Meet the Staff
Gale has been a member of the AAH team since 1979. Hired at that time as a kennel technician, groomer and small animal assistant. Over the years AAH has allowed Gale to explore other avenues of the business. She is currently in charge of the Abilene VetMeds membership program, a medicine supply program for farms. She enjoys talking with the Abilene VetMeds clients making sure that orders are filled and delivered on schedule. Her other duties include accounts payable, purchasing, taxes, and inventory management. She is a Corgi lover and an avid quilter!
Shelli Gugler joined the AAH staff in 1987 upon completion of her degree as a Veterinary Technican from Colby Community College. In addition to her laboratory and primary animal care responsibilities, Shelli is a surgical and anesthetic technician. She has received advanced training in canine semen analysis and frozen semen technology. She is a cat lover and avid photographer!
AJ earned a BS in Biology from Kansas State University with skills in laboratory diagnostic procedures. She is the primary receptionist for the swine department, and manages our in-house laboratory. She is knowledgeable in all areas of animal export and interstate movement of animals. Her hobbies include wildlife rehabilitation and dog training.
Dianna has over 10 years of experience as a receptionist and veterinary assistant. She joined the Abilene Animal Hospital staff with previous experience in the human medical field and transitioned to veterinary medicine with ease! Dianna is always ready with a smile and to help you with your companion animal needs. She serves as our office manager and keeps us running like a well oiled machine. Dianna is another cat lover and uses her creativity to make homemade cards in her spare time. She also plays the viola in the Salina Symphony.
Dawn joined our staff in 2002 as a part-time kennel manager and quickly became a full-time asset to our hospital team. Dawn is an important part of our companion animal team as she provides pre-operative, surgical and anesthetic assistance along with post-surgical care of our patients. She is a big dog lover and avid mushroom hunter!
Whitney Gilbert joined the AAH staff in 2004 as part time kennel staff while she was in high school. In 2009 she received her Registered Veterinary Technician degree from Colby Community College. She rejoined our staff in 2011 as a veterinary techncian. Her primary responsibilities are as anesthetic technican and companion animal technican. Whitney works part-time while wrangling two young boys at home. We always know things will run more smoothly on a "Whitney day"!
Many Abilineans have known Doug from when he was the production manager and then the artistic director at Great Plains Theatre. We are very thrilled to have Doug on our team. His client service skills will make you feel at home at AAH. Doug has endless talents and spends much of this time spoiling his beloved beagle, Mei.
Samantha comes to us as a Kansas transplant. We quickly learned that Sam's experience and enthusiasm makes her a great fit for us. Samantha is both a small and large animal assistant, the kennel manager, and stray animal coordinator. She has given several stray dogs their forever homes. She truly has a big heart!
Calli is truly home grown at AAH. She started with us while she was still in high school and remembers fondly watching Dr. Jordan do surgeries. Calli joined us full time in 2016 as a receptionist. She will be there for you to greet with a smile or hand you a tissue as she loves your animals almost as much as you do!!
Emily got her start in the veterinary field right here at AAH. She cleaned kennels and walked dogs as a high schooler and now she has returned from Colby College as a Registered Veterinary Technician. Emily joined us in 2016. Although, she loves all breeds, black labs have a special place in her heart!