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Shifts at the emergency clinic are usually 12 or 13 hours long, but sometimes a vet will work an 18-hour shift on the weekend or on a holiday. Usually, shift change for veterinarians occurs at 7:30am and 7:30pm. If your pet is hospitalized during the weekend, he may be seen by more than one vet; if your pet's hospitalization extends past a shift change, the vet who has been working will thoroughly update the one coming on-duty about your pet's case before she leaves.

All of our technicians, both full-time and part-time, are compassionate, experienced, and qualified. Rest assured that while your pet is at the SAEC, he or she is in knowledgeable, caring hands.

Annzley Annzley
Annzley has loved animals ever since she was young, and she has had aspirations of becoming a veterinarian ever since grade school. She moved to the panhandle from Atlanta, Georgia to attend WTAMU as a pre-vet major. Her favorite part of the job here at the emergency clinic is watching surgeries. She has three pets: a Yorkie named Axsel, a tuxedo cat named Midnight, and an orange cat named Nova.
Ben Ben
Ben serves as the SAEC's computer technician. His love of computers began when he was in elementary school, and he went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. He works full-time with computers in a professional capacity at another local business, and he has worked on or set up the computer networks for at least four different veterinary clinics. Ben has two dogs: Daisy, an English coon hound, and Bella, a miniature dachshund.
Brittany Brittany
Brittany has been interested in veterinary medicine ever since she could really understand the field, as a child. She has done a year-long internship at another local small-animal clinic, and she is already a Certified Veterinary Assistant Level 1, in spite of her young age. Her favorite part about working in a clinic is "seeing the strong animal-human bond." Brittany has two "mutts," Jace and Ziegen, a Flemish Rex rabbit named Velvet, and a Betta fish named Regal.
Christi Christi
Christi grew up in a veterinary office, so she is very familiar with the inner workings of a clinic. She works full-time as an elementary school teacher, and she has served as the SAEC's bookkeeper for quite a few years now. Her favorite part of her job is "knowing that there are so many pets who have been saved or helped because our clinic was open when no other clinics were." She has two miniature dachshunds, Avery and Vinca, and a kitty named Violet.
Dallas Dallas
Dallas has been working at the emergency clinic since his freshman year of college, in 2014. Since then, he has also gained experience working as a technician at "regular" daytime veterinary clinics. Dallas says that his favorite aspect of working at the SAEC is being able to appease clients in highly stressful situations. He has a lab mix named Clyde.
Dr. Behrends Donna Behrends, DVM
Dr. Behrends became interested in becoming a veterinarian while working on a project in Los Angeles with the zoo. She went on to earn a BS in Economics from Texas Tech University in 1990, an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management in 1991, and a DVM from Texas A&M in 2000. She has 3 years of experience in general practice and 15 years of experience in emergency and critical care, which she considers her specialty. She is also a proponent of alternative medicine, including veterinary acupuncture (in which she is certified) and laser therapy. Dr. Behrends says that her favorite part of her job is seeing the love that people have for pets who are treated as part of the family. She has a lab named Hilde and a Yorkie mix named Cricket.
Ethan Ethan
Ethan has been interested in veterinary medicine for as long as he can remember. He studied animal science throughout high school and his early college years. Ethan has focused his technician career—which began in 2006—in the areas of anesthesia and surgery monitoring, and he joined the SAEC team in 2011. He is also one of the SAEC's ultrasound technicians. Ethan's favorite aspect of his job here is training other technicians and watching as they become more confident and capable in their skills. He has a dog named Willow (affectionately nicknamed Willard), a Doberman Pinscher.
Hannah Hannah
Hannah has known that she wanted to be a veterinarian since she was a child, but she pursued a different career path out of high school—she trained and conditioned horses and was a farrier's apprentice for a few years before finally applying to the pre-vet program at Ohio State University (in her home state). She is currently a pre-vet / animal science major at WTAMU and was recently accepted to the DVM program at Oklahoma State University. She says one of the reasons that she loves working for the SAEC is that she appreciates the opportunity to work under a variety of veterinarians. Hannah has a lab mix named Rhett.
Dr. Blaylock Janel Blaylock, DVM
Dr. Blaylock has wanted to be a veterinarian ever since preschool, when she helped her dad and grandpa take cattle to the vet. She explored other fields in undergrad before deciding to go to vet school in her junior year at Oklahoma State University. She earned a Bachelor's in Biological Science in 2005 and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from OSU in 2009, and she has been practicing since then in first Lubbock and then Amarillo (she says that she wasn't born in Texas, but she got here as fast as she could). She says that her favorite part of the job is "Puppies and kittens!" although she acknowledges that in an emergency setting, that's "only about 0.005% of the job." She also really enjoys simply seeing her patients get better, and she considers her areas of specialty to be soft tissue surgery and wound management. Dr. Blaylock has an orange tabby named Lawrence, two tuxedo padawans named Luke and Leia, and a Jack Russell Terrier named Zoe.
Dr. Dickinson Katie Dickinson, DVM
