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Our Doctors

Dr. Diana Kushlan
DVM

Diana Kushlan

 

Dr. Diana Kushlan spent her early years wandering the U.S. with her Navy family. She received her BS in Chemistry followed by her PhD in the same subject. After working in the academic field for over seven years she headed to the University of IL, and graduated with a DVM in 1999. Dr. Kushlan currently lives in Carson City with her 3 dogs Kaci, Melvin, and Molly!!!

Dr. Katie Cox
DVM

Katie Cox

Dr. Katie Cox was born and raised in Albuquerque. She graduated from Eldorado High School knowing she would work with animals for the rest of her life. She enrolled at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science with a minor in Chemistry. She began working with cattle and other farm animals at NMSU and completed a summer internship at Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska. At Doorly, she focused on developing animal diets in the nutrition lab. She entered veterinary school at Colorado State University, where she earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. While at CSU, she interned at a large and small animal practice in Washington State.

Dr. Cox practiced at a small animal and exotics animal veterinary clinic in Albuquerque for one year before relocating to Reno. There she worked with a variety of animals and learned the value of strong doctor-client-patient relationship.

Dr. Cox is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. She has special interests in ophthalmology, cardiology, animal behavior and preventative medicine. She believes that compassionate communication with both the animal patient and owner is essential for the healing and wellness processes in veterinary medicine.

Dr. Cox lives with her dog, Aspen and her cat, Wallace. She loves spending time with her friends, reading and listening to music, traveling, skiing, fishing and being outdoors.

Dr. Charles Andrus
DVM

Charles  Andrus

Dr. Charles Andrus, DVM was born and raised in Holiday, Utah, on a small ranch. His dad raised Tennessee Walkers, and Chuck spent much of his time caring for their many horses, dogs, chickens, cows and cats. This is where his love of animals developed. As a boy, in addition to his work on the ranch, Chuck was actively involved in Boy Scouts, hiking and camping in the Wastach and Unita mountains as a boy. He went on to earn his Eagle Scout Award. He graduated from Utah State University with a BS in Zoology, and then in 1978, he decided to follow in his dad's footsteps and attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins. There he received his degree in Veterinary Medicine in 1981. He then moved to Reno to begin practicing in the Reno/Sparks area. Chuck's pets include a Doberman named Razor, chickens of various breeds, and his newest addition: four miniature Mancha dairy goats. When Chuck is not working, he enjoys being outdoors. He loves to hike, kayak, and geocache.

Dr. Ren Johnson
DVM

Ren Johnson

Dr. Ren Johnson, DVM, was born in Ft. Collins, Colorado and raised in Meridian, Idaho. The son of a veterinarian, Ren was raised on a small farm and developed a love for animals. As a young man, he was active in sports, scouting, FFA, and farming. He graduated from Boise State University, and then attended Washington State University, where he received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1985. Ren has been practicing veterinary medicine in the Reno area since 1985. Ren and his wife Kelly are the parents of eight children and 12 grandchildren (and counting!). They enjoy their family, horses, and the outdoors.

Veterinary Team

Darby Carpenter
Veterinary Assistant

Darby is a Veterinary Assistant at Fairgrounds Animal Hospital. He was born and raised in Reno, Nevada. Darby loves helping animals and making sure they are feeling their best. Darby discovered that he wanted to work in the veterinary field by accident when he accompanied his grandmother to take her cat to the veterinarian. At this visit, he discovered to have both a talent and a desire to work with animals. After this visit, he began working at a veterinary clinic and started pursuing his Veterinary Technician certificate. Darby has 2 dogs he rescued from the Humane Society, Gizmo a sassy 2-year-old terrier mix that loves to play and Cosmo a  hyper 2-year-old terrier mix that loves to cuddle. He also has a 2-year-old black cat named Ana and 12 koi fish. In his free-time Darby enjoys creating ceramic art on a pottery wheel and caring for his carnivorous plant collection. 

Brianna Harvey
Licensed Veterinary Technician

Brianna Harvey

Brianna is a Licensed Veterinary Technician at Fairgrounds Animal Hospital. Brianna grew up in Minnesota and lived in Oahu, Hawaii while she served in the Navy and a Korean Linguist.  During her six years in the service she volunteered at an animal shelter while stationed in Hawaii and found her passion for working in the veterinary field. She then moved to Reno to attend school. She received her Associates of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology from TMCC. She is currently working towards her Bachelors in both International Affairs and Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. She eventually wants to earn her Masters in Conservation Medicine.  

