Woodland Animal Hospital

600 Eastland Drive
Jefferson City, MO 65101



April Dyer, Veterinary Office Manager at Woodland

April Dyer, Office Manager:

I grew up in Linn, MO, and graduated from Helias High School here in Jefferson City.  I then attended MU, earning a B.S. in Animal Science. I am married with three great kids, three dogs and two cats. I have also been a Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator. In the springtime, our little zoo fluctuated with babies as I greatly enjoyed taking in orphaned and injured babies.  Over the years, my family has enjoyed raising and releasing raccoons, opossums, kittens, rabbits, squirrels, and even a flying squirrel. Unfortunately, I am no long able to rehab wildlife at this time. 

I met Dr. Groner as a distressed pet owner when my dog, Shelby (my husband's and my first baby), was hit by a car.  I was so impressed with Dr. Groner's excellent care and concerned manner.  We could really tell she cared about our Shelby.  As soon as Shelby was better, I started bugging Dr. Groner for a job.  I became a happy member of the Woodland family in August of 1998.

Jessica Bio

Jessica Martin, Receptionist:

Hi Friends! 

My hubby and I relocated to Jefferson City, Mo from the west coast early 2023. I have 18yrs experience as a Pharmacy Technician and needed a change. My sister has always worked in the Veterinary field and when they had an opening we worked together as she shared her skills with me and I knew this was the change I needed. Along with my 5yrs as a Veterinary Receptionist I was an Office Assistant to a Ranch Manager who trained and provided animal actors for the film industry and this was an awesome experience. In my spare time I also love to paint, draw, restore ceramic art and take long random drives with my husband.

I have several Fur-Nephews and Nieces. My sister has 3 kitties, (Wrathion, Phoenix and my favorite Illidan) My Parents have 2 pups, (Isis and Thor). I miss them all dearly and can't wait to visit.
BUT, I'm very grateful for Woodland accepting me into their team, it's like having a second family. I see the dedication, compassion and hard work of the Woodland team on a daily basis and look forward to helping your Fur-Babies.

Deanna Urban, Technician

Deanna Urban, Lead Assistant:

Deanna is from Taos and attended Blair Oaks. Deanna completed an Associates degree in veterinary technology and started working full time at Woodland in 2011. She had the opportunity to change careers, but continues to work part time as a technician on Saturdays. She is a mother to a beautiful, sweet daughter named Caroline. She loves all animals and has both dogs(Gracie, Gizmo) and cats (Gypsy, George, and Sugar Daddy).

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Mercedes Buschjost, Registered Veterinary Technician:

Mary Chadwell, Assistant

Mary Chadwell, Assistant:

I am currently a student in the Veterinary Technician program through Penn Foster to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. I have a degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in Animal Science from Lincoln University. To gain more knowledge and experience in veterinary science, I started working for a different veterinary hospital as a receptionist. I later received a call from Woodland in May of 2019 for a position as a Veterinary Assistant. I immediately filled out an application, got an interview, and have loved every minute working with Woodland Animal Hospital. 

Growing up, we moved around a lot. During 8th grade, my family moved to Jefferson City and have resided here since. My husband and I met in middle school, started dating in 2014, and got married in 2015. We have two girls, Grace and Freyja. We all love animals and have 3 cats and a bearded dragon. 


Lisa Laughlin, Assistant:

Hi I'm Lisa!

After more than 2 years of retirement I'm ready for Career 3.0. In addition to working here at Woodland part- and full-time for 14 years. I was also an environmental regulator, a sysadmin and an IT Architect. Now I am focused on becoming a registered veterinary technician, and am back in school again! I hope to sit for the national test (VTNE) next summer or fall. I look forward to meeting you and your furry children. I also look forward to re-acquainting myself with longtime clients and all the new ones!


Michaela Kuhn, Assistant:

Hi, I’m Michaela! 

I love spending time outdoors, hunting, fishing, and spending time with my family and friends. I am currently enrolled in classes  at Penn Foster to become a Veterinary Technician. I have always had a passion for making a difference in the world and I love animals, so I decided to work in veterinary medicine. 

I am married to my husband, Lucas, for 4 years. We have 2 fur babies - a chocolate lab named Kyra  and an orange Tabby named P. We lived in Idaho for 3.5 years due to my husband being in the Air Force. We fell in love with the mountains but it was too far from family. So we moved back about 2 years ago and have been loving being close to home.  

I'm so thankful to be working at woodland animal hospital and can’t wait to care for your pets! 

Rhonda Luck

Rhonda Luck, Assistant:

Hi I'm Rhonda!

I'm a vet assistant. I started working for Woodland Animal Hospital shortly after I retired from 26 years of service with MoDOT. 
I have a hobby farm with my husband and we have multiple varieties of animals.
For a part time job I wanted to do something that I enjoy, and that is working with animals!

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Aislynn, Assistant:

Aislynn, Assistant:

I moved from Alabama to Missouri in 2010 and my current studies are in veterinary technician. I have a cat (Champ) a pug (Droopy) and a bearded dragon (Dino Nugget) I’ve always had a love for animals growing up and I am so excited I have the opportunity to gain more experience at Woodland Animal Hospital.

Celia, Raylin, Aislynn, Cameron, and Abby are our kennel assistants.  If you are boarding your dog or cat here, they are behind the scenes taking care of your pet.  They are exceedingly responsible and very much animal lovers. 

Our Feline Clinic Helper:

JB (aka Jingle Bells aka Jake's Buddy)

JB (aka Jingle Bells) was born in 2018 and came to live with us in December of 2018. He is very active and loves tussling with puppies that come through the door. He has no fear of dogs and is always trying to greet all of our patients. While he can be rascal, we can't help but love him.

Our loved ones who have crossed over the Rainbow Bridge:


Born 2008, Loved by us from 2015-2020

Our Clinic Cat Zeke at Woodland Animal Hospital in Jefferson City


Born 1998, Loved by us from 2000-2018



Loved by us from 1998 to 2014    



Loved by us from 2006-2022