Jim Codington, DVM
Dr. Codington graduated from UC Davis’ School of Veterinary Medicine in 1980. He established The Country Vet in 1981, which back then, meant working out of his home. In the early 1990’s, the clinic outgrew its small space in his home, so Dr. Codington moved out and converted his home into the clinic as you know it today.
Jim is a firm believer in holistic medicine. He practices a number of alternative therapies such as acupuncture, Chinese herbs and homeopathy. One of Jim’s professional interests is alternative treatments for pets with cancer.
Jim loves the outdoors, and can be found enjoying activities such as nature photography, mountain biking, hiking, fly fishing, camping, traveling, reading, camping, scuba diving or skiing.
Jim has 5 cats: Poncho, Chica and Sassy, who live at home with him, and resident TCV cats Tiger and Bean. He also has a wonderful border collie named Ruby who accompanies him work every day.
Kathleen Olson, DVM
Dr. Kat Olson (“Dr. Kat”) graduated from UC Davis in 2005 and started at The Country Vet in 2006. She received her acupuncture certification in 2011 from the Chi Institute, and is an integrative doctor using both Eastern and Western medicine to help her patients live happy lives. She is a local girl who grew up in Novato and San Rafael. She currently lives in Novato with her husband, 2 daughters, 3 cats, 2 dogs, 2 miniature horses, 2 sheep, 12 chickens, 1 sulcata tortoise, and about 10,000 honey bees.
Winston Vickers, DVM
Dr. Vickers obtained his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree at Oklahoma State University, and then obtained a Master of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (MPVM) degree focused on the epidemiology of animal disease at UC Davis. During his career he has had the privilege of working with cats and dogs, livestock, zoo animals, pet birds, reptiles, other exotic pets, and wildlife.
Winston owned a small animal practice in southern California for many years, but he and his spouse Susan had always wanted to live in our area and moved 3 years ago. He and Susan love to hike, bike, and travel in the outdoors. They share their home with 3 kitties – Kathmandu, Pangje, and Olivia.
Winston has always had a strong interest in animal health – both domestic and wild – and he splits his time between treating pets at The Country Vet and conducting research into wildlife disease and ecology with the UC Davis Wildlife Health Center (a division of the School of Veterinary Medicine). He has authored or co-authored over 35 scientific reports and peer-reviewed publications focused on infectious disease, cancer, and ecology, and presented his research findings at numerous scientific conferences. He continues to publish and contribute to scientific papers.
Dr. Lacey LaVigna
Growing up on a ranch in West Petaluma, Dr. Lacey LaVigna was exposed to many species of animals early in life. This sparked her love of animals and her interest in their welfare. With this in mind, she set off to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. After completing an undergraduate degree in biology from University of California, San Diego, she earned her veterinary degree at St. Matthew’s School of Veterinary Medicine and completed her clinical rotations at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She was pleased to return to California to complete a small animal rotating internship at East Bay Veterinary Specialists in Walnut Creek and has worked in the Bay Area ever since. When not practicing medicine, Dr. LaVigna can be found snuggling her cats, riding horses, and going on hikes with her dogs.