Dr. Amy Guernsey-Youngblood began her career at University Veterinary Care Center as an associate veterinarian in 2013 after graduating from K-State and just three years later, in the Fall of 2016, she became a co-owner with Dr. Gratton.
Dr. Guernsey is a busy veterinarian, she recently earned her certification in Animal Chiropractic and often volunteers at the Topeka Zoo as a member of the medical team. When she has some free time she enjoys exploring the outdoors, running with her Golden Retriever and relaxing with her husband and son.
When asked what motivates her to do this job, she told us "Animals do so much to enrich our lives; I want to do my part to return the favor by making sure they are healthy and happy."
Amy Guernsey, DVM
Dr. Amanda Utt, an Oklahoma State University graduate, is the newest addition to the University Veterinary Care Center family. She recently moved to Topeka Kansas with her husband from Arkansas where she practiced small animal medicine for two years. In Dr. Utt's spare time she enjoys reading, jigsaw puzzles, hiking, and spending time with her family.
When asked what her favorite part of the job is, she told us "Client education and providing great quality care to the community's animals are my passions. Being able to use my education and knowledge base to help educate clients and strengthen the human-animal bond is why I love my profession."
Amanda Utt, DVM
Dr. Jennifer Akers is a K-State alumni graduating from the veterinary program in 2009. But She isn't your ordinary general practice veterinarian, she has also completed training in mixed animal acupuncture fro the Chi Institute and animal chiropractic from Options for Animals.
Dr. Akers started practicing veterinary medicine here at University Veterinary Care Center in 2019 and in her free time, she enjoys playing and coaching volleyball, participating in competitive endurance horseback riding, and spending time with her husband and two children.
When asked what her favorite part of the job is, she told us " I enjoy the flexibility of animal chiropractic and acupuncture, meaning there are multiple options for treating a patient and it allows me to work more with the patient, not on the patient."
Jennifer Akers, DVM
Part-Time Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Gratton grew up on beef cattle ranches in northeast Kansas and was involved in 4-H and FFA through high school. He attended Kansas State University where he received his doctorate from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. Since 1994, he has practiced veterinary medicine in Topeka, Kansas at University Veterinary Care Center. Dr. Gratton also has achieved certification in animal chiropractic in 2000 from Options for Animals College of Animal Chiropractic and certification in small animal rehabilitation in 2012 from the Canine Rehabilitation Institue.
In the fall of 2016, Dr. Gratton became a co-owner of University Veterinary Care center, partnering with Dr. Amy Guenrsey.
When asked what motivates him to do this job, he told us "It's the many friendships with so many different clients over the years as well as the ability to participate in the advancements of the veterinary field."
Travis Gratton, DVM
Dr. Snyder was raised in Kansas and graduated from Salina High School. He attended Kansas State University and graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine in 1976. He founded University Bird and Small Animal Clinic, now University Veterinary Care Center, in 1984. Dr. Snyder was trained in veterinary acupuncture at Colorado State University and has a special interest in alternative medicine and adipose stem cell therapy.
Dr. Snyder has recently transitioned to part-time hours after selling the practice to Dr. Gratton and Dr. Guernsey eagerly returning to his academic pursuits.
When asked what motivates him to do this job, he told us "Veterinary medicine describes both my vocation and avocation."
Larry Snyder, DVM
Part-Time Associate Veterinarian
MEET THE Support Staff
Lynnea Clark, RVT
Lynnea Clark, originally from Denver Colorado and a graduate of Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology, is our resident cat lady and spreadsheet phenom. She was promoted to Veterinary Practice Manager in 2018 and before that worked as a Registered Veterinary Technician here at University Veterinary Care Center for a little over two years.
When asked what her favorite part of the job is, she told us "No day is ever the same. One day I will be at an event meeting with potential clients face to face and the next I will be putting my RVT skills to work with a patient emergency. It's always exciting and fulfilling!"
Jason Williams, RVT
Registered Veterinary Technician
Everett "Jason" Williams a Register Veterinary Technician here at University Veterinary Care Center is our surgery tech guru. If you have a surgery-related question he is your guy.
