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 six children, a dog named Luckie, 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.

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 are building their home on their local property. She enjoys being outside, hiking, hunting and riding ATV’s and snow mobiles. Dr. Buenger and her family are very excited about their move and love all Laramie has to offer!

Ashlee Brown, DVM

Ashlee grew up in western Nebraska and always dreamed of becoming a veterinarian. She graduated from Nebraska/Iowa State Veterinary program in 2017. After graduation she returned to her home town and worked in a small animal practice there until October 2018 when she moved to Laramie and joined Animal Health Center. She has special interest in small animal internal medicine, ultrasound, and preventive joint care. She is also enjoying the experience she is gaining in large animal practice here at Animal Health Center. Outside of work Ashlee enjoys spending time with her three dogs, two cats and a new horse. She is an outdoor enthusiast and likes camping, hiking, and doing crafts.

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 three horses (Dot, Chili, and Angus) and three dogs (Heck, Missy, and Macaroni). Outside of work Emily enjoys hiking, riding horses, running, and competing 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.


Jessie grew up on a sheep farm in a small rural town in south-central Wisconsin, where her dad works as the Shepherd for the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She moved to Laramie in August 2017, and started working with us as a veterinary technician in September. As a child she came to visit her Grandparents who lived in Laramie and always knew she wanted to live here one day. Jessie has been raising sheep with her family for her whole life, and is very passionate about the sheep industry and agriculture in general. Jessie hopes to one day have her own flock of Targhee sheep here in Laramie.


Johnny grew up in Laramie, and has always loved it here. He has been interested in animals since he was a small child, catching animals in his grandmother’s backyard. He joined the staff of Animal Health Center as a veterinary assistant in October 2017, after he returned from doing missionary service work in Africa. Johnathan’s hobbies include river rafting, Kempo Karate, Wrestling, hiking, and cooking. Johnny is excellent at working with nervous animals, and always treats each pet as if it were his own.


Shelley was born and raised in Thermopolis Wyoming. She participated in FFA, and high school rodeoas a teenager. After high school she married her sweetheart, and moved to Laramie in 1977. Shelley raised a family of five children, and now has ten grandchildren. She currently has young draft horses (Misty, Molly, and Jaxon), a pony (Roxie), a dog (Bear), and a cat (Charlie). Hobbies include camping, hiking, and horse drawn carts. Shelley is currently working as a receptionist here at animal health center, and always greets others with a warm smile.


Taylor moved to Wyoming in August with her dog (Titan) and horse (Vegas). Originally from northern Wisconsin, Taylor fell in love with the Laramie area and all that it has to offer. During her time in Wisconsin, she heavily participated in her local FFA, 4-H, and high school rodeo. Now she spends most of her time competing in barrel racing, trail riding, hunting, and running. Taylor enjoys working in a fast paced environment as a veterinary assistant with a special interest in large animal medicine.


Blake was born in Huntley, MT and has lived in Pinedale, WY the last six years. She worked for an outfitter in Pinedale and received an associate’s degree as a veterinary assistant from Northwest College in Powell, WY. Blake followed her now fiancé, Nate, to Laramie and started at Animal Health Center as a veterinary assistant in October 2018. Blake enjoys assisting the doctors on large animal calls and helping in surgery. When she is not working she likes riding her horses and working cattle. She and Nate are getting married in May.


Becca grew up in Thornton, CO and moved to Laramie to attend the University of Wyoming as a pre-veterinary student. She worked as a lifeguard at the Rec Center for 2 years before starting at Animal Health Center in 2017. She works as a kennel technician around her busy school schedule and fills in at the front desk and as a veterinary assistant when possible. She decided she wanted to be a veterinarian when she volunteered at an animal shelter and fell in love with the animals. Working at Animal Health Center has only increased her passion for veterinary medicine.

Spook – Our clinic cat

Spook is a calico clinic cat. She is about 13 yrs old. She came to the clinic as a stray kitten with her litter-mates. 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.