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.