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Tara Warner
Tara Warner
Head Veterinary Assistant
Tara has always felt a calling to better the lives of animals in whatever way she could. For her, working in the world of veterinary care just made good sense. Tara has now been a member of the Clyde’s Animal Clinic family for nearly 24 years, and she’s proud to serve as the hospital’s Head Veterinary Assistant!

Tara is a Mattoon native and holds a Bachelor’s degree in animal science from the University of Illinois. She joined the Clyde’s Animal Clinic team shortly after graduating in the spring of 1996, and has been serving the area’s pets and animal owners here ever since. Tara enjoys the technical side of her job and spends a lot of her time behind the scenes, running lab results and coordinating surgeries. Her favorite part of every shift, though, is getting to meet and greet new pet owners and their adorable animal companions.

When she’s not at work, Tara likes camping, attending music festivals, and spending quality time with her family and pets. She and her husband, Hans, have three children named Gwen, Arissa, and Alton. The family has a Sphynx cat, Neffie, who likes to eat everything that isn’t food, as well as four rescued dogs: Lulu the Standard Poodle, an aging wire-haired dachshund named Elmo, and two Chihuahuas who go by Oliver and Ralph.
Brittany Harmston
Brittany Harmston
Certified Veterinary Technician
Brittany’s mother is a Registered Nurse, so Brittany has been learning about medicine ever since she was a little girl. She knew that she didn’t want to pursue human medicine herself, though. When Brittany thought back about what made her truly passionate, the answer became clear: veterinary medicine would allow her to utilize her interest in medicine and her adoration of animals at the same time!

Brittany hails from Central Illinois and first launched her journey in animal care by signing on as a dog bather at a local pet store. Clyde’s Veterinary Clinic took care of sick animals from that store, and a former employee mentioned to Brittany that the hospital was hiring. She jumped at her chance to get her foot in the door at a veterinary clinic!

Brittany first joined the Clyde’s Veterinary Clinic team as a receptionist, and then returned to school to study veterinary technology. She graduated as a Certified Veterinary Technician, and has been helping pets in that capacity here at the clinic ever since. Brittany has a special passion for dental work, and she also loves nursing hospitalized patients back to full health.

Away from work, Brittany likes spending time outdoors, reading, and spending time with her fiancé, Colton, and their pets. The couple lives in Mattoon with a pair of Miniature Dachshunds, Susie and Frankie; three cats who go by Luna, Valhalla, and Sazh; and a corn snake named Randy.
Rosetta
Rosetta
Veterinary Assistant
Rosetta grew up in the country and frequently cared for chickens, ducks, and calves during her early years. She’s adored animals for as long as she can remember, and she’s worked in veterinary medicine for almost her entire career! Rosetta is now semi-retired and serves as a Veterinary Assistant here at Clyde’s Veterinary Clinic a few days per week.

Rosetta started her veterinary journey in 1966 at a clinic in Sullivan, and joined the Clyde’s Veterinary Clinic team 23 years ago when the doctor she had previously worked for decided to retire. She’s been here ever since! Rosetta loves to watch pets grow and mature over the years, and she’s as fond of helping pets live happier, healthier lives today as she was when she first started in the field.

At home, Rosetta and her husband live with an ornery Giant Schnauzer, Gus, and a sweet dog named Sadie.
Taylor Dirks
Taylor Dirks
Veterinary Assistant
Taylor has been infatuated with animals of every shape and size ever since she was a little girl. Then and now, the earth’s creatures bring her an indescribable joy—for her, working hands-on to better the lives of pets is a dream come true. That’s why Taylor decided to dedicate her life to animals by entering the veterinary profession! She’s proud to serve as a member of Clyde Veterinary Clinic’s Veterinary Assistant team.

Taylor is from Effingham, Illinois and first started shadowing at a veterinary clinic in her hometown during her senior year of high school. It didn’t take long for her to make up her mind: working in the veterinary field was exactly what she wanted to do! Taylor interned at that clinic for two summers, then attended Southern Illinois University to study animal science.

