Animal Clinic of Ava

(417) 683-6830

1115 Springfield Rd, Unit 3
Ava, MO 65608


Monday - Friday 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday: 8 am - 5 pm

Meet Your Ava Team


Dr. Beth Kerns

Senior Veterinarian 

Dr. Beth is a Seymour native, returning to practice small animal, equine and ruminants right here near her hometown. She earned her Bachelor degree in Biology from Missouri State University, then went on to graduate from University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in Columbia, Missouri, in 2010.

The daughter of a military father, Dr. Beth was born in Fort Irwin, California.Although she has traveled much, Dr. Beth will always call Seymour her hometown. She now resides there with her husband and two young children, close to her mom and dad and their family farm. Their beautiful family has furry members as well; two dogs, two cats, 4 horses and a filly!

Dr. Beth enjoys her family time the most. Her loved ones are important to her, including her horses! Dr. Beth can be found horseback riding or training, gardening, or enjoying her animals when she's not busy working and chasing around the little ones! We hope Dr. Beth feels right at home here at ACA, we would like her to stay for a long, long time!


Chelsi Johnson

Senior Assistant 

Miss Chelsi is the animal advocate of our practice and has a genuine heart for all species. You can find her providing superior care and compassion for all our patients and attending to the needs of all the pets in our care.  She brings a very important element to our team and we wouldn't be complete without her! Chelsi has nine pets of her own at home, ranging from dogs and cats to guinea pigs, hamsters, and fish, and she loves them all equally! She is a rocker at heart who adores all the classic oldies.

Chelsi and her son enjoy the beach, camping, and swimming in the warm weather, and dressing up for Halloween! Her family is most important to her, and she is a hard-working gal who never slacks or complains; we are so grateful for her contributions to our team!


Abby Philips

Senior Assistant

Although Miss Abby was born in Hamlake, Minnesota, Seymour is where she calls her beloved hometown.  She, her husband and son currently live in Clever and we are blessed to have her at the clinic a couple days a week.  Abby has been a very valuable help to this practice since our very early days, and we are so thankful for her hard work and dedication. 

She has tons of animals like cows, goats, dogs, and her favorite of all, her horses! No cats at the Phillips' house, though! She has enough cattle vaccine in her fridge to work over 200 head of cows at any given time, she says they take up half her fridge space! 

She is always keeping busy with horseback riding, outdoor activities and hanging out with her family at the creek.  She loves her family, and admires her parents for homeschooling seven children and sacrificing so much to give their kids a great farm life. We love Abby and hope to have her as an integral part of our team forever!


Brittany Ingram 

Senior Assistant


Coming to Ava, Missouri, all the way from her hometown of New Richmond, Wisconsin, is our easy-going and friendly receptionist, Brittany.

She holds a CNA certification and a love of fishing and crafting.  She and her husband and children have two dogs and two cats to love, but Brittany adores her cat, Tom, the most! 

Her favorite time of the year is Thanksgiving because of the time of thankfulness, family, and food. Anyone who knows Brittany knows that her family is everything to her, and in her relaxing moments she favors fishing and bonfires with her loved ones.

She is amazing at juggling all kinds of responsibilities at the clinic, but when you find out she can literally juggle and rollerblade backward at the same time, you'll see why multitasking comes naturally to this gal! Brittany is confident that Trump will "Make America Great Again!"


Kirsten Watson

Senior Receptionist


Lorna Wine

Registered Veterinary Technician, Senior Assistant

Lorna is a Seymour native, who has worked in a veterinary practice since she was old enough to find a job! Lorna is a great assistant who can handle the challenging large animal assisting, as well as surgical and examination assisting, she is well versed in every aspect of her title. It's no wonder she decided to attend higher education to acquire her Veterinary Technician license, which keeps her pretty busy in studies and classes right now! Lorna affectionately admires her Nana as the most influential person in her life. The family is so important to her.

In her downtime, Lorna enjoys riding one of her horses on a back road on a sunny day, spending time with her loved ones and fur babies, camping, and anything outdoors. She has a knack for training mini horses to buggy among her many skills! This southern assistant always has wine, sweet tea, bbq and penicillin in her fridge - no wonder she makes a great employee at our rural practice!


Nicole Talley


Nicole is not just skilled, knowledgeable and efficient, she is our resident cupcake baker. Oh yes, we have one and we're not giving her up! Nicole's definition of happiness is her children. She has great kids and as much as we love them too, our definition of happiness is her cupcakes! One of her favorite places to be is at the lake with her kids, if she's not there you may find her curled up with a good book and a glass of wine. Nikki also has 2 cats and one dog in her family, she loves her cat Tilley best! As a previous member of the USAF, Nicole is a team member we can count on to be cool and steady under pressure and determined to perform any task with excellence.


Levi Hall

Veterinary Assistant



Isabella Schuster

Kennel Attendant

Denise Essary

Veterinary Assistant