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Dr. Peters is a 2007 graduate of the University of Missouri Veterinary Medical College, with a Bachelor degree in Animal Science. He was a young boy when his parents moved to Marshfield, Missouri to settle down on a horse farm and raise their son in a country lifestyle. His love for horses developed through his youth as he worked with the horses in training, showing and riding,
Dr. Mike worked his way through high school at the local feed store before a friend encouraged him to apply for a job at Animal Medical Center. From then on you could always find him there working and learning. The doctors were pivotal in mentoring the young "Petey" in the direction of excellent veterinary medicine.
After graduating as a DVM, and several interviews all over the state, he worked moved back to his hometown and settled down as an associate with Marshfield Veterinary Clinic for 2 years practicing on large and small animals. After marriage, his new young family desired a change, and Animal Clinic of Ava was created!
Dr. Peters now has two children, Chasetyn & Isabella with his wife, Kayla. When he's not working hard, you can find Dr. Peters relaxing on a pontoon, camping around Dora or floating on the river. He can do an amazing "Canadian goose call," ask him about it!
Dr. Kelsey Witte
Dr. Witte is a rural girl at heart, coming to our quaint community from Convoy, Iowa. She obtained her Bachelor degree of Agricultural Science in Kirksville, Missouri, and graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. Kelsey and Tyler have two blue Pit Bulls, Doree and Maxine; and a harloquin Great Dane, Keva. From humble beginnings as a waitress, Dr. Witte worked hard through school to follow her dreams of having her own farm with chickens, her dogs, and that laid-back rural lifestyle.
She enjoys the rivers in this area, and has met some warm locals while hiking and kayaking our beautiful Ozarks outdoors. She can be found reading a book or grilling some great food with her Famous Dave’s spicy relish in her rare moments of down-time. As a child, Jack Hannah was influential in developing her passion for helping animals, but admires and credits her mom the most for the strength and encouragement she has given Kelsey through her years. Dr. Witte is an optimist at heart, who looks forward to New Year’s for the new beginnings and opportunities it reigns in. She is strong in communicating with her clients, doesn’t shy away from new experiences, and can always be found with a calm, cool and positive attitude! We are so grateful God has given us Dr. Witte, please help us make her feel at home!
Dr. Beth Kearns
Dr. Beth is a Seymour native, returning to practice small animal, equine and ruminants right here near her home town. She earned her Bachelor degree in Biology from Missouri State University, then went on to graduate from University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in Columbia, Missouri, in 2010.
The daughter of a military father, Dr. Beth was born in Fort Irwin, California.Although she has traveled much, Dr. Beth will alwasy call Seymour her hometown. She now resides there with her husband and two young children, close to her mom and dad and their family farm. Their beautiful family has furry members as well; two dogs, two cats, 4 horses and a filly!
Dr. Beth enjoys her family time the most. Her loved ones are important to her, including her horses! Dr. Beth can be found horseback riding or training, gardening, or enjoying her animals when she's not busy working and chasing around the little ones! We hope Dr. Beth feels right at home here at ACA, we would like her to stay for a long, long time!
In the first few years of business you would be greeted by Kayla and their young son, Chasetyn, (Bub); who would answer your questions, answer the phone, and assist “Dad” when needed. Mrs. Peters now is busy keeping up with managing the growth mostly from behind the scenes using computer remoting, skype meetings, apps, and new technology to aid in running and operating.
Kayla is a certified pet trainer, receiving her certification through Top Tier Training Academy in 2017, and loves to apply her skills to their small Belgian Malinois pack. Animal behavior and psychology are areas of interest to her and Dr. Peters, and they both love to share the benefits of a balanced training program to everyone who is interested to hear.
She moved to the Ava area as a child and enjoys their rural lifestyle. A self proclaimed "Homesteader Hippie," she aspires to raising meat goats, if Dr. Peters will ever be persuaded! She enjoys sewing, camping, and floating on the river with on a hot Missouri day with a cold concoction. Her mama is her best friend and inspiration for her biblical wisdom and commitment to God’s word. "My God, Yahweh, has blessed us from the start. We have only Him to thank for taking a couple of kids and creating something grand and beautiful with them," she says.
Registered Veterinary Technician, Hospital Manager
Miss Cayla was one of very first employees, joining ACA in 2010. Today she is our lead Technician, and oversees all our patients admitted to the clinic while on duty. She has a vast knowledgebase of both large and companion animals, and keeps the practice running smooth and efficiently. Cayla graduated from Crowder College as a licensed Veterinary Technician in 2008. She was employed at two area veterinary clinics before bringing her many skills and assetts to our practice. Cayla resides with her husband and two beautiful daughters in her hometown, Fordland. She remains very close to her family, and values her relationships with her brothers and sister. Cayla is level-headed and works great under pressure. She has the right answer to any question you throw at her, unless it involves picking favorites of anything! She is a positive spirit that sees the good in everyone. You can know that whatever she has to say, she has thought about it extensively beforehand, and that it comes from the heart. Cayla is honest, dependable, and cares so much about others; she adds a very unique and desirable dynamic to our team. Cayla enjoys horse back riding and reading in her off time, when she's not chasing around the young babies!. Called “C.W.” around here, our practice wouldn’t be the success story it is today without Cayla, without her we wouldn't be complete!
