Dr. Jennifer Arneson, Veterinarian, Owner

Dr. Jen is from Lincoln, NE and attended University of Nebraska-Lincoln for her undergraduate degree. She graduated from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. After a year in private practice, she founded Animal Doctor Veterinary Clinic in Junction City. She recently expanded her business by obtaining ownership of the Westside clinic in Manhattan. You may see her in the clinic with “Alice”, her Dachshund mix, and her Standard Poodle “Elly,” or “Smelly” as she is affectionately called. She also has two cats at home, “Adam” and “Lou.” Dr. Jen’s husband Ty is involved with the management of Animal Doctor. They are very proud of their two children, Nick and Beth. Dr. Jen’s special interests are geriatric care/ pain management, laser surgery, dermatology, and internal medicine.

Dr. Michelle Iseman, Veterinarian, Owner

Dr. Iseman is a Kansas native and attended Kansas State University. She received her Bachelors degree in Animal Sciences in 2002, DVM degree in 2004, and Masters degree in Clinical Sciences in 2005. After beginning her career in a mixed animal practice in Texas, she moved back to Manhattan and has lived and worked there in small animal practice since 2005 with her husband John Stamey, her 3 children: Alec, Corabelle, and Iris; their dog: Maddie; and 3 cats: Saber (a.k.a. Bubby), Cinder, and Mr. Johnson. When she’s not busy working as a veterinarian, she’s either chasing her kids, helping her husband with his remodeling and construction business, doing a project around the house and yard, out walking the dog, or on a hike somewhere out in the prairie or mountains. Dr. Iseman’s special interests include preventative medicine, client education, dentistry, geriatric care, & behavior.

Dr. Billie Deam, Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Billie Deam was born and raised in Manhattan, KS. She is a graduate of Kansas State University with a BS in Biology (1972) and DVM (1980). She owned and operated The Animal Clinic of Boardwalk Square in Kansas City, MO until 2013 when she and her husband, Stan Cook, returned to her family farm in Manhattan. Dr. Deam enjoys trail riding her two horses, Playboy and Red, and also hiking and quail-hunting with her English Pointer, Indy. She and her husband are restoring her family home, a 160-year old stone stagecoach stop south of Manhattan. Dr. Deam enjoys all aspects of small animal medicine and surgery, particularly mobility issues which led her to get her degree in Animal Chiropractic from Options of Animals in Wellsville, KS.

Dr. Leigh Wacker, Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Leigh is from Brewster, Nebraska and attended Kansas State University. She received her Bachelors degree in Animal Science in 2012 and her DVM degree in 2016. During school she fell in love with the area and decided to start her career in Manhattan. Her crew at home consists of “Trixie” her French bulldog, 2 cats “Ollie” and “Mangie”, and 3 horses “Sugarplum”, “Dolly”, and “Lil Joe.” When she’s not busy working as a veterinarian she enjoys being outside and helping around the farm. Dr. Wacker’s special interests include dermatology, internal medicine and behavior.

Elizabeth, Office Manager & Technician

Elizabeth has been with us since September of 2013. She graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelors in Animal Science with a Pre-Vet option in 2012. She will more than likely be the face you see when you walk in the door. Elizabeth adores getting to know the clients and their fur babies! When not at work she enjoys gardening, landscaping, fishing, and working on her 20 acre farm. Elizabeth and her husband are enjoying their new house with their dog Bruiser, cats Peter and Mama, and horse Red.

Lindsey, Veterinary Technician

Lindsey grew up in eastern Kansas with her parents and older brother. She moved to Manhattan to attend K-State where she's working on her undergraduate in Animal Science. She plans on applying to vet school to follow her dream of becoming a large animal veterinarian. She has worked at Westside since August of 2015 and has loved every minute of it. She especially loves having a job where she gets to do what she's passionate about. When not at work she can be found reading, fishing, fostering dogs, and enjoying the outdoors. Lindsey has a sweet Puggle named Reuben whom she'd give the world to.

Karsen, Veterinary Technician

Karsen is originally from Inman, KS and was involved in 4-H and Future Farmers of America in high school. Karsen has been with us for two and half years, and we love having her. She currently attends Kansas State University and has already achieved a Bachelors degree in Animal Science. She is now currently in her second year of K-State’s veterinary program and has ridden with their equestrian team. Karsen’s goal after graduation is to go into equine veterinary medicine. In her very limited free time, outside of studying, she loves to ride horses and cuddle/play with her adorable dog, Teddy.

Kelsey, Veterinary Technician

Kelsey is originally from Overland Park, KS. She has worked here at the clinic for the past year. She has a Bachelors degree in Animal Science from Kansas State University and is currently in her first year of vet school. Her goal after graduation is to go into small animal medicine. Some of Kelsey’s favorite things to do include playing fetch with her very cute dog Leo, working on arts and crafts, watching Netflix, and getting a nap in when she can.

Taylor, Veterinary Technician

"Taylor grew up in the small town of Marysville, KS. Her love of animals drove her to attend Colby Community College where she graduated with an Associates in Veterinary Technology in 2013. She then attended Kansas State University where she graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology in 2016. Taylor hopes to someday obtain a veterinary technician position in a conservation center for endangered species. After spending a summer working alongside rhinoceroses, cheetahs, and more, she can't imagine anything better. Taylor has been at Animal Doctor since September 2016 and now serves as head surgery/lab tech. When she has free time she enjoys hunting, painting, and just being with friends. She currently has two cats, Aries and Steel.

Morgan, Veterinary Technician

Morgan is originally a Pennsylvania native and has been with us for a year and a half. She is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Homeland Security: Agricultural Bio-security and Food Defense. She has two fur-babies, Harlo and Luna, who are her life. In her free time she enjoys spoiling her dogs, hunting and fishing with her husband, going to the lake, and doing crossfit. Her favorite candy is Reese's and anything peanut butter.

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Shelby, Veterinary Technician

Shelby was raised as an Air Force child and has traveled a lot during her life. Her father retired in Arkansas and they lived there for eight years. While there, Shelby attended Arkansas State University and obtained an Associates degree in veterinary technology in 2012. Shelby and her husband moved to Texas after her husband joined the military. They then were stationed here at Fort Riley in December of 2016. Even though Shelby has only been with us for a short time, she has been a great addition to our team. Shelby enjoys time outside with her husband and daughter while they play with their Great Dane - Sherlock, Boxer - Tessa,  and Dachshund - Zoey. They also have one bird, named Turbo.