Meet the Experienced & Professional Veterinarians and Staff
at East Side Animal Hospital
Scott L. Thompson DVM
Dr. Thompson graduated from Purdue University in 1979 where he earned his BS and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degrees. After graduation, he practiced small animal medicine in Carmel, Indiana from 1979 - 1983. On April 1, 1983 he took over the practice at East Side Animal Hospital from its previous owner (Dr. Edward Weidenbenner). With the help of his wife Beth, his children, a dedicated staff, and a lot of long hours and hard work, he has worked to develop ESAH into a caring, high-quality facility with the mission of helping people and helping pets. Dr. Thompson and Beth currently own four dogs: Lab/chow mix – Smokey, maltese mix – Lucky, long-haired Dachshund – Shiner, and lab/mastiff mix - Mosby. Dr. Thompson loves animals of all types and has a special interest and expertise in Avian and Exotic medicine. Dr. T enjoys life outside of work by exercising, walking his dogs, wood working, and gardening.
Walter G. Haines DVM, DABVP
Walter G. Haines, DVM, ABVP (Canine and Feline Practice) has practiced small animal medicine and surgery since graduating from Auburn University. Dr. Haines practiced in Glasgow, KY before selling his practice and moving to Metairie, LA where he was employed by VCA as an associate veterinarian then as Medical Director at VCA Airline Animal Hospital. In 2011 Dr. Haines accepted the Managing Veterinarian position at Manzano Animal Clinic a five-veterinarian facility owned by NVA in Albuquerque, MN. Since June of 2014 Dr. Haines has resided in Kentucky practicing small animal medicine and surgery. His special interests are in the areas of Internal Medicine, Diagnostic Ultrasound, Minimally Invasive Surgery, and Orthopedic Surgery. Dr. Haines has been married to his wife Paula for 30 years and has two children and five grand children. He and Paula have two dogs Austin a Golden Retriever And Percy a Chocolate Labrador Retriever.
Duane Lautner DVM
Dr. Lautner DVM is a 1980 Purdue grad and has worked in small animal practices in Evansville and Indianapolis, including being a practice Director and Owner. He has also worked at the Vanderburgh Humane Society’s Spay and Neuter clinic, and as an instructor at the Harrison College School of Veterinary Technology. Dr. Lautner and his wife, Trisha, have lived in the Evansville area most of their lives and have a beloved elderly miniature schnauzer, named Josie. When not saving animal lives, Dr. Lautner enjoys social dancing, bird feeding, yard work, nature walks, and spending time with Trisha, Josie, family, and friends. When asked what he enjoys most about working at ESAH, Dr. Lautner responded “Talented, caring, smart, and dedicated staff! Wonderful clients who are extremely committed to their pets! Awesome pets, enhancing with love, the lives of their owners and me!”
Brianna, “Bri,” Practice Manager
Bri graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology and a minor in Management. She started her career at East Side Animal Hospital in 2007 as a Client Service Representative and became the Practice Manager in 2010. Bri enjoys spending time with the loves of her life, husband Dustin and daughters Harper and Averie, plus her close friends and family. She's got her hands full at home with her furry babies, as well: 3 dogs, Memie, Sully, & Tula, and a cat, Syd-Vicious. A few of her favorite things are traveling, decorating, and trying out new recipes at home. When asked what she likes most about working at ESAH: "I enjoy meeting new clients and patients, as well as, working with our wonderful established clients and patients. It's a great feeling to be part of a team that does everything possible to help patients live long, healthy, and happy lives."
Rachael, Registered Veterinary Technician
Rachael graduated from Harrison College in 2013 and immediately started her career here at East Side Animal Hospital. Here at work, you will find Rachael caring for our hospitalized and surgery patients with a loving hand. Rachael spends a lot of time with and is super close to her family - mom, twin brother, Justin, and younger brother, Kyle. She also has 5 rescued dachshunds at home that take up a lot of her free time. Rachael likes working at East Side because her fellow staff are like her second family!
Kelsey, Veterinary Assistant/Inventory Manager
Kelsey recently earned her Associates in Veterinary Technology from Harrison College here in Evansville and completed a 10-week externship at C.R.O.W. (Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife), located in Sanibel Island, Florida. Kelsey comes from a family of four which includes her loving parents and a twin brother. Kelsey's favorite hobbies include game nights with friends, movie nights with her grandma and mom, and helping out others whenever possible. At East Side, Kelsey enjoys "being able to work with a helpful staff that wants to make a difference in each patient that come through our doors."
Breanna "Bre", Veterinary Assistant
Bre joined East Side Animal Hospital in May of 2017 for her externship through Harrison College’s Veterinary Technology program. Prior to working here, Bre spent 3 ½ years working at a local rescue where she developed her passion for animals into a career. Bre has 3 fur-babies at home: Snicker, a cat that she adopted as a baby kitten, Nikko, an American mutt she adopted during her rescue days, and Boe, a sweet boxer mix. Bre loves working out, hiking with Nikko, and spending time with all of her fur-babies. Looking forward to her future at ESAH, Bre says that she is excited to learn and grow her skills as a Veterinary Technician Assistant in order to help our patients to the best of her abilities.
Larry, Registered Veterinary Technician
Larry graduated from Murry State University with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with special emphasis on Veterinary Technology in the Spring of 2018. After shadowing at our hospital while in college, Larry decided to complete his externship with us as well. As of July, Larry is a full time Veterinary Technologist at our facility! Larry grew up in this area as the middle child of three. His interests outside of work include playing Xbox, football, and basketball. He also enjoys reading, watching movies, and writing his own stories. When asked what Larry likes best about working here, he says “Being able to work with animals and ensuring they live the longest and happiest lives they can have!”