Miss Catherine joined Animal Clinic of Ava in 2011; as one of our friendly, up-front faces. Today she takes care of Accounts Payable, manages our accounting, and manages the payroll. She holds an Associate degree in Business, and has raised dogs for nearly a decade before coming on board with us. Born in Louisiana, her family then moved to Wenatchee, Washington, where she was raised. She moved to Missouri as an adult with her husband and three young children and fell in love with the Ozarks. Catherine keeps current on Middle-East political issues, and admires Benjamin Netanyahu for his courageous efforts on behalf of his nation, Israel. She enjoys gardening, reading, and learning more ancient history in her spare time. “Kitty”, we affectionately call her, is the one to ask regarding fish questions; she once traveled to Kentucky to pick one up for her personal tank! You can count on her to have biblical encouragement on a tough day.
Small Farm Animal Operations
Senior Receptionist, Assistant Manager
Miss Mary joined Animal Clinic of Ava in 2012, and is from Macomb, Oklahoma. She has an Associate degree in Science where she studied agriculture education and veterinary technology. Her agriculture teacher was most influential to her as a young person, encouraging her to pursue her passions. Mary had worked at a couple area clinics before hanging her hat with us, and served as an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America), teaching entrepreneurs methods of alternative agriculture. Mary and her husband live on a farm in Niangua with every animal imaginable; from goats, horses, pigs, cattle, llamas, donkeys, to duck, geese, and rabbits. You can bet Penicillin is always stocked in her fridge! When not working hard on the farm or at the clinic, she enjoys yard work, fishing, and BBQs with friends and family back in Oklahoma. She always has a smile on her face!
Coming to Ava, Missouri, all the way from her hometown of New Richmond, Wisconsin, is our easy-going and friendly receptionist, Brittany. She holds a CNA certification and a love of fishing and crafting. She and her husband and children have two dogs and two cats to love, but Brittany adores her cat, Tom, the most! Her favorite time of the year is Thanksgiving because of the time of thankfulness, family and food. Anyone who knows Brittany knows that her family is everything to her, and in her relaxing moments she favors fishing and bonfires with her loved ones. She is amazing at juggling all kinds of responsibilities at the clinic, but when you find out she can literally juggle and roller blade backwards at the same time, you'll see why multitasking comes naturally to this gal! Brittany is confident that Trump will "Make America Great Again!"
Miss Chelsi is the animal advocate of our practice, and has a genuine heart for all species. You can find her providing superior care and compassion for all our patients and attending to the needs of all the pets in our care. She brings a very important element to our team and we wouldn't be complete without her! Chelsi has nine pets of her own at home, ranging from dogs and cats, to guinea pigs, hamsters and fish, and she loves them all equally! She is a rocker at heart who adores all the classic oldies. Chelsi and her son enjoy the beach, camping and swimming in the warm weather, and dressing up for Halloween! Her family is most important to her, and she is a hard working gal who never slacks or complains; we are so grateful for her contributions to our team!
Although Miss Abby was born in Hamlake, Minnesota, Seymour is where she calls her beloved hometown. She, her husband and son currently live in Clever and we are blessed to have her at the clinic a couple days a week. Abby has been a very valuable help to this practice since our very early days, and we are so thankful for her hard work and dedication. She has tons of animals like cows, goats, dogs, and her favorite of all, her horses! No cats at the Phillips' house, though! She has enough cattle vaccine in her fridge to work over 200 head of cows at any given time, she says they take up half her fridge space! She is always keeping busy with horseback riding, outdoor activities and hanging out with her family at the creek. She loves her family, and admires her parents for homeschooling seven children and sacrificing so much to give their kids a great farm life. We love Abby and hope to have her as an integral part of our team forever!
Inventory Manager, Kennel Manager
Born in Aurora, Illinois, Jacki has lived so long in Ava that she proudly calls this place her hometown. She holds an Associate of the Arts degree, and a degree as a Health Care Administrator, but has applied her skills to many projects and outlets in this community for a while. Jacki is a horse trainer, breeder and instructor and has a true passion for equine. Although she has too many farm animals to count, her Missouri Fox Trotter, "Rooster," is her favorite of them all. Jacki owns over 15 horses of her own, in addition to five dogs, two cats, a bird, two fish, cows, chickens, geese, turkeys and mini horses all on her farm. Her days of cartwheels are in the past, and now her horses steal the show with their cool tricks like bowing, counting and giving kisses! Jacki is an avid gardener of herbs, fruits and vegetables and can be found giving great advice about green thumbing in our clinic or at her fresh produce and eggs stand at our local town Farmer's Market. Jacki loves her husband and any political issue on the economy and our American freedoms.
Lorna is a Seymour native, who has worked in a veterinary practice since she was old enough to find a job! Lorna is a great assistant who can handle the challenging large animal assisting, as well as surgical and examination assisting, she is well versed in every aspect of her title. It's no wonder she decided to attend higher education to acquire her Veterinary Technician license, which keeps her pretty busy in studies and classes right now! Lorna affectionately admires her Nana as the most influential person in her life, family is so important to her. In her down time, Lorna enjoys riding one of her horses on a back road on a sunny day, spending time with her loved ones and fur babies, camping, and anything outdoors. She has a knack for training mini horses to buggy among her many skills! This southern assistant always has wine, sweet tea, bbq and penicillin in her fridge - no wonder she makes a great employee at our rural practice!
Miss Julie is from Indianapolis, Indiana, and received her Associate's Degree as a Veterinary Technician. She is currently working on her license application for this state now that she calls Missouri her home. Her husband, Tim, manages a cattle ranch and together they have a lot of animals with dogs, cats, horse and mini donkeys! When she's not busy being an all-star technician at our practice, she enjoys working in her yard in her down time. Water, sunshine and family are what make Julie happy, and her hard work and dedication make us happy!