Dr. Kent Law
The Veterinary Clinic of Symbioun was started in 1984 as a general mixed practice. At the time, our client base was 50% greyhound, 25% pets and horses, and 25% cattle. At the urging of our greyhound clients, we started freezing canine semen and began to offer breeding services with frozen semen. This rapidly consumed our time and led to us phasing out the large animal portion of our practice, and limiting general pet services. Thankfully around the same time, Blue Stem Veterinary Services opened close by and we were able to transfer a portion of our clients to them for the general veterinary service needs. Although it hurt to make that choice, the limited staff made it necessary. It was easier knowing they had an alternative.
Now that Veterinary Clinic of Symbioun has grown and we have a larger, trusted, quality team, we have been able to expand reproduction work to other breeds of dogs and acommodate pet clients at the same time. Thanks to the opportunity given to us by the greyhound community, we have been able to provide the same reproductive services to breeders of hunting dogs, service dogs, working dogs, show dogs, and more. We can’t thank the greyhound industry enough for this opportunity and their support.
Dr. Law grew up on a farm in Clay County, Kansas. During the Vietnam conflict he was a Navy Hospital Corps man who worked in Aviation Medicine. After honorable discharge from the military, he went to Veterinary Medical school at Kansas State University and then the University of Saskatchewan as an intern. This combined his interests in animals and medicine in one profession. Dr. Law enjoys working with owners and animals and seeing positive outcomes in both breeding and routine medicine. While Dr. Law’s primary interest is in theriogenology (animal reproduction), theoriogenology is inclusive of medicine, surgery, pathology, nutrition, and behavior.
Dr. Law’s current goals are to continue growing Veterinary Clinic of Symbioun as a canine reproduction center and small animal practice as well as to re-introduce theriogenology in cattle in 2021 with the addition of new veterinarians. Sustaining this practice will be to the benefit of long-time, loyal staff who have made this clinic work, as well as to continue nurturing veterinary students and technicians who will go on to careers in the veterinary profession here at Symbioun or in other practices.
In his personal life, Dr. Law spends time with his wife Janie who is a retired RN, and Janie’s pet, Miss Kitty, a one-woman cat. They have two daughters who are both mothers and teachers, two great sons-in-law and numerous grandchildren. The clinic has two pets, “Effie”, a retired Greyhound, and “Kippa”, an aspiring cattle dog.
Dr. Kaitlin Steele
Originally from Topeka, KS, Dr. Steele began working at a veterinary clinic in Manhattan, KS as a veterinary assistant in 2009 while attending K-State. After completing a bachelor’s degree at Kansas State University, she went on to obtain a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at University of Missouri in 2014. Kaitlin moved to Abilene in 2014 to work at Symbioun, Inc.
She holds certificates of Wildlife Rehabilitation from the International Council of Wildlife Rehabilitation of which she is a member. She also holds USDA National Veterinary Accreditation in order to better serve the pets and racing greyhounds of Abilene. Her professional interests include exotics and retired racing greyhound medicine.
She currently has an Australian Cattle Dog, Suki, and two cats, Remi and Boo. In her off time, she enjoys walking her dog, hiking, travelling, and reading.
Ian joined Vet Clinic of Symbioun in May of 2018. He grew up in Columbia, Missouri where his father is on the faculty in the animal science department as a reproductive physiologist working with beef cattle. His family is originally from Montana and would spend a fair amount of time every year at the family ranch helping to synchronize, AI, and pregnancy check cattle. With his father in the reproductive sciences, Ian was exposed to the repro industry early and was always curious. He was heavily involved in athletics growing up, and was fortunate enough to be recruited by Bill Snyder as a preferred walk on place kicker to play for Kansas State where he played on the team from the 2012/13 season through the 2016/2017 season where he acted majority as a kickoff kicker. Ian began his undergraduate as an Athletic Training major, but switched after the first year and graduated from Kansas State with a B.S. in Food Science and Industry in December of 2015. He was able to gain valuable microbiology laboratory skills working in the Food Safety lab as an intern working with Shiga Toxin producing E. coli. He played out his eligibility and finished the remaining pre-requisite courses for vet school and made the switch from pre-med to pre-vet after taking home a Golden Retriever, Yogi. Ian did a final research project for his food science major that brought to light his interest in medicine involving animals, specifically, DOGS. He loved his undergraduate experience in Manhattan and decided to stay for veterinary school where an interest in Canine Repro was sparked. He was fortunate to find out Symbioun was just down the interstate.
In relation to veterinary medicine, Ian’s primary interest is in canine reproduction. He also has a strong interest in orthopedics, sports medicine, and behavior. Ian loves the outdoors and tries to spend as much time in the mountains as possible. At the same time, he has come to love Kansas. Skiing, camping, and hunting are some of his favorite pastimes, but taking a walk or a hike with his dogs is always the favorite.
