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Meet Our Team

Nick Toepke, DVM

Dr. Toepke has been at the Howdershell Animal Clinic since 1999.

Education: B.S. in Biology and Mathematics. Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri, 1999.

Veterinary Interests: Reptiles, ferrets and small exotics, oncology and chemotherapy

Hobbies: Following Mizzou Tigers sports; coaching his children’s baseball and basketball teams; home hobby herpetology; growing raspberries.

Family: Wife Barbara, one son and one daughter.

Pets: A Golden Retriever Buddy, Phoebe the Pug, and assorted others.


Phyllis Thies, DVM

Dr. Thies had been at the Howdershell Animal Clinic since 1998.

Education: B.A. in Biology. Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri, 1996.

Veterinary Interests: Dermatology, endocrinology, preventative medicine. Small exotics—pocket pets and rabbits

Hobbies: Hiking, biking, camping; enjoying and exploring the outdoors

Family: Husband Walter and one son

Pets: Brutus, a border collie/retriever, Foster, a domestic shorthair cat.


Kim Arnsmeyer, DVM

Dr. Arnsmeyer has been at the Howdershell Animal Clinic since 2001.

Education: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri, 2001.

Veterinary Interests: Dermatology, behavior

Hobbies: Scuba diving

Family: Husband Darin, one daughter and one son

Pets: Ornery, a chocolate lab, Wilson, a German Shorthaired Pointer


Carly Vandas DVM

Dr. Vandas has been at Howdershell Animal Cliinic since 2014.

Education: B.A. in Ecology, Evolution and Systematics. Minor in Spanish. Missouri State University 2010.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri 2014

Veterinary Interests: Surgery, Reproduction, Exotics including reptiles, small mammals and birds.

Hobbies: Playing and coaching soccer, watching hockey, reading and enjoying the outdoors.

Family: Husband Bryce

Pets: Roman, a Siberian Husky and Tavi and Kitai, two domestic short haired cats.


Melissa Doerr DVM

Dr. Doerr has been at Howdershell Animal Clinic since 2016.

Education: B.S. in Animal Science. University of Missouri-Columbia 2013.

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri-Columbia 2016.

Veterinary Interests: Oncology, dentistry, dermatology, reproduction, and preventative medicine

Hobbies: Running, reading, and cheering on the Mizzou Tigers and Cardinals; spending time with family and friends.

Family: Fiancé Joel

Pets: Gatsby, a boxer-lab-shepherd rescue dog