Our Team

The Largest Team on the Palouse

Our dedicated and experienced team of vets, technicians, receptionists, and managers are always working towards one goal: meeting the needs of you and your beloved pet. Learn more about the largest team on the palouse below.

Our Doctors

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.

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.

Dr. Cassandra Garrison is a graduate of WSU College of Veterinary Medicine where she enjoyed small and large animal medicine. Originally from New Mexico, she and her husband have fallen in love with the Palouse and enjoy exploring all it has to offer. When not working, she helps train their two Llewellin Setters and Blue Heeler.

Our Staff


Practice Manager

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.


Lead Receptionist

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.


Hospital Manager

Jared grew up in Northern Utah, and earned a bachelor’s degree in Zoology from Weber State University. He joined the Animal Clinic in 2010 and has worked in the veterinary field in multiple positions, since 16 years old. He loves spending time with his family and enjoys outdoor activities.