Ian has always had an interest in medicine and has always loved dogs. Veterinary medicine seemed like the appropriate route. According to Ian, the best part about working with animals is seeing the joy they bring their owners and the relationship they form. He knew he was in the right profession when he showed up to vet school orientation and everyone talked about their pets just as much as he did! Ian & his girlfriend have a Bernese Mountain Dog named Winnie, a German Wirehaired Pointer named Basin, and his best buddy Yogi the Golden Retriever.
Jared joined the practice in May of 2019. He grew up on a farm in Northeast Kansas, went to K-State and then began Veterinary School at Kansas State University where he will graduate in 2021. Growing up on a farm allowed him to care for many different species of animals. Having that opportunity as a child gave Jared a love for animals that made Veterinary Medicine a very easy choice. His favorite part about working with animals is their unconditional love. No matter how bad of a day you may be having, a cheerful pet can always brighten your mood. Jared knew he was in the right profession when he realized the impact that veterinarians can make not only for the animals, but also for the people.
Jared is the middle child of five boys. Back on the farm, his family has two Australian Shepherds named Sansa and Hutch. Following graduation, Jared would like to practice bovine veterinary medicine with a possible interest in bovine reproduction.
Bella started with us in June of 2019. She grew up in rural New Jersey, but her family is not from an agricultural background. Bella came to Manhattan in the fall of 2013 for undergrad at K-State where she majored in Animal Science. Throughout undergrad and vet school, she had the opportunity to work at both the K-State Dairy Unit and the Manhattan Sale Barn, where she was acquainted with Kansas agriculture and is now attending vet school. All she knew for certain when she started college was that she didn’t want to sit behind a desk her whole life. Veterinary medicine seemed like a good option because Bella has loved animals and being outside her entire life. Her favorite part about working with animals is being a part of the bigger system that continually works to feed the world.
Bella has absolutely loved working at the dairy for the past 5 years, where every day she learns something new. She also really enjoys working at the sale barn, where she has met many truly great people. Bella cannot picture herself on any other path, and is so excited for what the future has in store.
Bella has a boyfriend named Tyler and they have a dog named Amber. Outside of work she enjoys riding horses, deer hunting, and wants to learn duck hunting as well.
Mel has worked at Symbioun since September of 2013. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Healthcare Administration and Billing & Coding. She has worked in the medical field for over 20 years. Mel’s favorite thing about working with animals is seeing all of their different personalities. She briefly worked for a vet in high school and had always wanted to work in the veterinary field, but life happened. Mel actually lives in Minneapolis, KS, but could not turn down the position that Dr. Law offered her in his clinic – it was like a dream come true! She is now able to work in the two fields she loves, medicine & animals.
Mel’s family includes her husband, 3 grown sons, 4 dogs (Ty the boxer, Bear the cane corso/mastiff, Bella the chihuahua, and Roxie the dachshund), and 2 cats (Jasper and Taz). When not at work, she enjoys reading, camping, family time, and being a wife and mom to her family.
Sherri started at Vet Clinc of Symbioun in December 2013. She has 30 years of clerical and accounts payable experience, making her a perfect fit for our front office team. She grew up on a farm and later moved to Abilene with her husband. Her time spent around animals led her to develop a love and passion for them all. She loves helping with animals around the clinic and greeting the pet parents that walk through our doors. Sherri and her husband Ron have 2 daughters and 2 sons-in-law, 1 son and 1 daughter-in-law, as well as 7 grandchildren. Sherri loves traveling, going on cruises, camping, playing cards and spending her time outside of work living life to it’s fullest with family and friends.
Annie started at Symbioun in January of 2014 and has been a Veterinary Technician for over 20 years. She relocated to Abilene from San Diego, CA in 2013, where she had worked as a technician at a specialty hospital.
Kayla started working for Symbioun in 2013. She grew up in Wichita and moved south of Abilene right after high school to be closer to family. She attended Colby Community College to become a veterinary technician. Kayla loves working with large animals. Her family is made up of many farm animals and multiple dogs. She lives on a cattle farm with her husband and 2 kids.
Head Kennel Technician
Tia started with Symbioun in April of 2018. She began working in the veterinary industry because of her love for animals and is currently training to be a veterinary technician.
Raycelon joined Symbioun as a senior in high school in August 2017. She started off as a kennel worker and eventually made her decision to attend Colby Community College. At Colby, she graduated and became a registered Veterinary Technician. She grew up on a farm and ranch where she road horses and helped her family with the cattle. She has a horse named Roanie and a blue heeler names Sam.