From Left to Right: Andrea, E'lyssia, Dr. McKeage, Hannah, & Mitch
Dr. Megan McKeage
Dr. McKeage decided she wanted to be a veterinarian when she was 8 years old. To be honest, she was inspired by her “Pet Doctor Barbie”; but she had a deep-rooted love for animals and it took off from there. She grew up just outside of Wichita, Kansas and her family had several pets throughout the years – dogs, cats, ferrets, fish, anole lizards – she loved them all. Her grandfather is a farmer, and she always enjoyed riding through the pasture with him in his pickup truck to check on the cattle. Her aunt is an avid horse enthusiast, and Dr. McKeage loved having the opportunity to go on trail rides at family get-togethers. Since a young age she has dedicated herself to nurturing animals of all shapes and sizes.
During her senior year of high school, Dr. McKeage had a temporary change of heart. After a particularly rough loss of one of her beloved dogs, she wasn’t sure she would be able to deal with some of the sadness that comes a...
Registered Veterinary Technician
Andrea is excited to provide quality care for the pets of Manhattan as the Registered Veterinary Technician at Fur Family Animal Hospital.
Andrea received a B.A. in Fine Art, Photography from the College of Santa Fe, NM and an A.A.S. in Veterinary Medical Technology from Joliet Junior College in Joliet, IL. She completed externships in equine performance medicine and has a personal interest in natural horsemanship and dressage riding. She has experience working with cattle and camelids in Livestock Services at Veterinary colleges. Andrea is returning to her roots working with companion animals as she has previous experience working at small animal practices in the suburbs of Chicago.
Andrea currently resides in Manhattan with her husband, a U.S. Army Veteran who served in the war in Iraq, now a contractor on Fort Riley. They have four kids, three dogs, two cats and a leopard gecko. She enjoys hiking in Colorado, playing disc golf, and coaching T-Ball for Manhattan Parks and Rec.
Her compassion for her own pets growing up, as well as an innate drive to work with animals, inspired Andrea to become a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT). As an RVT, she helps educate about preventative medicine for pets to ensure wellness throughout their lifespan. At Fur Family Animal Hospital, Andrea performs a variety of technical duties and laboratory procedures in addition to assisting Dr. McKeage with medical, dental, and surgical procedures.
Katie is the receptionist at Fur Family. Katie is obsessed with anything that ends in doodle, but honestly, she loves any dog or cat that comes into the practice. Katie loves pepperoni pizza, hiking in the mountains, and taking long walks with her dogs. Katie is a wedding photographer when she isn't working at the hospital. Her goldendoodle, Dude, is actually "Instagram famous" and tends to get recognized more than her out in public. Katie is from the Wichita, KS area, and recently relocated to Manhattan while her husband, Jake, attends Kansas State University. (EMAW!)
Katie has had a deep connection with animals since she can remember. The first movie she remembers watching (and crying to) was Homeward Bound. She strives to make your pet as comfortable as possible while in the practice, whether that is is rubbing bellies or giving treats to them. She will be the first one to greet you, and the one to check you out when it's time to head home. When this job became available, she saw it as an opportunity to work more closely with animals and help them. She couldn't be more excited to be working with animals.
Julie is a veterinary assistant at Fur Family Animal Hospital.
She grew up in Nebraska with many different types of animals including horses, dogs, cats, and birds. Her love for animals brought her to Kansas where she graduated from Kansas State University in social science and became a certified professional dog trainer.
She started to work as a veterinary assistant to gain more experience in different areas of animal care. Her role in the clinic is to assist the veterinarian with procedures and appointments as well as fill in for the receptionist when needed.
She lives in Manhattan with her 3 dogs and 2 cats.
Her interests include the obvious love for animals, video games, and traveling. She also has multiple dog training certificates and a bachelor's degree in social science from Kansas State University.
Leitha is originally from Texas where she grew up on a horse ranch with all kinds of dogs, cats and farm animals.
As long as she can remember, she always knew a career working with animals would be in her future. In high school, Leitha took a job as kennel assistant and decided small animal medicine was her passion. Her love for her work has only continued to grow over time. She has one dog and three cats.
Mitchell McKeage is our part-time practice manager. Originally from Canada, he's been calling Manhattan home since 2010. He attained his Bachelor's of Business Administration in 2011 and MBA in 2013. Mitchell has always had an interest in small business operations and animal welfare. This combined affinity for commerce and pets has culminated in the founding of Fur Family Animal Hospital with his wife Dr. McKeage.
When Mitchell isn't working at Champion Teamwear or Fur Family Animal Hospital he can be found enjoying sporting events with his family, playing some Xbox, or honing his woodworking craftsmanship.
Chief Canine Officer
Maverick joined the McKeage family in 2011 when Dr. McKeage fell in love with him (one of her junior surgery dogs in KSU's College of Veterinary Medicine). The apartment didn't allow dogs, so he was temporarily put up at a friend's place. Within a month the McKeages had moved to a new residence to call home with their new pup.
While it may look like he's lounging about the Doctor's office at Fur Family Animal Hospital - he's really overseeing the spiritual well-being of the team. Or maybe he is just relaxing...