February 13, 2021


To our valued clients,


We at A & E Animal Hospital would like to thank you for your continued support as we work our way through the COVID-19 pandemic together. We have had to make a lot of changes over the past year, and we sincerely appreciate your patience as we strive to continue to make each visit to our clinic as good as an experience as possible for you and you pet(s). 

We are saddened to share with you the news that Dr. Nicole Long will be leaving our staff at the end of this month to pursue other opportunities. Dr. Long has been with our practice for almost three years as a veterinarian, and she will be deeply missed by our doctors and staff. Here is a note from Dr. Long:


“As of March 1st, 2021, I will no longer be a part of the team here at A & E. I will be moving to Southern Illinois to further my career in small animal emergency medicine. 

For the last 8 years I have called A & E my home. I started off as a veterinary assistant and knew this was the place I wanted to begin my career. I cannot thank you enough for opening your arms and showing me kindness and trust as a new veterinarian in this clinic. I have met so many wonderful and compassionate people who love their pets and go above and beyond their role as “pet parent”.

It has truly been a pleasure getting to know you and your pets. Thank you for the privilege of being your veterinarian these past 3 years. Sincerely, Nicole Long, DVM”


Your experience here at A & E Animal Hospital is not expected to change. Dr. Vahling and Dr. McGuffin will still be available to meet you and your pets’ needs, and to continue the excellent care that Dr. Long has provided our clients and patients. Our support staff is always able and willing to help in any way that they can, and we will continue to work together to provide all the services and high-quality medicine that you have come to expect from our team. We will also be bringing in a familiar face (to some of our long-term clients) over the next few months during this transition--Dr. Gary Brummet will be joining us part-time to help make this transition run as smooth as possible for both our clients and our team!

Again, we thank you for your trust in our services to date and look forward to continuing working with you and your furry family!


With appreciation,

Your A & E Management Team