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. Graye 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: Husband Joel
Pets: Gatsby, a boxer-lab-shepherd rescue dog
Dr. Woodworth has been with Howdershell Animal Clinic since 2019
Education: BS in Animal Science from Southeast Missouri in 2015
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from University of Missouri in 2019
Veterinary Interests: Opthomolgy, oncology and preventative care
Hobbies: Playing softball, coaching kids sports and watching Cardinals
Pets: Three Prairie Dogs