Our Careteam

Kate has always been a nurturing soul—she loves being able to help not only pets, but the loving owners who care for them as well. She’s been working in the veterinary profession ever since she was 16 years old, and has been a member of the Taylorsville Veterinary Clinic family for more than 17 years!

Kate is originally from Media, Pennsylvania and moved to Carroll County with her family when she was only 11 years old. At 16, she began working at the front desk of a local veterinary hospital alongside her mother. Next, Kate joined the team here at Taylorsville Veterinary Clinic in the summer of 2001, where she began helping pets as a Veterinary Technician before transitioning into a reception role after the birth of her daughter. She particularly likes the large-animal side of her job and has a special fascination with embryo transfers, but her favorite part of the work is getting to develop relationships with the hospital’s clients over time.

Kate’s interests outside of animal medicine include vacationing at the beach, camping in the mountains, and spending quality time with her family at home. She and her husband, Jason, have a son named Owen whose main interests include T-ball and dinosaurs; Kate also has a daughter, Jillian, who is already very active in the 4-H club and loves animals just as much as her mother. The family shares their home with Shadow, a loveable mutt whose boundless energy can cheer Kate up on any day of the week.
When Ashley and her husband bought their farm, Taylorsville Veterinary Clinic became their source for large-animal veterinary care. Over time, they developed a close relationship with the veterinarians here—when a position opened up for a reception role, Ashley knew that it was the natural next step! She’s been a member of the clinic family ever since.

A native of Montgomery County, Ashley grew up riding horses thanks to her mother’s position as Manager of a large horseback-riding facility. When her parents purchased a horse-boarding operation in Howard County, her passion for animals only deepened. After raising her son as a stay-at-home mother for 13 years, Ashley was happy to accept a position here at Taylorsville Veterinary Clinic in the fall of 2015.

Most of Ashley’s free time away from work is spent with her family. She and her husband, Peter, own and operate a cattle farm, where they raise and show Hereford cattle. Their son, Karson, continues to show cattle all over the country! The family also shares their home with two dogs: Chester, an attention-loving Pointer, as well as Stella the Red Heeler.
Shelby spent time working in the food industry as a waitress, cook, and baker, but nothing ever felt quite right. One day, she had a realization: the best part of her day was coming home to her loving dog. Why not make working with animals her job? Shelby hasn’t looked back since—she’s proud to serve the pets and animal owners of this area as a member of Taylorsville Veterinary Clinic’s front-desk team!

A Mount Airy native, Shelby began her journey in veterinary medicine as an Assistant at local pet hospital. There, she was cross-trained as a receptionist before transitioning into critical-care work at another nearby facility. Shelby decided to return to private practice in early 2017, where she could develop lasting relationships with pets and owners, and that’s when she joined the team here at Taylorsville Veterinary Clinic.

When she’s not at work, Shelby likes practicing yoga, reading and writing, dabbling in photography, and enjoying the company of her own pet at home. She shares her life with a Labradoodle, Clancy, who is well aware of how handsome he is and even poses to have his picture taken.
Heather was a client at Taylorsville Veterinary Clinic before she was an employee—her adopted off-the-track Greyhound, Gabriel, was the first dog ever treated at the hospital for heartworm infection. The treatment was a huge success, and Heather has since enjoyed many happy years with her canine companion; she knew that she wanted to do her part to help others experience that same joy. Now, she’s a member of the hospital family!

Heather has lived in Carroll County since she was four years old and grew up riding horses and showing rabbits in the 4-H club. She attended Carroll Community College’s veterinary assistant program to study veterinary medicine, and she’s also completed certified courses in both Veterinary Technician Assistant and EKG Technician training, as well as medical terminology.

Here at the clinic, Heather loves getting to witness firsthand the special bonds between pets and owners, and she’s always fond of hearing fun names that clients call their furry friends. Her personal goal during every shift here at the hospital is simple: to brighten up the day for both pet owners and their four-legged companions.

Heather’s interests outside of veterinary care include cooking and baking, writing (she’s a published poet!), playing goalie for the local ice hockey team, and learning how to perfect her fused- and stained-glass art projects. She shares her life with a number of pets in addition to Gabriel: four wonderful cats who go by Goose, Jamal, Tazzie, and SkippyJon Jones, and a total of nine snakes. Heather’s largest snake is an Argentine Boa Constrictor, who clocks in at a whopping 11 feet long!
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Like most veterinary professionals, Kathy has adored the company of animals ever since her earliest days. She wanted to do more than simply admire pets, though—she’s always made it her mission to ensure that animals are well cared for so that they can live happy, joyous, and fulfilling lives! Kathy has been doing just that here at Taylorsville Veterinary Clinic for more than 25 years.

