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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

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.

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 son and has four pets – a standard poodle named Chiquita and three cats – Zimba, Smokey, and Mittens.

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 one dog (Pokey) and a cat (Mike).

Michelle McDonald

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

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

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.

Tera Stephens, Receptionist

Tera is married with 6 kids, two dogs (Rocco and Brutus), and two cats (Sushi and Jack). She enjoys spending time with her family and is an expert at restoring old furniture.


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.

To schedule an appointment, please contact us.

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