Woodland Animal Hospital

600 Eastland Drive
Jefferson City, MO 65101



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 am also a Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator. In the springtime, our little zoo will fluctuate with babies as I greatly enjoy 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.  

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:

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: Rowan, Kya, Kira, 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:

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!






Sue Irwin:

I was born in England, and grew up traveling with my family all over the world.  My father was in the British Military.  I attended nursing school in Glasgow, Scotland, and received my B.S.N.  In 1975, I met & married my husband, Ed, from Russellville, MO.  We have two adult children and one grandchild.  I have worked on the human side of the medical field for thirty years.  Now I am enjoying working with all the lovely animals, clients, and staff of Woodland Animal Hospital. 

My wee ones at home include a Jack Russell Terriers ( Louie), a Yorkshire Terrier (Freddie), a Rat Terrier mix (Mogley), and one Pug (Puggey); they keep my very busy, as do my grandchildren.




Lisa Pleus:

I grew up in St. Thomas and graduated from Helias in 1979.  I attended Lincoln University toward a degree in nursing.  My love of animals took me in a different direction.  I started as an apprentice groomer for several months without pay.  I have now been grooming over ten years.  I enjoy attending grooming seminars to stay current on the new grooming technology.  I look forward to my job every single day.  I have had rescue animals all my life; currently, I have three.