Our Careteam

Tonya Sebastian-Terrell

Veterinary Technician

During her senior year of high school, Tonya worked for a mixed animal practice in Kentucky and fell in love with the profession. She decided to commit to a vet tech program and now has been serving pets and their clients as a Veterinary Technician for 15 years!

Tonya grew up on a thoroughbred horse farm in Bourbon County as the youngest of five children. In the fall of 1995, Tonya enrolled in the Morehead State University Veterinary Program, where she developed a true passion for the medicinal and laboratory aspect of the job. Two days after graduating, she started working provisionally at Animal Care Clinic, and accepted a full-time position in 1998.

As a vet tech, Tonya especially likes radiology and anesthesiology for the challenge of maintaining the pet under anesthesia.

At home, Tonya lives with her husband Wendell, their three dogs, and two cats. They also own two Great Pyrene dogs that work at their farm guarding their sheep and goats.

In her spare time, Tonya likes spending time with her three children and helping them show goats and sheep in the 4H program. She also enjoys riding her quarter horse when she gets the chance.

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Megan Burton

Veterinary Technician

Megan Burton grew up with a strong interest in medicine and always watched animal shows on television. She made the decision to care for animals as a career, and now works as at Animal Care Clinic as a Veterinary Technician.

Megan grew up in Kentucky. When she was a junior in high school, she volunteered at an animal clinic to make sure the veterinary field was for her. She decided that it was, and went to Morehead State University to become a licensed Veterinary Technician!

Dentistry is a special passion of Megan’s—she likes to take a mouth full of plague and tarter and make it shine again. Lab work is another area of special interest.

Megan has two pets, although she says she’d have a few more if she had the space! Her Yorkshire terrier Sugar always wants to be held, and cockatiel Alex loves to walk and fly around the house.

In her spare time, Megan likes reading anything from mystery thrillers to romance novels. She also likes to play her clarinet.

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Jessica Caldwell

Veterinary Assistant

Jessica grew up in Georgetown, Kentucky and just recently moved to Lexington to be closer to school. Throughout high school, she worked at a horse farm and got to see a lot of veterinary medicine in action. When she saw an opening for an assistant job at a local pet hospital, she jumped at the chance! She now works as a Veterinary Assistant at Animal Care Clinic.

Jessica is currently attending Bluegrass Community and Technical College. She hopes that working at Animal Care Clinic will help narrow and focus her career path.

Getting to know all the clients and hearing their stories are some of Jessica’s favorite aspects of her job. She also likes continually learning every day.

Outside of work, Jessica likes working on cars and learning more about them. She still has her first car from when she was 15 and enjoys modifying and upgrading it along with her father. Jessica has one pet, her dog Max, who can always cheer her up if she’s having a bad day.

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Kayla Whitmer

Veterinary Assistant

Kayla was first introduced to cows by her grandfather, which sparked a love for animals great and small that has persisted to this day. She simply can’t imagine doing anything other than caring for the earth’s creatures! Kayla gets to care for pets daily as one of the Animal Care Clinic’s Veterinary Assistants.

Kayla is from Columbus, Ohio, and attended the University of Kentucky to study animal science. She graduated with her degree in May of 2016, then joined the Animal Care Clinic team shortly afterward on the recommendation of her academic advisor. Kayla is happy to remain in Kentucky to pursue her love of animal care! Here at the hospital, she especially enjoys hearing fun pet stories, meeting new pet owners and animals on a daily basis, and learning something new every single day.

Kayla lives with her boyfriend, Philip, and their two sweet canine companions: Cleo is a Border collie/beagle mix, and Eddie is a young Dachshund/spaniel mix. In her spare time, Kayla can be found training her dogs, heading to the dog park, and trying out new foods and restaurants around town.

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Heather Mullins

Veterinary Assistant

Heather was taught to appreciate the earth’s creatures very early on in life, and always knew that she would love a career that allowed her to work directly with animals. As a veterinary professional, she gets to go home at the end of the day knowing that she’s made a real difference! Heather is happy to care for the pets of her hometown as a member of the Animal Care Clinic team.

Heather was born in Longmont, Colorado but moved here to Lexington when she was young. Her veterinary journey started at a feline-only practice when she was only 18 years old. After moving to Georgia, Heather happened to meet a local veterinarian through a mutual acquaintance, and ended up securing a job at the veterinarian’s 24-hour practice. A few years later, she relocated to Indiana and took a job at another high-volume clinic, where her veterinary skills were developed even further.

In June of 2016, Heather moved back home to Kentucky and joined the Animal Care Clinic family that July. Around the hospital, she’s fond of performing dental cleanings, monitoring pets under anesthesia, and watching the doctors perform surgical procedures. Most of all, Heather enjoys building relationships with clients and their beloved pets on a daily basis.

Aside from her interests in the animal-care world, Heather likes rock-climbing, hiking, fishing, kayaking, wading, and playing golf. She lives with two rescued pit bulls, Cecelia and Marty McFly; a rottweiler mix named Molly; Emi the vocal tuxedo cat; and a beautiful blue and yellow Betta fish named Mac.

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Alla Derkach


Alla has always had a knack for customer service, and believes that helping animals is just as important as helping people. Being the friendly and welcoming face for Animal Care Clinic is the perfect way for her to utilize her compassionate nature while bettering the lives of pets!

