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Honoring Veterans in our General Practice Community

Images of 4 veterans being honored.

At NVA, we’re proud to be home to many United States veterans. Whether they’re doctors or vet techs who save lives, hospital managers who lead our teams, or military working dogs in our care, we’re grateful to them – and their families – for sacrificing so much for our country.

In every corner of our community, we’re lucky to have veterans who dedicate their unique talents to improving the lives of animals and the people who love them. On Veterans Day and all year long, we honor them all. Here are just a few.

Dr. Dean Burns

Westridge Animal Hospital in Texarkana, Texas

During his time in the U.S. Army, Dr. Dean Burns was responsible for the veterinary care of 40 to 60 Military Working Dogs (MWD). He now works with veterans, service dogs, and MWDs, who inspire him daily with their selflessness and acts of heroism. “I have made it my mission to see to it that service animals of all kinds are treated with the respect and care they deserve.”

Misty Wilson, Hospital Manager

Woodlake Animal Hospital in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Hospital Manager Misty Wilson served in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps from 2004 to 2014. Reflecting on her time in the Army, Misty shares how it shaped her ability to navigate difficult decisions and lead with compassion. "I want others to feel the warmth you feel in your heart when you treat not only the animal but also the people who love them."

Summer Schultz, Veterinary Technician

Woodlake Animal Hospital in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Following in her Aunt Misty’s footsteps, Veterinary Technician Summer Schultz joined the Air National Guard in 2018. Summer said her experience in the Air Force equipped her with valuable skills in leadership and multitasking. “Two of the Air Force’s core values are service before self and excellence in all we do. I try to implement these values every day with every animal I meet.”

Kelsi Frump, Veterinary Technician

Seven Hills Pet Clinic in Loveland, Ohio

Currently in the U.S. Army National Guard, Veterinary Technician Kelsi Frump's commitment extends beyond her clinic. Her Hospital Manager, Kerri Adkins, commends her dedication and adaptability. “She was deployed while in her clinical year of tech school and still managed to get her work done and pass her boards,” said Kerri. "She leads by example and knows things will change for the better when you put your best into a situation."

These individuals are just a few of those in our community whose leadership and compassion define who we are. Their dedication and unique talents make our country safer and our NVA community better. To everyone at NVA who served and sacrificed, thank you.