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, 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. Kamer also partners with the Topeka Zoo and in 2010 Dr. Kamer lead the team for Hope the giraffe and her hyperextended fetlocks. He created casts unique to Hope’s deformity to readjust her hooves over time which allowed Hope to go on to live a full life at the Topeka Zoo where she still resides. When Dr. Kamer is not busy saving animals of all species he enjoys going hiking in Colorado with his kids Josh, Luke, and Maddie.


Dr. Joshua Hahn

Dr. Joshua Hahn is a Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine graduate who joined VMSH in August 2012. Dr. Hahn has been in Veterinary Medicine for 17 years in 2019. After becoming a Registered Vet Technician, he moved with his wife and son to Manhattan to pursue a Bachelor in Animal Science. Prior to starting Veterinary Medicine School, he worked as a Registered Technician in private practice and then at Kansas State University Veterinary Medicine Oncology Department. Dr. Hahn’s special interest include dentistry, educating clients on the importance of routine quality care and nutrition, preventative medicine and minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures. During Dr. Hahn’s time off he enjoys spending time with his wife and 4 children. He currently has 6 cats, 2 dogs, 25 chickens, 25 ducks, 2 horses and 5 Nigerian dwarf goats which takes most of his spare time.

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 husband. She currently has three cats, Milo, Molly and Cheeto, and two dogs Plott Hound/Lab mix, Moose and a yellow lab, Winchester.


Lindsay- Office Manager

Lindsay followed in the footsteps of her mother who was a veterinary assistant for 35 years. Since she spent her time growing up in an animal clinic she quickly grew a love for all things furry, feathered, and scaly. Lindsay recently stepped up and took over the role as our office manager and is enjoying all the new things she is learning and achieving! She lives by the sayings: Life is short, live every day to the fullest, and remembering to enjoy the simple things that life has to offer. With that in mind, she has a lot of love in her home that includes her 4 daughters, Charleigh, Lilly, Brynn and Harper, as well as 4 dogs, and an African Grey parrot.


Aurora- Surgical Veterinary Assistant

Aurora is the longest lasting staff member currently at VMSH! Aurora started as a kennel technician and has worked her way up to a very experienced surgical assistant aiding all of our doctors. Auroras dream breed of dog to own is a Belgian Shepherd. In Aurora’s free time Aurora plays ice hockey at the Expo-Center. When she isn’t on the ice Aurora loves to take pictures of her 5 year old cat, Tex.


Amber- Surgical Veterinary Assistant

Amber has been a dedicated part of the VMSH team for ¬¬¬4 years. Amber has seen it all and despite her queasy stomach is always ready to jump in head first to aid any animal in need. Amber spends most of her time in our pristine surgical suite often aiding Dr. Kamer in his most complex surgeries. During her off time Amber enjoys taking walks around Gage Park with her daughters Avery and Piper or watching movies with her cats Jorah and Amelia.


Heather- Certified Surgical Technologist

Heather previously worked at VMSH for 4 years but returned after working in human medicine when she realized her love for veterinary technology. She graduated from Washburn University with certification in surgical technologies and went on to work at Stormont Vail for 2 years as a Certified Surgical Technologist. Working in veterinary and human medicine has given her a great understanding of the ins and outs of surgical procedures and is very thankful for the time she spent in human medicine. Heather is currently pursuing her Veterinary Technician degree and hopes to finish in 2020. In her free time you can find Heather at home with her two fur babies, Tyson and Sahara, or traveling and doing outdoor activities, such as camping, with her family and husband Jeff.


Teri- Veterinary Assistant

Teri has been part of the VMSH family for 6 years. She was born and raised in Topeka, KS. She graduated from Topeka High, then from Allen County Community College with her Associate of Science degree. Teri has a love of horses and previously rode and showed horses for many years, and is now beginning to share that love with her children. Outside of the clinic, she has her hands full with her 3yr old daughter, Catherine and 6 month old son, Jonathan. Her critter collection includes her cat, Flower, as well as her three dogs, Rox, Chewy, and DK.


Sydney- Veterinary Assistant

Sydney was born and raised in Topeka and has only ever worked in animal care positions. In her time working in the Veterinary field Sydney has grown to be very client oriented, always working towards making the client feel comfortable and heard. She played softball at McPherson College and graduated in 2019 with her Bachelors in Biology. She is currently pursuing her technician’s certificate. Sydney has a special interest in exotic animals and spent two summers interning at the Topeka Zoo where she has worked closely with zookeepers as well as the onsite Veterinarian. In her free time she enjoys going on walks and bike rides with her dog, Sadie, or lounging around the house with her two cats, Maggie and June.


Cheyenne- Veterinary Assistant

Cheyenne was born and raised in Topeka Kansas. She played college softball at Fort Scott Community College and graduated in 2016 where she received an Associate’s Degree in General Studies, then graduated from Kansas State University in 2018 with a Bachelors of Animal Science. Her goal is to one day graduate as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. When Cheyenne is not at work she enjoys being outside playing softball, hunting and being on the farm. Cheyenne’s best buddy is her Chesapeake Bay retriever, Kota. Kota has a kitten brother now named Mack Skid Mark Jones. Mack was hit by a car and saved here at Veterinary Medical Surgical Hospital. Cheyenne helped nurse Mack back to health and promptly adopted him.


Alexis- Receptionist

Alexis was born and raised on a farm in Southeast Kansas. She moved to Topeka when she was 17 and worked with us for two years as a Kennel tech. and vet assistant. She switched to Hill’s pet food to gain experience. She returned after a year of being with them as a vet assistant/ receptionist and has been here ever since. In 2016 she earned her Associates in Science with an emphasis on Pre-Veterinary. Alexis is currently in the CLS program at Washburn University. While working here she fell in a love with a cat, Leo, who was hospitalized here and was in need of a home. She quickly adopted him in 2017 and has been his mom ever since.


Katelyn- Receptionist

Katelyn was born and raised in Oklahoma, where she grew up living with her dad and four sisters. Growing up on a farm, she has taken care of animals since she was little and has always had a love for them. She recently moved to Kansas with her boyfriend and started working as our receptionist in July 2019. Her love of animals pushed her to work in an environment where she can be around fur babies 24/7. In Katelyn’s free time she loves spending time with her family and going on new adventures.


Al- Kennel Technician

Al has been our reliable kennel technician for 4 years and believes in being gentle and kind to all animals. His philosophy led him to the veterinary medical field where he works to give every animal the best service and care possible. When Al is not caring for our animals he enjoys spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren, and pet dachshund, Molly.


Corah- Kennel Technician

Corah is a newer member of our VMSH family. Corah has a keen eye for detail and always makes sure her animals are clean and her areas are spotless. Corah has a fondness for the Topeka Police dogs and can often be found with our clinic cat, Biff. Corah plays tuba and flute for her high school band. In her free time Corah loves to hang out with her cat, Haruki, and go on walks around the governor’s mansion with her dog Ludo.


Nicole- Groomer

Nicole has a love for animals and a creative passion for making art. 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 client’s look and feel their best, she is adventuring with her husband, Scout or at home cuddling with her own pets, Willow, Betty, June, and Remy.


Elizabeth- Clinic Cat

Elizabeth (Biff) has been a fantastic VMSH clinic cat for 12 years. Biff has been a very willing blood donor and has saved numerous animal lives! Biff is also a success story of the prescription diet Metabolic/ Mobility. However, in her old age she has let herself go and now only exercises for treats when our staff throws the treats down the stairs and coaxes her back up with more treats.