Upon graduating with her Bachelor’s degree, Taylor began her search for a family-oriented, medically advanced pet hospital in which to launch her animal-care career. That’s when she came across an opening here at Clyde’s Veterinary Clinic. The rest is history! Taylor is now a full-time Veterinary Assistant, and has a particular interest in diagnostic work. Most of all, she likes witnessing incredible success stories and seeing happy, healthy animal patients reunited with their loving owners.

Taylor lives in Effingham with her husband, Brandon, and their two pets: a silly Boxer mix named Winnie and a rambunctious kitten who goes by Goose. When she isn’t at work or doting on her own pets at home, Taylor enjoys traveling, camping, and spending quality time with friends and family.
Kameron Cole
Kameron Cole
Kennel Technician, Veterinary Assistant
Kameron grew up in Pana, Illinois, where her family always kept dogs, rabbits, fish, and hamsters. Her adoration for animals, coupled with her interests in science and medicine, made one choice of career the obvious one: veterinary care. Now, Kameron gets to learn more on a daily basis as a member of the Clyde’s Veterinary Clinic family!

After high school, Kameron moved to Mattoon in 2017 to begin studying at Lake Land College and earn her biology degree. She started as a member of the kennel staff here at Clyde’s Veterinary Clinic at the same time, and she’s been a part of the team ever since. After graduating, Kameron was trained on-the-job to become a Veterinary Assistant, and couldn’t be happier to work with the area’s animal companions in a more hands-on way. She particularly likes performing nail trims, but her favorite part of the work is getting to tell pet owners how great their boarding companion was while they were away.

Kameron’s interests away from the clinic include painting, showing dogs (she and her dog even earned a first-place trophy in Springfield!), and spending time with her own pets at home. She shares her life with a laid-back cat named Jackal; Flash the sweet American Bulldog; a cranky Amazon Tree Boa; and a quarter horse named Sephora.
Connie
Connie
Office Manager
Connie attended college to study accounting and enjoyed her work as an accountant for many years. But after some time, she started to realize that something was missing. She wanted to work in an exciting, dynamic field that allowed her to directly impact the lives of others. Veterinary medicine was the perfect choice! Now, Connie gets to use her background to better the lives of pets and animal owners as Clyde’s Veterinary Clinic’s Office Manager.

Connie was born and raised in Wisconsin and lived in Arizona for almost two decades. It was there that she began working in the world of veterinary medicine—she signed on at the clinic she brought her own pets to, and she hasn’t looked back since. Connie moved to this area in 2006 and signed on at Clyde’s Veterinary Clinic shortly afterward. In total, she’s been serving pets and animal owners as a member of the veterinary profession for more than 27 years!

In her time away from the office, Connie likes visiting with family, spending time with her husband, and spoiling their cats.
Ashley
Ashley
Veterinary Assistant, Receptionist
Ashley always wondered what it would be like to work behind-the-scenes in a veterinary clinic. She never thought she would actually get the chance! When the opportunity arose for Ashley to join the Clyde’s Veterinary Clinic family and help people and pets on a daily basis, she dove in headfirst. She’s a member of the clinic’s Veterinary Assistant and reception teams.

Ashley first joined the clinic family in January of 2009 after hearing about an open position from her cousin, who worked here at the time. Ashley started as a member of the kennel team before moving into the reception area, and she’s also been trained as a Veterinary Assistant. She’s particularly passionate about educating the area’s pet owners on preventative healthcare and the best products for their companions, and her favorite part of the job is seeing owners get excited about their adorable new pets.

When she’s not here at the hospital, Ashley likes decorating, crafting and sewing, and cooking and baking. She has two dogs and a cat at home: Fergus the orange tabby; a Labrador/Husky mix named Ellie who has a problem with listening; and a goofy Goldendoodle who goes by Oliver.
Kaylee
Kaylee
Receptionist
Kaylee was introduced to horses at a very young age, and also spent time around cows, dogs, and cats while growing up in her hometown of Olney, Illinois. For her, animal care simply comes naturally. She’s always been interested in the medical side of pet care, so working in the world of veterinary medicine just makes perfect sense! Kaylee is a proud member of the Clyde’s Veterinary Clinic reception team.

