Carter Animal Hospital was opened by Steve Carter in December of 2003. The practice was
originally located in the center of Thayne in a small office with two exam rooms and a combined
surgery and radiography area. Due to a higher clientele demand, the clinic has moved into a
state of the art facility designed by Dr. Carter himself. The hospital is now equipped with a first
class small animal boarding facility, grooming services, as well as an indoor equine surgery unit.
Meet the Staff
In addition to an amazing facility, Carter Animal Hospital offers a supportive, compassionate and
Steve Carter, DVM
Dr. Carter received his veterinary degree from Colorado State University in 1981. In 1982, he interned at a
private mixed animal practice in Park City, Utah. He has since owned several veterinary hospitals in Southern
California and Utah. His experience includes small animal medicine and surgery as well as equine sports
medicine and surgery. Dr. Carter is certified to perform the Slocum Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO)
procedure to repair ruptured cruciate ligaments in dogs, is experienced in small animal orthopaedics and
neurosurgery as well. In addition, he was also one of the first general practitioners to employ CO2 surgical
laser during surgery in 1996. He is a member of the AAEP, AAHA, CVMA, AVMA, and Fellow of the Veterinary
Surgical Laser Society. In his spare time Dr. Carter enjoys riding his mule "Wanda" and utilizing his private
Lisa Pachie, DVM
Dr. Lisa Hofmann Pachie graduated from UC Davis Veterinary Medical School in 1992. She practiced in a
mixed animal hospital for 6 years in a rural community of Northern California, treating all types of animals
including dogs, cats, pocket pets, horses, cows, sheep, goats, and wildlife. She then started her own equine
mobile practice and was very busy the next three years. During that time she also worked at a SPCA
spay/neuter clinic two days a week and continued small animal practice one or two days a week at Clearlake
Veterinary Clinic. She then moved to Star Valley, WY with her husband Greg, 3 dogs, 5 horses, and a small
herd of Corriente roping cattle. In her spare time, she enjoys trout fishing, team roping, and trail riding/packing,
and now riding snow machines! Before vet school, Lisa went to Humboldt State for her bachelor's degree and
was very involved in forestry . She was a volunteer firefighter in high school and worked for the US Forest
Service and the California Department of Forestry as a firefighter/EMT during summers in college. She loves
living in the mountains now and thinks Star Valley and the community is a wonderful place!
Owen Black, DVM
Dr. Owen Taylor Black graduated from Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009.
While attending veterinary school, Owen's areas of interest included small animal and equine orthopedics,
and wildlife medicine and pathology. During his senior year, he completed two internships focusing on equine
sports medicine and completed a study on the wolf reintroduction into the greater Yellowstone area. Owen
also enjoyed working for the college's pet loss hot-line where he served as a counselor for grieving pet owners.
Dr. Black was born in Connecticut and began skiing and riding motorcycles at an early age. He attended high
school at the National Sports Academy where he trained and competed as a mogul skier. These experiences
in high school lead him to spend five years living and skiing in Jackson Hole, WY. During these five years,
Owen made several lifelong friendships and met his beautiful wife Leah. In 2001, Owen made the decision to
leave Jackson and return to school so that he could complete his lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian.
Nine years later, the incredible experiences and friendships he made in Jackson lead Owen, Leah and their
two dogs Olive and Rue back home. Today, Owen is excited to be back in the area and is enjoying hunting,
biking, fishing, and skiing with old friends while making new friends with the staff and clients of Carter Animal
Tom is one of the partners in Carter Animal Hospital. He has fulfilled one of his dreams, watching the hospital
come to life from the blueprints into a full service animal clinic. He is elated with seeing the ever growing
needs of our clients. Tom's animal experience extends far beyond the domestic dog and cat. He worked as an
animal trainer for The Living Desert in Southern California training endangered, exotic, desert specific animals
including Golden Eagles, Red Tail Hawks, the African Serval, and Caracal Cats. Tom grew so fond of the
desert animals that he started a television series called "Discovering America's Deserts" which educated
children on the fragile ecosystems. Tom is very happy to be living here in Star Valley. In his free time he works
on his ranch that he shares with his 18 pets.
