Meet Our Staff

Exceptional Veterinary Care in LaSalle, Mendota & Spring Valley, IL

Ancare Veterinary Hospital provide dogs, cats, and exotics with the veterinary care and services they deserve. Our caring, professional staff will work with you to help your pets live long, happy, and healthy lives. We are proud to be the veterinary practice pet parents across the area trust to care for their animals.

A Letter from Dr. Dullard:

My first dog was a wonderful wiener dog named Tony. Tony was lovable, embraced life and loved to give a great big lick if your cheek was close enough. To this day, I still like my dogs to give me a lick. It’s their expression of joy, love and my acceptance to the pack. Growing up, I had a Noah’s Ark of pets from fish, ducks, snakes, birds to dogs and cats. When I read James Herriot’s book “All Creatures Great and Small” in 6th grade, I knew I found my calling as a veterinarian. It was what I was born to be and I now look forward each day to a new challenge and adventure. As owner and Chief of Staff at Ancare Veterinary Hospital, I am blessed that I get to pass that enthusiasm on to my team and the interesting people I see each day.

Animals help us understand and remind us in simple, clear terms what is important. Many important life lessons can be gained from them. Animals accept us for who we are and are unconditional in their love. They like us grumpy or sad. They brighten our day and help us connect with nature. They teach tolerance, respect and commitment. It’s a special bond that all pet lovers understand.

The Ancare team understands this bond. Solving your pet’s problems with the finest compassionate care pet owner’s need is the heart and soul of Ancare Veterinary Hospital. Our staff works hard to give you the right mix of care, compassion, advanced medicine and services to meet all your pet’s needs and earn your trust. As a pet parent and pet lover, I promise to deliver the compassion, knowledge and quality medicine I give to my own pets. We look forward to welcoming you and your pets to the Ancare family.

Sincerely,

Steve Dullard DVM, DABVP (Canine and Feline Practice)

Chief of Staff & a Pet Owner

Meet Our Team

Our Veternarians:

Dr. Stephen Dullard

Position: Chief of Staff
Pets: Trooper (A Pitbull Terrier I rescued and rehabilitated from a severe mauling as a 6 month old puppy), Lou ( A Jack Russell Terrier cross who was a stray in Mendota), Bob and Alvira (two DSH stray cats).
About me: I am married to Deb (High School Guidance counsellor) and have 2 sons- Connor (Mizzou student) and Sean (High School). I grew up in Ankeny, IA, went to Iowa State University for undergraduate and veterinary school, and moved to Sandwich, II in 1986 after graduation. I practiced as an associate there before buying the original Ancare Mendota practice in 1991.
Special Interests: I love surgery, feline medicine and ultrasonography. I love to learn new things, travel, hockey, football, biking and anything on the water or outdoors. Both of my sons were or are in scouting- Connor (Eagle Scout) and Sean (working on becoming an Eagle Scout). As a result, we have done a number of High Adventure trips or outings that have allowed us to use all our outdoor skills and get a lifetime of memories.
Fun Fact: I’m a sucker for chick movies
Favorite Thing about My Job: It’s a new adventure every day. I like to fix things or figure out what is going on. Animals are incredibly resilient if you don’t let things get too bad. We can help a lot of them if their problem is not neglected. That’s why preventative medicine and education Is so important. There are always new diseases being discovered and our ability to understand different diseases is always changing. When I was a first year veterinary student, a professor told us that 50% of what we are learning will be found to be not true when we retire. I love to educate people about their pet’s health and what we can do to improve their lives.
Professional:1986 DVM – Iowa State University with Distinction; 1999 Diplomate of American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Canine and Feline Practice in 1997, Recertified in 2007; 2005 President of American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP); AAFP Board member (2002-2013); 2012 President of Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association (ISVMA); ISVMA Board Member (2002-2013); Current Chairman of ISVMA Legislative Committee; American Veterinary Medical Association House of Delegates (AAFP 2006-2014) (Illinois-current); Complete Course work by University of Tennessee Veterinary Physical Rehabilitation Program; Member of International Academy of Pain Management; Author of 2 chapters in ‘Feline Medicine Secrets’ and National Lecturer on ear and throat disease, laser surgery and staff training.
Community Service:Board of Directors of Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce; Past President of Mendota Rotary International; Board of Directors for Mendota Chamber of Commerce; Assistant Scoutmaster Mendota Troop 1402; Fundraising


