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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Kayla Whitmer

Veterinary Technician

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 has 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 Technician

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

Receptionist

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

Kennel Director

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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