Our Team

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    Dr. Emily Wood
    Practice Owner/Veterinarian

    Dr. Emily Wood graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University in 2002. After practicing in Topeka and Manhattan, Kansas, and Carbondale, Illinois, she began practicing at VSL in 2012. She has been the owner of VSL since 2015. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association.

    Dr. Wood lives in Okawville, Illinois, with her husband Eric and their two daughters. In her free time, she enjoys cheering for her daughters’ sports teams, biking, gardening, and reading. She also enjoys playing flute with a local community band and handbells with a local handbell ensemble.

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    Kelly Prange
    Certified Veterinary Technician

    Kelly Prange, CVT is a 1999 graduate of Parkland College. Kelly began working at VSL immediately following graduation. From a very early age, Kelly knew that she wanted to work with animals. She was very excited to be able to turn her passion into a rewarding career. During her ongoing CE, Kelly gets to learn about many new topics, but has found she has a special interest in preventative medicine. She enjoys teaching pet parents ways to help their fur babies live longer and healthier lives. She and her husband, Bret, reside in Aviston, IL with their Shih-Tzu, Kneesa. During her free time, Kelly enjoys reading, cooking, and spending quality time with her family.

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    Stephen Etheridge
    Veterinary Assistant

    Stephen Etheridge is from a small town in west Tennessee, after some years he decided it was time for a change of scenery and ended up in Breese, IL. While he has always had a love for animals, he never thought of working at a veterinary hospital, but now he wouldn’t trade it for anything. He looks forward to taking care of everyone’s pets and becoming a member of the community.

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    Melissa Detmer
    Veterinary Assistant

    Melissa Detmer graduated from Kaskaskia College with an Associate degree in Animal Science. Melissa started working at Veterinary Services, LTD in April 2008. She grew up on a dairy farm in New Baden, IL. That is where she got her love of animals. Melissa loves milking cows at her sister’s farm anytime she can get out there. Melissa loves being outdoors and doing arts and crafts, especially with her kids. Melissa resides in Breese, IL with her husband Matthew, son Ian, and three daughters Rylee, Skyler, and Willow. They have 2 cats Lola and Octavia, and one dog Midas. 

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    Melissa Randle
    Certified Veterinary Technician

    Melissa Randle graduated from Murray State University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, and an Animal Health Technology Major. Melissa joined VSL in January 2018. In her free time, Melissa enjoys running, being outdoors and spending time with friends and family. Melissa and her husband Danny currently reside in St. Libory, IL with their two cats, Rev and Lulu, and their two Labrador retrievers, Dozer and Remington.

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    Vance Wood
    Hospital Administrator

    Vance Wood started working at VSL at an early age. He left for a few years, entering the United States Coast Guard, and attending college. He returned to VSL in 1986. He has held many positions during his employment at VSL; presently he is the Hospital Administrator. He currently resides in Breese, IL with his wife, Kelly. 


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