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.




Tonya Fisher, Registered Veterinary Technician at Woodland

Tonya Fisher:

I am originally from a small town in Illinois called Fulton. After high school, I went to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and obtained a B.S. in Animal Science with a minor in Chemistry. I decided getting licensed in Veterinary Technology would be the best course for me, and spent two years at Parkland College in Champaign, IL. I am now a Registered Veterinary Technician.

I fell in love with a young man from California, MO and we got engaged in the summer of 2010. I knew I would love Woodland the first time I viewed their website and I am glad they decided to give me a chance! I got married on May 28th, 2011 and began working at Woodland on June 1st.I love how caring and dedicated everyone is to clients and patients. I am happy to be a part of the family.

I am partial to cats, and currently I am owned by four of them: Tip, Kira, Gabby, and Charity.

On October 17, 2013 and December 9th 2017, my husband and I welcomed new additions in to our home. My daughters, Katana Marie and Evelyn Elaine, have made our lives complete. 

Mercedes Cannon, Registered Veterinary Technician at Woodland
Mercedes Cannon:

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, and an English Shephard, Bella. I am a little partial to Labradors but I love all large dogs!



Tori Jones

 I grew up in the Kansas City metro area where I graduated high school in 2020. After graduation, I moved to Columbia to further my education at the University of Missouri-Columbia. I am studying to obtain my Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science (Pre-Vet), and completing my certificate in Equine Science and Management. I started working at Woodland Animal Hospital in July of 2021 to gain
experience for Vet school. I have many years of experience with horses too and they play a big role in my day-to-day life. I absolutely love animals and have a few of my own. I currently have two dogs, two
leopard geckos and a horse. I have known I would be a part of the veterinary field since I was three years old, and my love for animals has continued to grow since then. Growing up I always had a multiple pet household; life just isn’t the same without fur babies!


Mary Chadwell

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).

I am currently a student at Lincoln University working towards my degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in Animal Science. I hope to be graduated soon and move on towards veterinary school. 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 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!

Our Feline Clinic Helpers

Clinic cats at Woodland Animal Hospital in Jefferson City

Jake was born in 2006 and is the big black cat you will often see on our front counter. While he can be sweet, he can also be particular about how much, where, and when he is petted. He can be the ornery one of the bunch. Inside he is a big softy as he loves grooming and cuddling kittens. We will see him curled up with or grooming JB on occasion.

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