginnings until their noble ends. She and her son Trent have a houseful at home; three cats (two of which are named “Kitty”), our Dalmation named Joker, a rat, two birds, and a crayfish. In her time away from work she volunteers to bottle feed rescue kittens with the Michigan Orphan Kitten Rescue.
Alyssa D., LVT, Certified Fear Free Practitioner
Allysa has been a licensed veterinary technician at Bloom Animal Hospital since I graduated from Wayne County Community College in 2017 with my veterinary technician degree. Working at Bloom is such a great experience and she has learned so much since starting here. One of the things that brings Allysa the most joy in her job is being able to educate pet parents like you on the best ways to care for and love on your furry friends! She and her husband have two dogs (Luna and Scout) and two cats (Creeper and Videl). Bring your pets to see Allysa and you two can give them health and happiness together!
Megan is our lead veterinary assistant at Bloom Animal Hospital and the Allergy, Skin, and Ear Clinic for Pets, and is an integral member of our team. She graduated in 2018 from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience, and she looks forward to pursuing her career in veterinary medicine with neuroscience as a specialty when she begins attending Purdue University Veterinary School in the fall of 2019. She am currently the proud owner of a 12 year old Labrador named Katy, two goldfish, and her beautiful thoroughbred horse named Tate. Megan loves working with all our patients here in the hospital and looks forward to making your day brighter and easier!
Kara has been a proud team member of Bloom Animal Hospital since 2011 (after working elsewhere as a veterinary assistant since 1998). She is certified by the American Society of Veterinary Dental Technicians. Kara earned her teaching degree in 2006 and her master’s degree in 2010 from the University of Michigan, Dearborn. She enjoys applying what she has learned in her teacher training towards client education. If she sees you and your pet, chances are you may be given a pop quiz or assigned some homework! Kara has one furry, happy 19 year old kitty (Chansey), a grand-kitty named Rocket, and a daughter who is attending veterinary technician school! Giving special attention to your furry family is what Kara does best. She can’t wait to meet you and your furry family!
Kathryn is our spectacular veterinary assistant who has been with us since 2014. Not only does she take extra special care of your pets when they are with us in the hospital, she also supervises and maintains our AAHA cleanliness standards. Kathryn is an enthusiastic team member who is always professional and productive, supporting our staff in any way that is needed. She loves working with the patients and learning new things as she works. She is a proud pet momma to her dog, Darcy, and the Unlawful, Awful Waffle (her cat). Kathryn looks forward to giving your pets all the love and care that they need and deserve!
Customer Service Representatives
Ashley has the pleasure to be your client services representative! Hired in 2018, she has fallen in love with Bloom Animal Hospital, its clients, and its patients. Giving your pets extra attention and love while they are here is her favorite thing about the job. Ashley also enjoys getting to know our clients and making sure that you have everything you need while you are here and before you leave. She and her husband Daniel have two dogs, 7 year old Poseidon and 2 year old Lucy, and they are always looking for new additions to their family. Please let Ashely know what you and your pet need and how she can help!
Marcy has the distinct pleasure to greet all our clients and patients as well as making sure they have everything they need before they leave our hospital. Having worked at Bloom Animal Hospital since 1992, she has held the position of licensed veterinary technician since graduating from MSU Veterinary Technician School, but is most often seen in reception these days as your customer service representative. Marcy’s greatest joy in her job is making sure that pet owners have all the education and information they need to get the proper care and attention they need at home with their owners. A true rescue momma, Marcy currently has two beautiful dogs (Edwin and Chucky) who were saved from the streets of Detroit. She is here to answer all your pet health questions!
Carrie D., LVT, Certified Fear Free Practitioner
Carrie Ducomb has done it all here at Bloom Animal Hospital! In addition to being a licensed veterinary technician (with an associates in applied sciences) and the kennel attendant supervisor, she is also your lead customer service representative; the person you see smiling at you from behind the desk at almost every visit. Carrie has been with the practice for over 21 years because of how much she loves her job and all our wonderful patients. Carrie and her husband Steve have a full menagerie at home: their Golden Retriever Sookie (who is an internet sensation!), 3 cats (Oscar, Kitty, and Gypsy), and several feral cats that are part of Carrie’s trap-neuter-return program that she does in her spare time. Caring for homeless cats is a true passion of hers, and she takes great pride in the care that she gives her colony and, when she is able, to find homes for the adoptables in the group. It is her daily joy to care for your patients as her own!
For more information about our professional and compassionate staff, call us at (734) 425-2270 or fill out our contact form today. All of us at Bloom Animal Hospital look forward to the opportunity to assist you and your companion in any way we can.