Meet Our Staff

Dr. Vahling Portrait
Dr. Vahling

Lindsay Vahling, D.V.M. is the owner of A & E Animal Hospital. Originally from Buffalo Grove, IL, she moved to the Champaign-Urbana area to attend the University of Illinois for both her Bachelor's and Veterinary degrees. While in school, she worked for A & E Animal Hospital as an assistant. After graduating in May 2014, she returned to the hospital as an associate veterinarian and purchased the hospital in 2017. Her areas of interest include radiology and surgery. Outside of work she enjoys spending time outdoors working with her husband Bruce on home projects, pampering her cat Reggie and their ducks, and traveling, especially to da U.P.!

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Dr. McGuffin

Amy L. McGuffin, D.V.M. is an associate veterinarian, and has been in practice at A & E since June 2006. Dr. McGuffin graduated from The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2006. Originally from Highland, Illinois, she moved to the Champaign-Urbana area after graduation to be closer to home, and to start practicing at A & E Animal Hospital. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Eastern Illinois Veterinary Medical Association and the Illinois State Medical Association. Much of her free time is spent enjoying time with her husband, young son and daughter, as well as their guinea pig Olaf, their two ferrets Leila and Trooper, and their two cats Savannah and Sweet Pea.

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Family Photo
Hank
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Laura Maher, D.V.M. is an associate veterinarian and has been in practice at A & E since June 2021. Dr. Maher is from Morton, Illinois and attended the University of Illinois for both her Bachelor's and Veterinary degrees. Professionally she is very interested in radiology, reproduction, and preventative health. She lives with her husband, Will, and their two young children at their organic family farm. The farm keeps them very busy with specialty grains, cows, chickens, Hank (the family dog), the occasional pig and horse, and many outside cats. They love to go hiking, camping, snowshoeing, horseback riding, swimming, fishing, and kayaking as a family.

Jake Hartman, D.V.M. is an associate veterinarian and has been in practice at A & E since June 2022. He is originally from O’Fallon, Missouri. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia before graduating from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. His areas of interest in veterinary medicine include surgery, diagnostic imaging, and urgent care. He lives with his wife, Jordan, and together they have a cat named Ghost and a rabbit named Luna. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking and camping with his wife, as well as exercising, fishing, and snowboarding. 

Christina Portrait
Kahlua

Christina Kurowski has recently joined the A and E team as Office Manager. Originally from Chicago, she has lived and worked in the CU community for several years since graduating from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. With extensive experience in sales and customer service, she is forging a new path in the veterinary industry. In her free time she enjoys hiking, reading and taking care of her plants and 14 year old dog Kahlua.

Angela Portrait
Sleeping Dogs

Angela Cross, C.V.T. is a Certified Veterinary Technician. Angela began working at A & E in 2019. She graduated from Parkland College's Veterinary Technician program in 2008. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her husband, two kids, and her at home "zoo". 

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Duki
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Stephani Spry, C.V.T is a Certified Veterinary Technician. She is from Buckley, IL.  Stephani began working at A & E Animal Hospital in 2019. She graduated from Parkland College's Veterinary Technician Program in 2020. When she has free time she likes to read, cook, and do puzzles. She is obsessed with black cats. She has three cats named Kiddy, Duki and Lola. Stephani loves animals and has a passion for this field.

Laurel Portrait
Halloween fun!
Puppy love!
Family Photo

Laurel Rucker is a Receptionist. Laurel began working at A & E in 2018. She grew up in California as an only child with a veterinarian for a mom, therefore she has always had a love for animals and a need to be around them. When she is not at work, she is at home spending time with her 3 kids. They enjoy playing outside, cooking and visiting family and friends.

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Quincey

Renee' Douglas  is a Receptionist. She has been with A & E since October 2020. She is from Tuscola, Illinois.  She hopes to attend vet school in the future. She is currently a student at Parkland College. Renee' has a dog named Quincey and a cat named Honey.  In her free time she likes to travel, spend time with friends and family, and watch documentaries.  
 

Adriana Portrait
Arthas and Blacky

Adriana Del Pino is a Veterinary Assistant. She has been with A & E since August of 2019. She is an undergrad senior at the University of Illinois studying Animal Sciences, and she plans to apply to the University of Illinois vet school to become an exotic animal vet. She has 2 dogs, Dio and Arthas, a cat Argo, and a few reptiles as well as hermit crabs. In her spare time, Adriana loves playing video games and taking care of her plants. She hopes to one day work with exotics all around the world.

Brianna Portrait
Angel
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Honey

Brianna Huff is a Veterinary Assistant. Brianna began working at A & E in 2019. She is currently attending the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in order to obtain her DVM degree. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, assisting with wildlife rehabilitation, and spending time with her family, friends and beloved pets, especially her chinchilla Angel, her bird Gado, and her cat Honey.

Taylor Portrait
Sloth fun!
Bailey

Taylor Kunath is a Veterinary Assistant. She began working at A & E in October 2020. She recently graduated from the University of Illinois with her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences. Taylor is currently attending veterinary school at the University of Illinois to become a zoo and/or exotic veterinarian. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, hiking, and kayaking!

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Jeff Delmore is a Veterinary Assistant. He began working at A & E in 2021. He is a Junior currently studying Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois with intentions of becoming a veterinarian. Jeff is hoping to adopt a pet, but is not yet sure if he is a dog or a cat person! In his spare time he loves playing soccer, video games, and spending time with family.

Jillian Portrait
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Goose

Jillian Yerly is a Veterinary Assistant. She began working at A & E in November of 2021. She is originally from Morton, IL, and moved to the Champaign-Urbana area in 2019 to attend Parkland College. Jillian greatly enjoys working with clients and patients, and plans to study to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. Outside of work, Jillian enjoys reading, spending time outdoors, and playing with her puppy Goose.

Gracie Guinn is a Veterinary Assistant. She began working at A & E in May of 2022. She is originally from Belleville, IL, and moved to Champaign-Urbana to attend school at the University of Illinois to obtain her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences. She plans to apply to veterinary school after her undergraduate program to become a small animal veterinarian. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, camping, and traveling.

Nicholas Bode is a Veterinary Assistant. He began working at A & E in July of 2022. He is originally from Gibson City, Illinois. Nick graduated from the University of Illinois in 2022 with a Bachelor's degree in Animal Science. Besides working with animals, Nick enjoys playing his guitar, hiking, working on his project Jeep, and playing with his two cats, Barry and Vinny. In the future, he plans to attend veterinary school to become a small animal veterinarian. 

Taylor Cherry is a Veterinary Assistant. She began working at A & E in July of 2022. Taylor originally grew up on a farm in Cerro Gordo, IL, and recently moved to Champaign-Urbana in hopes to attend the University of Illinois to become a large animal veterinarian. In her free time, she loves to work on the farm and travel the rodeo circuit with her horses Scarlett and Classy, and her dog Chief. 

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Barry & Vinny
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Chief
Horses!
Cows!