Dr. Dickinson grew up on a farm in Nebraska and moved to Canyon to attend WT. She worked for a vet in college and decided that it was the right career path for her, so she went on to earn a veterinary degree from Colorado State University. She has owned her own practice, Lone Star Veterinary Services, since 2008, where she specializes in shelter medicine, particularly low-cost spaying and neutering of shelter animals. She says that her favorite part of being a veterinarian is "getting to know my clients and being able to educate them to help keep their pets healthy." Dr. Dickinson has four children and many pets at home, including three dogs (a lab named Baxter, a mixed-breed named Bugs, and a Maltese mix named Jake), and five cats named Tux, Reeses, Tippy, Smokey Black, and Firestrike.
Kim Kim
Kim is the daughter of a veterinarian, so she's been around the profession for most of her life. She worked as a kennel tech growing up, and she has been a technician at the SAEC since 2009. In 2011, she completed the Advanced Vet Tech Imaging Program in Arlington, Texas and became the SAEC's first ultrasound technician. Kim has a BS in Marine Biology from Texas A&M Galveston, an MS in Experimental Pathology from the University of Texas Medical Branch, and she is currently working on a DVM at Colorado State University (class of 2021). She has two Italian greyhounds, Allie and Selene; one double dapple dachshund, Portia; and one chihuahua mix, Mia—although she says, "if it were up to my husband of 15 years, Zach, we would probably own about 10 dogs."
Kirstie Kirstie
Kirstie has always loved animals, but it was when her puppy got parvo and she opted to perform outpatient (at-home) treatment on him that she began to consider animal medicine as a career. She is currently pursuing a veterinary technician degree online. Kirstie's favorite thing about her job is helping animals and learning everything that she can in a clinic setting. She has 3 dogs: a German Shepherd / heeler named Beau, a chihuahua / dachshund named Bella, and a miniature pinscher / chihuahua named Tiberius. She also has a black cat named Binx.
Lauran Lauran
Lauran has wanted to work with animals since a young age. At the age of 18, when she began working in a vet clinic, she knew for sure that she wanted a career as a technician. She attended vet tech school at Delaware Tech for two years and worked at a daytime practice for 5 years in Delaware; she has been in emergency practice at the SAEC since 2015. Her favorite aspect of the job here is "being able to further my education and experience in emergency medicine." Lauran has a cat named Zephyr, who she rescued when he was half a pound, and he is now a healthy 16 pounds.
Lisa Lisa
Lisa changed careers in 2015 to join the staff of the SAEC full-time. She has learned everything she knows about being a technician through on-the-job training at the emergency clinic. Lisa has also been one of the ultrasound technicians at the SAEC since August of 2017. She says this is her favorite job she’s ever had, and that she especially loves “answering the phone on a Sunday or a holiday and being able to tell people that yes, we're open. A lot of people who come to us are panicked because they haven't been able to get ahold of their regular vets, and I love being able to put their minds at ease because we're available to care for their pets during off-hours.” Lisa has 2 rescue dogs: Willow, a seal miniature pinscher / Italian Greyhound mix; and Paddington, a red standard dachshund.
Monique Monique
Monique, like so many others at the SAEC, has been interested in veterinary medicine since childhood. She began working at the emergency clinic in early 2016 as a kennel attendant and has worked her way up to the level of veterinary technician. Her favorite aspect of the job at the SAEC is getting experience in a wide variety of situations. Monique has two dogs named Mia (a pitbull) and Tiny (a chihuahua).
Nicole Nicole
Nicole became interested in veterinary medicine after graduating from college in 2014, at which point she got a job at a clinic in San Angelo, Texas and began learning on-the-job. Her favorite part of being a technician is assisting in surgeries and "seeing patients go home feeling better than when they came in." Nicole has a lab mix named Bandit and two cats named Polly and Oreo.
Dr. Chase Pat Chase, DVM
When she was in third grade, Dr. Chase saw her dog get hit by a car and knew from the extent of his injuries that he wouldn't make it to a veterinary clinic, 30 miles away. From that moment on, she never wanted to be anything but a veterinarian, and she has been practicing for over 40 years now. She has a Bachelor of Science and a DVM from Texas A&M University. Her favorite aspect of veterinary medicine is knowing that she was instrumental in saving a critically ill or injured pet and returning that pet to its owner, especially "seeing the joy on the client's and the pet's faces as they interact." Her favorite thing about the SAEC is "knowing that we truly provide an important service to the community. Countless pets' lives have been saved because there were already trained people on the premises to begin immediate treatment." Dr. Chase is known as the "Dog Whisperer" by other staff members at the EC; one of her specialties is handling and reassuring small dogs, particularly dachshunds and chihuahuas. She has a miniature dachshund named Kinzie and a dachshund/chihuahua mix named Kasey.
Dr. Johnson Wendi Johnson, DVM
Dr. Johnson has known she wanted to be a vet since childhoodkindergarten, to be specific. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Biology from Oklahoma Panhandle State University and then moved to Oklahoma State University for her DVM. She worked at Palo Duro Animal Hospital in Canyon from 2008-2012, then in 2012 she purchased Yarbrough Veterinary Clinic, which she owns and operates. She says that her favorite aspect of emergency medicine is seeing something different each day, and something that she enjoys about veterinary medicine in general is working with the public. Dr. Johnson has two labs named Rascal and Sonny.

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