Meet the Team
The largest team on the Palouse.
Our staff consists of seven veterinarians, an office manager, eleven technicians/assistants, four receptionists, and three kennel technicians. Our staff works together to provide quality compassionate care.
Dr. Susila Bales is a 1997 graduate of Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine and joined the Animal Clinic the same year. Susila enjoys diagnostics such as; endoscopy, ultrasound, as well as soft tissue, orthopedic surgery, and tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO).
Dr. Melissa Kuhrt is a 2012 graduate of WSU College of Veterinary Medicine and rejoined the Animal Clinic the same year. Melissa had worked as a technician here from 2001 until 2008. Dr. Kuhrt enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine.
Dr. Christine Smith is a 2009 graduate of WSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Chris had worked here from 2003 until 2007 and she rejoined Animal Clinic in 2014. Dr. Smith performs most of our farm calls for equines and large animals. Chris enjoys orthopedic surgeries.
Dr. Cassidy Cordon attended Idaho State University and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from Washington State University in 2015 where she enjoyed small animal and exotic pet medicine and surgery. When she is not working, Dr. Cassidy enjoys having adventures outdoors with her husband, baking, reading and lounging around with her cats, guinea pigs and bearded dragon.
A graduate of Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr Caffey hails from Sugar Land Tx. Prior to joining the Animal Clinic and Hospital, Dr Caffey completed an equine internship, and has multiple years of experience in small animal medicine. Dr Caffey and her husband Dr Hondo Caffey, an Equine Surgery Resident at WSU have relocated to the Palouse with their three blue heelers and two horses.
John holds an engineering degree and an MBA from Auburn University. He has lived on the Palouse for 22 years after departing the southeast. John has worked locally in management at NRS and the University of Idaho. He enjoys training his two German Shorthair Pointers and Chocolate Lab and raising livestock on the family farm.
Tracy grew up in Potlatch and moved to Lewiston after high school where she attended Lewis Clark State College. She earned her degree in bookkeeping in December 2004. Tracy joined the Animal Clinic team in January 2005.
Jared moved to the Palouse in 2010 with intentions of attending veterinary school at WSU. As with many things in life, plans change and he very much enjoys his job as a full-time technician. He is a proud member of the U.S. Army Reserves as a Truck Driver and completed deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan. He loves spending time with his wife, Elizabeth, daughter, Aspen, and stepson, David. He also enjoys spending time outdoors fishing, hunting and camping. He has 2 dogs, Phoebe and Clifford, as well as 2 cats, Hazel and Ellie.