Kathy is from Chesapeake City, Maryland and began working with animals when she and her husband operated a 700-acre dairy farm; she’s been tending to cows for more than 30 years, and hasn’t stopped caring for animals professionally since. When an injury prevented her from continuing work on the farm, Kathy joined the Taylorsville Veterinary Clinic family in May of 1992. She helps the area’s pets as a Veterinary Assistant, and also assists in surgery one day a week and takes care of all inventory and ordering for the hospital.

Kathy and her husband have one son and are proud grandparents to three wonderful grandchildren. At home, they live with six feline companions: Milk Weed, Stella, Jack, Joey, and two outdoor cats.
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Ivy grew up in the countryside of Taneytown, Maryland surrounded by farm animals and wildlife; it wasn’t difficult for her to develop a love and appreciation for the earth’s creatures early on in life. She’s been involved in the veterinary field ever since she was 16 years old—Ivy’s passion hasn’t wavered since!

Ivy was still in high school when she secured an internship at a local veterinary hospital through the school’s career connections program. It didn’t take her long to realize that this was the perfect path—after graduation, she enrolled in the veterinary assistant track at Carroll Community College. She accepted her first job at a hospital in Hanover, Pennsylvania, gaining crucial skills that have served her well to this day, then returned to Maryland and signed on at a clinic in Westminster.

After giving birth to her two sons, Ivy decided to move on to another hospital—that’s when she signed on here at Taylorsville Veterinary Clinic. She started as a receptionist before transitioning in the role of Veterinary Technician; Ivy especially likes getting to spend one-on-one time with patients in the exam rooms and her favorite part of the job is critical cases and assisting in surgery. In total, Ivy has been helping to improve the lives of pets for more than 15 years!

Ivy and her husband, Michael, live in Carroll County with their two sons, Mitchell and Jonathan. When she isn’t spending quality time with her family or caring for pets here at Taylorsville Veterinary Clinic, Ivy can be found weight-lifting at the gym, listening to music, cleaning, and relaxing in the great outdoors.
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Lindsey’s parents have operated a dairy farm for almost 40 years—for her, animal care was simply a part of life while growing up. Working closely with large-animal veterinarians and learning even more during her 4-H projects only cemented her desire to work with animals herself! Lindsey gets to do just that on a daily basis as a member of Taylorsville Veterinary Clinic’s talented care team.

Lindsey grew up in Frederick, Maryland and moved with her family to Union Bridge at the age of 12. She started working at a local veterinary clinic immediately after high school until she headed off to college—Lindsey joined the team here at Taylorsville Veterinary Clinic in January of 2011 after moving back home with her degree. As a Veterinary Assistant, she enjoys helping with surgeries and talking with new pet owners during puppy and kitten examinations.

Outside of work, Lindsey is actively involved in fire rescue and has been a volunteer for 10 years—she even finished paramedic school recently! She also enjoys dancing, traveling, and spending time at home with her family and their animal companions. Lindsey has an Australian Shepherd, Miley, a house cat named Annie, and two show heifers, HaHa and Freda.
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Brooke grew up with dogs and cats around the house and started riding horses when she was very young. She also showed lambs in the 4-H club and helped her grandfather with his dairy and beef cattle. Her entire life has been spent around animals—for Brooke, working hands-on to better pets’ lives in the veterinary profession simply makes sense!

Brooke obtained an internship here at Taylorsville Veterinary Clinic during her senior year of high school, affording her the opportunity to get direct experience in the veterinary world during her studies in animal science. She was offered a position with the clinic team before her internship hours were even completed—Brooke was more than happy to accept! As a Tech, she especially likes monitoring and medicating patients, and routine wellness visits always bring her great satisfaction.

When she’s not at work, Brooke can be found hiking in the great outdoors, horseback riding, four-wheeling, and enjoying the company of her own animal companions at home. She has two dogs—Ziggy the Icelandic Sheepdog and a Great Dane named Mako—as well as a horse, Snickers, and a cat named Carly.
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Sarah remembers performing practice “surgeries” on her stuffed animals when she was a little girl—veterinary care has been in her blood ever since her earliest days. She’s always wanted to use her time to better the lives of animals in need! Sarah is able to do just that as a Veterinary Technician with the Taylorsville Veterinary Clinic team.

