Dr. Mary Buhman
Dr. Mary Buhman is a South Dakota native and a graduate of Hill City High School. She received her undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Minnesota-Morris. Dr. Buhman then attended the University of Minnesota where she received a Bachelors in Veterinary Science with Distinction and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1991.
After Dr. Mary’s graduation from veterinary school, she moved to Rock Springs, WY, where she worked as an associate for 4 years before purchasing the practice. In 2008, she moved back to South Dakota where she worked as an associate. In 2013, Dr. Buhman purchased Meiners Animal Clinic. Dr. Buhman has 3 children and 2 grandchildren. She also enjoys photography and gardening. If you have spoken with her, you will have heard about her golden retrievers and her cats with special needs. Dr. Buhman enjoys practicing small animal medicine and also working with exotics. The passion for exotics was cultivated during her 5 summers working at the Great Plains Zoo & Museum in Sioux Falls, SD while she was an undergraduate. She has treated rabbits, ferrets, small mammals as well as a variety of reptiles and amphibians. Having had the company of many personal and clinic animals over the years, Dr. Buhman has also experienced many of the medical and surgical conditions as her clients. Dr. Buhman hopes that pets are able to receive veterinary care in a kind, compassionate environment coupled with knowledge and experience.
Dr. Sheila MacLaughlin
Nicole grew up in Sturgis, graduating from Sturgis Brown High School. After graduating, she was accepted into the veterinary technology program at NAU. Nicole started working at Meiners Animal Clinic in 2012 while in school. She received her Associates of Applied Sciences degree in Veterinary Technology in May 2014.
Nicole has 3 pets: a Persian cat named Theodore, a rescue cat Violet, and a heeler named Dally.. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys spending time with her family, camping/fishing, playing softball or just being home with her husband and son. What Nicole enjoys most about her job is the opportunity to connect with and comfort our patients.
Sherri is originally from Michigan. She attended Michigan State University graduating in 1984 with an Associates of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology. She became licensed the same year.
Sherri is married. Her husband was in the Air Force enabling them to live in Germany, Mississippi, North Carolina, Virginia and finally South Dakota. Sherri has 2 daughters and 3 grandchildren. She also has 3 dogs- Jinny, Finn and Charlie, 2 cats, 4 horses and several beef cows and chickens.
Sherri likes to travel, go camping, garden and read. She has been with Meiners Animal Clinic since 2018.
Kristen graduated from Ridgewater College for Veterinary Technology in 2014. She started her career in Veterinary Medicine working as a technician at a Humane Society in Minnesota before moving to the Black Hills area in 2017. She joined the Meiners Animal Clinic team in May of 2020 and she loves working here!
She has one senior cat named Lexi that she has had since Kirsten was 12 years old. Golden Retrievers are her favorite dog breed, she had 2 growing up. She enjoys getting outside in the hills; hiking and kayaking. She also enjoys going to concerts, watching the Minnesota Twins baseball team, and spending time with her husband.
Lanora grew up in Brownwood, Texas. She lived in Phoenix, Arizona for 11 years before moving to South Dakota. She got certified as a Veterinary Assistant from the Pima Medical Institute in Phoenix in 2021. After she got her certification, she moved to Rapid City and has been here for a year. She joined the Meiners Animal Clinic team in July of 2021.
She has 3 pets; a cat named Goat, a rottweiler named Thor, and the newest addition to the family, a cat named Franny. In her spare time, Lanora enjoys painting, watching movies, and spending time with her family and pets.
Julie has worked at Meiners Animal Clinic since 2008 as a Kennel Attendant and is now our Kennel Manager.
She is married with 3 children and 4 grandchildren. Julie has 2 dogs named Tallow and Shilo, 2 cats she adopted from the clinic, Daisy and Olive, and 2 horses named Copper and Junior. You may recognize her horses in the pasture across from the clinic. In her spare time she likes to read, garden, hike with her dogs and work with her horses.
Amanda’s grandparents decided to stay here after her grandfather retired from the USAF. She was born and raised in Rapid City, SD. She started as a volunteer and foster parent for her local animal shelter and eventually graduated from the Grooming Apprenticeship Program at Petco in Rapid City. Her favorite thing about working with animals is that they let you know what unconditional love really means. Amanda knew that working with animals would be something she would do for a long time the first day she took home her first 2 fosters.
She has 2 sons, Anthony and Austin, and 2 adorable granddaughters, Zoey and Addy. In her free time, she spends most of her extra time with her other half doing things like gardening. She collects salt and pepper shakers.
Nikky, the kennel attendant at Meiners Veterinary Clinic, embarked on her journey in the veterinary industry driven by a lifelong passion for animals. Hailing from a small ranch in central Montana, she brought with her a rich background in caring for horses, cows, cats, dogs, and various other creatures.
Inspired by her grandfather, who was a veterinarian for many years, Nikky decided to follow in his footsteps. Her love for animals was cultivated on the ranch, where she and her father took charge of the vet care for their diverse array of animals. This hands-on experience instilled in her a deep connection with the well-being of animals.
In November of 2023, Nikky made the bold move to South Dakota in pursuit of something different and independent. The decision to become a kennel attendant was solidified during the summer of ’23 when she secured her first job in Montana. Everything fell into place, reinforcing her belief that she was on the right path. Joining Meiners Veterinary Clinic further validated her passion and commitment to the profession, affirming that she was indeed doing what she was meant to do. Nikky finds fulfillment in the daily care of animals, and her journey reflects a genuine dedication to her calling.
Olyvia, currently employed as a Kennel Attendant, began her journey in the veterinary industry driven by a profound passion for working with animals. Born in Rapid City, she navigated through various locations in South Dakota before finding her residence in Blackhawk. Currently attending Steven’s High School, Olyvia is diligently working towards her graduation.
Her decision to join the veterinary field stems from a genuine love for animals, nurtured through her experiences caring for pets in the past. Olyvia finds fulfillment in the reciprocal relationship with animals, emphasizing how much they teach her in return for the care and guidance she provides.
Beyond her professional life, Olyvia cherishes her close-knit family, including two beloved brothers whom she loves dearly. At home, she shares her space with Kali, her loyal dog, and Godzilla, her brother’s bearded dragon. Olyvia’s interests extend to the realm of creativity, as she enjoys drawing, while music serves as a constant source of energy and inspiration in her life.