Our staff is committed to providing individual attention to our clients to make their experience at our clinic a pleasant one. Everyone from reception to kennel is trained in animal care to allow consistency from start to finish. Our receptionists, technicians and veterinary assistants participate in the Certified Veterinary Assistant program in order to provide the highest quality care for your pets. The staff also attends various seminars during the year to keep them up-to-date on current topics in order to assist you and your pets.
Dr. Elizabeth Kappus grew up in southern Arkansas where riding horses and working at the local veterinary clinic were a huge part of her life.
Dr. Kappus developed an interest in veterinary medicine at an early age as she watched her grandfather (a retired veterinarian) care for the family's horses and dogs. She received her Bachelors in Animal Science in 2005 from the University of Arkansas at Monticello and her DVM from Louisiana State University in 2009. Dr. Kappus was first employed in south Louisiana as an ambulatory equine veterinarian. After having her son, Gage, she switched from full time equine practice to small animal practice. Dr. Kappus was employed at Wexler Animal Hospital in Lafayette, La until moving to the East Texas area. She was an associate veterinarian at Quitman Animal Clinic in Quitman, TX for five years where she had a great opportunity to hone her ultrasound, medicine, and surgical skills. For the past two years Dr. Kappus has been searching for the right practice to purchase and in April she purchased Little Animal Hospital.
Dr. Kappus has been married to her husband Mike since 2006 and they have one son, Gage and one daughter Gentry. They have Jett, a Shetland sheepdog and several horses. Dr. Kappus enjoys all aspects of practice, with a special interest in internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, and diagnostic ultrasound.
Dr. Carissa Dale is a recent veterinary graduate, receiving her DVM from Texas A&M University. She grew up just south of Fort Worth, in Joshua, Texas. She attended undergraduate and graduate school at Stephen F. Austin State University, in Nacogdoches, Texas. Prior to veterinary school, living in Nacogdoches solidified her love of East Texas and she knew God would provide a way for her to one day come back. Dr. Dale was blessed to have a fantastic mentor who instilled in her the importance of quality veterinary medicine and gave her a love of surgery and internal medicine.
Dr. Dale enjoys baking, being outdoors and spending time with her family, particularly her nephew and nieces. Dr. Dale has two dogs, Wilbur and Cheyenne. Wilbur is a 6 year old fluff Schipperke comedian who is the life of the party. Cheyenne is a 12 year old Labrador/Doberman mix whose only concern in life is where the food is. They may have vastly different personalities but they are such a joy to be with.
Jennifer started as receptionist in April 2004 shortly after Dr. Susan Little opened her clinic. She then transitioned over the years to office manager.
She is currently studying for her Associates Degree in Business Management. She is a member of VHMA (Veterinary Hospital Managers Association) and founder and past president of the local chapter of East Texas Veterinary Hospital Managers Association. She enjoys all aspects of the business, including getting to know and love on the pets and the pet parents. When Jennifer has free time she enjoys spending time with her husband, Jeremy and her children, Aiden, Elizabeth and her nephew Donavan. She also shares her home with 2 cats, Jetson and Sam and 2 dogs, Rocky and Sugar.
Licensed Veterinary Technician
Tiffany has been with Little Animal Hospital since 2013. She grew in her profession here, first being a registered veterinary technician intern through her school, The Vet Tech Institute of Houston, then later as a Registered (now Licensed) Veterinary Technician , after passing the state and national examinations. Always excited to learn and grow more, she is looking forward to where her career is taking her. She is thankful for the loving support of her family, her husband Dustin, and little girl Lindley Anne. When not busy at work cleaning teeth, preparing for surgeries, or following treatment plans to be sure your fur children receive the best care, she enjoys watching movies, playing with her two dogs, Huggie Bear and Cleo, and snuggling with her two cats Maxwell and Rhombus. Tiffany looks forward to meeting you and your pets, and to continue to cultivate a sense of love and support here at Little Animal Hospital.
Jeanetta has been with Little Animal Hospital since May 2015. As a technician with the commitment to a lifetime of leaning, she is a graduate of Cedar Valley College with an Associates of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology, holds an Associates of Arts, and is currently pursuing the licensing exam for veterinary technicians. With a passion for detail, Jeanetta is a dedicated and versatile employee who enjoys nursing care, surgical assistance, and training new staff members. In her home life, Jeanetta enjoys spending time with her husband and pet Glo-fish, gardening, and arts and crafts.
Ruthie has been with Little Animal Hospital since August 2017. At home, Ruthie has 3 standard poodles: Chloe, Ginger, and Scooter. She also has a cat named Tater Tot. She enjoys gardening and yard work.
Nancy grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin, so her love of animals started there. She joined the United States Navy out of high school where she met her husband, Mark. They had three daughters Jennifer, Allison and Amy. While living in Washington State her and the girls were involved in Dog 4-H, showing their dogs in American Kennel Club and Canadian Kennel Club, in the breed and obedience rings. Over the years Nancy worked at grooming and dog boarding establishments before starting her own pet care/pet sitting business. Once their daughters grew up and away they decided to move to Texas to be closer to family. Nancy joined the Little Animal Hospital team in July 2016.
Heather has been with Little Animal Hospital since 2018. She enjoys working with all of our great clients and showering our patients with love. She has one spoiled Pomeranian named Casey.
Cody has been with Little Animal Hospital since May 2018. She graduatedfrom Quitman High School in 2017. She is currently attending TJC in herpursuit of her associates degree. She plans on attending University ofTexas at Tyler. At home she has 3 dogs, Hunter, Rocky and Mila, 1 cat,Sally and 1 horse, Sophie. Her hobbies outside of work include spendingtime with friends and family, binge watching Netflix, and riding her horse,Sophie.
Stephanie started working at Little Animal Hospital in July 2018. She is excited to start this new career working as a team to help animals. She is married and has 2 young boys ages 5 and 3 that keep her very busy in her time away from work. In her free time she enjoys spending playing outside, swimming and spending time with her two dogs Miles and Coco.
Katelyn has been with Little Animal Hospital since August 2018. She is level 3 Certified Veterinary Assistant. She has worked in the veterinary field since she was 18 years old. At home, she has Reba, her miniature Australian Shepherd, and two cats Dolly and Buckwheat. Katelyn also enjoys riding her horses, Smidgen, Willow, and Diamond as well as her Polled Herefords.