Dr. Forbes was born and raised in Ohio. After graduation she attended Denison University where she received her B.S. in Biology. It was during this time that she developed her ties to Missouri. Little did she know that when she participated in an externship program with Dr. Kenneth Vroman in Fayette, MO, that she would meet her husband Travis. They were later married in the Shelter Gardens here in Columbia. Dr. Forbes attended veterinary school at The Ohio State University where she graduated in 1999. Following graduation she completed a one year internship in small animal medicine and surgery in Tucson, AZ. She feels that this time spent with specialists was invaluable in her development as a quality veterinarian.
Dr. Forbes and her husband spent a few years in Springfield, MO before deciding to move closer to his hometown of Glasgow and take over Rock Bridge Animal Hospital. They have an adventurous and adorable son named Callen (pronounced like Allen w/ a “C”). They also share their house with their two dogs Dobbie and Indy, their mischievous cat Max, and Niblet the Chinchilla.
Dr. Forbes’ medical interests include preventative medicine, senior wellness, surgery, and animal behavior. When she is not here with the animals she is busy keeping up with Callen and enjoys working outside in her flower beds, hiking with her dogs, and riding 4 wheelers with her husband through the trails.
Dr. Sappington grew up just an hour down the road in Hermann, Missouri. She received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Truman State University before moving on to veterinary school at the University of Missouri. After graduating in 2009, she joined a private practice just outside Kansas City. There she had the opportunity to work with cats, dogs, and numerous pocket pets and exotic species. She couldn’t stay away from Columbia for long, though. She moved back in 2010, joining the great team at Rock Bridge Animal Hospital. She lives with her husband Bryan, her adorable son Drew, and 2 cats: Helen of Troy and Cleopatra.
Dr. Sappington enjoys the challenges of bringing sick patients back to health, but also emphasizes good preventative medicine to keep them healthy! Outside of work she enjoys playing volleyball, piano, board games, and spending lots of quality time with the family.
Beth was raised on a small farm in Northwest Missouri and had the privilege of spending her childhood with animals of all shapes and sizes. Her love of animals and science greatly influenced her interest in veterinary medicine. She began working at a small animal practice in 2007 while earning her B.S. in Animal Science and Biology at Missouri State University in Springfield. Her and her husband, Max, recently moved to Columbia so she could attend graduate school at the University of Missouri. They have three feline babies, Gabriel, Nicholai and Allie. She enjoys cooking, listening to music and taking part in anything outdoors.
Kim grew up in a rural community in central Missouri and has lived on a farm the majority of her life. As a child, her family had several different types of animals including hogs, cattle, horses, 2 bird dogs and an occasional cat or two. Kim and her husband Matt have kept up the tradition of owning pets and have several on their farm as well. They have 2 horses (JJ and Bug), 3 dogs (Zoey, Lexy and Flash), 1 cat (Bella) and 4 chickens. At the present time they are also fostering a litter of 5 kittens. Along with her love for animals she enjoys traveling with her husband, baking and spending time with her family.
Megan’s love for animals started early when her mother (also a veterinary technician) took her to the St. Louis Zoo. Megan is working towards her associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology. She and her husband, Abe, enjoy their houseful, with one darling son, James, and five furry kids: Pokie (the dog) and Stella, Lucy, Tank and Scout (the cats).
Ando was born and raised in Madagascar. He spent most of his childhood on the family ranch, mingling with horses, goats, chickens and dogs. Ando has had a lifelong passion for animals and music. He moved to Columbia, MO to pursue his studies in business and management. Ando currently lives with two dogs and a cat. When he’s not rocking on his guitar, Ando enjoys to spend time outdoors with his wife and the pets.
Maggie was born and raised in Chicago, IL. She has worked with animals of all sizes since she was little, both educationally and recreationally. In 2011 she was accepted into the University of Missouri and moved to Columbia to attend school, where she graduated in 2015 with a B.S. in Animal Sciences. Throughout her time at Mizzou she was able to work with large and small animals alike through classes, volunteering, and internships across the US and in Africa. She is currently in the process of applying to veterinary school, and hopes to attend in the spring of 2017. When she is not caring for animals at work, Maggie enjoys taking her yellow lab, Kyle, for nature hikes, skiing, horseback riding, and playing with her cat, Tris.
Kelsie was born an raised in the small town of Hanover, Pennsylvania
(where the yummy Snyder’s Pretzels are made). She has always had a
strong passion for animals and has always been focused on a career in
veterinary medicine. In 2012, she moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to
attend school at Alverno College where this past may she graduated with
a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. In July 2016, she and her
fiance moved to Columbia, Missouri to pursue amazing opportunities and to continue both of their educations. She is currently applying to the
University of Missouri School of Veterinary Medicine where she hopes to
accept a seat in the Class of 2021. In her spare time, she enjoys going
on long walks and playing with her Pomeranian mix Louie. She also enjoys baking, playing board games, and spending time with family and friends.
Taylor was born in Jacksonville, Florida and moved to Jefferson City when she was only a couple months old. Her family growing up had many different animals, such as stray kittens who needed to be bottle fed, hamsters, fish, several different kinds of dogs, such as an Akita, Siberian Husky, Maltese Poodle, and Shitzu-Poodle mix. She has always loved animals and recently completed her Veterinary Assistance program from Animal Behavior College. She enjoys all types of animals and looks forward to learning as much as she can from her fellow co-workers. She currently has two dogs: Chase, a Pomeranian, and Tucker, a Shitzu-Pomeranian Mix. She eventually wants to include a large dog into the mix.