Briana "Red", Veterinary Assistant
Red majored in Biology for 2 years at University of Mobile in Alabama before deciding to move to Evansville and attend Harrison College to study Veterinary Technology. While in Alabama, Red had the opportunity to work at an all cat shelter for 5 years! When not at school or helping our patients, Red enjoys working on large puzzles, reading books, and baking for her friends. She also strives to spend her free time with her dog, Jessie, whenever she can! At East Side, Red loves the new challenges that come her way every day and getting to be a part of a team that helps patients live better lives. Her favorite is participating in surgery and nursing patients while they recover!
Aubree, Client Service Representative/Value Communicator
Aubree began her career in the veterinary field in October of 2017. Prior to becoming a Client Service Rep at our hospital, Aubree has had years of customer experience. Aubree and her fiancé, Brad, have two sweet pups: Hazel, a terrier/corgi mix, and Ginger, a coonhound mix. In her spare time, Aubree enjoys playing soccer, reading, running, and Pinterest 😊 Aubree loves meeting new patients and working with her fabulous co-workers!
Kiley, Client Service Representative/Pet Adoption Coordinator
Kiley’s background includes resident care but she has always had a love for animals of all kinds and decided to turn her love into a career. Some of Kiley’s favorite activities are camping at Shawnee, hiking (Garden of the Gods is her fav), and spending time with her boyfriend, Devin, her ferret, Oscar, and her 9 nieces and nephews! If she not doing the above, you can catch Kiley watching The Food Network, reading, or baking. Kiley loves being a part of our East Side team because our clients are almost like family and our patients make her smile 😊
Mackenzie, Client Service Representative
A recent Arizona transplant, Mackenzie joined East Side’s team in mid-2018 in order to get some hands-on veterinary experience. She is currently enrolled at Harrison College in their Vet Tech program and looks forward to becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician in the future! Mackenzie and her husband have one fur-baby, Sanchez, a precious kitty. Mackenzie loves camping, fishing, riding horses, and painting. She is a people (& pet) person and really enjoys interacting with our clients and patients on a daily basis!
Tara, Client Service Representative
Tara joined the ESAH team in late 2018 after she graduated from Murray State University with a degree in Animal Science. Growing up, Tara has always had a fondness for helping animals and has volunteered at many animal shelters throughout her life. Tara is very close with her family and loves hanging out with her older brother, spending Sundays having family dinner, and hanging out with her dogs and cats. Free time for Tara includes hanging out with hometown friends and traveling near and far to visit friends from college. Her favorite hobby is swimming so she loves summertime! What does Tara like most about working at East Side? "Getting my foot in the door with veterinary medicine and meeting new people." She’s also excited about expanding on her knowledge from college through hands-on experience… and of course petting all the cute animals that walk through our doors!
Elizabeth “Beth,” Housekeeper/Animal Caretaker
Beth has worked at East Side Animal Hospital since 1994 and is an integral part of our organization. She has three brothers, one dog, and four cats. In her spare time, Beth enjoys reading, running, walking her dog, and weaving. Beth’s favorite thing about working at East Side Animal Hospital is working with the animals, which she does very well!
Elliot, Animal Caretaker
Elliot joined East Side Animal Hospital during his sophomore year of high school. He’s always had an interest in working with animals and hopes to be a veterinarian one day. Elliot has learned from his family the importance of hard work and dedication and one of his greatest accomplishments is achieving the second-highest percentile on his PSAT scores. Elliot recently adopted his very own kitten, Achilles, from our Caring Heart Orphanage and is loving the new responsibility he is learning through taking care of her. When he’s not working, attending school, or spending time with his family and pets, Elliot enjoys playing video games and playing/watching a variety of sports. Elliot hopes to gain experience in caring for and helping animals during his time at ESAH, in order to build upon his future in animal care.
Laine, Animal Caretaker
Laine started working at East Side in June of 2018 while on summer break from high school. She has regularly volunteered at the vaccine clinic at Vanderburgh Humane Society and loves to stay busy (especially if she is working with animals!) Laine lives in Evansville and is close to her supportive family – mom, dad, brother, and 2 dogs (Tater and Boomer). She is extremely committed to school and also enjoys many activities, including volunteer work, riding horses, drawing, spending time with friends, and being on the board of the Highland Challenger Baseball League. At ESAH, Laine says she loves seeing a variety of animals every day and getting to work with other animal lovers! She also loves learning more about animals and medicine!
Mariel, Animal Caretaker
Mariel, the youngest of 4 children, lives here in Evansville with her family and Australian Shepherd, Molly. Other than animals, Mariel's interests include music and school (where she maintains a 4.0 grade point average!). Some fun hobbies Mariel enjoys are playing the ukulele and volunteering for Youth Resources and Little Lambs of Evansville. What does Mariel like about working at East Side? "I love the friendly environment and the people here. Of course, I also love seeing and meeting all types of new animals!"
“The doctors and staff at East Side Animal Hospital are outstanding. They are courteous, caring, and thorough! I board my dog frequently there, and she likes it almost as much as her home. I know I can trust the staff to take good care of her.
Thanks to everyone at East Side Animal Hospital for the great work you do!”
Owner of Betty (Dalmatian)