Dr. Joseph Kamer
Dr. Kamer is a 1989 Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine graduate. He started practice with a one year internship in Las Vegas, Nevada before returning to his native town of Topeka. He was an associate of Burlingame Road Animal Hospital for three years before opening Veterinary Medical & Surgical Hospital of Topeka in spring of 1994. His special interests include complex and routine surgical cases. Some of his current focus is on orthopedic fracture repair, total hip replacements, TPLO ACL repair, critical care and emergency procedures for the critical patient. His latest endeavors are in minimally invasive surgical techniques using laparoscopy, thoracoscopy, and arthroscopy.
Dr. Joshua Hahn
Dr. Joshua Hahn is a Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine graduate who joined VMSH in August 2012. After becoming a Registered Vet Technician, he moved with his wife to Manhattan to pursue a Bachelor in Animal Science from KSU. Prior to starting Vet Med School, he worked as a Registered Vet Tech in a private practice and at KSU College of Veterinary Medicine Oncology Department. Dr. Hahn has a special interest in educating clients on the importance of nutrition and preventative medicine. He enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 children along with being a Cub Scout Assistant Leader for Pack 92 in Wamego, KS.
Dr. Amber Smith
Dr. Smith was born and raised in Shawnee, KS. She developed a love for animals and science at a young age. She began working at Quivira Road Animal Clinic in high school and knew then that she wanted to be a veterinarian. Dr. Smith was accepted to the Pre-Admittance Program at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine during her senior year of high school. She attended Kansas State University for undergraduate work and graduated from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in May of 2017. During her studies and participation on the KSU Flea Team, Dr. Smith developed a special interest in dermatology. Dr. Smith spends her free time enjoying outdoor activities with her boyfriend. She currently has two cats, Milo (the prince) and Molly (the princess), and a Plott Hound/Lab mix, Moose.
Aurora, Veterinary Assistant
Currently pursuing a degree as a Veterinary Technician. Aurora enjoys spending time with her dog and 2 cats.
Lindsay, Veterinary Assistant
Lindsay followed in the footsteps of her mother whom was a veterinary assistant for 35 years. Since she spent most of her spare time loving animals and aspired to provide them with help in their times of need, becoming a veterinary assistant was her destiny. She aims to make each client visit feel welcoming, comfortable and enjoyable. She lives by the adage that life is short and to live everyday to the fullest in addition to remembering to enjoy the simple things. With that said, she has a lot of love in her home that includes her 3 human daughters, 4 dogs, an African Grey parrot, a mini potbelly pig, a rat, a hedgehog, 4 anoles, 3 green tree frogs, a dumpy tree frog, a bunny & a pixie frog!!
Lynn, Office Manager/ Receptionist
Lynn was born with a leash in her hand. She always had a passion for animals and a love for learning which led her to a career in veterinary medicine. Lynn works to ensure that each client’s needs are met beyond the highest possible expectation. When not hard at work, she spends her time with her husband and 3 kids along with her kennel of American and French Bulldogs which she competes with in conformation, Rally obedience, IPO, and other dog sports.
Amber grew up around animals and developed a passion in their care. She is committed to ensuring that owners and their pets get quality care and are happy with their services here at Veterinary Medical & Surgical Hospital of Topeka. Her family includes 2 cats, Amelia & Jorah, and 2 human children, Avery & Piper. Amber’s motto is live life to the fullest and animals make it better
Al, Kennel Technician
Alvaro believes in being kind and patient to all creatures. This philosophy led him to the veterinary medical field where he works hard to give owners and pets the best service possible. When Al is not at the clinic, he spends his time with his wife, kids and his dachshund, Molly.
Nicole always had a lover for animals and a creative passion for hair and makeup. This is why she loves being a groomer! While ideally a beautiful haircut or bath & blowout is the goal, a pet’s comfort and happiness during the process is her priority. When she is not making our clients look and feel their best, she is home with her partner, Scout along with her two cats, Betty & Gidget and her two dogs, June the Miniature Pinscher & Remy the Yorkie/Bichon mix.
Samantha, Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist
Samantha is a native of Topeka and new to veterinary medicine. She enjoys horseback riding, camping, hunting, and any outdoor activities. Samantha owns two-year-old lab mix, Chloe. Samantha’s favorite thing about working at VSHM is getting to learn new things every day and her amazing co-workers!
Jessica, Veterinary Assistant
Jessica is currently pursuing her associate in applied science degree at Colby Community College. She is working hard to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. When she isn’t hitting the books, Jessica likes to spend time with her 4 year old son and her 5 dogs, 2 chinchillas, and 2 birds. She also enjoys winding down at the gym.
Ariel, Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist
Ariel is new to the veterinary world, however, no stranger to animals. In her free time, she volunteers with wildlife when she isn’t doing yoga or gardening. At the end of the day, she winds down with her Fiance, her cat, Lasagna and hedgehog, Penne Penelope.