Dr. Kirk Sears is a board-certified small animal Internal Medicine Specialist. He has practiced specialty veterinary medicine for the past 10 years.
Born in Amarillo and raised in Lubbock, Dr. Sears graduated with honors from Texas Tech University and received a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science in 2000. He received his doctorate from the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. Following veterinary school, Dr. Sears completed a rotating internship at 5th Avenue Veterinary Specialists in New York City and then an internal medicine internship at Garden State Veterinary Specialists in New Jersey. On his days off from internship he also worked as a general practice and emergency veterinarian at area vet hospitals.
Following internship Dr. Sears completed a small animal internal medicine residency program at the Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He received his board certification in small animal Internal Medicine in 2011.
Since becoming a veterinary specialist, Dr. Sears has worked with numerous specialists in a variety of fields including internal medicine, cardiology, oncology, neurology, critical care, dermatology, and ophthalmology as well as soft tissue and orthopedic surgery. He worked as an associate in Dallas for six years prior to working in southern Colorado for four years.
Despite the excellent practices and colleagues with which he worked, his hometown of Lubbock gently and persistently called him back home. He is excited to bring veterinary Internal Medicine to West Texas and also be able to live in the city he loves with his beautiful bride and strapping young boys. When away from the hospital, Dr. Sears enjoys being with his family, being outdoors, Texas Tech football (WRECK ‘EM), playing the guitar, foreign languages, traveling with his family, intramural soccer, and any and all other outdoor sports in which he can find time to participate.
Dr. Avenelle Turner was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado and has always known she wanted to be a veterinarian. She attended Colorado State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in microbiology in 1997, and then graduated from the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. Dr. Turner then completed a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Garden State Veterinary Specialists in New Jersey followed by a comprehensive three-year residency in medical oncology at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in Texas.
As a board-certified oncologist, Dr. Turner returned to the east coast in 2005 to become the head of the oncology service at Fifth Avenue Veterinary Specialists, a prestigious referral practice in New York City. Because her heart was always drawn to clinical research and medical practice at an innovative cancer center, in March 2010 she relocated to Los Angeles, California to accept a position at one of the largest oncology practices in the world. Here she was the senior oncologist and primary investigator of multiple clinical trials.
Dr. Turner has authored numerous publications and manuscripts as well as been interviewed by national magazines and blogs. She speaks regularly to the local veterinary community and general public and enjoys educating both veterinary professionals and pet owners. Dr. Turner’s professional interests include lymphoma, clinical research, comparative oncology, chemotherapy, metronomic therapy, and palliative care. She also supports a combination approach to cancer care, utilizing both eastern and western principles.
Dr. Turner’s primary focus is to provide the best possible care to pets with cancer. She believes in a bond-centered practice and delivers medical care along with compassion. Providing a good quality of life for her patients is her top priority. Dr. Turner feels strongly that the treatment for pet cancer should not be worse than the disease itself.
Dr. Turner resides in Marina del Rey, California with her long-haired dachshunds, Sookie! and Romo (@romoandsookie) as well as her two covid-adopted cats, Dill Pickle! and Gilligan (@gillyanddilly). In her free time, she enjoys exploring Southern California, wine tasting, traveling abroad, reading and yoga. Dr. Turner is also active with the non-profit organization CLEAR (Canine Lymphoma Education Awareness and Research – https://clearcaninecancer.com), for whom she does “pop-up” community-education cancer talks. She was recently featured in their award winning documentary “My Friend, Standing Strong”.