Meet Our Team

Amy Hinton, D.V.M

I grew up in Center Valley, PA. My Father was a Metallurgical Engineer who started a consulting business for the pathology of metal failure. This is where I get my Love of diagnostics and problem-solving. My mother is a fifth-generation of teachers, this is where I get my educational skills of teaching people in the veterinary practice. My 11 week early, brother inadvertently is responsible for giving me my first dog. My father picked up Tramp the border collie while coming home from seeing him in the incubator at the hospital. I have a BS in Biology from University of Illinois and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Tennessee. I wanted to practice in a family-oriented agricultural community. Shippensburg is a great fit with historic and cultural places galore.

I have always been fascinated by the Biology of non-human creatures. I believe all of us are stewards but some of us have a calling to medically care for them. I love the challenge of solving animal health issues. This brings together animal history, husbandry, anatomy, and physiology, as well as pharmacology All of these working to have the best life for the animal.

I enjoyed my thirty years in practice. I have always tried to follow the golden rule with my clients, offering them my medical opinion and compassion to diagnose and to treat as a team.

I am an advocate for mentoring new veterinarians and assistants. Someone taught me this and it is the most important “thing” to leave with the profession. I also believe that every profession needs an association to extend knowledge of all facets of the trade and any political issues. I was involved with the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association for many years and served as President in 1999.

I enjoy time with my Tennessee walking horses trail riding. We also have raised golden retrievers and miniature American shepherds with the goal always of producing a better quality animal based on its breed standards. I have appreciated all the wonderful people who have worked with me through the years I am currently dealing with some health issues which have inhibited my veterinary career, I am currently not practicing.

Trent L. Lartz, D.V.M

I grew up in northwest Illinois working on dairy farms at an early age. I graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. After working for a couple of mixed animal practices in Pennsylvania, my wife, Amy Hinton, D.V.M., and I started Mountain View Veterinary Services in 2003. My focus was on dairy herd management, health, and profitability. Since 2008, I’ve been providing independent consulting to dairy and beef operations across Pennsylvania. From 2016 to 2020, I also worked for Milk Specialties Global Animal Nutrition as a Dairy Technical Specialist. Today I continue to be a managing part of the mixed animal practice with my wife.

Veterinary medicine has allowed me to become an integral part of agriculture. It brings great joy to me to work closely with dairy herds to improve health, which in turn increases the production and profitability of the farm operation. I enjoy being challenged by dairy farmers to come up with practical solutions to their herd’s issues or shortcomings.

I knew this was the right profession for me when I was able to bring together my love of biology and agriculture and use this knowledge to improve the well-being of the animals in the herd and the dairy farmer’s life.

Outside of managing the veterinary practice, I enjoy traveling with my wife, working on our farm, and time with our friends.

Emily Brydon, D.V.M.

Dr. Emily Brydon was born in Illinois but shortly after her family moved to Maryland where she was raised. From a very young age she loved animals and dreamed of becoming a veterinarian. Emily graduated in 2016 from Taylor University in Indiana where she earned a degree in Biology Pre-Med with a minor in Spanish. In the same year, she was accepted to the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine where she graduated in 2020. She is very excited about joining our practice to begin her career as a mixed animal veterinarian. Her professional interests include small and large animal surgery, herd health, and dentistry. Outside of work, Dr. Emily enjoys playing soccer, lacrosse, spending time with her family and exploring beautiful South Central Pennsylvania.

Andrew Bullis, D.V.M

Dr. Andrew Bullis grew up in Saratoga Springs, New York. Early in life he fell in love with science and nature and knew from an early age he wanted to enter medicine. Dr. Andrew attended Connecticut College earning a degree in Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology in 2016. During his freshman year of college, he became interested in veterinary medicine and spent his summers working with equine veterinarians in Saratoga Springs. Dr. Andrew then attended the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2020. He has a passion for rural medicine and working with local agriculture. Dr. Andrew’s professional interests include equine medicine, small animal surgery and dentistry and dairy production medicine. He is excited about joining our practice and getting to know the local community. When not working Dr. Andrew enjoys reading, traveling, exploring the outdoors, and spending time with family.

Rebecca Leach, D.V.M

I grew up in a small town called Paw Paw, WV. I attended West Virginia University and graduated with a bachelor of science in Animal and Nutritional Sciences in 2016. I then attended Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine and received my doctorate of veterinary medicine in 2020. Directly out of vet school I worked as an ambulatory large animal veterinarian in central PA where I attended to multiple species including: dairy, small ruminants, beef, porcine, equine, as well as some limited small animal work on farm.