Dr. Elizabeth Seppanen

Started Working at Ancare: June 2017
Position: Associate Veterinarian
Educational Background: Dr. Seppanen is a 2017 graduate from Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She was a member of the Michigan Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medicine Association all four years of veterinary school. She was also an active member of Omega Tau Sigma, a professional veterinary fraternity. Dr. Seppanen received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Adrian College in Adrian, MI.
Pets: Dr. Seppanen has one dog – Cali a tripod Chihuahua (she performed the amputation as a student), one cat – Rue, and one Red Eared Slider turtle – Dumbo.
About Me: Dr. Seppanen is originally from Battle Creek, MI. She enjoys biking, running, hiking, and baking. She loves traveling and has been to 15 countries and just over half of the states. Dr. Seppanen enjoys music and plays the flute and piano and likes to sing in choirs.
Special Interests: Dr. Seppanen is really interested in surgery, especially soft tissue surgery, and diagnostic ultrasound.
Fun Fact: She has visited 10 different countries.
Favorite Thing About My Job: Here at Ancare Dr. Seppanen enjoys creating a bond with clients and their pets. She also loves challenging medicine cases and educating her clients about common ailments that our companion animals can get, such as dental disease.


Dr. Erick Nuss

Started Working at Ancare: June 2017
Position: Associate Veterinarian
Educational Background: Dr. Nuss is a 2017 University of Illinois graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine. He was member of the Illinois Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medicine Association all four years of veterinary school. Dr. Nuss received his Bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana in 2013. Since graduating Dr. Nuss has maintained an active membership in the American Veterinary Medicine Association.
Pets: Dr. Nuss has one yellow lab/golden retriever mix named Duchess.
About Me: Dr. Nuss is a recent transplant to the La Salle community after growing up and attending schools in central Illinois.
Special Interests: Dr. Nuss enjoys spending his free time on the golf course, taking Duchess on walks, playing board/card games with friends and doing escape rooms with friends and family.
Fun Fact: He has hit a hole in one and has witnesses to prove it.
Favorite Thing About My Job: Here at Ancare Dr. Nuss enjoys making bonds with the clients and his patients. He enjoys the challenges of a tough medical case and the learning that comes with experience. He also has a high interest in performing surgeries.

Certified Veterinary Technicians:

Deanna

Started Working at Ancare: I started working full time at Ancare in April 2012. Prior to that, I did an externship at Ancare in 2009 to complete my applied science degree and become a Certified Veterinary Technician.
Educational Background: I graduated from Joliet Junior College in 2010 with an applied science degree in Vet Tech.
About Me: I was born and raised in the state of Ohio. I moved to Illinois in 2006. I am currently living in Sandwich where I am raising my three teenage boys.
My Pet: Currently I do not have a pet. I lost my beloved yellow lab, Jinx to lymphoma. He was an awesome dog that was loved by my family for 9 years.
Favorite Thing About My Job: I enjoy educating clients on how to give their pet excellent care at home.
Special Interests: I love taking long walks at sunset to refresh from the day. I also love to work out in group exercise classes.
Fun Facts: My two favorite sports teams are Ohio State University football and The Cleveland Cavaliers Basketball. Best teams ever!
Hidden Talents: Interior painting.


Jillian

Started Working at Ancare: August of 2012
Position: Certified Veterinary Technician
Educational Background: Graduated from Joliet Junior College in May of 2011.
About Me: I was born in Cleveland, Ohio and moved to Waterford, Wisconsin when I was 10 years old. When I was 17 my family moved to Illinois and has lived here since. Yes, I’m a PACKERS FAN!
My Pets: I have 3 dogs. Jake is an 11 year old husky/lab mix. Marly is a 3 year old shepherd/husky mix that I adopted. Trixie is a 15 year old boxer/shepherd mix. I also have two horses that I barrel race and trail ride.
Favorite Thing About My Job: I love to help educate pet owners and see to it that their pets get the very best care.
Special Interests: Barrel racing and horses.
Hidden Talents: I’ve been riding horses since I was 10 years old and barrel racing since I was 15 years old.


