Dr. Elizabeth Kappus grew up in southern Arkansas where riding horses and working at the local veterinary clinic were a huge part of her life.
Dr. Kappus developed an interest in veterinary medicine at an early age as she watched her grandfather (a retired veterinarian) care for the family’s horses and dogs. She received her Bachelors in Animal Science in 2005 from the University of Arkansas at Monticello and her DVM from Louisiana State University in 2009. Dr. Kappus was first employed in south Louisiana as an ambulatory equine veterinarian. After having her son, Gage, she switched from full time equine practice to small animal practice. Dr. Kappus was employed at Wexler Animal Hospital in Lafayette, La until moving to the East Texas area. She was an associate veterinarian at Quitman Animal Clinic in Quitman, TX for five years where she had a great opportunity to hone her ultrasound, medicine, and surgical skills. For the past two years Dr. Kappus has been searching for the right practice to purchase and in April she purchased Little Animal Hospital.
Dr. Kappus has been married to her husband Mike since 2006 and they have one son, Gage and one daughter, Gentry. They have Jett, a Shetland sheepdog and several horses. Dr. Kappus enjoys all aspects of practice, with a special interest in internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, and diagnostic ultrasound.
Dr. Carissa Dale
Dr. Carissa Dale is a recent veterinary graduate, receiving her DVM from Texas A&M University. She grew up just south of Fort Worth, in Joshua, Texas. She attended undergraduate and graduate school at Stephen F. Austin State University, in Nacogdoches, Texas. Prior to veterinary school, living in Nacogdoches solidified her love of East Texas and she knew God would provide a way for her to one day come back. Dr. Dale was blessed to have a fantastic mentor who instilled in her the importance of quality veterinary medicine and gave her a love of surgery and internal medicine.
Dr. Dale enjoys baking, being outdoors and spending time with her family, particularly her nephew and nieces. Dr. Dale has two dogs, Wilbur and Cheyenne. Wilbur is a 6 year old fluff Schipperke comedian who is the life of the party. Cheyenne is a 12 year old Labrador/Doberman mix whose only concern in life is where the food is. They may have vastly different personalities but they are such a joy to be with.
Jennifer started as a receptionist in April 2004 shortly after Dr. Susan Little opened Little Animal Hospital. She then transitioned over to office manager around 2008.
She graduated with her Associates Degree in Business Management in 2019. She is a member of VHMA (Veterinary Hospital Managers Association) and founder and past president of the local chapter of East Texas Veterinary Hospital Managers Association. She is currently studying to get her certificate as a Certified Veterinary Business Leader. She enjoys all aspects of the business, including getting to know and love on the pets and the pet parents. When Jennifer has free time she enjoys spending time with her husband, Jeremy, and her son and daughter. She also shares her home with 3 cats, Jetson her Bengal, Sam her street cat found at Sam’s Club, Kit-Kat her Turkish Van, and Sugar her Golden Retriever.
Licensed Veterinary Technician
Tiffany has been with Little Animal Hospital since 2013. She grew in her profession here, first being a registered veterinary technician intern through her school, The Vet Tech Institute of Houston, then later as a Registered (now Licensed) Veterinary Technician, after passing the state and national examinations. Always excited to learn and grow more, she is looking forward to where her career is taking her. She is thankful for the loving support of her family, her husband Dustin, daughter Lindley, and son Charlie. When not busy at work, she enjoys watching Netflix, playing with her two dogs, Huggie Bear and Cleo, and snuggling with her cats, Maxwell, Rhombus, and Elsa. Tiffany looks forward to meeting you and your pets, and to continue to cultivate a sense of love and support here at Little Animal Hospital.
Stephanie started working at Little Animal Hospital in July 2018. She is excited to start this new career working as a team to help animals. She is married and has 2 young boys ages 5 and 3 that keep her very busy in her time away from work. In her free time she enjoys spending playing outside, swimming and spending time with her two dogs Miles and Coco.
Katelyn has been with Little Animal Hospital since August 2018. She is level 3 Certified Veterinary Technician. She has worked in the veterinary field since she was 18 years old. At home, she has Reba, her miniature Australian Shepherd, and two cats Dolly and Buckwheat. Katelyn also enjoys riding her horses, Smidgen, Willow, and Diamond as well as her Polled Herefords.
Jalyn has been with Little Animal Hospital since June 2020. At home she has a chihuahua named Ollie. Jalyn’s favorite pastimes include fishing with her husband and kids, and tending to her flower gardens.
Ruthie has been with Little Animal Hospital since August 2017. At home, Ruthie has 2 standard poodles: Ginger, and Scooter. She also has a cat named Tater Tot. She enjoys gardening and yard work.
Katy joined the Little Animal Hospital team in February 2021. She started volunteering at the old Longview Animal Shelter walking dogs in 2016 then transitioned over to the Longview Animal Care and Adoption Center when they opened before coming to work here.
She loves working with animals and gaining valuable experience to later become a veterinary technician. She is currently studying to become a Certified Veterinary Assistant Level 1.
In her free time she enjoys kayaking and paddle boarding with her dog Marble.
Customer Service Representative
Carmen has been with Little Animal Hospital since Oct 2019. She grew up in East Texas and graduated from New Diana in 2012. She has a passion for pet education and pet care. Carmen has traveled to Florida and North Dakota to study dog behavior. When she is not working reception at Little Animal Hospital, you can find her spending quality time with her German shorthaired pointer named Ate or English Mastiff named Bear.
Customer Service Representative
Jamie has been with Little Animal Hospital since June 2021. She has been in the profession since 1986 and can’t imagine doing anything else. She is a level 3 certified veterinary assistant. She has one son, Justin, who is the love of her life. She has 2 dogs, Hank and Huey who she also claims as her children. She enjoys traveling to anywhere with a beach, palm tree, and crystal blue water.