Dr. Clifford Wright, Jr. was raised in Bethlehem and attended Muhlenberg College. He continued his education at the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Veterinary Medicine, and began practicing in Bethlehem Township in 1949. As a result, the Wright Veterinary Medical Center began in a renovated barn on his parents’ farm. Part of the original stone wall is still visible in the hospital today. The hospital started out with only 2 employees, Dr. Clifford Wright, and his wife Louise.
The hospital has grown with 4 owners and a staff of approximately 75 employees. Dr. Clifford Wright, Jr. practiced veterinary medicine for 58 years. His belief and passion was to create a hospital that would evolve with the times so that practicing veterinarians and staff would be able to provide the best care possible for your pet.
“The staff is very friendly and professional, makes a big difference in wanting to continue working with your company.”
Helen from Easton, PA
Our team partners in the quality of life and health of the pet, family, and community by providing a superb experience through respectful and compassionate relationships.
WVMC Core Values
The WVMC core values were created by all staff members.
Geoffrey H. Wright, VMD
Dr. Geoff Wright was raised in Bethlehem in the upstairs of the Wright Veterinary Medical Center along with three brothers. He received his undergraduate degree from Michigan Tech University and his VMD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1981.
Dr. Wright is the Hospital Director.
Eileen L. Mera, VMD
Dr. Mera was raised in Bethlehem and worked at Wright Veterinary Medical Center as a student. She received her BS in Animal Bioscience from the Pennsylvania State University and her VMD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1986.
Dr. Mera is the Safety Director.
Paula J. Flynn, DVM
Dr. Flynn grew up in Massachusetts and received her BS in Animal Science, MS in Ruminant Nutrition, and DVM from Kansas State University. She spent 2 years in the Peace Corps in Thailand between getting her Bachelors and Masters degrees. When not working, much of Dr.Flynn spends her spare time trying to keep up with her very active daughter.
Dr. Flynn is Director of Human Resources.
Higinio Ortiz, DVM (Bilingual)
Dr. Ortiz grew up in Mexico; he received his Veterinary degree from the University of Tamaulipas in Mexico in 1983. He attended a postgraduate program in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the Animal Medical Center in New York City in 1988, and completed two years of the clinical curriculum in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine (1989 – 1991).
He started working at WVMC in 1991 as an associate veterinarian and became a partner in 1995.
Dr. Ortiz shares his home with his wife and their three children, dogs Jack and Khali and 2 cats Teeka & Fluffy. He enjoys cycling, skiing, hiking, jogging, and doing things with his family.
Dr. Ortiz is our Director of Surgery here at Wright Veterinary Medical Center. As Surgery Director his role is to Maintain and Improve the Surgical Standards here at the hospital.
Clifford F. Wright Jr., VMD
February 19th, 1925 – February 21st, 2007
In Our Hearts Forever
Dr. Wright was raised in Bethlehem and attended Muhlenberg College. He continued his education at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and became a Veterinary Doctor in Bethlehem Township in 1949. The Wright Veterinary Hospital began in a renovated barn of his parents’ farm on Wimmer Road in Butztown in 1949. Although the original building has been added on to many times, one of the original stone walls of the barn is still visible in the phone room.
The Hospital started out with only 2 employees, Dr. Wright and his wife Louise, who was and still remains a graduate nurse. Louise assisted Dr. Wright for more than 25 years. The hospital presently employs , 12 Doctors, 4 of which are co-owners.
The hospital maintains the highest standard of excellence and has achieved the highest ranking with the American Animal Hospital Association. Dr. Clifford Wright was a Chairman of the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners for more than 18 years.
Dr. Wright once stated: ” I wouldn’t want to be anything else. I have a love for animals. Being a Veterinarian gives me the satisfaction of doing good things for animals. I can always go to bed at night knowing at least that I tried my best.”
Dr. Wright practiced Veterinary Medicine for 58 years, and was lovingly called “Chief” by all of the hospital staff. We all know he did his very best for his patients and clients the same, and we will all continue to provide that same personalized quality of care, that makes this hospital what it is today.