Meet the friendly staff at Cherokee Hills Veterinary Hospital!
Deborah (Debbie) Heron Prichard, DVM, is a 1992 graduate of the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine. After working in emergency and critical care for a few years she completed an emergency critical care residency in Texas. Dr. Prichard is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, Cat Fanciers’ Association, and the American Paint Horse Association. She is also a founding lifetime member of the Gypsy Horse Registry of America, where she assisted in establishing the bylaws, rule book and the registry. In addition to Oklahoma, Dr. Prichard is licensed to practice veterinary medicine in Alaska, California, Oklahoma and Texas. Dr. Prichard grew up showing horses and POA ponies throughout the United States and since 1982, she has also shown Cornish Rex cats. An accomplished pastry chef, Dr. Prichard has standing orders for OSU and OU tailgating cakes. Dr. Prichard shares her home with her husband Marc, PJ, a Cornish Rex cat, BDubs the cat, Moxie the Schnauzer, Meg the lab, and Big Mac the horse. Often she can be found riding, gardening, baking, and perfecting her photography skills.
Dr. Jim Lee is a 1986 graduate of the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He began practice at the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Hospital in Oklahoma City. He has also been involved as an adjunct faculty member at Oklahoma City University and Oklahoma State University, teaching in the areas of anatomy, behavior, pharmacology, and pathology. He has served in numerous capacities of the Central Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association, and is a member of the OSU Veterinary Technician Accreditation Committee. He is a member of the Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Lee served several terms on the Oklahoma Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. He also served as an onsite veterinarian requested by the FBI to assist in care of search and rescue dogs working at the site of the 1995 Murrah Building bombing. Dr. Lee is an avid scuba diver and bicyclist and has completed the 'Hotter than Hell' endurance bicycle ride several times. Dr. Lee is actively involved in both Labrador and Greyhound rescue. He also has 9 labs of his own. Yes that says 10!
Dr. Abbey Wesner is a local relief veterinarian, providing services at clinics all over the Oklahoma City area She obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, she practiced in Pennsylvania for several years before moving to Oklahoma. Her special interests include canine and feline ophthalmology and internal medicine, especially endocrinopathy. As a relief vet, you may not see her all the time at Cherokee Hills, but she will love and care for your pet like her own when she is here. She enjoys movies, cooking and travelling in her spare time. She has one dog, a Brittany Spaniel, and lives with her husband and two children in Edmond.
Nikki comes to Cherokee Hills Veterinary hospital with over 30 years of veterinary experience, including 11 years of emergency and critical care medicine. She began her journey in veterinary medicine in high school and has continued on ever since.
Nikki is originally from south Oklahoma City. She moved to Boston for many years, but missed home so much she returned in 2010. She enjoys working with neonatal puppies, and fosters for the Oklahoma Humane Society.
When not at work, Nikki spends time with her Bull Terrier, Isles and her two fish aquariums. Isles and Nikki love to cook, knit, and read horror novels, especially those by Stephen King
Heather is a Veterinary Assistant with over 15 years of experience. She grew up around veterinary medicine in her childhood home, where her father opened a veterinary clinic after working in zoos. Heather received an Associates degree in Natural Science from St. Gregory's University in 2001 and a Bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2003. Outside of work, her husband, daughter, and she spends a lot of time together and she is an avid listener of podcasts. Her family also supports the local art community. They have two dogs, Arya and Sansa and two cats, Erasmus and Catniss.
We are excited to add Amanda to our team. She was born and raised in Tennessee and recently moved here with her son to be closer to family. She has completed Veterinary Assistance training and plans to enroll in Veterinary Technician School. She is very much enjoying interacting with all of our furry patients and getting to know their families. When she is not at work or studying she is spending time with her son and dog. She also loves riding horses, playing sports, cooking, watching movies and dancing.
Juanita joins Cherokee Hills with 14 years of experience in the veterinarian field. She lives in El Reno with her husband and stays very busy with her 3 kids. Through out her years in this field she has also collected 3 cats and 2 dogs of her own. Her passion is working with animals and being able to witness first hand the healing process for them.
Dylan came to us after graduating last year from Putnam City North High School. He has wanted to be a veterinarian since he was 9 years old. In high school he participated in the Jr Curator program assisting zoo keepers and was a member of The Putnam City North Symphonic Orchestra. He is currently enrolled at OSU/OKC with plans to go to veterinary school. Whenever possible he enjoys spending time with family and friends. He lives with a herd of four legged babies, 3 dogs and 3 cats
Brittany was born in Oklahoma and grew up in a military family living all over the world. She is a only child who has a passion for helping people and animals. Brittany lives in Edmond with her husband and 7 fur babies, 4 dogs and 3 cats. In her free time she brews beer, bakes and loves spending time with family. Her interests include brewing beer, hockey, space/sci fi and watching horror movies, especially Stephen King.
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