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Staff

Sara Shoemake
Practice Manager

Sara was born in Dallas, OR and grew up here in Hermiston. Sara joined the OTVC family in Oct. of 2006 where she started as a Veterinary Assistant and quickly moved on to Technician training. From there she started expanding her knowledge and diversity and took over Inventory control as well as Head Tech and is now the Practice Manager and oversees and manages the whole clinic. She loves animals…ALL of them. She has horses, a miniature horse, miniature donkey, chickens, rabbit, cats, dogs, goats and a husband. She enjoys breeding, raising, and training her horses, and horseback riding. She is a member of Umatilla Sage Riders and enjoys competing in Ranch Sorting and Team Penning. She is also involved with Special Olympics where her brother was a very active team member and she enjoys singing on her churches worship team. OTVC is her home, “I love my OTVC family because that is truly what we are, a family. I could never dream of working anywhere more fulfilling”

Jami Erwert
Reception and Inventory Manager

Jakki Long
Reception

Jakki Long was born and raised in Hermiston, OR. She has always had a passion for helping animals. Growing up, she was often taking in stray dogs and cats, pet sitting for neighbors, and helping her family breed and raise Labrador Retrievers. She always knew she wanted a career in veterinary medicine and in 2006 she got an opportunity to fill an internship position at OTVC. Afterwards, she was trained to be a veterinary technician. In December 2009, she took on a new position as our receptionist and that’s where she really found her place. As a mother of two, Jakki enjoys spending time with her family from kayaking and fishing to swimming and bbqing. “Being OTVC’s receptionist is the best job in the world! I love being able to interact with not only the pets, but their owners as well and build some wonderful relationships that I will always cherish.”

Sofia Medina
Assistant

Sofia was born in Weiser, ID and grew up in many different locations as her family moved often. A few years after graduation high School she lost her way a bit and found herself in Hermiston in 2019. While looking for a fresh start she started career seeking and with her love of all kinds of animals and her experience with a small variety of species, work in at a veterinary clinic just made sense. She’s still finding her way through life, but at OTVC she’s found a family and purpose in helping out in whatever capacity she can. She has a passion for helping animals and their owners of the community find the care they need.

Britney Brooks
Reception

Certified Veterinary Technicians

Joellyn Herriman
CVT

Joellyn grew up in La Grande, OR. She went to Eastern Oregon University and received her Bachelor’s in Agricultural Business Management through OSU. While there, she was on the Collegiate Polo Team all 4 years. After graduating, Joellyn spent a year in Kentucky working on a thoroughbred horse farm and working at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. These experiences spurred her into pursuing a degree in Veterinary Technology through Yakima Valley Community College. Joellyn joined the OTVC family in 2011. In her off time, Joellyn and her husband enjoy white water rafting, hunting, horseback riding, and volunteering at their church, They have a beautiful energetic and talkative son Wyatt and are expecting a new baby in April 2020.

Becky Samuelson
CVT

Rebecca (Becky), grew up in Hermiston, OR. She moved to St. Louis after graduating High School and, after a lot of hard work, she graduated from Sanford Brown college as a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2016 where she was awarded “Most Valuable Tech Student”. After working in an emergency/surgical animal hospital in St. Louis, Becky moved back home to Hermiston where she became part of the Oregon Trail Veterinary Clinic family. She is passionate about educating clients regarding proper care and medicine through preventative medicine. She has 3 kids and a boyfriend that inspire her to do her best and work hard every day. Becky has dogs, cats, horses and really enjoys her goats. Becky loves spending time with her kids, hiking, snowshoeing, camping and pretty much anything outdoors.

Jeanne Gieck
CVT

Technicians

Heather Plate
Technician

Kalley Dean
Technician

Jessica Kooch
Technician

Jessica is from Wallowa county and her passion in the veterinary field began on the family farm where they raised pigs, cows and Clydesdales. Her family moved to Umatilla county when she was young while her mother pursued her nursing career. She started her veterinary career in Pendleton but found her “home” at OTVC. She is working hard on her Technician Certification and hopes to graduate from the program soon. In the clinic she is dubbed the “cat whisperer” as she has a unique way with some of our most timid feline patients. She enjoys spending time with her own cats (one plays fetch!), crafting, camping and spending time with friends and family.

Olivia Adair
Technician

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