Woodland Animal Hospital

600 Eastland Drive
Jefferson City, MO 65101



April Dyer, Veterinary Office Manager at Woodland

April Dyer:

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.



Mercedes Cannon, Registered Veterinary Technician at Woodland

 Mercedes Cannon, RVT:

My career started here at Woodland Animal Hospital as a “kennel kid” in 2014. I was raised in Jefferson City . After high school graduation, I went to Crowder College in Neosho, MO to obtain an Associates of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology. I made the drive back home almost every week to work Fridays and Saturdays. I graduated in May 2018 and later passed my board exams in July 2018. I am now a full time Registered Veterinarian Technician (RVT) and enjoy my career very much.

I grew up with 3 large Labrador Retrievers- one of each color (a neopolitan pack, if you will). As they grew older, more health issues arose and that’s when I knew caring for animals was the career for me. I currently have a Chocolate Labrador, Evie, an English Shephard, Bella and a sassy blue feline named Floyd. I am a little partial to Labradors but I love all large dogs!

Mary Chadwell, Assistant

Mary Chadwell, Assistant:

I am currently a student in a veterinary technician program through Penn Foster. 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 of my new job, that will help me reach my goals and succeed on my career path!

Growing up, I lived in several different places. When I was in 8th grade, my family moved to Jefferson City and have resided here since. I met my husband after I moved here while we were in 8th grade. We started dating in 2014, got married in 2015, had our daughter in 2016 and are expecting another daughter in June. We all absolutely love animals. We have 4 cats (Leo, Piper, Balenci, and Melinda), a bearded dragon (Draco) and care for my mother’s dachshund (Charlie).

Maria Heet, Receptionist

 Maria Heet, Receptionist:

I was born and raised in Jefferson City, and have been bringing my pets to Woodland since I was in grade school. I’ve always loved animals, and had considered becoming a veterinarian at a young age. I quickly learned there were some aspects of the job I wouldn’t be comfortable doing, and ultimately decided to join the industry as a receptionist. I joined the Woodland team in 2022.

I’ve had many pets over the years, and currently have three cats and one dog. Cloak and Dagger (cats) are littermates and full of mischief. Penny and Percy (dog and cat) are best buddies, and are usually finding some kind of trouble of their own.  

Deanna Urban, Technician

Deanna Urban, Technician:

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).

Celia, Raylin and Ellie 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 Helpers

JB (aka Jingle Bells aka Jake's Buddy)

JB (aka Jingle Bells aka Jake's Buddy) 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