A Missouri native, Dr. Del Pico grew up around animals, tending to the many chores at his parents’ horse stable. As a young student, he volunteered at the St Louis Zoo and many of the local veterinary hospitals.
He attended The University of Missouri - Columbia as both an undergraduate and as a veterinary student. Immediately following his graduation in 1983, he joined Dr. Bill Lowry at Smithville Animal Hospital as an associate.
Dr. Tom took over the clinic in 1983. With 32 years experience, Dr. Del Pico is skilled in all aspects of general veterinary medicine, but he particularly enjoys surgery (including orthopedics and ACL reconstruction) and solving tough health cases.
Dr. Del Pico lives in the Smithville area with his wife, Denise, and sons, Clayton and Anthony. When not practicing medicine, Dr. Del Pico enjoys bike riding, woodworking and gardening.
In kindergarten, Dr. Holly Smith knew she wanted to grow up to be a veterinarian. At 16, she started working in an animal clinic. Starting as a kennel attendant, Dr. Smith worked her way up to receptionist and assistant.
A Kansas City native, Dr. Smith earned her Associates in Arts while attending Maple Woods Community College. She then studied at UMKC for a year before moving to Columbia, Missouri to attend MU. After graduating from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012, she returned home.
In 2015 she moved to Smithville with her family and joined the Smithville Animal Hospital team in December 2016. In 2020, Dr. Smith purchased the clinic from Dr. Del Pico.
Her favorite parts of practice are soft tissue surgery, critical care cases and end of life management.
“I enjoy the challenge and love that there is something new to learn every day.”
Her current memberships include the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Kansas City Veterinary Medical Association.
When not working, she is busy with her three sons, husband, two dogs and all of their activities. She spends her free time reading, crocheting, and cheering on the Chiefs, Royals and Mizzou!
Michelle joined Smithville Animal Hospital in September 2006. She started as registered veterinary technician and has transitioned to the lead technician. She graduated as a registered veterinary technician from Pima Medical in Arizona in 2005.
“In this profession, there are hard cases and hard days, but the good ones get us through.”
In her free time, Michelle enjoys gardening, cooking and spending time with her family. She is also busy with her pet family of 4 dogs and 2 cats.
Araceli joined Smithville Animal Hospital in August 2013 as a veterinary assistant. She worked while attending Maple Woods Veterinary Technician Program. She graduated in 2014 with her Associates in Applied Science and became a registered veterinary technician.
“I’ll provide the best care for your pet, as if they were my own. I’m passionate in what I do and want the make your pet’s experience here the best it can be.”
At home, Araceli enjoys spending quality time with her friends and family. She is busy with her three little girls, her two lovable pit bulls and her mischievous cat.
Courtney joined the Smithville Animal Hospital team in January 2014 as a veterinary assistant. She worked while attending the Maple Woods Veterinary Technician program. She earned her degree in 2016 and is now a registered veterinary technician.
“I put my heart into nursing, and I care for each patient as if they are my own.”
At home, Courtney is busy with her husband, her little girl and her pets. She has 2 mix breed dogs, 2 cats and a rabbit. In her free time, she frequents car shows with her family, and enjoys cooking and listening to music.
Sarah has been with Smithville Animal Hospital since 2004 when she started as a kennel assistant. Since then she has worked multiple positions in the clinic including veterinary assistant and receptionist. She earned her BA in Political Science from William Jewell in 2006 and earned a Master of Public Administration from UMKC in 2010. She splits her time between SAH and Riverside as the City Planner. She is currently the main Saturday front desk and veterinary assistant.
“Most people probably think my favorite part of my job is playing with all the animals, and I do love that, but my favorite part of my job is establishing a relationship with clients and their pets. I love getting to know them and helping them navigate their pet’s health and watching them grow up.”
Away from work, Sarah is busy with her husband and her two English Mastiffs, one Neapolitan Mastiff, one Irish Wolfhound, one Pitbull and her Shepherd Mix. She also has 2 cats and a rabbit.
In her free time she enjoys knitting and canning fruit and jams.
Walter came to Smithville Animal Hospital in October 2016 as tiny kitten who needed a lot of help. He had a severe infection in one of his front legs requiring amputation. After his recovery, he decided to stay on at the clinic to run the place. Walter is the chief officer of mischief and can often be seen scurrying around corners and tearing up paper towels.