About Animal Medical Staff
Animal Medical Services is family-owned and operated right here in Gardnerville, NV. This veterinary practice opened in 1978 and Dr. Sharon Burns has owned it since 2005. Being in the center of this small town allows us to be well aquainted with all of our clients. Other practices may offer similar services, but ours come with a personal touch.
Dr. Sharon Burns was born in San Francisco, California. She graduated from San Francisco University with a BS in Biological Science & Medical Technology. She then attended Michigan State University, School of Veterinary Medicine. She joined the Peace Corps in Belize from 1979-1981 and worked in Santa Rosa for 3 years before finally moving to South Lake Tahoe, where she owned and operated Sierra Vet Hospital for 16 years.
In 2005, she bought Animal Medical Services in the Carson Valley where she presently lives with her husband and three beautiful Golden Retrievers and many ducks. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, swimming, kayaking, gardening, and Irish fiddle playing. Sharon special interests are general medicine, surgery and ophthalmology.
Camille is our Licensed Veterinary Technicians. She originally started here in 2007 as an assistant & graduated from TMCC with her Licenses in 2011. She was born in Redondo Beach, CA & moved here before she was one & has never looked back. She has done her traveling & really cant find anywhere else she would rather be. She has three loving dogs, Marley, a yellow lab, Shadow, a chocolate lab, & Bailey, a German Shepherd.
Sam has worked with us since August 2014. She was born & rasied in Seal Beach, Ca and moved to Nevada in 2001. She has her dogs (Katie, a pitbull mix, Huxley, a pitbull mix, reptiles & fish that she loves so dearly. Sam is currently working towards her Veterinary Technicians degree.
Patty Messina, Veterinary Assistant
Patty is our always smiling Veterinary Assistant. She has been at our practice since 2005 and has been with us every since. She was born in Yonkers, NY, was raised in Sonoma, CA and moved to Nevada in 1999 with her husband and two children. Now that the children are grown up, her and her husband share their house with their two always delightful, fun loving Shih Tzus, Sophie and Marley.
Kathryn "Kat" Klimek, Veterinary Assistant
Dave is the first person you’ll meet when you enter the hospital. He is our nice and charming receptionist that joined our team in August, 2009. Dave is an aspiring musician and loves playing/ writing music. He has lived in Gardnerville, NV since 1994. Dave’s two dogs, Sambo and Wi’Suk, are two of the friendliest dogs you will ever meet. Come in or call him at any time and he will be more than happy to answer any questions and make sure your pets get the service they deserve.
Dr. Henri Evard is a graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Veterinary Medicine and comes to AMS from western Nebraska. He's been a full-time ranch cowboy, managed a cow-calf ranch as well as many years in mixed animal veterinary practice. In addition to caring for domestic animals, for the past 12 years, Dr. Evard provided the veterinary care for Riverside Zoo in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. He is a dedicated bicyclist who has completed 100 mile rides and bicycled up mountains in the Rockies as well as the Alps of Europe.
Dr. Evard and his wife, Cherie, share their home with 5 cats and 3 dogs.
Kat is our cheerful Vet Assistant, She started working for us in April 2015. She was born & raise in South Lake Tahoe & her Favorite past time includes Snowboarding, hiking, & spending lots of time with her furry babies. She has a beautiful but feisty Siamese cat and a Queensland mix who means the world to her. Kat is currently attending TMCC & has start their vet tech program.