Brianna lives in Reno with her significant other and has several pets. A Cardigan Welsh Corgi/ Dachshund mix named Lady, a rambunctious Bull Mastiff/GSD mix named Rommel, two cats named Cathulhu and Meowster Chief Richie and a Percheron/Quarter Horse cross named Baelish. In her free time, Brianna enjoys horseback riding, drawing and painting and traveling. She also loves learning new languages and continues her studies in Russian, Korean and Thai. Brianna is excited to work with the team at Fairgrounds Animal Hospital because she has an opportunity to work with other professionals in her field that put an emphasis on patient care.  

Meredith Standish
Licensed Veterinary Technician

Meredith  Standish

Meredith Standish is a Licensed Veterinary Technician and Bookkeeper at Fairgrounds Animal Hospital. She was born and raised in Florida and came to Reno, Nevada after her husband was offered a job in this area. Meredith started her career in nursing and worked in human medicine for 15 years. She lost her passion for her career in human medicine after her mother passed away. She switched careers after working for a mobile equine veterinarian in Georgia. She immediately became hooked on veterinary nursing. She went back to school in 2013 for her Veterinary Technology degree and received her degree from Truckee Meadows Community College in 2016.

Meredith has 7 pets including 4 dogs; Bubba Flash a Basset Hound, Markey, a Basenji mix, Max, a cheweenie and Echo, a Chihuahua one cat, Chappie, a short haired beauty of a cat and two thoroughbred horses, Jojo and Faith. Meredith’s biggest personal achievement is her son and being married 20 years going strong. Professionally, she feels privileged to be able to teach the next generation of Veterinary Technicians as an instructor at her alma mater. She feels passionate about helping others achieve their goals of working with animals, and making a difference in the owners that care so much for their pets. Meredith loves working with like-minded people that make caring for animals a top priority at Fairgrounds Animal Hospital.

Michelle Vega
Veterinary Technician in Training

Michelle  Vega

Michelle is a Veterinary Technician in Training at Fairgrounds Animal Hospital. Michelle has always had love and compassion for animals, which led to her desire to work in the veterinary field. She aspires to become a Veterinary Technician and continue to care for, love and help animals in need. She was born and raised in Reno, Nevada and attended Sparks High School. She went on to attend the Veterinary Technology program at Truckee Meadows Community College in 2017 and expects to graduate in 2020. Michelle has a family dog she grew up with, an 11 year old German Shepard named Shadow. He is a senior dog with a mellow personality that loves his toys and gets very excited to meet new people. In her free time she enjoys spending time with friends and family, crafting, cooking and enjoying the outdoors. 

Tiffany Harvey
Veterinary Assistant

Tiffany  Harvey

Tiffany is a Veterinary Assistant at Fairgrounds Animal Hospital. She was born and raised in Reno, NV. Tiffany has always loved animals. She decided to work in the veterinary field to help pets live long and healthy lives with their people.

Tiffany attended school to become a Veterinary Assistant and plans to continue her education to get her Veterinary Technician License. Tiffany has 2 dogs, Ariel a 7 year old Border Collie and Apollo a 7 month old German Shepard. In her free time, Tiffany enjoys spending time with her 6 year old son and 2 dogs.

 

Cheyanne Duve
Veterinary Assistant

Cheyanne Duve

Cheyanne Duve was born and raised a Nevadan. She attended Bishop Manogue high school, Northern Arizona University, and is a student at UNR. Cheyanne is currently seeking dual degrees in Wildlife Management and Conservation, and Biology. She has about 5 years of experience in the veterinary field, and hope to become either a veterinarian or a wildlife biologist working with endangered sea creatures. 

Robert McDonaugh
Veterinary Technician in Training

Robert  McDonaugh

Robert was born in Tucson, Az. but moved to Las Vegas at an early age. Robert lived in Las Vegas for 16 years and graduated from high school then moved  to Reno, Nv. He has been attending UNR since 2013. He is working on a dual-major in Veterinary Medicine and Biology, with a minor in Analytical Chemistry. Robert was an intern at the UNR Station Farm, where he acquired a basic knowledge of large animals, but found his passion lies in companion animals. He is set to graduate this winter, but is uncertain what he would like to pursue, his overall goal is to remain in the veterinary field. Some of Robert's hobbies include hiking, camping and listening to music. One of his main goals in to travel to another country. 

Kimberly Metzinger
Veterinary Technician in Training

Kimberly  Metzinger

Kimberly is a Veterinary Technician in training here at Fairgrounds, she is currently in her second year at TMCC's Veterinary Assistant Program. Her top priority at our hospital is delivering excellent patient care. Kimberly has two dogs, a bloodhound named Magnus and a pretty little pit bull named Stella. Kimberly also has a 13 year old daughter, Leona - so she's got her hands full! In her free time, Kimberly loves to see her boyfriend play country music at his shows in town, ride horses and snowboard. Thus, she is among the few of us who are excited for winter. 

