Meet Dr. Michael Hilferty
I grew up in New Orleans, LA and went to Louisiana State University for my undergraduate and veterinary degree. As a young kid I always loved animals, but our parents would not let us get our first dog until we made the impossible happen. My mom and dad made the agreement that my older sister had to make A-honor roll, and my younger sister and I had to make both our respective softball/baseball All-Star teams that summer--you can see where our priorities were at the time! Fortunately, all three things happened in one year and we adopted our first family dog, a beagle named "Lucky".
As I went through high school, I became very interested in the outdoors, photography, and wildlife. Through all of the life lessons I learned from Lucky, my dog Rocky, and my explorations outdoors, I knew that I wanted to work with animals in one fashion or another. In 2010 I decided that veterinary school was for me and made it my number one priority to get into LSU's program.
Finding out in 2011 that I had been accepted was one of the best days of my life. Soon thereafter I adopted my wonderful dog Voodoo. She was my "vet school" dog, as we all "needed" an animal to help us learn anatomy. I graduated in 2015 and moved to Texas to begin practicing. I received a great amount of experience in Texas as the first clinic I worked at was an after-hours type clinic.
My fiancé at the time (now wife) and her dog, Lila, and cat, Roux joined me in Texas in 2016. We then got married in Michigan in 2017, and soon thereafter the talks of potentially moving to Michigan to be closer to family began. Despite making the great decision to move closer to family in 2018, it was a tough year for us. We found out in July that Voodoo had splenic cancer and by the time we found it, it had already spread to her surrounding tissue.
In just three short months her health declined drastically and we lost her in late October 2018. It was and has been so hard for us to go through this as Voodoo was just 8 years old and we loved her so much, but it has given us so much perspective on life and to never assume anything is forever and to never take anything for granted.
She has taught me some of the best lessons I can learn in life and I hope to be able to pass them onto my patients and clients at Haven Animal Hospital. We are excited about our new beginning in Michigan and I can't wait to meet you and all of your pets!