Ark Animal Care
Ark Animal Care is a veterinary clinic in Stayton, Oregon specializing in the care of small animals (and their owners). We proudly offer the following services to our clients and patients:
Keri Sanders, DVM
When she was five years old, Dr. Keri Sanders decided that she wanted to become a veterinarian. Pursuing her dream, she graduated from Mill City High School as valedictorian before attending Oregon State University. Working her way through college (while competing as a barrel racer on the rodeo circuit) Dr. Sanders graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelors of Science in Biology. In 2000, Dr. Sanders graduated from OSU College of Veterinary Medicine and her career has focused on both large and small animal care. In April 2010 Dr. Sanders founded Ark Animal Care in Mill City before moving the practice to it’s current location in Stayton in 2015.
Dr Sanders is passionate about the human animal bond and the importance that plays in our day-to-day lives. She has a strong interest in nutrition, pain management, senior care, and internal medicine in small animals. She has two children, two dogs, and a cat.
Nicole Millner, DVM
Dr. Millner grew up on a dairy farm in Minnesota where she fell in love with the animals around her. With the support and encouragement of her parents, she decided at an early age to become a veterinarian. Dr. Millner graduated from the University of Oregon in 1999 and received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota in 2006. She joined Ark Animal Care in 2015.
Dr. Millner enjoys general practice, but her passion is surgery. She enjoys cooking, traveling, and creating artwork with her husband. When she’s not at the clinic, Dr. Millner can be found doing fun activities with her two children.
Jeffrey Pierce, Practice Manager
Ark Animal Care’s practice manager is a “jack of all trades” with a diverse business background. He spent eight years providing enterprise technical support to the State of Oregon, supported two CEO’s as an executive in the world of nonprofit organizations, and helped implement national workforce development initiatives in higher education. His work experience spans a range from graphic design to finance, from human resources to information technology, and he works behind the scenes to keep the clinic up to date and running smoothly.
When not at work, Jeffrey enjoys working out with his son and playing geeky games with his daughter. He’s a published author, an exhibited photographer, and is currently learning to play the cello – much to the dismay of those close enough to hear him practice!
Amanda Spees, Veterinary Technician
Amanda previously worked in veterinary medicine for five years before joining the Ark Animal Care team in the summer of 2015. She’s passionate about helping owners take the very best care of their pets. Amanda enjoys tap dancing, caring for exotic animals, and spending time with friends and family. She shares her world with her husband and son and has four pets – a standard poodle named Chiquita and three cats – Zimba, Smokey, and Mittens.
Carol Yoder, Veterinary Technician
Carol and Dr. Sanders have worked together since 2005 and Carol has been part of Ark Animal Care from its founding in 2010. She is an avid gardener, happily married, a mother of five, and has one dog (Pokey) and a cat (Mike).
Michelle McDonald, Veterinary Technician
Michelle began working with Dr. Sanders in 2007 and has been a part of Ark Animal Care from the day the doors opened in 2010. She is happily married and a mother of two beautiful girls. A talented gardner, Michelle enjoys baking, camping, fishing, and is known for solving difficult challenges with creative, outside of the box solutions.
Kaitlyn Woodsmall, Veterinary Technician Assistant
Kaitlyn graduated from Linn-Benton Community College’s Veterinary Assistant program in April 2016 before joining Ark Animal Care a few months later. In her free time Kaitlyn loves volunteering with the Stayton Fire District support team, going to the coast, and spending time with her cat, Frederick, and two dogs – Gatsby (pictured here) and Daisy Mae.
Melanie Bare, Veterinary Technician Assistant
From the time Melanie was very young she has been passionate about caring for animals of all species. She joined the Ark team in November 2016 to align her passion with her career.
Melanie shares her life with her husband and two kids, two cats, four goats, and several chickens.
Tigger, Clinic Cat
While he isn’t often out in the lobby, this sassy old man keeps us all in line in the back during the work day. His favorite pastimes are being brushed, trying to sniff visiting patients, eating, sleeping, and exploring cabinets throughout the clinic. Occasionally when he feels overwhelmed by his vast responsibilities he will take a cat nap in the employee lounge.