about our veterinary practice  Amarillo, TX
Amarillo Small Animal Emergency Clinic is proud to serve Amarillo, TX and surrounding areas. We are dedicated to providing the highest level of veterinary medicine along with friendly, compassionate service.

We believe in treating every patient as if they were our own pet, and giving them the same loving attention and care. We are a group of highly trained, experienced animal lovers who are devoted to giving our patients the best care possible.

If you have any questions about how we can care for your pet, please don’t hesitate to call us at (806) 352-2277. Thank you!


Aaliyah has been interested in veterinary medicine ever since she knew what it was. She began working at a vet clinic in high school, and she now works part-time at both the SAEC and another clinic in the Amarillo area. She is a Certified Veterinary Assistant, and she is pursuing a degree at West Texas A&M University in Animal Science / Pre-Vet. Aaliyah’s favorite aspects of being a technician are saving patients, which she says is “a given,” and the satisfaction and joy she brings to clients.


Abbie has wanted to be a veterinarian for as long as she can remember, and she has been working toward that goal for several years now: she graduated high school with a TVA Veterinary Assistant Certification Level 1, and she is currently a Pre-Vet / Animal Science major at West Texas A&M University. Abbie says she loves being able to help not just animals, but also the people who love them. She has two cats named Cinder and Heidi and a California rabbit named Dr. Chunky.


Allen became interested in the animal field when one of his previous dogs gave birth to a litter of puppies. He attended the AACAL Animal Science program and completed an internship at a vet clinic during his senior year of high school. Allen’s eventual goal is to teach Animal Science or agriculture, and he is most excited to learn about the various diseases that our patients get and what the different treatment options are for those diseases.


Annzley has loved animals ever since she was young, and she has had aspirations of becoming a veterinarian ever since grade school. She moved to the panhandle from Atlanta, Georgia to attend WTAMU as a pre-vet major. Her favorite part of the job here at the emergency clinic is watching surgeries. She has four pets: a Yorkie named Axsel, and three cats named Ren, Bagel, and Ivy.


Ben serves as the SAEC’s computer technician. His love of computers began when he was in elementary school, and he went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. He works full-time with computers in a professional capacity at another local business, and he has worked on or set up the computer networks for at least four different veterinary clinics. Ben has two dogs: Daisy, an English coon hound, and Bella, a miniature dachshund.


Brittany has been interested in veterinary medicine ever since she could really understand the field, as a child. She has done a year-long internship at another local small-animal clinic, and she is already a Certified Veterinary Assistant Level 1, in spite of her young age. Her favorite part about working in a clinic is “seeing the strong animal-human bond.” Brittany has two “mutts,” Jace and Ziegen, a Flemish Rex rabbit named Velvet, and a Betta fish named Regal.


Chloe has always loved helping animals in any way she could, and in high school, she began taking classes over animal husbandry. This is her first position at a clinic, and she is excited about not only learning how to properly care for our patients, but also how to ease the minds of their owners. Chloe has a Welsh Corgi named Ranger as well as a sorrel and white paint horse named Cheyenne.


Christi grew up in a veterinary office, so she is very familiar with the inner workings of a clinic. She works full-time as an elementary school teacher, and she has served as the SAEC’s bookkeeper for quite a few years now. Her favorite part of her job is “knowing that there are so many pets who have been saved or helped because our clinic was open when no other clinics were.” She has two miniature dachshunds, Vinca and Juniper, and a kitty named Violet.

Donna Behrends, DVM

Dr. Behrends became interested in becoming a veterinarian while working on a project in Los Angeles with the zoo. She went on to earn a BS in Economics from Texas Tech University in 1990, an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management in 1991, and a DVM from Texas A&M in 2000. She has 3 years of experience in general practice and 15 years of experience in emergency and critical care, which she considers her specialty. She is also a proponent of alternative medicine, including veterinary acupuncture (in which she is certified) and laser therapy. Dr. Behrends says that her favorite part of her job is seeing the love that people have for pets who are treated as part of the family. She has a Yorkie mix named Cricket.