JD Francis
Animal Health Technician

JD Francis

JD Francis is an Animal Health Technician/Maintenance Supervisor, employed at Fairgrounds Animal Hospital for the past 16 years. JD has been married for 22 years and enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and granddaughter. She and her husband have dogs, a cat, and a tank full of fish. JD enjoys hiking, reading, writing science fiction, gardening, doing community cleanups, and learning about history.

Dennise Hartley
Practice Manager, LVT

Dennise Hartley

Dennise is a Licensed Veterinary Technician and the Practice Manager at Fairgrounds. Dennise has lived in Reno all of her life, she graduated from tech school at CCSN in 1999, and has worked at Fairgrounds on and off since 1992. Dennise lives in Fernley with her husband, son, and many dogs, cats, snakes, pigs, and horses. When she is not at Fairgrounds, Dennise runs a horse boarding business. She spends her free time raising horses, camping, traveling, and spending time with her family. 

Amy Tracy
Veterinary Assistant

Amy Tracy

Amy Tracy is a Veterinary Assistant at Fairgrounds Animal Hospital. Amy has been employed in the veterinary field for the past seven years. She was previously employed at an alternative medicine vet clinic in Davis, California, where she assisted with acupuncture and chiropractic procedures. She is currently working on completing her education to obtain her Veterinary Technician license. Amy enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and many pets. She also enjoys working at Fairgrounds with a team that is passionate about the veterinary field.

Client Service

Jennifer Howard
Receptionist

Jennifer  Howard

Jennifer is a Receptionist at Fairgrounds Animal Hospital. She moved to Reno from Huntington Beach, Ca. when her husband’s company transferred him to Reno. She currently lives in Reno with her husband and 4 incredible kids ranging in age from 17 to 4. She is inspired by her kids every day.

Jennifer decided to work in the veterinary field because of her love and compassion for animals. She began working as a Receptionist in a veterinary hospital when she was 21 years old, from there she worked her way up to Office Manager. While working for animal hospitals she found that she had a passion for working with pets and their parents. She believes that educating pet parents is crucial to the well-being of pets.

Jennifer feels that her greatest achievements are the animal adoptions and rehabilitations that she has been a part of. She has many pets including, 2 dogs, Delilah and Gemma, a cheweenie and pit bull mix, 3 cats named Ghost, Khaleesi and Tyrion, 4 chickens named Queenie, Hermione, Peep and Reno and 2 koi named Luna Lovegood and Sirus Black. I

Jenny Combs
Receptionist

Jenny Combs

Jenny is a receptionist at Fairgrounds Animal Hospital. Jenny is new to the Reno area, having moved from Las Vegas, where she was a receptionist for several years at a busy walk-in animal clinic. Jenny loves working with animals and enjoys interacting with all of the pets that come in to see us. When Jenny is not working she likes to spend her time hiking with her Beagle "Duke", gaming, and traveling. Some of her hobbies include sewing, practicing archery, and working on her computer. 

Brianne Roscoe
Receptionist

Brianne Roscoe

Brianne grew up  in Bellevue, Washington where she lived for 14 1/2 years. She moved to Reno 16 years ago with her family. On the weekend her hobbies include watching football and spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys spending time with her 3 year old Queensland Heeler, Dallas. Brianne has always known that she wanted to work with animals and started right out of high school. Although she's one of the newest additions to Fairgrounds she enjoys coming in everyday and being able to help animals and constantly learn. 

Sharon Parodi
Receptionist

Sharon Parodi

Sharon Parodi is a Receptionist at Fairgrounds Animal Hospital. She has lived in the Reno/Lake Tahoe area for more than 40 years. With over 15 years of experience in customer service in the veterinary field, Sharon is passionate and quite knowledgeable about the field’s best practices. She sincerely enjoys being able to assist clients and their pets here at Fairgrounds. Sharon has two horses, four cats, and two Rottweilers, and she is always happy to show them off. Her other hobbies include horseback riding, hiking, and gardening.

Cindy Allen
Social Media Coordinator

Cindy Allen

Cindy Allen is a Social Media Specialist at Fairgrounds Animal Hospital. She is a native Nevadan from Reno. She has a background in non-profits and human resources. Cindy enjoys volunteering in the community, mainly with programs that focus on assisting animals and young people in Reno and Sparks. She spends most of her free time with her husband and two children. Cindy has two dogs named Chewie and Rosie, and two parakeets named Wesley and Buttercup. She enjoys gardening, painting, cooking, and reading when she is not working. She also enjoys working with the team at Fairgrounds and getting to cuddle puppies and kittens.