Our Veterinarians

Dr. Roger Gooch
Owner, Veterinarian
As a child, Dr. Roger Gooch always found solace in the company of animals. By the time he was in college, his knack for biology, math, and problem-solving led him to one conclusion: veterinary medicine was the perfect career path! Dr. Gooch’s journey has led him all the way to his current position as a Veterinarian and the Owner of the Animal Health Center.

Dr. Gooch grew up in Madison. After working as a horse wrangler when he was a teenager, he headed to the University of Wisconsin to study agriculture and life sciences. Dr. Gooch then entered the university’s brand-new School of Veterinary Medicine, graduating with the charter class. He moved to Rice Lake, Wisconsin to work in mixed-animal medicine before settling in Watertown with his wife. In 1992, Dr. Gooch became the clinic’s owner and transformed it into the state-of-the-art, American Animal Hospital Association-accredited facility that it is today.

Dr. Gooch has always enjoyed performing surgery and teaching surgical techniques to others—he’s particularly fond of the clinic’s surgical laser! He also enjoys wellness exams and catching up with pet owners he’s known for years.

Dr. Gooch lives on a country farm with his family, four dogs, several chickens, and flock of sheep. The couple also fosters dogs and quite often have other canine companions in the house. When he has a spare moment between his clinic duties and family life, Dr. Gooch enjoys hunting, relaxing in the Wisconsin countryside, learning to play the guitar, and taking yoga classes.
Dr. Chris Alvarado
Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Chris Alvarado was only four years old when she announced to her father that she wanted to become a “vegetarian” so she could help sick animals when she got older. After her dad finished laughing, he explained to her what a veterinarian was. Dr. Alvarado has had her sights set on that goal ever since! Now, she’s proud to serve the pets and animal parents of the Watertown area as a member of the Animal Health Center family.

Dr. Alvarado is originally from Connecticut but was raised in Los Angeles, California. She attended Cal Poly Pomona to earn her undergraduate degree in animal science before becoming a member of the charter class of Western University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2007. Dr. Alvarado then completed a residency in comparative medicine and lab-animal medicine at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Alvarado was thrilled to join the Animal Health Center family in the late summer of 2019, and serves as an Associate Veterinarian. She’s board-certified in laboratory animal medicine, and has a special interest in surgery and also loves to work with multiple species. Dr. Alvarado’s favorite part of the job, though, is knowing that she’s able to make a true difference in the lives of pets and animal owners—that’s why she became a veterinarian in the first place!

In her time away from work, Dr. Alvarado enjoys dancing, performing karaoke, and gardening. She’s planted an entire orchard without the help of any farm equipment! Dr. Alvarado shares her home with one pet of her own: a dog named Cora who is an expert at getting exactly what she wants.
Dr. Brad Wehking
Veterinary Chiropractor
Dr. Brad Wehking’s own experience with chronic knee pain from a high-school basketball injury caused him to seek chiropractic care. As fate would have it, he became fascinated with the technique himself and decided to pursue a career in chiropractic medicine! He’s even expanded his knowledge to include veterinary chiropractic care, and is now Animal Health Center’s resident chiropractic expert.

Dr. Wehking hails from Colorado, where he first developed his love for nature, animals, and medicine. He attended Northwestern College of Chiropractic to earn his Doctorate in 1993, then practiced in Madison for nine years, focusing on sports injuries and joint pain. He has experience working with professional and collegiate athletes, and attributes his success to his genuine concern for his patients, his modern treatment methods, and his commitment to making chiropractic treatment affordable.

Dr. Wehking was asked by Dr. Gooch at a local seminar if he had ever considered working on animals; Dr. Wehking gladly accepted the invitation to help out at the office. Dr. Wehking decided to attend Healing Oasis Veterinary Hospital in Sturtevant, where he was certified in veterinary chiropractic care. He’s been assisting here at Animal Health Center ever since. Most of Dr. Wehking’s patients are dogs and cats, but he’s worked on horses, pigs, cows, and even a rabbit!

In addition to his Doctoral education, Dr. Wehking completed a four-year program in chiropractic orthopedics in 2003 and holds a certificate in nutritional counseling, which he earned in 2008. Professionally, he belongs to the International Chiropractic Association and the Wisconsin Chiropractic Association, for which he formerly served as District President.

Dr. Wehking is very active in the local community, and is a member of the Watertown Rotary and Get Healthy Watertown groups. He completed the Leadership Watertown program in 2007, and even serves as a board member on the Watertown YMCA, the Watertown Chamber, and the Watertown Challenge Association, which sponsors the Watertown triathlon. Dr. Wehking also coaches his son’s basketball team.
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