Mike Whitten, IT Support and Photographer

Mike WhittenMike Whitten is married to Dr. Mel and is Animal Care Clinic’s photographer and IT support provider. He has a Bachelor of Science in Biological Engineering and a Master’s degree in Computer Science, both from Mississippi State. He has been a photographer since his college days and inherited his talent from his father. He was a credentialed photographer for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City and the Reliant World Series of Dog Shows in Houston, Texas. Mike is also the proprietor of his own business called Limestone Creek Photography; his studio is located within our clinic.

Mike, a manager at ERC (a subcontractor to NASA), confesses that he is as much an animal-lover as Dr. Mel, with a special weakness for Labrador Retrievers. "During the work day, Mel frequently sends me pictures from her phone of the cute puppies she sees. One day I had to text back, 'Your job is better. We don’t get puppies at NASA.' ”

Mike says that beyond his photography and tech duties, his first responsibility is keeping the doctor happy and adds he is an, “Ace dog walker, pooper-scooper and vomit cleaner-upper, as any veterinarian’s spouse can attest to.”

At home, he shares a range of pets with Dr. Mel and his interests include SCUBA diving, traveling and bicycling.

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Larry Bonner, Office Manager

Larry BonnerLarry Bonner has been the Office Manager at Animal Care Clinic since February of 2010. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business and is always an upbeat and friendly person who is very good at helping our clients receive the best client care possible.

"I truly enjoy working for Dr. Mel because she is fair and honest without any pretense,” he says. "She allows us to do our jobs yet provides good guidance when necessary, which is good because I feel as if I still have a lot to learn from her."

Larry's pets include a terrier mix named Gus, two Catahoulas named Hooch and Katie, and a Labrador Retriever named Speedy. His interests include remodeling his home, spending quality time with family and friends, and going to the theater when he has the time.

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Dani Pennington, CVAII

Dani PenningtonDani Pennington is a Level Two Certified Veterinary Assistant who has been with Animal Care Clinic since August of 2011, but began working in companion animal care in 2008. She recently earned her Level Three CVA Accreditation.

Dani says that each day she hopes to, “Bring a friendly and comedic tone to the clinic with a bit of hands-on experience sprinkled on top.”

Dani has two Border Collies named Delilah and Jolene, a cat named Kim Son, and a quarter horse named Blazer. Her interests include working with horses, movies, video games and drawing.

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Amanda Erickson, BS, CVAIII

Amanda EricksonAmanda Erickson is a Level Three Certified Veterinary Assistant who has been with Animal Care Clinic since May 2013 and has been working in the animal related field since 2009. Her responsibilities include assisting the doctor, general patient care, running laboratory tests and monitoring pets during and after surgical procedures.She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science from Sam Houston State University and has obtained her Level Three Veterinary Assistant Certification.

Working at Animal Care Clinic offers Amanda a continual learning environment that she enjoys. "My desire is to always learn what I can in this field of study," she said. "I enjoy assisting Dr. Mel in surgery and monitoring pets to make sure they are stable during surgery and that they recover normally." Amanda also enjoys working here because of the professional environment as well as the pet owner community.

In her spare time Amanda teaches her two dogs – Sable and Sputnick – new tricks and takes them to the local dog park. She also is a self-described "movie-freak" and loves a good movie night with popcorn. She also enjoys board games, baking and cooking.

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Angelica Rivas, Kennel Manager, Veterinary Assistant

Angelica Rivas

Kennel Manager and Veterinary Assistant Angelica Rivas is responsible for managing the day to day kennel activities which includes checking boarding patients in and out, keeping the camp clean, medicating and feeding boarding patients, and making sure all kennel operations are running efficiently.

“My favorite part of the job is grooming the dogs, playing with them, and giving them cookies,” says Angelica. “I like the small town feel and how everybody knows everybody. I enjoy working alongside my co-workers, and the environment in the clinic is always positive.”

Angelica enjoys gardening, hiking, camping, shopping, swimming, and spoiling her dogs while she is out of the office. She owns a black retriever named Starsky, and a Maltese named Obi-Wan. She loves teaching her dogs tricks and taking them to dog parks.

She currently possesses a CVA II certification.

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Michelle Griffin, CVAIII, Receptionist

Michelle Griffin

Michelle Griffin joined the Animal Care Clinic team as a receptionist in December 2014, but she's been employed in the animal-related field since 2003. Michelle's responsibilities include greeting clients, checking patients in and out, answering the telephone, making appointments, keeping the lobby clean and tidy, making follow-up calls to check on patients, and assisting the doctor or technicians with patients when needed. She is a level 3 Certified Veterinary Assistant (CVA).

Michelle loves the comfortable, small-town feel of Animal Care Clinic. "I enjoy the atmosphere," she says. "Everyone is always made to feel welcome, and completely at home working at this clinic."

At home Michelle is the pet parent of four dogs: a white Terrier mix named Olivia, a Black Lab named Easter, a 7-yr-old Miniature Pinscher named Pinnie and a 5-yr-old toy poodle named Skyler. She loves family activities, including family puzzle time, family fishing trips, or simply lounging around the house, relaxing with a good movie or television show. She also enjoys trips with her husband to resale shops in search of unusual, interesting items.

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Morganne Shearer, Social Media Director, Receptionist

Morganne Shearer

Morganne Shearer joined the Animal Care Clinic in June 2017, and since has been working full time as our Social Media Director and Receptionist. Some of her day-to-day responsibilities include helping clients with their questions and needs, answering phones, updating and maintaining website and social media publications, taking pictures, invoicing, aiding with reception, client communications, and all clerical duties.

“Animal Care Clinic is an amazing clinic to work for, everyone is so welcoming and friendly. The clinic has the best clients and amazing patients. You never know what tomorrow brings and what adventure is coming next. You learn something new every day!”

At home, Morganne has three dogs: Raven, a Black Lab, Belle, a Blue Heeler who is 5 years old, and Jewels, her Dachshund that is 7 years old. In her free time Morganne enjoys spending her time outdoors, hunting and fishing. She also loves spending time with her family and loving dogs.

Morganne has obtained her CVA I certification, and is working on her CVA II certification currently.

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