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Dr. Lauren Mack, DVM, moved to Kansas for the opportunity to own her own veterinary practice and to work in a tight knit rural community as a general practitioner. She earned her doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University after receiving her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Maine. Dr. Mack grew up in northern Connecticut and developed a love for animals through years of horseback riding. Dr. Mack enjoys working with her team at the Animal Hospital and the mix of large and small animal cases that she gets to see every day.
When Dr. Mack’s not in surgery, pregnancy testing cows, or talking with clients, she can probably be found spending time her fiance (Josh), dog (Bear), or cat (Minnow). She also hopes to find some time to enjoy some of her old hobbies, including photography and horseback riding.
Kelby has been working at the Animal Hospital for over a year, but she came with three years previous experience working in a veterinary clinic. She is a certified dog trainer, which comes in handy when working with several of our patients! Kelby’s favorite parts about her job are caring for the patients, cattle work, and talking with our clients. She is well known for her sense of humor and joking nature both by other staff and many of our regular clients! Kelby can be found just about anywhere around the clinic, whether she be assisting in surgery, caring for a patient, or organizing every shelf and file.
When Kelby’s not working hard keeping everything running smoothly at the Animal Hospital, she’s probably cooking, spending time doing farm work, or hanging out with her three dogs Dahlia, Trapper, and Tilly who come to work with her every day!
Ashley Schlyer grew up on a farm in Rooks County. She worked at the Humane Society in Hays as an assistant manager for several years before moving to Colorado where she worked as a vet assistant for two years. Ashley can now be found helping with small animal surgery and appointments at The Animal Hospital. She is also known as the cat whisperer of the practice. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her daughter Zoey and her cats Chino, Tolkien, and Mimosa.
Diana Montoia was born in Denver, CO, but considers Kansas home after growing up in Almena, KS. Diana brings her extensive grooming skills to The Animal Hospital and loves the time it allows her to spend with pets and the team. After a good day of grooming our valued clients’ pets, Diana goes home to her pets, Lily and Yorkie Poo and spends time working in the yard.
Mali Werner, from Codell is attending school in Plainville. Animals are in Mali’s blood with 3 dogs, 4 cats, 1 parrot, 20 chickens, 3 ducks, 2 horses, and a donkey back home. Mali joined The Animal Hospital because she loves working with animals and spending her days around them. When she’s not pursuing that passion, she devotes her time to the FFA, golf and relaxing with friends.
Shaylee Flax traveled from Wakeeny to attend Fort Hays State University this fall. She plans to further her education at Kansas State and brings a strong desire to learn to The Animal Hospital. After growing up with three dogs, Tanner, Dakota and Xazier, she gets satisfaction from knowing she is helping animals and building relationships with them every day at the hospital. As much as she loves animals, Shaylee is grateful for the opportunity to learn from a team that she reports works well even under pressure and where so many people with diverse experiences can come together all in the name of practicing great medicine. After a day of shadowing at The Animal Hospital, Shaylee enjoys spending time with her family, pets and friends.
Danielle grew up in Beaver City, Nebraska before moving to Osborne, KS in the fall of 2015. She has always had a love for animals and is excited to join the staff at The Animal Hospital. She has 3 cats, 4 miniature dachshunds and a blue heeler, 9 horses (AQHA, APHA and AMHR), a dwarf goat and helps her boyfriend Tony run his cow/calf operation near Alton. She also has 2 children, Brock and Saige, who attend school in Nebraska. In her free time, she enjoys working on her house, photography, drawing pet portraits pencil, showing her horses at local shows and spending time at the farm.
Plainville is so lucky to have Dr. Mack. Our puppy loves going to The Animal Hospital; the staff is so friendly to both animals and their humans. Even after a surgery, he was just happy as can be when we left! They must be incredibly attentive while animals are in their care. It's wonderful to know that your pet is in such good hands. I cannot recommend Dr. Mack highly enough.