A native of Ukraine, Alla worked in the human healthcare field before entering the veterinary industry. She joined the Animal Care Clinic family in May of 2015 and couldn’t be happier. Alla particularly enjoys interacting with clients and their pets, fixing scheduling problems, and staying on her toes in the fast-paced front desk environment.

In her time away from the clinic, Alla likes traveling and cooking. Her large family—she has six younger siblings—provides the perfect opportunity for her to hone her cooking skills. Once, Alla hosted her family’s large annual holiday party and managed to make a meal for 45 people!

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Amanda Spencer


Amanda was very young when she first took notice to the strong bonds she shared with pets. She’s wanted to improve their lives in whatever way she could for as long as she can remember! Amanda believes that every animal has a purpose—she’s always wanted to give something back, and gets to do just that as a member of the Animal Care Clinic team.

Amanda was raised on a small farm, then moved to Versailles, Kentucky, with her family at the age of eight. After high school, she relocated to Colorado and worked in the customer service industry. Several years later, Amanda decided it was time to come back to Kentucky to be closer to family—that’s when she signed on at the Woodford Humane Society, where she would work in animal welfare for the next 10 years.

Amanda recently joined the Animal Care Clinic family to experience the medical side of the animal-care world, and couldn’t be happier to expand her skillset and soak up knowledge from her fellow team members. She’s found that she especially likes the fast-paced clinic environment!

Away from work, Amanda likes spending time with her husband, going on long drives through the country, catching up on her favorite television shows, and enjoying the company of her pets. She and her husband, Steven, share their lives with several animal companions. They have three dogs—Boo Boo, who loves bossing her larger canine companions around; a Boxer/pit bull mix named Spencer who can win any kissing contest; and Clyde Eastwood, who spends most of his time patrolling the house—as well as four turtles, five hermit crabs, and a Betta fish named Lloyd.

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Anna Hughes

Student Assistant

Anna grew up on a thoroughbred farm just outside of Lexington, where animals were a part of life from day one—her mother manages the farm, and her father works as an equine veterinarian. As she grew older, Anna began to realize that animals needed her just as much as she needed them! Now, she’s living her dream as an Assistant here at Animal Care Clinic while she studies veterinary medicine in college.

Anna is an undergraduate student at the University of Kentucky and hopes to become a veterinarian herself in the future. She joined the Animal Care Clinic family in the summer of 2015, and particularly likes assisting with surgeries and learning about the various medications used to solve pets’ ailments.

When time permits between her busy school and work schedules, Anna likes cooking, hiking in the great outdoors, and spending time with her own family pets. Fynn is a grouchy husky mix who always demands to get her way; Goose is a large Shepherd/Mastiff mix who thinks he is a lap dog; and Milo is the farm dog and enjoys running around excitedly all day. The four-legged portion of the family is rounded out by a pair of barn cats and Hootie, a recently-acquired hedgehog who is extremely cute when he gets mad.

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Barkley Bowling

Student Assistant

Barkley grew up on a farm in London, Kentucky, where his passion for animal care first blossomed. He was responsible for everything from horse training to making sure all of the animals were properly fed—it didn’t take long for him to decide that veterinary medicine was the ideal career choice! Barkley is currently a student at the University of Kentucky, and plans on becoming a veterinarian himself in the future.

After hearing about an open position here at the hospital through his school’s pre-vet advisor program, Barkley came in for an interview and shadowing opportunity. A few days later, he was a member of the team! Barkley is particularly passionate about helping with surgeries, keeping up with the fast-paced clinic environment, and meeting new pet owners on a daily basis.

Barkley’s family consists of his father, a funeral director; his mother, who works as an elementary school principal; and his older sister, who serves as a high school gym teacher. At home, Barkley’s parents keep the family dog, Louie. He is extremely smart and has even learned to play dead when Barkley holds up his hand in the shape of a gun.

Outside of schoolwork and his duties here at the clinic, Barkley enjoys hiking, hunting, and fishing in the great outdoors, four-wheeling, listening to country music, working around the family farm, and riding horses. He’s bred, raised, and ridden Tennessee Walking horses his entire life, and has even won three world championships throughout his horse-show career!

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Alaine Gerughty

Student Assistant

Alaine was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, where her family’s dinner conversations often revolved around stories from her father’s days as an emergency-room doctor. Early on, Alaine knew that she was fascinated by the medical field. She started to develop a passion for animals as she got older, and quickly realized that a career in veterinary medicine was just what she was looking for!

Alaine attends the University of Kentucky, where she is obtaining her undergraduate degree before moving on to veterinary school. Her plan is to become a veterinarian herself! She has observed at various small- and large-animal clinics, and is thrilled to further expand her knowledge and experience as a Student Assistant here at the Animal Care Clinic. Alaine particularly enjoys assisting during examinations in order to make a personal connection with a patient, and also likes learning new techniques and tricks with regards to surgeries and medicine. Most of all, she loves interacting directly with loving pet owners just like herself.

At home, Alaine and her family have three dogs: Ozzie, a Chihuahua/Dachshund mix who considers himself the official guard dog; a sweet and loving Chihuahua named Rosie; and a Dachshund named Sammie who loves any sort of food.

When she has a moment between schoolwork and her duties here at the hospital, Alaine enjoys playing tennis and practicing her photography skills. She’s been passionate about photography ever since high school, where she gained experience developing physical film in a darkroom. Her skills have even aided her during her animal-care journey—Alaine previously observed at a veterinary clinic that developed X-rays in a darkroom, and she was thrilled to be able to help!

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