Meet Our Doctors

Dr. Josh Ervin, DVM Owner


 Pomeroy & Wellston Location:

Dr. Josh Ervin, owner and operator of Ohio Valley Animal Clinic is a 2007 Graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He was born and raised on a beef farm in Racine, Ohio, where he resides today on the family farm. Upon Graduation, Dr. Ervin moved to Logan, WV, to practice at and operate the Logan Animal Hospital. After 4 years, he accepted a position as an emergency veterinarian at the Tri State Animal ER located in Huntington, WV. Dr Ervin's lifelong dream has been to own a veterinary hospital leading to his decision to return home and serve the community. His hobbies include anything outdoors, archery, power lifting, farming and sky diving. 

Dr. Ysabel Wright, DVM Associate


Athens Location:

  Dr. Ysabel Wright is a 2017 graduate of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. She started working for OVAC in January of 2019.

  Dr. Wright was born and raised in the Cincinnati, Ohio area. After high school, she moved to the 'Big Easy' to complete her B.S. degree in Biology at Loyola University New Orleans. Thereafter, she moved to the beautiful Carribean island, St. Kitts, to complete her veterinary studies. She completed her clinical veterinary training at Oklahoma State in 2016-2017. Dr. Wright decided to pursue a postgraduate degree in research on Holstein- Friesian dairy cows. She spent part of 2018 in Ireland, then returned to St. Kitts to finish up her research. 

  While in veterinary school, Dr. Wright also met the love of her life. Her and her fiance, Abal, are currently planning their fall Carribean wedding! Dr. Wright's hobbies include dancing, playing her cello, listening to music, anything outdoors, and spending time with her family, friends, and pet dogs and cat. 

OVAC Staff

Laura Hafer, Inventory Specialist


 Laura lives in Coolville with her husband of twenty seven and a half years and their four fur kids. She spent 23 years working in human pharmacy before coming to OVAC as our Inventory Specialist.   


OVAC Pomeroy

Larissa "Suzy" Morris - Receptionist/Veterinarian Assistant



Larissa resides in Rutland, Ohio with her husband, Tyson, their 3 dogs, Copper, Lady and Timber along with their 25 + chickens. Larissa graduated from Meigs High School in 2012. In her free time, she enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with her family. 

Kirsten "Kam" Maple - Veterinarian Assistant


Kirsten resides in Athens, Ohio with her fiance, Sean, and their three dogs; Max, Chloe, and Diesel. She graduated from Glen Este High School and Live Oaks Technical School in 2016. In her free time, Kam enjoys being outdoors with her dogs, horseback riding, and hunting.

Tekoa Martinez - Veterinarian Assistant


Tekoa Martinez grew up in Pomeroy, Ohio and graduated from Meigs High School in 2015. She currently resides in Racine, Ohio with her boyfriend and fur baby, Kopie. She enjoys being outdoors and loves playing with her dog, camping, hiking, kayaking and fishing.  

Debi Andrews - Veterinarian Assistant


Debi grew up on a family farm in Albany, Ohio where she learned how to raise and care for a variety of animals. She was an active FFA member until she graduated from Alexander High School in 2015. She then pursued her passion of horses by attending Hocking College for the Equine Health and Complimentary Therapies Program. Debi enjoys spending time with her many animals, family and husband, Cody.

OVAC Athens

Shae Nelson - Receptionist/ Veterinarian Assistant


Shae grew up on a farm located in Morgan County, Ohio where she enjoyed showing horses and cattle. She would travel all over the state to show cattle, as well as barrel racing horses. She was also active in 4-H and FFA. Shae now resides in Athens County with her fiance, Charlie, and their furry kids at Smoke Rise Ranch. In her free time, she enjoys riding her horse RJ and spending time working cattle with her fur babies, Jake and Gizmo. Shae joined back up with the OVAC team in April 2019.  

Jordan Heightland - Veterinarian Assistant


 Jordan and her fiancé Austin,  live in The Plains with their dog Koda and cat Kade. Jordan graduated from Athens in 2013 and is interested in pursuing online classes for veterinary technician. In her free time she enjoys drawing pictures of animals, fishing, camping and hanging out with her mom, dad, and brother. 

Laiken Hamilton - Veterinarian Assistant


Laiken grew up in Albany, Ohio on a small farm with various animals. She graduated from Alexander High School in 2018 and received her Cosmetology License in June of 2018. Laiken enjoys spending time with her dogs, Smokey and Gypsy. 

Brayawna Hogsett - Veterinarian Assistant


Brayawna graduated from Galion High School. After high school, Brayawna moved to Southeast Ohio to attend Hocking College and received an Associate's Degree in Wilderness Horsemanship and Equine Health & Complimentary Therapies. While in school, she met the love of her life and got married in 2015. Brayawna loves all animals and is happy to help them. Brayawna's hobbies include riding horses, fishing, camping, riding ATV's, anything outdoors, painting, and hanging out with her family, friend, and her dog and cat. 

Pennie Stack - Veterinarian Assistant


Pennie is a lifelong resident of Athens County. She was an active member of 4-H and FFA at Alexander High School and attended Hocking College in the Ohio Peace Office Basic Training program. As a seventeen year veteran police officer she continues as a supervisor currently. She is a full time student at Ohio Christian University pursuing a PhD in social work to practice independent clinical therapy for emergency personnel and grief sufferers. Pennie lives with her husband Robert and her children. She enjoys spending time with her family, her Mastiff Abby, her Shepard Zeus, and riding their horses Ace, Tucker, Booz, Mac, and her newest addition Cody.  

OVAC Wellston

Christine Thew - Receptionist


Christine was born and raised in upstate New York. She has recently moved to McArthur, Ohio with her husband, George and their bulldog, Ruby. She joined The OVAC Team on October 1st, 2018. She loves working with animals, spending time with family, and fishing.  

LeDeana Sinclair - Veterinarian Assistant


LeDeana grew up on a farm in Racine, OH but moved to Mason, WV in 2013. She graduated from Wahama High School in 2017. She found her love for animals at a young age. She barrel raced horses ever since she was 4 until 16. She currently lives in Pomeroy on a farm called "White's High Low Farms" with her grandparents, raising many different species of animals and showing Dexter cattle. LeDeana enjoys showing cattle, horseback riding, bowling, hunting, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.   

Emily Chesser - Veterinarian Assistant


Emily grew up in Vinton County, OH on her family farm. She was very active in 4-H and FFA, where she competed in livestock judging and showing pigs and cattle. She also showed Quarter Horses for 8 years. She also breeds and sells show cattle and has an adorable Australian Shepherd named Gunner. She attends Morehead State University, where she is pursuing a degree in Pre-Veterinary Science. She hopes to attend Veterinary school, specializing in food animal medicine.  

Vicki Williams - Veterinarian Assistant


Vicki lives in Vinton County with her husband and many critters. She enjoys all types of animals and has worked in several animal shelters through the years. She enjoys tending to her furry crew and spending time with her kids, grandkids, and church family.