Our Team


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.


Kelly is originally from Ohio but moved to Missouri a little over a year ago and absolutely loves it here. She has 4 children, 3 grandchildren and another on the way! Her three crazy pets at home are Maximus, the Neapolitan Mastiff, Cain, the handsome feline (who is currently trying to lose weight, well WE are trying to make him lose weight),
and the baby is Poe, a 6 month old Shih Tzu who has taken over the house with all of his energy. She and her husband, John, have been married going on 24 years and like to ride their motorcycle and enjoy the scenery, hike, shop (Kelly), and go out to eat with their friends.




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.




Lauren was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. She graduated from Maryville University in 2015 with a B.A. in Marketing and Management.
Growing up, Lauren has always enjoyed helping others and being around animals. She has also worked in the animal industry for the last eight years. When Lauren isn’t at Rock Bridge she enjoys spending time with family, traveling, reading, and crafting.




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.




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.




Katelyn was born in Chicago, IL but spent most of her childhood in Oregon. She moved to Tennessee to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville. In Tennessee, she was able to do an internship at the Knoxville Zoo where she nurtured her love for exotic species. She is currently a second year Veterinary student at the University of Missouri, here in Columbia. After graduation, Katelyn hopes to go into residency and become board certified in soft tissue surgery. In her spare time she loves going on runs with her dog, Chevy.





Zachary was born and raised in Southwest Missouri in the small town of Seneca. From a young age he was fascinated with both small animals and horses. While in high school, Zachary committed time to shadowing veterinarians and training his mules for Western showing through 4-H. Zachary graduated from the University of Missouri in 2016 studying Animal Sciences with a minor in Captive Wild Animal Management. He is currently applying to the University of Missouri School of Veterinary Medicine for Fall 2018 acceptance. Zachary is a pet parent to two Chihuahuas, one tabby and white cat, and two mules. While not at the clinic or preparing for veterinary school, Zachary enjoys playing with his animals, riding his two mules, traveling, and hiking. His future plans are to a focus in equine medicine, but he has an open mind about working with small animals at a mixed animal clinic.





Steph was born in Oklahoma, and has lived in Mississippi, Wisconsin, and finally Missouri. She lived in Wisconsin for 10 years and therefore Steph feels she has the strongest attachment to Wisconsin out of all of her past locations. She is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Health Sciences here at Mizzou and will be a junior in the fall of 2017. Her end goal after undergraduate school is to attend a school of veterinary medicine, either in Columbia, Wisconsin, or North Carolina. Steph has lived in many states before she finally resided here in Columbia, Missouri, but one thing has stayed consistent in her life: her burning passion for animals. Steph has grown up in an environment where animals are not just a hobby, they are a lifestyle and a part of the family. Her mother worked as a pet trainer, a veterinary tech, and a full time mom to her 4 dogs, 3 cats, and 2 horses. Her sister is also pursuing veterinary medicine as a third year vet student at UW-Madison. When Steph isn’t loving on all the boarders and patients at work, she is enjoying her hobby as a freelance artist who draws and paints animal portraits. She is also an officer on the Pre-Veterinary Club and an executive leader for a volunteer organization. Her favorite job of all is being a mommy to her two kitties, Mocha and Hazel.


Lydia grew up in a small town in Northwest Ohio. Ever since she was little she had a passion for animals. When Lydia was 16 she got her first job at a local doggy daycare,here her love and knowledge for animals only grew. She enjoyed taking her three dogs, Dexter, Lola and Louie to work with her. In 2015 nearing the end of her high school career Lydia decided to pursue a degree in animal science with minors in Business and Captive Wild Animal management at the University of Missouri. She hopes to go onto study veterinary medicine after she graduates with her bachelors in 2019/ In her free time Lydia enjoys watching sitcoms, playing suduko, and being a mom to her two cats Watson and Atticus.



Jarrett moved to Columbia from San Diego after separating from the navy in 2015 and began working at Rock Bridge in April 2017. He is currently attending school to obtain a degree in fishery and wildlife. Jarrett has always loved animals and is excited to continue interacting and working with animals everyday. If Jarrett isn’t at Rock Bridge, he is probably working at Columbia Second Chance animal rescue, at school, or spending time with his fiancé and their amazing dogs – Molly the Great Dane and Turk the Boxer.


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