Maggie McCaslin - Manager
Maggie was born and raised in Concord, CA. She moved to Fort Collins, CO in 1999 to attend Colorado State
University. She graduated in the Fall of 2005 with a bachelor's degree in Equine Science. While working at the
CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital in the Junior Surgery Department, Maggie fell in love with being a veterinary
technician. The post graduation full time job offer from Dr. Carter was a perfect fit. She has been with Carter
Animal Hospital since January of 2006 and is still loving it!
In her spare time she enjoys horsebackriding, snowmobiling, and playing her guitar. Her family includes her
quarter horse Monty, her Quarter Horse X Mustang Coy, her Australian Shepherd Wylee, her Miniature
Australian Shepherd Hailey, her rescue dogs Pacer and Twix, her rescue cat Moby and her wonderful husband
Bridget Jenkins - Veterinary Technician
Bridget is a 1992 graduate of Utica College of Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She
has been a Wyoming resident for over 16 years and resides in Bedford, WY with her husband Dirk and two
daughters Grayson and Jhett (two future vets). She has been actively involved with horses for over 25 years and
has been an avid Pony Club member and supporter as well as a cross country eventer.
Bridget is an original member of the Carter Animal Hospital staff and was instrumental in the launch of the
hospital in 2004. She has worked as both receptionist and technician since her beginning here at Carter
Kelsey Jansen - Veterinary Technician
Kelsey M. Jansen was born and raised in beautiful Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She graduated from Jackson Hole
High School in 1998 and moved down to Star Valley in 2005. Kelsey began working in the animal care field in
2002 and became a certified Pet Care Technician in 2003 through the American Boarding Kennels Association
(now known as the Pet Care Services Association). Kelsey joined our team in January, 2007 as our boarding
facility manager. After 5 years of caring for our client's pets as she does her own, she has moved into the
position of veterinary technician and is enjoying putting her new knowledge into works. Kelsey's family consists
of her husband Troy, her daughter Riley, her Rottwieller Shatzi and their horses Pistol, Uncle Buck, and
Ruegar. She enjoys horseback riding, hunting, camping,and snowmobiling.
Annette Herron - Kennel Technician
Annette was born and raised in Murray, Utah and has always had a deep love for animals of all kinds. After
graduating from Murray High School, she spent 7 years working in J.C. Penny's Accounting Center in Salt Lake
City, UT. During that time she met her husband Jim and had two boys Andy and Nicholas. In 1989, Annette and
her family moved to Midway, UT, where she found a job she truly loved: working with animals. After managing a
pet store for over four years, she was hired on by Petco in Park City, UT as their Animal Specialist. In 2006, she
and her husband moved to Star Valley, which they absolutely love.
Annette joined our team in April, 2009. She was thrilled to once again find a job working with animals. She
knows how precious family pets are to their owners and she enjoys taking special care of the pets that stay
with us so their families can rest assured that they are in good hands. She loves working with the fun, upbeat
staff and is grateful to be associated with such caring people. In her spare time she enjoys her own pets which
include three cats Squeaks, Tazz and Archimedes, and her rescue dog Butter. She also has a 55 gallon
aquarium. Annette loves visiting with her two sons, her daughter-in-law Caroline, and grandson Adrian. She
also loves watching the local wildlife, photography, hiking, and hanging out in Teton National Park.
Kelli Oesch - Kennel Technician & Manager
Kellie was raised on a farm in Kansas. Being the youngest of five kids, there was always lots of activity going
on at her home. Some of her fondest memories are riding her pony, riding steers on Sunday afternoons,
helping her dad feed the cattle and her mom's home cooked meals. Learning how to run a tractor, drive a
combine, hauling wheat to town and taking meals to the harvest field was the heartbeat of the farm. After
marrying her husband Scott, and living in Idaho for 17 years, Kelli and her family moved to Star Valley in 2008.
Kelli and Scott enjoy spending time with their kids Emma and Lane. As a family, they enjoy being together,
whether it's riding horses, barrel racing, gymnastics, camping, school and church activities, or just being
home. Kelli is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the staff at Carter Animal Hospital. The Oesch family
feels very blessed to be able to call Star Valley home.
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