Kira

Started Working at Ancare: April 2016
Position: Certified Veterinary Technician
Educational Background: Graduated from Joliet Junior College in 2011.
About Me: I was born and raised in Princeton and have been working in the field of veterinary medicine since I was 16. I am recently engaged. I love music, theatre, going on walks and playing fetch with my dogs. If I am not working, I like to catch up on my favorite TV shows and spending time with my family.
My Pets: I have one cats and three dogs. Keyo, a dilute calico cat, Heavy is my old Boxer, Murphy is my boxer mix, and Peter is a yorkie mix.
Favorite Thing About My Job: I enjoy seeing the recovery of pets that were sick or injured. Knowing that I helped play a role in their recovery and comforting their owner gives me great satisfaction.
Special Interests: Music, Physical Therapy, Animal Behavior.
Fun Facts: I played soccer for 18 years.
Hidden Talents: I can say the alphabet backwards and I’m told I have a great singing voice.


Laura

Started Working at Ancare: 2004
Position: Certified Veterinary Technician, ISVMA member and Cat Friendly Practice Advocate through the American Association of Feline Practitioners.
Educational Background: Illinois Valley Community College and Joliet Junior College Veterinary Technician Program.
About Me: I grew up in Granville and I am the youngest of three girls. (I think that’s why I talk a lot!) Thanks to Ancare Veterinary Hospital in Mendota, I met my husband, Jared during an appointment in 2008. We were married June 11th 2011 and had our first son, Luke on October 26th 2015. We love every moment with him. I am thankful for my health, happiness, great family and awesome friends.
My Pet: Waylon a 9 year old rescue cat. I have taught him how to sit and high five.
Favorite Thing About My Job: I love to educate owners on preventative medicine. I want to help them do the best they can for their pet so they can live a long – happy life. I love the different things I get to do each day. It never gets boring. Dr. Dullard had me go to Georgia for some scope technology training, which was highly enjoyable. I really like doing scope procedures. I love being the cat advocate for the practice. I am proud to have the knowledge that helps cats be as stress free as possible.
Special Interests: Spending quality time with my husband and son.
Fun Facts: I’m Italian and talk with my hands a lot.
Hidden Talents: I have a vegetable garden and love canning my veggies to enjoy them all year long.


Nicole

Started Working at Ancare: March 2010
Position: Certified Veterinary Technician
Educational Background: Saint Bede Academy and Fix College Veterinary Technical Institute
About Me: I absolutely love being a Certified Veterinary Technician! When I’m not working, I am enjoying time with my children, Eric and Addilyn. I also enjoy reading, riding my bike, and walking my dogs.
My Pets: I have two dogs. My cocker spaniel, Elvis is my best buddy and I have a westie/yorkie mix named Roxy.
Favorite Thing About My Job: I love getting to help animals, especially those that are really sick and need extra love and care. It is great to talk to clients about the health of their pet and ease their mind of any worries. We are here to help them.
Hidden Talent: I love baking and am told that I’m pretty good at it! My coworkers get very excited when I bring treats to work!


Shawn

Started Working at Ancare: 2001
Position: Head Technician and Inventory Manager
Educational Background: Graduated from Joliet Junior College with an Associate of Applied Science Certified Veterinary Technician degree in 2004.
About Me: I am a middle child of three. I have always been the most independent member of my family. I currently live in Spring Valley.
My Pet: Zoey a 13 year old long haired cat.
Favorite Thing About My Job: Watching a happy client and their pet leave the hospital.

Kennel Assistants:

Kierra

Started Working at Ancare: June 2016
Position: Kennel Assistant
Educational Background: Currently attending Illinois Valley Community College
About Me: I am a crazy animal lover. I love cheerleading and soccer. I love anything to do with mud, trucks and motorcycles. I am considered the “wild child” of my family.
My Pets: Pepper- Cat , Tiger Lilly- Cat, Katie Bug- Chocolate Cocker Spaniel, Elvis- Teacup Yorkie, Bella Marie- English Bulldog, Lola Beatrix- English Bulldog, Athena- English Bulldog, Chunk- Dwarf Hamster, and Lady Bug Lilly- Cocker Spaniel, my beloved 1st pet that has passed away.
Favorite Thing About My Job: I get to be around animals! What’s not to love?
Special Interests: Motorcycle riding
Fun Facts: I was involved in cheerleading for 14 years.
Hidden Talents: I can touch my tongue to my nose.