Sarah is a Westminster native and was still in high school when she signed up for an occupational program that gave her the opportunity to study animal care. Upon completion of the program, she was required to intern at a facility to gain hands-on experience—she interned right here at Taylorsville Veterinary Clinic, and she’s been here ever since! Now, Sarah serves the area’s pets and animal parents as a Veterinary Technician. She has a special passion for radiology and the way it allows her to come to a conclusive diagnosis, but her favorite part of the job is meeting pets of all shapes, sizes, and backgrounds on a daily basis.

When she isn’t helping pets to feel better here at the hospital, Sarah can be found exercising, spending time with her family and boyfriend, and tending to her own animal companions at home. She has three dogs: Luke, a German Shepherd who is best friends with Sarah’s father; Mo-b the food-obsessed Puggle; and a hyper Chocolate Lab named Jessie.
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Lauren grew up watching Steve Irwin and Jane Goodall on Animal Planet, and it made a permanent impression. Being able to help pets in need has been a goal of hers ever since she can remember—she’s always known that she would end up in an animal-related career field. Lauren is thrilled to launch her journey in veterinary care right here at Taylorsville Veterinary Clinic!

Lauren is a Carroll County native and graduated magna cum laude from McDaniel College with her Environmental Studies degree in late 2016. She joined the Taylorsville Veterinary Clinic family in March of the following year—her family has been bringing their own pets here to the hospital for many years, and Lauren is proud to now serve alongside the very staff that have shown her four-legged friends care and compassion in the past! She finds that she especially enjoys wellness examinations, diagnostic work, and radiology. Most of all, Lauren likes learning new things every day and getting to know the pet owners of the area.

When time permits away from the office, Lauren enjoys spending time with family, reading, kayaking, and drawing and crafting.
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Olivia has been surrounded by animals of all shapes and sizes since her earliest days. She started caring for them as soon as she was old enough to walk, and she hasn’t stopped since! For her, working hands-on with the earth’s creatures as a member of the veterinary profession is a dream come true—Olivia is a proud member of Taylorsville Veterinary Clinic’s Veterinary Assistant team.

A native of Carroll County, Olivia first joined the Taylorsville Veterinary Clinic family as an intern during her senior year of high school. Next, she took a job at a local dog kennel before returning to Taylorsville Veterinary Clinic as a Veterinary Assistant in the summer of 2018. Here at the hospital, she loves getting to know each and every furry visitor and chatting with their loving owners. Olivia never tires of being greeted by a wagging tail!

When she isn’t tending to pets’ needs here at the hospital or doting on her own dog at home—Maverick, a 75-pound Labradoodle who likes to think he is a lap dog—Olivia is an avid horseback rider and regularly shows as a member of the American Quarter Horse Association. She has two horses at home: Rocky, a Quarter Horse who acts more like a dog and prefers to be touching Olivia at all times; and Rodney, an Appaloosa who has been with Olivia nearly all her life.

    • Cathy NoellCathy Noell

      Thanks to the staff and to Dr Lukas for the excellent care they gave my dog Gipper. Thanks to you he is feeling MUCH better. So glad you got the upgraded dental equipment!

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    • Debbie RosenlofDebbie Rosenlof

      We have been using Taylorsville Vet Clinic for over 13 years and they are the best! They took care of our first Golden Retriever for 11 years. They always gave us sound, professional advise and guidance as we maneuvered through, Lymes disease, Hypothyrodism, Arthritis and finally, with great sensitivity, cancer and the final decision to have our girl put to sleep. We now have a new Golden and they have already had to deal with a life-threatening situation with her! Once again, Dr. Sutton has clearly explained our options and helped us make the best decision for our dog. I appreciate that they treat me with respect as a pet owner by giving me all the options available, from conservative to more preemptive/proactive approach- never judging my final decision. As long as I have a pet, I will be taking them to Taylorsville Vet Clinic and I will recommend them to anyone with confidence.

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    • Josh WoodJosh Wood

      Awesome veterans dogs have been going for years 3 dogs total

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    • Kim VonBusseniusKim VonBussenius

      wonderful vet office. Very pleasant.Staff is friendly.

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    • Sue Krupa BaumgardnerSue Krupa Baumgardner

      They love our pets, and take good care of them.

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    • Jeff BarnardJeff Barnard

      Great to deal with at any time of the day or night.

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    • Susan SagerSusan Sager

      I have used these docs for many years and have found that, although the doctors rotate in and out with regularity, the main vet tech is always there and helpful kind and happy. The beauty of having young doctors is they can be very honest and really feel for you in the hard times. They let you decide what you want after they advise. Also I can get an appt in the next day or so or even sooner in emergencies.

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