Quality Veterinary Services

Animal Wellness Center

Jasmine Akers, Veterinary Assistant

Jasmine has always had a passion for helping animals.  She enjoys working with animals of all species, but has a soft spot for exotics.  Outside of work, she enjoys attending sporting events, reading, and being with her family.  She has three human children and two doggie fur-children, Daisy and Samwell. 

Brittany Shepherd, Senior Veterinary Assistant

Brittany considers herself a lifelong lover of animals and the medical field, and has several years of experience as a veterinary assistant. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Pikeville and is currently working toward becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician.  She enjoys working with all species, including exotics and large animals.  Brittany's interests include ceramics, hiking, reading, camping, and learning new things.  She is currently "owned" by two dogs, Rosie and Mina, and four cats, Wicket, Jack, Huckleberry, and Sawyer. 

What to Expect

A Word About Animal Wellness Center

McKenzie Justice, Senior Veterinary Assistant

McKenzie holds an Associate's degree in Medical Assisting from American National University and is currently working towards a Bachelor's degree in Medical Management.  She is a life-long animal lover and the proud mom of four cats, Simba, Harley Quinzel, Bob, and Furby (who is 23!) and two pups, Levi and Tris.  

We're here when you need us, whether it's for a routine checkup, a much needed vaccination, or an unforeseen emergency. Because our clinic offers the most up-to-date and advanced equipment in the area, our staff is continually trained in contemporary veterinary techniques and services.  Couple that with an incredible passion for their work, and you can rest assured that your best friend is in the most caring of hands. We too are pet owners, and we promise to treat your pet as well as we would treat our own. 

Arlona Boggs, Office Manager

Arlona is a graduate of the University of Alabama and has taken a temporary hiatus from her personal career to assist managing Animal Wellness Center and support her husband, Dr. Anderson.  She loves her feisty cat Napoleon, whom she rescued in Alabama when he was 4 weeks old.  Arlona enjoys painting, reading, traveling, running half marathons, meeting new people and enjoys new experiences.

Samantha Payne, Veterinary Assistant

Samantha holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Kentucky and a Juris Doctor degree from Florida Coastal School of Law.  She is an animal lover and proud mom of three cats, Arya, Thulhu, and Eggo.  She enjoys reading, movie trivia, and sketching. 

Kendra Lynch, Part-time Veterinary Assistant and Student

Kendra has continued to be an active seasonal assistant while participating in MSU's Co-op education related to her field of interest.  Kendra plans to apply to veterinary school upon completion of her undergraduate degree. Kendra is very outgoing and a huge animal lover!

Meet the Team

Morgan Canada, Part-time Veterinary Assistant and Student

Morgan is a veterinary technician student at Morehead University.  She has continued to be a part of our team for the summer and holiday seasons.  Morgan may have a soft spot for beagles, but she has a deep compassion for animals of all kinds!

Nikki Parsons, Certified Veterinary Assistant

Nikki is a certified veterinary assistant and holds a career diploma from Penn Foster University. She is the proud parent of six cats (Marcey, Ghoul, Chanel, Galaxy, Finn, and Tammy), two dogs (Luke and Enyo), two birds (Petrey and Daisy), and two turtles (Admiral and Franklin). She has experience with exotics and has a big heart for animals of all kinds!  

A friendly greeting

We want you to feel at home in our spacious waiting area.


Genuine concern

Every one of us is a pet-owner. We will treat your pets like they are our own.


Professional service

Our highly trained staff will provide the expert care your family deserves.

Dr. Dustin Anderson, DVM

Dr. Anderson is native to Pike County, Kentucky. He graduated from Eastern Kentucky University where he obtained a degree in Chemistry & Agriculture. Additionally, he earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Auburn University in 2010. After veterinary school he remained a resident of Alabama and practiced as an associate veterinarian on both large & small animals. He and his wife decided to relocate home to Kentucky in 2011.  Since relocating, he has practiced as a small animal veterinarian and was proud to open Animal Wellness Center in 2014. He enjoys amateur wine production prepared from his own vineyard, hiking, gardening, and reading. Dr. Anderson resides in Letcher County with his wife Arlona, along with their cat Napoleon.