Felix became interested in veterinary medicine when he was in high school, which was when he saw just how helpless a lot of animals can be. All he wanted to do was help, and that led him to an internship at Canyon Road Animal Hospital. This job at the SAEC is his first in the veterinary field. His favorite part about his job so far is “when the patient shows improvement after a hard-fought battle.”


Halee, like so many others at the SAEC, has been interested in veterinary medicine since she was a young girl. Her first job in the veterinary field was as a kennel technician at a vet clinic in her home town at the age of 15, and she is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Animal Science at WT. Her favorite part of her job as a technician is “being able to help clients’ animals live a long, healthy life.” Halee has a blue heeler / lab mix named Blue, a blue heeler named Sissy, and a quarter horse named Buddy.


Hannah has known that she wanted to be a veterinarian since she was a child, but she pursued a different career path out of high school—she trained and conditioned horses and was a farrier’s apprentice for a few years before finally applying to the pre-vet program at Ohio State University (in her home state). She is currently enrolled in the VERO program at West Texas A&M pursuing a veterinary degree through Texas A&M University. She says one of the reasons that she loves working for the SAEC is that she appreciates the opportunity to work under a variety of veterinarians. Hannah has a lab mix named Rhett.


Jana has worked in both general practice and emergency settings in the veterinary field since 2015 and is currently pursuing a vet tech degree through Penn Foster College in order to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. Her favorite part of her job is being able to help and comfort animals: “My animals are like my children, and I want the animals I work with to feel comfortable even when they are sick or injured and get the best care possible.” Jana and her husband have a miniature Australian shepherd named Bo, two cats named Jon Snow and Rodie, and two horses.

Janel Blaylock, DVM

Dr. Blaylock has wanted to be a veterinarian ever since preschool, when she helped her dad and grandpa take cattle to the vet. She explored other fields in undergrad before deciding to go to vet school in her junior year at Oklahoma State University. She earned a Bachelor’s in Biological Science in 2005 and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from OSU in 2009, and she has been practicing since then in first Lubbock and then Amarillo (she says that she wasn’t born in Texas, but she got here as fast as she could). She says that her favorite part of the job is “Puppies and kittens!” although she acknowledges that in an emergency setting, that’s “only about 0.005% of the job.” She also really enjoys simply seeing her patients get better, and she considers her areas of specialty to be soft tissue surgery and wound management. Dr. Blaylock has an orange tabby named Lawrence, two tuxedo padawans named Luke and Leia, and a Jack Russell Terrier named Zoe.


Karolyn has always loved animals. As a freshman in high school, she decided she wanted to be a vet tech. This is her first hands-on technician position, and she is very excited about learning real-world technician skills. Karolyn is also bilingual, able to speak both English and Spanish fluently. She has a Yorkie mix named Tinnie.

Kim Nethery, DVM

Dr. Nethery is the daughter of a veterinarian, so she’s been around the profession for most of her life. She worked as a technician at the SAEC for ten years before being accepted to vet school at Colorado State University. In addition, Dr. Nethery has training in advanced sonography from the Sound Academy of Veterinary Imaging in Arlington, Texas. She has a BS in Marine Biology from Texas A&M Galveston and an MS in Experimental Pathology from the University of Texas Medical Branch. Dr. Nethery has two Italian greyhounds, Allie and Selene; one double dapple dachshund, Portia; and one chihuahua mix, Mia—although she says, “if it were up to my husband, Zach, we would probably own about 10 dogs.”


Lisa changed careers in 2015 to join the staff of the SAEC full-time. She has learned everything she knows about being a technician through on-the-job training at the emergency clinic. Lisa has also been one of the ultrasound technicians at the SAEC since August of 2017. She says this is her favorite job she’s ever had, and that she especially loves performing abdominal ultrasounds and echocardiograms. Lisa has 2 rescue dogs: Willow, a seal miniature pinscher / Italian Greyhound mix; and Paddington, a red standard dachshund.


Makenzi has wanted to work with animals ever since elementary school. She is currently pursuing a degree in Wildlife Biology and would like to eventually go to vet school. Her area of interest at the clinic is diagnostic testing. Makenzi has two miniature Australian Shepherds who are sisters: Skye and Kimber, and a Border Collie mix named Sadie.


