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Our Team

Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Support Team of Kessen Veterinary Clinic! We are pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!
Please call us at 419-692-5946 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Our Talented Veterinarians

Dr. Sandra Kessen

Veterinarian- Owner

Dr. Sandra Kessen received her undergraduate degree in biology from St. Mary’s College in South Bend, Indiana and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. Her interests include small animal orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, small animal ultrasound as well as small animal medicine. She enjoys spending her free time with her family, boating, snow and water sking and fishing.

Dr. Jason Kessen

Veterinarian- Owner

Dr. Kessen received his undergraduate degree in biology from John Carroll University and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. Dr. Kessen’s interest include equine lameness and sports medicine as well as small animal medicine. Recently Dr. Jason graduated from Options For Animals College of Animal Chiropractic in Kansas, and is available to perform chiropractic exams and adjustments on equine and canine patients. Dr. Jason enjoys spending his free time fishing with his family, snow skiing and coaching wrestling.

Dr. Anthony Fernandez

Veterinarian

Dr. Anthony Fernandez was born and raised in Hollywood, Florida, where he acquired his first horse and learned the importance of the human-animal bond. After high school, Dr. Anthony moved to Laurinburg, North Carolina to attend Saint Andrew’s University, where he obtained his Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and was heavily involved in their nationally-ranked hunter/jumper and western teams. After college, he worked on a dude ranch in Colorado for two years as a ranch hand and wrangler. He then attended veterinary school at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine on the island of St. Kitts. Dr. Anthony initially wanted to specialize in equine podiatry, but during his clinical year at Oklahoma State University, he developed a passion for treating all species. Upon obtaining his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2017, he moved to Ohio to practice mixed animal medicine. As a veterinarian, Dr. Anthony pursued additional training at the Chi Institute in Reddick, Florida to become a Certified Veterinary Medical Manipulation Practitioner. Since receiving his CVMMP certification, Dr. Fernandez has enjoyed integrating his training into his practice, as it allows for a multi-modal approach to treat the whole horse. While he is currently only certified to perform chiropractic adjustments on equine species, he plans to obtain this certification for other species in the future. In addition to medical manipulation and orthopedics, Dr. Anthony also has a strong interest in small animal surgery. Dr. Anthony joined the Kessen team in 2021 and can be found treating mainly equine, canine, and feline species; however, he is open to seeing the occasional ruminant, pig, or exotic species. He is appreciated by our clients for his straight-forward personality and practical approach to veterinary medicine. In his spare time, Dr. Anthony enjoys spending time with his family, running, and going to the gun range.

Dr. Alex Lauf

Veterinarian

Dr. Alex Lauf, a native to Lima, OH, is one of our talented small animal veterinarians. Dr. Alex attended the University of Findlay for his undergraduate studies, where he majored in Animal Science and Biology, and minored in Chemistry. He then went on to veterinary school at Lincoln Memorial University in Cumberland Gap, TN. Upon graduation from veterinary school, Dr. Alex came back to the Lima area to practice veterinary medicine. He has been with Kessen Veterinary Clinic since 2019, providing veterinary services to mainly dogs and cats. Dr. Alex is appreciated by our clients for his kind-hearted nature and compassion. In his free time, Dr. Alex enjoys going out to dinner with his family and playing with his awesome Jack Russell Terrier named Rachel. Dr. Alex also enjoys swimming and would one day love to scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef.

Our Amazing Customer Service Representatives

Tracey T.

Small Animal Customer Service Representative

Tracey, our head customer service representative, has been with Kessen Veterinary Clinic since October of 2011. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from The Ohio State University, where she majored in animal science. Tracey is loved by many of our clients for her compassion, willingness to listen, and assistance in getting their pet the care it needs. In addition to her excellent customer service skills, Tracey helps manage our social media networks, coordinates office events, and performs many administrative duties. Tracey’s special veterinary interests include feline behavior and environmental enrichment; she has 7 furry felines of her own that she strives to give the best life possible. When not at the clinic, Tracey can be found working at the Ohio SPCA and Humane Society as a veterinary assistant and a member of the board. Animal rescue and the humane treatment of animals is one of Tracey’s biggest passions in life, and she has been working in the field for many years.

Aubrey H.

Equine Customer Service Representative

Aubrey is our equine Customer Service Representatives. She has been a part of our team since November 2021. Aubrey is new to the veterinary field, but loves learning new skills and building client relations. She is very enthusiastic and very self- motivated. Aubrey currently is attending Ohio State University to obtain her business degree. In her spare time, she can be found spending time with her Labrador Retriever puppy as well as with her friends and family. Aubrey also enjoys being on the lake.

Samantha M.

Samantha M.

Small Animal Customer Service Representative

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Makala G.

Small Animal Customer Service Representative

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Our Dedicated Team

Jamie B.

Registered Veterinary Technician

Jamie is our dedicated RVT. She enjoys assisting in surgery and performing dental cleanings. She has been part of our team since August 2010. She attended Brown Mackie College in Findlay, Ohio, where she obtained her degree in veterinary technology in 2010, obtaining her RVT license in 2012. Jamie has a Boston Terrier and a Leopard Gecko. Outside of work, Jamie can be found being a loving mother and wife. She also enjoys hiking and being in nature.

Jowaine L.

Veterinary Assistant

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Erica K.

Veterinary Assistant

Erica is one of our veterinary assistants, and has been a part of our team since November 2021. She currently is attending Colby College to obtain her veterinary technician degree. Erica loves being able to assist the animals of our community. When she has free time, Erica can be found playing with her dog and cat. She also enjoys playing video games with her boyfriend.

Alexis W.

Practice Manager

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Chelsi H.

Veterinary Assistant

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Morgan G.

Morgan G.

Veterinary Assistant

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Payton M.

Veterinary Assistant

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Kacey S.

Veterinary Assistant

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April H.

April H.

Veterinary Assistant

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Samantha C.

Equine Veterinary Assistant

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Angie W.

Facility Caretaker

Angie graduated from the University of Northwestern Ohio in 2015 with an Associate's Degree in Agricultural Business/Management. She joined Kessen Veterinary Clinic in the spring of 2016. She has a horse "Leo" and a Chihuahua "Angel." When she is not working she helps out on her family's Hereford show cattle farm. In her free time, she enjoys trail riding with "Leo" and spending time with "Angel". She also volunteers with Challenged Champions Equestrian Center and is involved with many activities with the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 715 in Fort Jennings.