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Doctors

Dr. Rick Nelson

Dr. Nelson began his career at the Fishler Animal Hospital in Elkhart in 1976 after graduating from Michigan State Veterinary School. He opened Animal Aid Clinic South in 1980 and...
Dr. Rick Nelson

Dr. Minerva Anderson

Dr. Anderson has been a veterinarian at AACS for over 20 years. She is a graduate of Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine. She and her husband, Dave, have two teenage...
Dr. Minerva Anderson

Dr. Stacey Dean

Dr. Dean has been a part of the veterinary team at Animal Aid Clinic South since June of 2003, shortly after her graduation from the Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine....
Dr. Stacey Dean

Dr. Audriana Ballard

Dr. Ballard joined the practice in June of 2019. She is originally from Connecticut and a recent graduate of Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2019. Boiler Up!...
Dr. Audriana Ballard

Dr. Erika Anderson

Dr. Erika Anderson joined the Animal Aid Clinic South team in Spring of 2021, having completed her veterinary training at Purdue University in 2019. In her spare time, Dr. Anderson...
Dr. Erika Anderson

Technicians

Amy Marquez R.V.T.

Amy is probably the technician that our clients know the best. She has worked at Animal Aid Clinic South since her graduation from Purdue University’s veterinary technician school in 1996....
Amy Marquez R.V.T.

Samantha Johnson, R.V.T.

Samantha Johnson (aka Sammi Jo) has been a part of our family since November 2014. She received her degree in Science of Veterinary Technology from the Veterinary Technician Institute of...
Samantha Johnson, R.V.T.

Kayla Farner, R.V.T.

Kayla Farner has been a part of the Animal Aid Clinic South family since her graduation in May 2017.  She attained both her Associate of Applied Science degree and Bachelor...
Kayla Farner, R.V.T.

Jessica Rodes, R.V.T.

Jessica Rodes completed her externship at Animal Aid Clinic South while she was working on her Associate of Applied Science degree from Ancilla College. She has since earned her license...
Jessica Rodes, R.V.T.

Staff

Kim Newman

Kim Newman has been our kennel manager and resident “Dog Whisperer” for the last eight years. Kim is a graduate of Purdue University with B.A. in Agriculture and English and a...
Kim Newman

Britt Newman, Receptionist

Britt Newman started as a receptionist over 30 years ago and has been our front office manager for the last 15 years. Many of you know her by her bright...
Britt Newman, Receptionist

Tara Byers

Tara Byers has been on the AACS receptionist team since 1996. Tara enjoys working one on one with clients the most. She has made lots of good friendships with our clients...
Tara Byers

Vanessa Askren, Veterinary Assistant

Vanessa has been a part of our Animal Aid Clinic South family since 2011. She received her Associates Degree of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology in 2012.  She married her...
Vanessa Askren, Veterinary Assistant

Anarbol Contreras, Veterinary Assistant

Anarbol Contreras, otherwise known as Junior, was born in Orange County, California.  He moved to Elkhart County in 2004, and graduated from Concord High School in 2013.  GO MINUTEMEN!!!  He...
Anarbol Contreras, Veterinary Assistant

Strudel, Clinic Mascot

Strudel joined the Animal Aid Clinic South family in the fall of 2017.  Her hobbies include stealing the doctors’ lunches, napping in her favorite chair, and pushing random objects off...
Strudel, Clinic Mascot