Our Team

Our staff at Kentuckiana Animal Clinic will be glad to work with you on any of your pet's needs. We have answers to your questions on flea and heartworm protection, vaccinations, spay and neutering surgeries, special dietary needs, grooming and boarding concerns and much more. Our Owensboro hospital is equiped with state-of-the-art equipment to offer quality care and our staff is dedicated to uphold that quality in the care of your pet.

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Dr. William E. Purdy

A native of Owensboro, KY., Dr. William A Purdy attended undergraduate studies at Western Kentucky University before completing his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University in June of 1973. He joined the Kentuckiana Animal Clinic team immediately afterwards and had been here ever since. Dr. Purdy has special interests in reproductive medicine and dentistry. In his leisure he can be found enjoying duck hunting and fishing, he also shows and raises Dandie Dinmont Terriers.

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Dr. Laura Boarman

Dr. Laura Boarman is a native of Owensboro, KY. After completing her undergraduate studies at Western Kentucky University, she attended Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine graduating in 2010. She actually joined the Kentuckiana family early in her high school days as an assistant and continued to work with us into her college years. We were pleased to welcome her back as a veterinarian after graduation. Her professional interests are in dentistry and preventative medicine. In her spare time she can be found enjoying the great outdoors with her husband Adam and sons, Eli and Cole. Dr. Boarman has an Australian Shepherd named Belle, and 2 cats, Penny and Woodrow, that round out her energetic family.

Veterinarians

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Dr. Leah Basham

We are very excited to welcome Dr. Leah Basham to our veterinary team here at Kentuckiana! Originally from Cloverport, KY, she completed her undergraduate at Western Kentucky in 2005 and her doctorate of veterinary medicine at Auburn University in 2009. She has practiced both in general and emergency hospitals in Evansville, IN and Lexington, KY. She has special interest in emergency medicine as well as ultrasound. In her free time she enjoys, camping, kayaking, and spending time with her “fur” kids: Silas (Doberman), Stella (Pomeranian), and Wylie the cat.

Dr. Basham looks forward to meeting the wonderful clients and patients here in the Owensboro area and will begin accepting appointments here at Kentuckiana in August.

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Dr. Rachel Hobgood

I grew up outside Dixon, KY in Webster County. Growing up we always had at least one dog in the house and had several other pets, including a hamster, two birds, several fish, and a few cats. I currently have a two year old Rough Coated Collie named Scout, a 4 year old Guinea Pig named Moe, and a 3 year old Holland Lop rabbit named Mazie. I am a runner, often running with my dog, I enjoy hiking, and love to be outside. I became interested in exotic animal medicine after three years of research with freshwater aquatic turtles at Freed Hardeman University, then after working for three years as the turtle rehabilitation program coordinator at Auburn University. I have a soft spot for small mammals, including Guinea Pigs and Mice after working as a student representative for Oxbow Animal Health, and I love reptiles.

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Dr. Nikki Poole

My name is Nikki Poole. I was born in Owensboro, and raised between there and the family farm in Fordsville. My undergraduate degree is from Western Kentucky University, and my veterinary degree is from Auburn University. After graduating from AU, I moved to Wytheville, VA where I practiced at a mixed animal clinic for five and a half years. I currently have many pets: dogs, cats, horses, 1 sheep, snakes and lizards. My hobbies include dual sport riding, jogging, and anything else outdoors.

Client Service Representatives

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Hospital Staff

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Felicia Payne, LVT

Felicia Payne is a native of Hardinsburg, KY and joined the Kentuckiana family in June 2015 as an intern. She graduated from Owensboro Community and Technical College in May 2016 with an Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology. She is married to her husband, Dalton Payne and together they have 2 cats, Loki and BB-8. Her primary professional interests are in companion animal dentistry and surgeries. In her spare time, she can be found kayaking the many lakes and rivers of the area, fishing and reading a good book.

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Kirstie Hagan, LVT

Kirstie is a graduate of Murray State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Health Technology. Kirstie first started volunteering at Kentuckiana Animal Clinic in 2011 and joined full time as a technician in 2015. Her professional interests are in wound management, animal dentistry and providing excellent care to all patients. Kirstie lives in Owensboro with her husband Aaron and is the proud parent to two spoiled dogs, Goober and Milo and 4 cats, Rebel, Hamlet, Kairi, and Cookie. She enjoys helping coach and instruct color guard teams and spending quality time with friends and family.

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Tara Groves, LVT

Technician Tara Groves is a native of Whitesville, KY and joined the Kentuckiana family in 2012. She is a graduate of Murray State University with a BS degree in Animal Health Technology. Her professional interests are in neonatal care, rescuing and fostering babies of all species, as well as geriatric care and client education. Tara makes her home with her husband James Groves and son Sawyer, along with her two dogs Ladybug and Rusty and Monk, the cat. She enjoys spending time with friends and family. Being a new mom and spending as much time as possible with her little man!

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Chelsey Dossett

My name is Chelsey Dossett. I am a 25 year old native of Sacramento, KY where I attended Grace Baptist School from kindergarten through 12th grade! I went on to Owensboro Community Technical College and graduated with my Associates in Applied Science for Veterinary Technology. I have two dogs (Reagan and Riley) that are just spoiled rotten. I recently moved to Owensboro in March and am engaged to my fiancé, Derrick Ware! I am really happy to be a part of the team here at KAC and can’t wait to meet all the clients and pets that come here!

Kennel Staff

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Jenneci Mobley

Hello, my name is Jenneci Mobley. I am 20 years old and I recently moved here from Texas to become pursue a career as a veterinary technician. I just became a part of the KAC team recently in March. As part of the KAC family, I have joined with Lori to care for all the boarded and hospitalized pets. I own two cats (Harley and Crookshanks) and my corgi/chow mix Lulu. It's been a while since I lived here, but I am glad to be back and look forward to working with everyone and their pets!

Grooming Staff

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Cheryl Kleiser, Groomer

Hi! My name is Cheryl Kleiser and I am a native of Fulda, IN. I recently joined the KAC family as Groomer in March. I am a graduate of the Lansing Michigan School of Canine Cosmetology. I am a certified groomer and have been enjoying grooming and working with people’s pets for 8 years now. Growing up, I have always been an animal person and wanted to work in the animal field. I am a St. Louis Cardinals fan and in my spare time, I enjoy outdoor activities like 4-wheeler riding, kayaking, fishing, and spending time with family and friends. I am excited to be at Kentuckiana and look forward to meeting all the wonderful clients and pets!

Management

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Ben Bates, CVPM

Ben Bates CVPM, is our hospital practice manager here at Kentuckiana Animal Clinic. A native of Francisco, IN. he now calls Evansville home. He has been in the animal industry for about 16 years in various capacities such as animal control officer, kennel worker, veterinary assistant, receptionist and manager. He joined our Kentuckiana family in December, 2013. Ben has continually worked to improve and enhance the experiences our clients and patients have here at Kentuckiana Animal Clinic.

Ben makes his home with his beautiful wife and two gorgeous little girls that keep them very busy and going in all directions. Rounding out this energetic family is Conner, the German Shepherd, and Chaser, the 5 year old domestic shorthair cat. In his precious spare time Ben enjoys spending time with family and friends, photography, fishing and various other outdoor activities.

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