Marissa has known that she wanted to be a vet since she was 5 years old. She is currently a student at WT studying Biology with an emphasis in Pre-Vet Science. Marissa is most excited about being able to assist in pets returning to health if they’ve been sick or injured. She has 2 dogs, an Australian Shepherd mix named Trigger and a doberman / rottweiler mix named Peppy. She also has 3 cats: a tortoiseshell named Kitty, a grey tabby named Arlo, and a grey and black tabby named Dex.


Monique, like so many others at the SAEC, has been interested in veterinary medicine since childhood. She began working at the emergency clinic in early 2016 as a kennel attendant and has worked her way up to the level of veterinary technician. Her favorite aspect of the job at the SAEC is getting experience in a wide variety of situations. Monique has two dogs named Tenshi (a Shiba Inu) and Olive (a lab/shepherd mix).


Nicole became interested in veterinary medicine after graduating from college in 2014, at which point she got a job at a clinic in San Angelo, Texas and began learning on-the-job. Her favorite part of being a technician is assisting in surgeries and “seeing patients go home feeling better than when they came in.” Nicole has a lab mix named Bandit and two cats named Polly and Oreo.

Pat Chase, DVM

When she was in third grade, Dr. Chase saw her dog get hit by a car and knew from the extent of his injuries that he wouldn’t make it to a veterinary clinic, 30 miles away. From that moment on, she never wanted to be anything but a veterinarian, and she has been practicing for over 40 years now. She has a Bachelor of Science and a DVM from Texas A&M University. Her favorite aspect of veterinary medicine is knowing that she was instrumental in saving a critically ill or injured pet and returning that pet to its owner, especially “seeing the joy on the client’s and the pet’s faces as they interact.” Her favorite thing about the SAEC is “knowing that we truly provide an important service to the community. Countless pets’ lives have been saved because there were already trained people on the premises to begin immediate treatment.” Dr. Chase is known as the “Dog Whisperer” by other staff members at the EC; one of her specialties is handling and reassuring small dogs, particularly dachshunds and chihuahuas. She has a dachshund/chihuahua mix named Kasey and a Jack Russell Terrier mix named Krikit.

Rachel Voelker, DVM

Dr. Voelker says, “When my mom told me firefighter – Barbie – cowgirl was not a job and I’d be too busy to have a family, I decided vet med was a more suitable lifestyle.” She earned both her undergraduate and DVM degrees at the University of Missouri, Columbia, and she worked in emergency clinic positions throughout undergrad and vet school. She works at a local dairy cattle practice also; however, she hopes to make ER veterinary care her specialty some day. Her favorite part of her job is “helping clients understand difficult topics and feel like they can make good decisions about their pet’s health.” Dr. Voelker has two pets: a border collie name Gabi and a Domestic Longhaired cat named Biggie Smalls.


Raysha has been interested in veterinary medicine since high school, when she noticed parallels between vet techs and nurses. She has worked on and off in this field since 2007, and she has earned an Associate’s of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology. She loves parasitology in particular, but her favorite aspect of the veterinary profession is being able to learn from every case. Raysha is a mother of 3 and also a Certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist. She has 2 standard poodles named Teddy and Roosevelt and a domestic shorthair cat named Lilly.


Vanessa is the SAEC’s Office Assistant, but that doesn’t mean she’s any less interested in animals than all of our technicians. She is excited to learn more about caring for sick and injured animals, as she wants to do whatever she can to help the local pet community. Vanessa has 4 dogs: a schnauzer named Baxter, a bichon/havanese mix named Scout, a Yorkie named Hunter, and a chihuahua named Cheech.

Wendi Johnson, DVM

Dr. Johnson has known she wanted to be a vet since childhood—kindergarten, to be specific. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Oklahoma Panhandle State University and then moved to Oklahoma State University for her DVM. She worked at Palo Duro Animal Hospital in Canyon from 2008-2012, then in 2012 she purchased Yarbrough Veterinary Clinic, which she owns and operates. She says that her favorite aspect of emergency medicine is seeing something different each day, and something that she enjoys about veterinary medicine in general is working with the public. Dr. Johnson has two labs named Rascal and Sonny.