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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:

  • Wellness Exams

  • Parasite Prevention

  • Vaccines

  • Dental Care

  • Microchipping

  • Pain Management

  • Surgery

  • Diagnostics

  • Radiology

  • Euthanasia

Keri Sanders DVM

Dr Sanders knew from an early age that veterinary medicine would be a calling that would also become her profession and passion in life.
After graduating from Oregon State University and Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine(s) in 2000 she worked for a time in equine and small animal medicine. Ten years after entering the profession she had always loved, she started Ark Animal Care in 2010 in Mill City, Oregon. In 2006 the clinic was moved to Stayton where it continues to serve the needs of the canyon animals and their people.
Dr Sanders has two teen age kids whom make her proud every single day. She lives on a farm in Linn county where she has four horses: Tanner, Penny, Bugs, Maddie; two kitties: Butler and Echo; three dogs: Dinah, Stella and Jilly Bean; one miniature horse whom she acquired while in vet school named Domino; two miniature donkeys: Winston and Jethro; three goats: Snowy, Sugar and Sunshine; two cows: Elmo and Eleanore; and many chickens. Her outside interests include trail riding, reading and outside activities such as hiking and fishing.
While she enjoys all parts of veterinary medicine, she especially likes internal medicine, dentistry, senior care and nutrition.

Amanda Spees

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 two sons, Aiden and Austin. She has four pets – a standard poodle named Chiquita and three cats – Zimba, Smokey, and Mittens. She recently acquired a mustang named Luna that she has a special bond with. She also raises and shows purebred rabbits. Her family is rounded out with a small flock of chickens.

Kaitlyn Woodsmall

Kaitlyn Woodsmall, Veterinary Technician

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 two cats, Frederick and Hank, and her three dogs – Gatsby (pictured here), Bruno and Sebastian.

Melanie Bare

Melanie Bare, Veterinary Technician

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, two kids and eight cats: Ozzie, Honey, Frank, Tookie, Indy, Olive, Juniper and Eclipse .

Tera Stephens, Receptionist

Tera is married with 6 kids, three dogs (Goose, Ace and Rip), and two cats (Birdy and Jack). She enjoys spending time with her family and is an expert at restoring old furniture.

Carol Yoder

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 two dogs, Pokey and Loki, two cats, Mike and Richard, and several goats and a small flock of chickens.

Hannah Yoder, Kennel Assistant

Hannah, who is also the daughter of our technician, Carol, joined Ark in October 2021. While still in high school Hannah works after school and in the summers to help us keep up with the daily activities in the clinic. She always has a smile on her face and is a huge help to every other team member.

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