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Jim Prior, Hospital Administrator

Jim is our Hospital Manager. He keeps all the bells and whistles of our hospital going.

Jim and Dr. Prior have had animal hospitals in other parts of the country. We are happy that they settled in Cody, WY and created a wonderful place to work and care for animals.  Jim majored in music and is also a student of foreign languages. When he isn’t working he enjoys listening to music, spending time with his children.

Jim recently became the new owner of Wyogurt and looks forward to the new adventure ahead.

Mary Klein, Office Manager and Receptionist

Mary joined the hospital in 2009 as our morning kennel attendant. She has expanded her duties to being receptionist and the Office Manager. She is a friendly voice on the other end of the line when you call our hospital. Her duties also include being the kennel supervisor, Doggie Daycare, and assisting the technicians and doctors when the need arises.

She keeps our days busy always making sure we have work to do. Mary keeps the technicians on their toes and is always willing to help whenever and wherever it is needed.

When she isn’t at work Mary enjoys riding horses, reading, doing photography, and most importantly spending time with her grandson.

Deana Baker, Certified Veterinary Technician

Deana has worked at Lifetime Small Animal Hospital since 1991. She has an Associates of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology, as well as a B.S. and A.S. in other animal science fields. She is also a member of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians and the Wyoming Veterinary Technician Association.

Deana is the go to technician for any questions on anesthesia, animal nursing, emergency treatment and triage, laboratory evaluations, and behavior consultations.

When she isn’t at work she is spending time with her furry family. Deana has three dogs and one cat. She has done obedience competitions with numerous times with her dogs. She is very knowledgeable and the first one any of the other technicians go to when they need help.

Tessa Schmidt, Certified Veterinary Technician   

Tessa served 4 years in the United States Marine Corps. After serving her country she became passionate about taking on a career as a Veterinary Technician.

Tessa joined us in September 2014 while on externship for her Veterinary Technician degree. She received her Associates of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology in October 2014, and became a full time employee with us in November 2014. She became a CVT  in April 2015. She is also the Secretary for the Wyoming Veterinary Technician Association.

Even though she loves to work with us in a small animal practice her true calling is equine. She is certified as an equine technician and is the emergency on call technician for Rocky Mountain Equine Hospital. She spends her free time with her family, riding horses, hunting, fishing, and donating her time to the local VFW Post.

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