Annie Harvilicz, DVM, CVA

Dr. Annie Harvilicz—known as Dr. Annie to her clients—is the Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Animal Wellness Centers (AWC), a fast-growing, companion animal healthcare firm in Santa Monica, California. Their veterinary services focus on comprehensive and holistic wellness, all designed to strengthen the human-animal bond.

Dr. Harvilicz has traveled the world caring for animals. She has worked on wild and endangered species—including black rhinos, lions, cheetahs, elephants and giraffes—at Kruger National Park in South Africa and the Serengeti in Kenya and Tanzania, and has assisted with critical research on panda breeding at the Center for Reproduction of Endangered Species (CRES), a research arm of the San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park. She also appeared on the Discovery Channel’s Animal Precinct television program during her tenure at the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in New York City.

Dr. Harvilicz graduated with high honors in Research Biology from the College of William & Mary and received her veterinary degree at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, where she served as president of the school’s AVMA chapter. She received her acupuncture certification after training with Dr. Huisheng Xie at the Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine in Reddick, Fla., and is certified in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Harvilicz has donated pro bono time to low-income communities and works closely with local and national humane and rescue groups. She is the recipient of various awards and distinctions, including the Sherrie Clark Compassion and Caring Award and the Tobey Award for helping lost, abandoned or homeless dogs. She lives in Santa Monica with her rescued canine companions Lucy and Charlotte.