Serving the Livonia, MI Community Since 1984
The entire staff at Bloom Animal Hospital is happy to announce that they have become certified as a Fear Free practitioner, joining this elite group of 2,500 nationwide members!
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.
As a certified Fear Free practitioner, we 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
Improve safety for our veterinary team
Meet Our Doctors
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). Also in 1984, Dr. Bloom became a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP), a certification he renews every 10 years.
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, Dr. Bloom became Michigan’s FIRST board-certified veterinary dermatologist in full-time private practice by the American College of Veterinary Dermatology Board (ACVD) – 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. What does this mean to you? 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.
When he’s not at the animal hospital, Dr. Bloom serves as an adjunct professor at his alma mater. Some of his students complete their dermatology rotation at Bloom Animal Hospital. Dr. Bloom and his wife Susan reside in South Lyon with their many pets: one dog, one goat, two sheep, two miniature donkeys, three cats and five horses.
To give you an insight to 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.
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, also known as Dr. Z, has been working alongside Dr. Bloom since graduating from Michigan State University in 1986. Dr. Z works in all aspects of pet and animal medicine and continually educates herself to stay up to date on the latest advancements in veterinary medicine. Dr. Z is also experienced in multiple facets of animal dental care, including periodontal therapy and restorations.
Dr. Z lives in Plymouth with her family and pets, which include a Beagle named Bella and three orange cats: Otis, Buff and Blue.
Dr. Kelly Flannigan, DVM Certified Fear Free Practitioner
Dr. Kelly Flannigan began her tenure at Bloom Animal Hospital in 1994. Following graduation from Iowa State University in 1984, Dr. Flannigan practiced veterinary medicine in Illinois, Wisconsin and California. She specializes in small animal medicine and surgery, including treatment of rabbits, ferrets and rodents, as well as dogs and cats. Dr. Flannigan is certified by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) and is always willing to discuss whether acupuncture treatments are appropriate for your pet!
Dr. Flannigan now calls Ann Arbor, MI home. She has three Dalmatians: Izzy, Zukey and Sammi, whom she’s trained to achieve multiple obedience and agility titles.
Meet Our Staff
Licensed Veterinary Technicians
Sue Ross, LVT, Certified Fear Free Practitioner
Sue Ross has been Bloom Animal Hospital’s certified dermatology and dental technician since June of 1989. She also serves as our office manager and is a graduate of Michigan State University’s Veterinary Technology program. Sue has two children, Tim and Kristen, three dogs (Bison, Hubble & Willow) and two cats. Her hobbies include traveling up north, scrapbooking and football.
Marcy W., LVT, Certified Fear Free Practitioner
Marcy is a licensed veterinary technician and joined Bloom Animal Hospital in 1992. She currently owns two dogs and one cat.
Carrie D., LVT, Certified Fear Free Practitioner
Carrie started working at Bloom Animal Hospital in May of 1998. A 2003 graduate of the veterinary technician program at Wayne County Community College, Carrie is a licensed veterinary technician and our kennel staff supervisor. She’s is the proud owner of three cats, Zorro, Oscar and Kitty, and one dog, Sookie.
Bree L., LVT, Certified Fear Free Practitioner
Bree came on board in December of 2011. A certified dental technician, she completed the veterinary technician program at Wayne County Community College in 2007. Bree owns three pets, a Pit Bull mix named Kiah, a Chihuahua named Zig and a cat named Snarf. When she’s not working, Bree enjoys playing sports, running with her dogs, continuing her education and spending time with family. She also volunteers at a kitten rescue where she bottle-feeds newborn, orphan kittens.
Melinda H., LVT, Certified Fear Free Practitioner
Melinda joined Bloom Animal Hospital in 2016. She graduated from Wayne County Community College in 2013 and became a licensed veterinary technician in September of that year. Melinda has a cat named Leroy and enjoys camping, cooking and archery.
Breigh B., CDT, Certified Fear Free Practitioner
Breigh started working at Bloom Animal Hospital in June of 2004. She specializes in general practice and emergency and critical care. Breigh is also certified by the American Society of Veterinary Dental Technicians (ASVDT) and has a certification in veterinary dermatology. She volunteers for Michigan Orphan Kitten Rescue where she bottle-feeds newborn, orphan kittens. Breigh enjoys reading, music and gardening. She also likes to spend time with her husband, Michael, her son, Trent, and their two cats, Kitty and Mellie.
Yvette F., Certified Fear Free Practitioner
Yvette is a ward attendant at Bloom Animal Hospital and has been on staff since 2015. She is currently completing her education and is on track to become a licensed veterinary technician. Yvette aims to work with all different types of animals. She owns two dogs, Lola and Delilah, a Chinchilla named Cheli and a 15-gallon fish tank. Yvette hopes to remain at Bloom Animal Hospital following graduation because she enjoys working with such a talented staff that has the same passion for animals as she does.