Meet The Team

Josh Ervin, DVM Owner


 Pomeroy 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. 

Laura Perry, DVM Associate


Wellston Location:


Dr. Perry is a 2016 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She grew up on a farm in Johnstown, Ohio, where she cared for many animals including horses, pigs, llamas, goats, chickens, and ducks. She was active in 4-H and the United States Pony Club. Dr. Perry got her start in veterinary medicine with a job as an assistant in a mixed animal veterinary practice in her hometown during her senior year of high school. That experience fueled her interest to attend Otterbein University for her undergraduate degree in Equine Science. Dr. Perry focused on food animal medicine while attending veterinary school, but still maintains a passion for mixed animal veterinary medicine. In her spare time, Dr. Perry enjoys spending time shooting skeet and target shooting, going off-roading with her 4-wheeler and rail buggy, and traveling.


Kayla Deeter, Practice Manager


 Kayla grew up in Athens County Ohio, graduating from Federal Hocking High School in 2009. Kayla is also employed by Shade on State in Athens. In her free time she enjoys painting, fishing and being with her family and friends. 

Katie Mace


 Katie was born and raised in Shade, OH. She resides in Athens County with her husband Dwayne, daughter Paisley, 4 horses, Bucky, Lucky, Ed and Kawliga, 3 dogs Ginnie, Mollie and Boone and a cow named Nellie. She was active in 4-H and FFA through Alexander High School and attended Hocking College completing an Associates Degree in Equine Health Care and Complimentary Therapies. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hunting, fishing, horseback riding and jeeping. 

Larissa "Suzy" Morris



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. 

Kali Richardson



Kali lives in Waverly, Ohio with her husband Jordan and their many fur babies. Millie, Tillie, Diesel and Maverick the K9s, Elsa the Feline, and Andy the Equine. Kali started working in a veterinary office in 2012 after completing two years in the vet assisting program at Shawnee State University. She joined the OVAC team in March of 2017. In her spare time Kali likes spending time with family, barrel racing, and shopping. 

Pennie Stack


 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.  

Caitlin Gross


 Caitlin moved to Jackson, Ohio from Reidsville, North Carolina in 2006. She graduated from Jackson High School in 2012, with intentions of pursuing a career working with animals. She has worked in a veterinary office since 2015 and is currently attending Penn Foster College online veterinary technician program. She current resides in Jackson County with her rescue dog, Rocko. She enjoys reading, hiking, drawing, horror movies, and going out with her friends whenever she has free time.   

Emily Chesser


   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. 

Joseph Crabtree


  Joseph Crabtree, age 28 of Wellston, was born at Holzer Medical Center in Gallipolis, Ohio on August 30th, 1987. He is the only child of Toni and Joey Crabtree and has resided in Wellston since age 2. He currently lives with his fiance Jane, two husky sisters named Leeloo and Alice, his tarantula Matilda and leopard gecko Lance. Having been exposed to many different kinds of animals since a child, Joseph has always carried with him a genuine passion for all creatures. Aside from his duties at OVAC, he enjoys nature, books, music and any medium of artistic expression. Joseph is a self taught musician, songwriter and recording engineer who has been performing for nearly twenty years. He is very grateful and happy to be working with such friendly folks and to have the opportunity to help the animals in his community.  

LeDeana Sinclair


  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.  

Jordan Heightland



  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. 

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. 

Janna Wilkens, Groomer


  Janna grew up in Hocking county, showing collies. She moved to North Carolina to pursue breeding, training and grooming of the breed. She currently resides in Vinton Ohio. She enjoys being outdoors and raising collies.    

Debi Andrews


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 at Alexander High School, where she graduated from in 2015. She then pursued her passion in horses by attending Hocking College's Equine Health Care and Complimentary Therapies Program. Debi enjoys spending time with her many animals, family and husband, Cody. 

Christine Thew


 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.