Chat, Call, Video or Email Right From the Whistle App
Your Whistle subscription gives you unlimited access to on-demand veterinary help through chat, phone or email-right from the app. Powered by the VETINSIGHT™ team of veterinarians, you'll get expert advice and guidance to help answer your questions...from the comfort of your home.
How It Works
With a Whistle subscription, you'll find 'Chat with a Vet' from the Health tab in the Whistle app.
1. From the Whistle app, tap on the Health tab.
2. Scroll past your health metrics, then tap ‘Chat with a Vet.’
3. Choose your preferred chat option - email, chat or phone.
4. Then follow the on-screen instructions to connect.
Meet the vet team
Dr. Elizabeth Shines, DVM
I'm originally from Louisville, KY, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Western Kentucky University. I completed my veterinary degree in 2008 from Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. I've worked in general small animal practice for the past ten years.
I have a love for all pets, have fostered and found homes for 32 kittens and I have a soft spot for bully breeds. I enjoy educating pet parents about the importance of preventive care, nutrition and I have a special interest in the health management of senior pets.
Currently, I have a “tripawd” miniature poodle named Leo, a German Shepherd mix named Addie, two cats, Newton and Middleton, and a pair of chickens. I enjoy tennis, hiking and biking. I've also never met a dessert I don't like and I volunteer on a weekly basis.
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Dr. John Iovino, DVM
I was born and raised near Brooklyn, New York. In 2005, I graduated from from Boston University with a B.A. in Biology and a minor in Art History and Sociology. I attended Harvard University in 2006 to complete my pre-veterinary course work. I later graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed my clinical year at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Throughout my six year career, I have worked as a full time veterinarian, Chief of Staff and have mentored numerous veterinarians. My interest within veterinary medicine includes education, preventative care, renal disease, nutrition, behavior, and exotics. I have a passion for botany and have a collection of over 250 tropical orchids and house plants. On my days off, I spend a lot of time hiking in the Cascade Mountains and enjoying Portland, Oregon. I have a 10 year-old terrier mix, Tracy. I also have a ball python named Leslie, a bearded dragon named Ron, two Red Foot tortoises' (Jean-Ralphio and Mona Lisa Saperstein), and an African Side Neck turtle named Anne.
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Dr. Aletha Carson, DVM
Originally from North Carolina, Dr. Carson obtained her veterinary degree from Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine. With close to 15 years in small animal and equine practice, Dr. Carson is passionate about preventative care, nutrition and finding solutions for what matters to pet owners and their pets.
When not at work hanging out with Sandy, her German shorthaired pointer, Dr. Carson can be found at home with her family or sneaking off to the deep woods on one of her seven horses.
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Dr. Seth Vredenburg, DVM
Dr. Seth Vredenburg is a native of Iowa and a graduate of Iowa State University’s college of veterinary medicine. After spending two years in New York city he found his true home in the pacific northwest. Dr. Vredenburg enjoys focusing on pet parent education, particularly in the areas of preventive care and nutrition as he believes these are the keys to a healthy life for pets.
Outside of work he spends time with his family outside in nature and helping to empower the next generation of veterinarians.
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Dr. Sarah Dougherty, DVM
Dr. Dougherty graduated from Kansas State University in 2007. She worked for two years in equine surgery prior to starting small animal practice in 2009. Her primary interests include arthritis management, lameness and physical therapy.
In her free time, Dr. Dougherty enjoys playing soccer, running, hiking and rooting for the Portland Timbers.
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Dr. Regina Watters, DVM
When Regina Watters was a child, she already knew she wanted to work with animals. She grew up on a farm and "examined" all the animals she could get her hands on. She was valedictorian of her high school class and then headed to North Carolina State University, where she earned her degree with honors in zoology. Her DVM with honors was awarded by Auburn School of Veterinary Medicine.
Her career has spanned experience in a moderate-sized city animal hospital, a rural county practice, and her own house-call practice in the Piedmont area. Dr. Watters is passionate about providing education to pet parents so they can be advocates for their pets' care and long-term health. Her mission is to serve and help everyone and every pet that she can with the tools she has been given.
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Dr. Shanda Streeter, DVM
Dr. Streeter has been interested in unlocking mysteries. Starting with a love of archaeology and then moving on to unlocking how bodies function and heal. She started college with the intent to pursue physical therapy or medical school, but after a medical crisis with her own dog, she knew veterinary medicine was for her. Nowadays general veterinary practice presents her with new experiences and opportunities to problem solve each day.
Dr. Streeter's daily goal as a veterinarian is simply to make the lives of pets and their owners better and to end the day knowing that she made a positive difference in a pet's life and in that of the people around them.
Born and raised in eastern North Carolina, Dr. Streeter moved to Raleigh in 1999 to attended veterinary school at North Carolina State University. In 2001, she moved to Holly Springs with her husband. They love the feel of a small town just outside of a metropolitan area. She, her husband, and their two sons love basketball, music, being outdoors and embracing their fears (for example, kayaking in alligator-infested water and going over swinging bridges). Her family is rounded out by her three-legged cat (Shelby) and two dogs, (Molly and Tommy Lebron), all of whom are rescues. Dr. Streeter is passionate about tending to all pets as if they were her own and enabling every pet parent to be the best pet parent possible!
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Dr. April Ward, DVM
A high school teacher dampened Dr. Ward's dream of being a veterinarian, suggesting it was too hard, so she got a BA in sociology and a master's degree in education. She taught middle schoolers with behavioral and emotional disorders and worked as a municipal police officer, both rewarding jobs, but she still longed to work with animals. Finally, she decided to follow her dream, and after several years of hard work, she graduated from North Caroling State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Today, she lives on a small farm with her husband, six children and a crowd of animals, including six dogs, two cats, two horses, a donkey, three ducks and a flock of chickens. Dr. Ward is passionate about helping pet parents feel empowered as they navigate through all stages of their pet’s life.
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Common questions for the vet team
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Food & Nutrition
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