Lexie

Started Working at Ancare: July 2012
Position: Kennel Manager and Veterinary Assistant
Educational Background: Associates in Science.
About Me: I was born and raised in Cedar Point, IL. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, especially my nieces and nephews, hanging out with my friends, bon fires, going mudding and photography.
My Pets: Aspen- Beagle, Xena- Basenji/husky mix, Lady Doug- Domestic long hair, and Gimli- Siamese mix
Favorite Thing About My Job: When animals come in and are excited to see me. I also love seeing animals that come in hurt or severely ill and watching them go home happy and healthy. It’s rewarding to know that we helped in the process of healing the pet or saving its life. I also love watching puppies grow into adults.
Special Interests: Photography
Hidden talents: acoustic guitar, my mom said I can sing, but I feel like she has to say that!


Jennifer

Started Working at Ancare: September 2016
Position: Kennel Assistant
Educational Background: Currently attending Illinois Valley Community College.
About Me: I grew up in Bartonville, Illinois but recently moved to Peru. After IVCC, I hope to transfer to U of I and attend their Veterinary Medicine Program.
My Pets: Two tortie Cats- Zoey and Licorice , Two Tabby Cats- Tango and Stormy, F5 Savannah Cat- Nala, Sheltie- Corona, and German Shepherd/English Mastiff Mix-Honey Bear
Favorite Thing About My Job: I love learning new things and interacting with the animals and their owners.


Jacob

Office Staff – Hospital Managers:

Deanna

Started Working at Ancare: I started with Dr. Dullard at Ancare in the spring of 2002. I had to take a brief leave after moving to Pennsylvania until returning to Illinois and Ancare in August of 2009.
Position: Human Resource and Office Management
Educational Background: Associate’s Degree, Certified Medical Assistant and continual management training.
About Me: I’m keeping myself busy evolving every day, living and loving life along with my family and friends. My husband Jeff and I are enjoying our beautifully blended family of 5 amazing children. Life is busy loving us right back!
My Pet: Sir Benjamin Benson- King Charles Cavalier
Favorite Thing About My Job: Giving peace of mind and providing excellent care to those we value most at Ancare, our clients.
Special Interests: I enjoy a good run, hiking with my kids, or canoeing, which is my very favorite thing to do!
Fun Facts: A tune sung by Frank or Dean always puts me in a great mood!


Emily

Started Working at Ancare: May 18th 2009
Position: Co-Office Manager and Reception
Educational Background: Graduated from Eureka College in 2009 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and a minor in Theatre.
About Me: I grew up in Mendota. I married my husband, Mike in April of 2011 and we had our daughter, Eva in December of 2014. Spending time with my family is my favorite thing to do. I adore being a mommy! In our spare time, we go to basketball games, (my husband is a coach) and we enjoy spending time outdoors.
Favorite Thing About My Job: I enjoy the people and pets that I get to see on a daily basis. I also genuinely enjoy my co-workers.
Special Interests: I love to sing and have had roles in 14 musicals, 6 of which were lead roles.
Fun Facts: I grew up in a house full of exotic pets. We had many different types of reptiles. I also had rabbits, hamsters, a crow, a pigeon, many fish, a cat and dogs.

Office Staff – Receptionists:

Amy

Started Working at Ancare: I started working at our Spring Valley office in the summer of 2004.
Position: Receptionist and Cremationist. I enjoy assisting in all areas at Ancare.
Educational Background: Illinois Valley Community College
About Me: I was born and raised in the La Salle Peru area. I am very close with my family and enjoy spending time with them and my friends. I love animals and enjoy crafting and going to concerts in my spare time.
My Pets: My favorite furry friend Krusty the cat passed away at 21 and a half years of age. He was an Ancare celebrity. I recently adopted a new buddy from Safe House Animal Rescue. Smalls is a male tuxedo cat that had been abandoned. We are getting along great.
Favorite Thing About My Job: I love seeing and caring for the variety of animals that come in each day. I get satisfaction educating and helping pet owners the best way I can. Your pet is part of your family and ours here at Ancare.


Pat

Started Working at Ancare: I began working at the Mendota Ancare in May of 2001.
Position: Reception. I also enjoy the variety and challenges of helping in the other areas of the Mendota Hospital.
Educational Background: Way back when, I entered college in the secretarial field but have been very lucky and happy in the veterinary field. I worked for a vet in Amboy before I joined the Ancare team in 2001.
About Me: I am blessed with family, friends, my job and good health.
My Pet: Right now I just have my 8 year old cat, Stevie. Someday I hope to enlarge my family again.
Favorite Thing About My Job: I enjoy watching the bonds between animal and owners. The unconditional love is wonderful to see.

For more information about our veterinary hospitals and care, please contact us today. We look forward to meeting you and caring for your pet.