After working in the fast-food industry for 13 years, making a decent living, he realized something was missing so he decided to make a big life change. Graduating in 2013 from Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology, Jason began his new career as an RVT joining the UVCC family, never regretting that decision once.
When asked what his favorite part of the job is, he told us "For the first time in my life I love my job. There are many wonderful things about my job but I'd say the best thing is the people I work with, I love my work family!"
Rose has been a member of the University Veterinary Care Center family for more than 23 years, working hard as a veterinary assistant. She has led the charge in bringing Fear Free animal handling techniques to the clinic and gained certification in 2017. Roses' love and passion for animals is evident through her tireless rescue/foster work with local homeless dogs and cats. Of course, some of those fosters have turned into "foster fails" becoming members of Rose's family, making her pack the uncontested biggest within the clinic.
When asked why she chose to work in the veterinary field, she told us "It chose me at birth, I have always had a love for animals since I can remember and I'm very in tune with them."
DeMarynee Saili and her doggo BamBam have quickly become members of the University Veterinary Care Center family. DeMarynee started in 2018 as a Veterinary Receptionist and in 2019 accepted a promotion as our Lead Veterinary Receptionist. When DeMarynee is not at work she enjoys reading, spending time with family and traveling whenever she can.
When asked what her favorite part of the job is, she told us "making sure clients and their pets receive the best care from the moment they walk through the front door to the moment they leave."
Stephanie, a 2016 graduate of Washburn University, joined the University Veterinary Care Center family in August of 2020 as a receptionist. She recently made a career change from the fast-paced health insurance sector to the veterinary field in a position that encompasses two of her biggest passions: animals and helping others.
A little fun fact about Stephanie, she enjoys cosmetics, decorating her home, reading, enjoying a good sci-fi movie, and of course spending time with friends and family.
When asked what excites her most about the new position, she told us "I am at my best when I am serving/nurturing another. Being able to go home every evening, as a pet parent myself, and know that I played a role in giving back to the pet companions and their families of our community is the kind of fulfillment I've always searched for in a career."
Brenda Buffum, RVT
Lead Registered Veterinary Technician
Brenda Buffum has been apart of the University Veterinary Care Center family of over 23 years and in recent years completed her Registered Veterinary Technician credentialing. In 2019 she was promoted to Lead Technician and has been working toward her Canine Rehabilitation Certification.
Her passion for animals doesn't end at the clinic doors, Brenda is also a board member of the Topeka Kennel Club and routinely runs the local conformation training class.
When asked why she chose to work in the veterinary field, she told us "My love of animals drew me to the field. The support of my husband and having the amazing people I work with have kept me going when there were times I wasn't sure I could continue physically or emotionally."
Alisha Gibson, RVT
Registered Veterinary Technician
Alisha Gibson is a recent graduate of Colby Community College where she earned her Register Veterinary Technician credentialing. Alisha has been a member of the University Veterinary Care Center family since 2018 and following her graduation, she received a promotion from a veterinary assistant to a full-fledged RVT.
Alisha's passion for compassion doesn't end at work either, in her spare time loves to volunteer at the Topeka Zoo and spend quality time with her son.
When asked what motivates her to do this job, she told us "Seeing animals recover and thrive inspires me to not give up. My son also inspires me to be a better person every day."
Mayree Gracia is one of University Veterinary Care Center's fabulous veterinary assistants. She started in May of 2019 and is currently enrolled in Colby Community College in hopes of becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician.
During Mayree's free time she spends time with those who inspire her most; her two young daughters and husband.
When asked why she chose to work in the veterinary field, she told us "I chose this field because animals have always been a support system for me throughout the years, so by going into this field I get to help animals on a daily basis."
Mackenzie Allen, a very outgoing member of the veterinary reception team was a welcome addition to the University Veterinary Care Center's family in July of 2018. She regularly mans the front desk with the assistance of her dog Rogue, an equally energetic Aussie/Retriever mix.
Mackenzie recently enrolled in the PennFoster Veterinary Technician program and hopes to finish her degree soon, so that she can join the medical support crew in the back.
When asked what her favorite part of the job is, she told us "I enjoy being the first point of contact that clients interact with and help answer questions."