Kaylee first heard about an opening here at the hospital from Dr. Schultz, and didn’t waste any time applying. She became a member of the hospital family in August of 2019 and loves to meet and greet pet owners and their adorable companions at the front desk. Kaylee finds that her favorite part of her work is getting to meet a wide variety of animal—and human!—personalities every day, and she always loves to dote on new puppies and kittens.

Away from the office, Kaylee spends most of her free time on horseback. She’s been riding since she was seven years old and started competing at the age of eight! At home, Kaylee and her family share their lives with two cats: Kaylee’s own feline friend, Jill, and her brother’s Maine Coon, Bella.
Miranda
Miranda
Veterinary Assistant
Miranda was born and raised on a beef cattle farm, so she’s been tending to the needs of animals ever since her earliest days. For her, continuing on the legacy of hard work and dedication to animals that’s been instilled in her is a dream come true! Miranda is a proud member of Clyde’s Veterinary Clinic’s Veterinary Assistant team.

Miranda was a senior in high school when she started her co-operative career placement at Clyde’s Veterinary Clinic’s sister hospital in Paris. From day one, she knew that she had found her true calling. After spending a year interning there, she was offered a job here at the hospital and gladly accepted. That was in August of 2015, just before Miranda started studying at Lake Land College.

Around the clinic, Miranda loves performing blood work and is fascinated by the way that studying samples can tell her so much about a patient’s health. Her favorite part of her work is the success stories—nothing beats seeing a happy, healthy animal companion be reunited with their loving owner!

Miranda is currently a graduate student at Eastern Illinois University. When time permits between her studies and her shifts here at the clinic, she enjoys exercising and spending quality time with her family and pets. She and her husband share their lives with Blue, a Blue Heeler who loves to be outside, and a Shih Tzu named Ryleigh who is truly Miranda’s best friend in the world.
Katie Jenkins
Katie Jenkins
Kennel Technician, Veterinary Assistant
As her beloved childhood dog began to age, Katie felt compelled to learn anything and everything that she could in order to help her pup remain happy and comfortable. That feeling turned into a passion that hasn’t let up to this day! Katie is now a proud member of the Clyde’s Veterinary Clinic team and looks forward to advancing her education at veterinary school in the future.

Katie is from Charleston and attended Eastern Illinois University to earn her degree in biology. She started here at the hospital in November of 2018 as a Kennel Technician, and was soon trained on-the-job to become a Veterinary Assistant. Katie particularly likes taking X-ray scans and performing ultrasounds, and her favorite thing to do is meet and greet new pets and owners on a daily basis.

Katie’s interests away from work include photography, painting and pottery, and baking. She shares her life with several wonderful pets at home: Nickie, a lazy black cat; a long-haired mutt who goes by Sydney; Duke the foster-fail Dachshund; and a diminutive Pit Bull named Layla.
Hayley Wagner
Hayley Wagner
Pet Stylist
Hayley has been obsessed with animals ever since she can remember. She fondly remembers watching programs on Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel growing up, and always loved teaching pets new tricks. For her, a career spent working hands-on with pets simply made sense! Hayley is now Clyde Veterinary Clinic’s resident Pet Stylist.

Hayley is from Chicago and started her animal-care journey by showing at dog shows. After studying under several professional groomers, she opened her very own salon. Hayley joined the Clyde’s Veterinary Clinic team in May of 2019, where she loves to educate pet owners about their canine companions’ skin and coat health. For her, seeing an owner invest in their pet’s health is the ultimate reward.

When she isn’t helping pets to look and feel their best here at the clinic, Hayley can be found attending dog sporting events and shows with her daughter, gardening, or working on home-improvement projects. She and her daughter, Charlotte, share their lives with four dogs of their own: Nila, a German Shepherd who knows about 45 commands; a retired show-dog German Shepherd named Marley; Merry the silly Pit Bull mix; and a Shetland Sheepdog/Cattle Dog mix puppy named Daily.
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