Meet Our Doctors

Dr. Josh Ervin, DVM Owner

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 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. 

Dr. Laura Perry, DVM Associate

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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.

Dr. Ysabel Wright, DVM Associate

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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

Kayla Deeter, Practice Manager

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  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.  

Laura Hafer, Inventory Specialist

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 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 Wilkins, Groomer

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   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.     

OVAC Pomeroy

Larissa "Suzy" Morris - Receptionist/Veterinarian Assistant

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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. 

LeDeana Sinclair - Veterinarian Assistant

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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.   

Kirsten "Kam" Maple - Veterinarian Assistant

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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.


 

OVAC Athens

Christine Thew - Receptionist

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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.  

Jordan Heightland - Veterinarian Assistant

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 Jordan and her fianc√© 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. 

Debi Andrews - Veterinarian Assistant

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  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 for horses by attending Hocking College for the Equine Health & Complimentary Therapies Program. Debi enjoys spending time with her many animals, family and husband, Cody.  

Leah Huff - Veterinarian Assistant

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Leah grew up in Vinton County, Ohio, graduating Valedictorian of her class in 2015. She is currently a senior Biological Sciences Pre-Veterinary Medicine major at Ohio University, having received the Jewell Cutler Scholarship. She loves to travel and try new things, and is always up for a challenge.  Leah loves being outdoors and spending time with her family and animals, as they are the support that keep her going. She also rides on the Huntseat Equestrian team, so she spends a lot of her time at the barn. In her free time, she also works as a personal trainer. 

Pennie Stack - Veterinarian Assistant

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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

Lynnesi Myers - Receptionist/ IT Assistant

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Lynnesi is from Jackson, Ohio where she currently resides with her family and three dogs; Jax, Lusion, and Sasha. She graduated from Ohio University in 2018 with an Associate's of Science Degree in Office Technology Administration and a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Business Management. In her free time, she enjoys spending as much time as possible with her family, doing anything outside with her children, including going to the zoo as often as they can. Lynnesi also enjoys fishing, swimming, helping coach youth softball teams and playing pool. 

Joseph Crabtree - Veterinarian Assistant

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Joseph Crabtree 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.   

Caitlin Gross - Veterinarian Assistant

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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 - Veterinarian Assistant

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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.  

Kali Richardson - Veterinarian Assistant

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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.