Town East Animal Hospital,
1600 Gross Road Suite 100
Mesquite, TX 75149
(972) 270-5404
(972) 686-9624 - Fax

At Town East Animal Hospital, we strive for a warm and friendly relationship with you and your pet. This page highlights the staff - our training, experience and dedication to veterinary medicine.

Jim W. Airhart, D.V.M.

jimMany of you knew Doc from the beginning of his practice days, while many have just become a part of our veterinary family. Doc was an amazing veterinarian, who shared a passion for the care of not only the pets he treated, but also for their owners. We have all been personally touched by his commitment to his family and work, his philosophy on life and the concern for the well-being of all around him. His legacy and contributions to the community will long be remembered in our hearts and minds. 

Dr. Airhart was born in McKinney, Texas and was reared on a farm in Collin County. For a person with his varied interests a farm was the perfect place to grow up, surrounded by nature from the very big to the very small, all sorts of animals, machinery, crops and all the wonders little boys can find outdoors. About any animal you can name he lived with closely. 

After grade school in Melissa, Texas he transferred to McKinney High School where he graduated with numerous honors, including a football scholarship to Texas A&M University. College years were extremely busy with academics. He received several awards including a National Science Foundation grant in biochemistry, and he managed to earn BS and DVM degrees in five years.

Following college was the U.S. Army at Ft. Dietrich, Maryland, part of Walter Reed Army Medical Center, doing research in pathology and microbiology related to biological warfare. While in the service he did postdoctoral studies at the National Institute of Health and the Armed Force Institute of Pathology. He chose to leave research and entered private practice in Ft. Worth for a year and a half and then moved to Mesquite, Texas and founded the Town East Animal Hospital.


Jetta Airhart, Office Manager, Certified Veterinary Assistant - Level 2

jettaMy name is Jetta Airhart and I have been the office manager for Town East Animal Hospital since July 2006. I have been a client of Dr. Airhart's since 1995 and married him in 2011.  I feel very fortunate to be able to work and learn from Dr. Airhart. I attend every veterinary continuing education seminar and meeting that I possibly can so that I can better serve our clients. We have regular office meetings where the doctor teaches us things like bacteriology, hematology, cardiology, radiology, dentistry and so much more. It really peaks my interest and makes learning so exciting! My background is in Title Insurance and also the Mortgage industry. My hobbies include creating stained glass art using copper foil, lead and mosaic techniques. I also have a passion for decorative room painting and faux finishing. I love boating, snorkeling in Cozumel and beautiful cars! I look forward to meeting you and your pets. Come see us soon!


Jackie Ells

jackieHi, it's my pleasure to introduce myself, I'm Jackie Ells, Receptionist and Veterinary Tech for Town East Animal Hospital. I was born and raised in Central Florida and moved to Texas in 2008. It has been my privilege to work for Dr. Jim Airhart, D.V.M. and Town East Animal Hospital since May of 2009.

In the mid 80's I was a Medical Assistant for a Health Maintenance Organization in Daytona Beach, Florida and then for the past 25 years I was an Office Manager, Executive Assistant and Marketing/Sales Coordinator for a 23 acre Continuing Care Retirement Community, which was established in 1954, and located in DeLand, Florida, which is my hometown. Our campus contained 54 Independent Apartments and more than 60 Private Homes, an Assisted Living Facility and a 130 bed Skilled Nursing Center.

On a personal note, I am a proud mom to Toby, a Terrier Mix, and Everest, a Chocolate Lab and in my spare time enjoy photography. For many years before moving to Texas I traveled a couple times a year touring the mountains and back roads of North Carolina with my camera. Currently, I'm slowly getting acquainted with my new home, "The Lone Star State" of Texas!

Thank you for this opportunity to get acquainted with you. I will be glad to be of service to you and your beloved pets the next time you visit Town East Animal Hospital.

Perlita Reyes

Hi there!  My name is Perlita Reyes.  Since I can remember I have always wanted to work with animals whether they are small or large.  My love for animals and love for science made it easy for me to choose my degree path.  After 5 years of studies I graduated from Sam Houston State University in May 2013 with a Bachelors in Animal Science and minor in Biology.  Upon graduating there was never a doubt in my mind that the veterinary field is where I wanted to be. 

A little about me:  On my downtime I love to workout, watch/go to Rodeos, or help my dad with our animals.  We have two Quarter horses, a dark bay 16 year old mare named Lola and a 3 year old sorrel stallion named Navajo.  Lola is usually the calm docile one while Navajo is the curious energetic little boy.  It evens out because he brings out Lola’s playful rowdy side which makes it fun for me to work with them.  We also have a handful of goats and chickens who are kept guarded by our beautiful white German Shepherd Goldie.

I cannot describe how excited and blessed I am to be a part of the Town East Animal Hospital family! I look forward to meeting you and your pets!!


Christie Perkins - Certified Veterinary Assistant - Level 2

Hi, my name is Christie Perkins. I have wanted to be a veterinarian since I was a little girl. Growing up I have spent all the time I could around animals, from riding horses with friends and raising goats in FFA to loving on my dogs at home. I went to Crandall High School and recently graduated from Tarleton State University with my Bachelors in Animal Science and minor in Biology. Since graduating, I have the privilege of working here at Town East Animal Hospital and have become a Certified Veterinary Assistant, Level 1. It has been a great learning experience! At home I have 3 sweet rescue dogs, a Catahoula hound, a Chiweenie, and an American Bulldog, as well as a small cat.  In my spare time I love to fish, ride horses, and spend quality time with friends.

I look forward to getting to know and help you and your pets, and I’m extremely grateful for having the opportunity to work with such great people here at Town East Animal Hospital!


Ericka Witzel

Ever since I was little I can't remember a time when my family did not have some sort of small herd of dogs. I've always loved animals and am so grateful I get to work with them. 

I graduated from John Horn High School right here in Mesquite, Class of 2013. I went to Brookhaven Community College in Farmer's Branch for Medical Billing and Coding until May, 2016.

Dr. Airhart is such a great teacher and takes the time to make sure you are learning. I am so incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work at Town East Animal Hospital and learn from Dr. Airhart. 


Crucita Rojas 

Hello, my name is Crucita Rojas and I work as a receptionist at Town East Animal Hospital. I am an avid animal lover and have always enjoyed training and loving on dogs. I own four dogs of my own: my boxer Zeus III, my black lab Negra, and my greyhounds Gemma and Capri. Additionally, I own two hamsters named Prewitt and Gladiator or, as I call him, Runt. I usually spend my spare time, drawing, writing, cooking, sewing, doing arts and crafts, hanging out at my church, with my family and friends. I also enjoy riding around on my bike with either of my greyhounds or taking my dogs on little walks. I thoroughly enjoy working with people just as much as I do dogs and I look forward to meeting and helping anyone who walks through our doors.




Judy McGee 

A proud team member of Town East Animal Hospital since January - 2012; I have always loved animals and believe that they have a significant purpose in bringing joy to our lives. I received my CVA II certification in July of 2012, through Animal Care Technologies in Denton, Texas.

When not at the hospital, I enjoy cooking, travel, entertaining and spending time with my husband David.

One of my favorite quotes is: "True happiness is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose." –Helen Keller

I believe that caring for animals is one of the most important things we can do in our life. I am thrilled to be a part of the Town East Animal Hospital Family and look forward to meeting you and caring for your pet.




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