Our Veterinarians

The Coronado Veterinary Hospital team of skilled veterinarians welcomes you to our practice. Proudly serving the Sierra Vista and south areas. At Coronado Veterinary Hospital, it is our daily privilege to provide quality vet care to your cherished pet, with compassion and competence. We hope to ensure a positive impact on our patients, pet owners and the local community.

Laurel Ferris, DVM

Dr. Ferris has been practicing for over 41 years, (25 years in Florida, and 14 years in California). She has been with the clinic since April of 2009. She brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to our hospital.


Shawna Sawtelle, DVM

Dr. Sawtelle received her D.V.M in 2009. After graduation, she headed east to Pennsylvania to work at a mixed animal practice for 2 years. Dr. Sawtelle decided to head back to the West to be closer to family and enjoy the milder weather. Her favorite activity is riding her horse Pearl and recently began competing in Barrel Racing with her.


Dr. Snyder

I am excited to be a part of the Coronado Veterinary Hospital team! Cochise county is where I grew up. Providing the mild weather I prefer for horseback riding, hiking, and lounging with friends; it feels like home.

I take a partnership approach to medicine and enjoy teaching my clients and staff. Working in clinics in Bisbee, Wilcox and the White Mountains, has provided a variety of experience and opportunities for my professional growth, that I look forward to building on through my career.


Dr. Raymond Visco

Doctor Visco is a 1977 graduate of the University of Missouri. He did relief work in California from 1977 until 1991 when he started his own practice in Petaluma, CA. He sold his clinic September 1, 2011. He Relocated to Elgin on September 1st, 2012. He enjoys horseback riding and training.

Cherie Cortez, DVM

Dr. Cortez received her DVM from Ohio State University after working as a veterinary assistant for many years. Her goal as a veterinarian isn’t just to treat an animal or a condition; it’s to create a close, trusting partnership with your entire family so that you all take part in maintaining the health and happiness of your pet. She is grateful that she has the ability to use the current advancements in veterinary medicine to extend and improve the lives of your pets.

Dr. Cortez’s family consists of her and her husband as well as our four cats and three dogs, almost all of whom started out as fosters who just never left her home! She spends much of her free time reading and playing with the dogs. The cats make time for her when they feel like it…

Dr. Cortez is offering appointments into the evening hours on Tuesdays and Thursday to best fit into your busy schedules!

Barbara Craig, DVM

Craig is a 1986 graduate from the University of Tennessee. She started her own practice in Chattanooga, TN post graduation and actually tried to retire from veterinary medicine in 2014. Since then, she has been traveling around the country in an RV with her Chihuahua, working as an interim veterinarian at various animal hospitals. So far her adventures have taken her to Pennsylvania, Maine, Florida and Yellowstone National Park. We are excited to have her with us until Spring 2017.