Garrett Stewart, DVM
Dr. Garrett Stewart grew up in Washington County and was very actively showing livestock in 4H and FFA at both the state and national levels. Dr. Stewart has been with Washington Veterinary Clinic since 2011. He is no stranger to the club calf business and brings 15+ years of cow/calf production experience to the table. Garrett specializes in embryo transfer and reproductive management work and offers both InVitro and conventional flushing technologies. Garrett graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor in Animal Science in 2006. Before acceptance to Veterinary School he worked heavily in swine medicine for Elanco Animal Health, Smithfield Foods and Tyson Foods. He completed his DVM from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011, preparing him for an extensive career in mixed animal medicine. Dr. Garrett, his wife, and two sons reside in Washington, KS with their menagerie of farm animals including cows, alpacas, donkeys, and emus! In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, traveling, K-State football and smoking meat.
Megan Collison, DVM
Dr. Megan Collison is from Rockwell City, Iowa where she grew up very involved in showing livestock in 4H, FFA, and at a national level. She was raised on her family row crop and Angus seedstock operation. She also was heavily involved in her family’s large animal veterinary business run by her father and uncle who are veterinarians. Megan graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor in Animal Science in 2016 and then proceeded to complete her DVM from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2021. Megan’s interests are in cattle and small ruminant advanced reproductive technologies such as embryo transfer, conventional flushing, IVF, and laparoscopic AI’s. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family, being active outdoors, going to livestock shows, and cheering on the Cyclones.
Jeri Chandler, Office Manager
Jeri is originally from Beatrice, NE where she attended Southeast Community College before relocating to Washington, KS nearly 12 years ago. Known as the “Chaos Coordinator” by her family, she spends her free time attending her herd of children’s never-ending activities and sports. Jeri enjoys camping, boating, ATVing, crafting, and most importantly shopping (they know her by name at most Targets.) Not only is her house full of children but a few furry creatures as well. Jeri’s family has two cats, Peanut and Butter, a fish named Jelly, and a Bernese/Aussie-mix named Sophie. One creature she will never have in her household is a frog, as she is absolutely terrified of them, no matter the size. Jeri has been with Washington Veterinary Clinic since 2013 and has been trying to keep us organized ever since!
Sydney Goertzen, RVT
Sydney grew up in a small community in Polk, Nebraska where she spent her childhood on the farm. She participated in 4-H and FFA showing horses and chickens before attending Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Nebraska. While enrolled in college she showed Black and Tan Coonhounds and became a member of the Black and Tan Coonhound Association. Sydney graduated in 2017 with an Applied Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology and joined the Washington Veterinary Clinic team in 2018. In her free time Sydney enjoys horseback riding, roping, the outdoors and spending time with her two dogs Delta and Concho.
Jacob Hughes, Veterinary Assistant
Jacob was born and raised in Washington. He graduated from Washington County High School in 2007 and then attended Southeast Community College in Beatrice where he graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Livestock Management. During college he participated in an internship in Kaycee, WY working on a livestock ranch with over 800 registered Red Angus and 100 horses. His favorite memory from his internship was when the ranch boss rode with Chris Ledoux. Currently, Jacob runs a herd of 20 Hereford cows with hopes to expand and continue raising red baldy calves. Jacob has two horses which he uses to rope and compete in ranch rodeos. Jacob has been with Washington Veterinary Clinic since 2014 and appreciates the experiences he has gained to help him run his own herd.
Emma Portenier, Kennel Staff/Grooming Assistant
Emma has lived in Washington, Kansas her whole life. She has a strong interest in exotic and small animals. She loves to work in the veterinary field because as long as she can help animals, she’ll be happy. Emma has an Australian Shepherd named Dottie, and she is Emma’s constant companion and ultimate sidekick. In her free time she enjoys drawing and is also interested in animation and voice acting – she has perfected Chewbacca and Shaggy!
Danielle was born and raised in Olathe, KS. She was introduced to life in agriculture at Kansas State University where she developed an interest in dairy cattle and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science. After graduation, she left her life in the city to live life at a cow-calf and feedlot operation in Mahaska, KS. Post-grad, she worked at K-State’s Equine and Large Animal ICU where she obtained experience with large critters of all kinds before Dr. Megan recruited her into the field of embryology. In her free time, she enjoys learning the ropes of the cow-calf operation at home, watching sunsets, reading and crafting. Since joining the farm life with her small dachshund mix named Karma, she has acquired an array of loving pets, including a boxer mix, several farm cats, a horse, and a heifer, who recently welcomed her first calf.
Riley, our receptionist, grew up in Joseph, Oregon, and Concordia, Kansas, attending Cloud County Community College. She has worked with horses since a young age and quickly developed a love for animals. She currently owns a lovable chubby Beagle dog named Dexter. She enjoys spending quality time with her family and significant other as well as doing anything outdoors. Although she has only lived in Washington, Kansas for a short period of time, she enjoys the community here. Being the first face customers see at WVC, Riley takes pride in working with such a good staff and management team. Her time working at WVC has been a great experience so far. She enjoys providing excellent customer service and caring for people’s beloved pets. Animal welfare, recreation, and the outdoors are among Riley’s passions.