Homer Veterinary Clinic, P.C. - Homer, AK - Our Doctors

Homer Veterinary Clinic PC

326 Woodside Avenue
Homer, AK 99603



 Our Doctors

Dots Sherwood. MVB. MSc. MRCVS

Dr. Sherwood joined the clinic staff in 2000. She graduated from UCD, Ireland in 1987 and worked in the UK and Peru prior to moving to Alaska. She is dedicated to and passionate about helping her patients and their caregivers to the very best of her ability so that each unique patient can achieve the best health possible at every life stage through leading an active and fulfilling life.

Dr Sherwood’s professional interests include feline medicine and surgery, geriatric care, dentistry and oral health, nutrition and preventive medicine, integration of traditional Chinese medicine including acupuncture along with small ruminants and camelid care.

Dr Sherwood also is dedicated to promoting the health and well being of all animals that share our world whether here in Alaska or further afield. The clinic supports many non-profit organizations locally, state and worldwide which connect the needs of animals, humans and the environment for long lasting sustained health.

Jennifer Bando, DVM

Originally from Canada, Dr. Jennifer Bando received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph and graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2001. She practiced in northern Ontario at a rural mixed animal clinic before joining the Homer Veterinary Clinic in 2006. She is dedicated to providing the highest quality of compassionate care to her patients and has developed a loyalty to the local community.

Dr. Bando’s professional interests include ultrasound, soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, internal medicine, and preventive health care management through optimizing nutrition and wellness. She also provides care to our equine, small ruminant and exotic patients.

For several winters, she has volunteered as a trail veterinarian for the Iditarod sled dog race and enjoys the challenge of working with canine athletes. She has also volunteered with Alaska Rural Veterinary Outreach (ARVO), a non-profit group dedicated to educating and advocating for Alaska’s remote rural pets.

An avid outdoorswoman, she can often be found skiing, cycling and hiking in the beautiful Alaskan backcountry with her partner Jason and their two border collie mixes, Kiva and Miso, followed by relaxing by the wood stove with her cat Blinky. Jennifer is currently on personal leave from the practice and we look forward to welcoming her back on staff during summer 2017.

Shanna Dean, DVM

Dr Shanna Dean took the long road to Homer Veterinary Clinic, joining the practice in October 2014. She was born in Saskatchewan, Canada on a large grain and cattle farm. After receiving her veterinary degree from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, she moved to California to complete a one year internship in small animal medicine and surgery.

She worked as an emergency veterinarian at a large specialty practice in Denver, Colorado and then moved to Hawaii. First she travelled to all the islands filling locum hours at various clinics, till she grew roots at The Cat Clinic of Honolulu, the only cat specific clinic in all of Hawaii.

Cats and dentistry are Shanna’s passion, but she enjoys the challenge of all small animals and dogs too. Shanna moved to Homer with her Hawaiian husband and adopted two starving kittens to round out the family.

Janelle Moerlein, DVM

Dr. Moerlein grew up on the Kenai Peninsula spending most of her time riding horses and raising pigs, cows, chickens, etc in the local 4-H club. She left the state after graduating from Ninilchik High School for a few years to pursue schooling graduating from Michigan State University in 2013.  After completion of an internship in an advanced equine veterinary hospital working with racehorses in Kentucky, she was ready to come home to Alaska. Janelle worked at a small animal clinic north of Anchorage for the past 2 years and returned to the Kenai Peninsula to join us here in Homer in May 2016.

Dr. Moerlein enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine. She is especially interested in surgery and emergency care. She has completed additional training in diagnostic imaging, specifically ultrasonography and brings freshly learned skills to the clinic here in Homer. She has expanded our capacity to care for a wide range of large animal/equine medical needs on the peninsula.

Outside of work, Janelle enjoys the great Alaskan outdoors and spends most of her free time riding her quarter horse Junior or hiking and biking with her dogs Halo and Hopper. In early 2017 Janelle is heading to Nicaragua to work on an equine service project with World Vets.