Like most people in this field, Alix realized her love for pets at a very young age. She has associate degrees in marketing and journalism and a bachelor’s degree in apparel merchandising. Although she didn't initially pursue a career in the animal field, she joined us in March 2021 and hasn’t looked back. Alix shares her home with two cats, Ruby, a 9-year-old grumpy lady who will climb on top of you and make herself comfortable for a nap, and Leo, a 1-year-old kitten who likes to play and allows snuggles on her schedule. Alix hopes to purchase a home so she can add a rescue dog or two to her crew. She enjoys spending her free time with friends and family and exploring the Hills, as well as traveling and listening to live music.
Venessa grew up surrounded by animals, so she decided make a career out of her love for them. She has an associate degree of applied science and joined our team in September 2021. Venessa has four dogs: a 3-year-old blue heeler named Finn who loves to chase cows and has unbelievable energy; Kona, a 5-year-old border collie mix who thinks she runs the house; Remi, a 20-year-old pug mix who loves sock monkeys and will take one with her wherever she goes, and Roscoe, a 3-year-old Catahoula who is a giant couch potato that will cuddle all day long. Venessa also has three American quarter horses: Summer, a 15-year-old mare; Ed, a 9-year-old gelding; Bobo, a 4-year-old gelding, plus Predo, a 4-year-old Bureau of Land Management Mustang. Venessa enjoys spending her free time with her family, riding her horses and playing with her dogs.
Sarah is a Registered Veterinary Technician, graduating from National American University in 2013. She has 5 amazing children with her husband of 8 years. They have been blessed with 3 girls and 2 boys ranging from preschool age to middle school age, which keeps them both very busy! Sarah and her family also have 3 blue heelers. Animals have always had a special place in her heart and she feels fortunate to be with the ACVH team! In her spare time, Sarah likes to spend her free hours hiking, kayaking, boating, reading, painting, going to church and watching her children grow and play basketball.
Mysti graduated from National American University in 2018 with an associates in Veterinary Technology. She has always loved animals, especially her two dogs Thor and Silver. She has lived in Rapid City for most of her life and enjoys spending time with her son, daughter and adopted clinic cat Parker, going to the lake, golfing, snowboarding, and enjoying the outdoors.
An animal lover since childhood, Melissa has an AAS in Veterinary Technology and originally worked here at All Creatures in 2014. She returned to us in 2021 and we are thrilled to have her back because of her impeccable patient care and client communication skills. In addition to her passion for animal care, Melissa has extensive knowledge in a multitude of fields and also has an AAS degree in Aerospace Maintenance. When she’s not working, she enjoys reading, volunteering, collecting knives, and honing her firearm skills. Melissa also stays busy caring for her small menagerie at home, which includes six dogs, four cats, two horses, a couple of geese and a duck.
Kippy attended National American University, and graduated with a Diploma in Veterinary Assisting in May 2008. Her intentions were to continue education into Veterinary Technology, but decided to join the Air Force. After a few years in the Air Force, she returned to Rapid City. In August 2013, she joined our staff here at All Creatures Veterinary Hospital. Kippy loves to spend time in the Black Hills with her husband, daughter, and 2 dogs, Mookie & Jade and Melvin the adopted clinic cat. .
Layla joined our team in 2021 and as a Check-In Tech, her smiling face will greet you and your pet at the door and help you into an exam room. Layla was raised around all kinds of animals and has always had an affinity for them—especially exotic pets! She’s always ready to help out and loves doing what she can to make sure you and your pet feel welcome and comfortable while at our hospital. When she’s not working, Layla enjoys hiking, swimming, biking, and spending time with her family and pets, which include two sugar gliders and her Chihuahua/Pomeranian/Dachshund mix CCino.
Morgan grew up in Moorhead, Minnesota where she previously worked at another veterinary clinic. She recently moved to the Black Hills in September 2020 and wanted to continue working in Veterinary Medicine. Animals have always been her passion. She currently has 3 dogs, 3 cats, and 5 horses of her own. In her free time she likes to go hiking, hunting, fishing and rodeoing.
Hayly is from a small town in Northeast Wyoming, consisting of ranches and oil. She grew up raising and showing livestock which quickly sparked a passion for agriculture and all of God's creatures. Her and her husband currently have; a border collie, heeler, aussie cross name Luke, and two german shepherds named Koda and Kye as well as two quarter horses. The Black Hills offers all of the things she loves, such as camping, hiking and horseback riding. Hayly also loves to create art in her spare time!
Hayley has loved animals since she was a child, and she worked in the veterinary field in Florida for more than six years before joining us in July 2021. Her experience and dedication are huge assets to our team, and she helps keep us positive with her great attitude. She steps up to help with any and all tasks, and she is dedicated to providing excellent and efficient customer service. Hayley has a deaf 3-year-old bulldog mix named Mia who is an angel. Hayley spends her free time snowboarding and hanging out with friends.
Brian realized his love for animals when he was 8 years old watching Steve Irwin. Because of his longtime love of animals, Brian was always destined for a career in pet care. A certified Veterinary Assistant, Brian has been learning and developing his skills in the field with ACVH. When he isn't working, you may find Brian hiking, enjoying new movies and eating at Texas Roadhouse.
Richelle has always adored animals, and before pursuing a career in animal care, she spent her time creating art in college. Richelle has been an asset to the All Creatures team, striving to learn more each day and ensuring the animals receive the proper care and attention. Richelle plays with her cats Bette Kane and Bruce Wayne, or gets creative through playing the piano or craft projects during her free time. She is a lover of the outdoors and enjoys camping, hiking, and kayaking.
Cassie is a mother of three and a receptionist for Dr. Falcon at All Creatures Veterinary Hospital. She loves animals and has always wanted to work with them one way or another. Cassie has lived in Rapid City the majority of her life and she is also an artist who has sold a few paintings in town but lately she just focuses on her kids and job, which she loves.