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Meet Our Team

Meet our Veterinarians

Shawn Sanders, DVM

Dr. Shawn Sanders grew up on a small family farm in southwest Idaho. He received his bachelor's degree from Boise State University and graduated from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. He worked in Utah and Oregon before coming to Laramie and purchasing Animal Health Center in 2012. He is an active member of local and national veterinary organizations. He also believes in being active in the local community and is a member of the Chamber of Commerce and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, active in his church, volunteers as a local Scoutmaster, and helps with the local 4-H and FFA. Shawn enjoys the variety of mixed animal practice and especially enjoys soft-tissue and orthopedic surgery and livestock medicine. Family is very important to Shawn. He and his wife, Heather, have five children, two dogs (Luckie and Cheyenne), two cats (Buzz and Guido), pigs, sheep and chickens. They love Laramie and are happy to raise their kids in such a supportive community. Outside of work, Shawn likes to be outdoors. He enjoys traveling with his family, camping, fishing, and hunting.

JESSICAFAMILYVZM.IMG_20170222_142714-1.jpg Jessica Buenger, DVM

Dr. Jessica H. Buenger graduated from Mississippi State University in 2008 and returned to Maryland, where she grew up, to practice in a mixed animal/small animal capacity. She is married to her husband, Patrick and they have three children: Wyatt, Aubrey and Henry. They have four senior pets who made the long journey from the east coast-2 dogs and 2 cats. By relocating their family to Laramie, they have fulfilled a dream of living in Wyoming and hope to build a house on their local property. She enjoys being outside hiking, hunting and riding ATVs and snow mobiles. Dr. Buengar and her family are very excited about their recent move and love all Laramie has to offer!

Meet our Staff


Emily was born and raised in Ohio and attended Ohio Wesleyan University. In the summers, Emily worked as a wrangler at a guest ranch near Laramie and fell in love with the area. After graduation from college, she moved to Laramie and began working at Animal Health Center as a veterinary technician. She has been with the clinic since 2002. Emily has special interest in emergency medicine, wound management, and bandaging. She, her husband Cody, and daughter Ella live on a local ranch where Cody works. They have one horse (Dot) and three dogs (Heck, Missy, and Macaroni). Outside of work Emily likes to go hiking, ride horses, make jewelry, and participate in sprint triathlons.


Andrea is originally from Wisconsin where she was raised on a family dairy farm. She and her husband, Larry, operated a successful greyhound kennel in Wisconsin before coming to Laramie. Andrea and her family moved to Laramie in the summer of 2011 and she began working at Animal Health Center in the fall of 2011 as a receptionist. Andrea has excellent customer service and now works as the office manager and manages the boarding kennels. She and her husband have five children and two dogs (Fergie and Madden). She enjoys spending time with her kids and extended family and she is active in the Gem City 4-H Club with her daughter.


Elizabeth is originally from southeast Louisiana near New Orleans, LA. She grew up in a military family and has lived all over. She started volunteering at her vet’s office in 8th grade and became a vet technician at age 16. She has been a vet tech for most of the last 14 years and loves surgery, emergency medicine and getting to know her clients and patients. She graduated in 2006 from University of North Texas with a degree in paralegal studies and also went to school to be a professional pet groomer. She has been grooming for almost 10 years and was taught under a show groomer at school. She can do any breed specific cut. Elizabeth moved to Laramie, WY in Dec. 2014 and started at Animal Health Center in March 2015. She absolutely loves it here and plans to stay. She has a special place in her heart for sight hounds, horses and silly cats. She has two Borzois, Nicholas and Vasili, (Vasili is currently working on becoming a show dog), a silly Siamese cat, Cookie Monster and a goat named Popcorn.


Jessica is from Northern Nevada where she spent her first two years out of high school working as an assistant at a rural veterinary hospital and finishing an associate degree in animal science. She started with Animal Health Center in the spring of 2015 as a kennel assistant and is now working as a receptionist helping clients and patients. Outside of work at Animal Health Center, Jessica is an animal science major at UW, focusing in Production and worked at the Center for the Study of Fetal Programming as an undergraduate assistant researching the genetic factors contributing to obesity. The Center works with sheep, which is Jessica's favorite species. Her hometown is a sheep ranching community and she spent many years raising and showing her own. Until she graduates in December and has the opportunity to re-start her own flock, her cat (Picon) is what keeps the rest of her time occupied.



Sharon is from the plains of Colorado. She Grew up on a dairy goat farm and enjoyed participating in the 4H where she showed dairy goats, dairy cattle, and swine. Sharon graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2013 with a Bachelor's degree in animal Science and a Bachelor's degree in Microbiology.

Sharon began working at Animal Health Center in January of 2012 and left temporarily to work as an EMT on an ambulance. She is now back with us working as a vet technician and kennel tech while she finishes her Post Bachelor's degree in Medical Lab Science. Sharon plans to stay in Laramie with her husband Derek and their two dogs, Elsie and Roxi

Meet Spook and Freddy - our clinic pets

Spook is the calico clinic cat. She is about 11 yrs old. She came to the clinic as a stray kitten with littermates. She stayed and her litter mates were adopted out. She is a bit reserved and tense around dogs that she does not know. She is most often seen during quiet times at the clinic and during after-hours emergencies. She is our huntress, keeping the mice population down in the barn during the summer. Freddy came to our clinic in early 2016 from the shelter. He had multiple large wounds on his face and we nursed him back to health. He can be pretty pushy sometimes as he seeks attention from staff and clients.