I decided I wanted to be a veterinarian at a very young age, based on my love for animals large and small. I spent a lot of my childhood on my grandfather’s small cow calf farm / hobby farm, and as I got older I also spent time with my father at the large apple orchard he managed as a horticulturalists. These experiences gave me a love for agriculture and I soon decided that I wanted to be the type of veterinarian that provided services for rural farmers and community members. I love knowing that as a veterinarian I make a difference in not just the lives of animals but the lives of their owners.

I knew I was in the right profession when I started veterinary school as I began to meet and work with amazing people who had the same passions as myself. I get reminded that this is the right profession for me every time I have a successful case or a successful client interaction.

I am a member of the AVMA, AABP, and AASRP. I have a passion for small ruminant (sheep and goat) medicine, as well as herd health, and preventative medicine for all species. My goal is to keep small animals happy, and healthy, and for herds to be happy, healthy, and productive.

My husband is a history teacher. We met at West Virginia University as we both played in the College Marching Band, I played clarinet, and he played baritone saxophone. We currently have two pets, Ivy a domestic shorthair that I adopted as an adult from the local shelter when I was in vet school, and Rye, a husky mix that I took home with me after one of my emergency rotations in veterinary school. I enjoy spending time with family, reading, crafting, playing and listening to music, and enjoying the outdoors.

Claire Kepner, D.V.M

I grew up on a farrow-to-finish hog farm in Northwestern Illinois and always loved the small rural community. I was often outside exploring nature and the farm. Veterinary medicine always seemed to be the perfect combination of science, animals, and people for me. After graduating high school, I attended college a couple of hours south of home in Illinois, loving my courses, giving back to the community whenever possible, and getting ready for vet school. I graduated in 2017 with my Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with minors in English and Public Health. I was fortunate enough to be accepted to the 2+2 Collaborative DVM Program with the University of Alaska Fairbanks through Colorado State University.

I began in the field because of my own compassion for animals, the importance of caring for and protecting the food supply, and the ability to lend a helping hand in caring for a furry member of the family. My favorite thing about working with animals has always been their ability to surprise us; they keep us on our toes and never fail to make any day interesting.

Professional Interests, Awards, Associations:

  • Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society
  • The Phi Beta Kappa Society
  • Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society Mortar Board National College Honor Society
  • Jo Daviess County Beef Assoc. Scholarship Award Judith Nelssen Scholarship Award
  • Dr William Howarth Scholarship Award
  • Hummel Family Scholarship Award
  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • American Association of Swine Veterinarians
  • American Association of Bovine Practitioners
  • American Association of Equine Practitioners

My interests in vet med are currently innumerable but if I had to pick one I’m passionate about, it would be dentistry. This is such an important aspect of pet health that is very easily and often has been historically overlooked.

Outside of work, I love to explore the outdoors just as much as I like to curl up inside with a good book. My adventure crew consisting of my boyfriend Jordan, two dogs, Ace and Zoe, join me on most of these excursions! At home, my two cats Luna and Gemma hold down the fort. We love getting outside, enjoying nature, and all the amazing things the area has to offer.

April

Hospital Administrator and Certified Veterinary Technician

As a child, I wanted to be a herpetologist.  In high school, I shadowed technicians and assistants drawing blood, placing IV catheters, monitoring anesthesia and performing lab work in a veterinary hospital.  This experience led me to a career in veterinary medicine.  After graduating from Manor College in 1997, I gained experience at several private practices as well as a referral and emergency medicine veterinary hospital. I joined the Mt View team in 2007 as a licensed veterinary technician. I love science! I love to see a treatment protocol take effect within a patient’s body and see them come back for a recheck exam feeling better. I also enjoy client education. My passion for anesthesia and dental care led me to the lead surgery technician role for several years. I now hold a managerial position and I am enjoying the challenge of management!

My husband and I reside in Fayetteville, PA with our daughter, golden retriever and red-footed tortoise. We enjoy outdoor activities including hiking and camping. We enjoy time spent with extended family and friends.

Morgan

Customer Service Representative

I am a customer service representative at MVVS. I have a bachelor’s in Biology and had worked in Carlisle for years before having the opportunity to work here in Shippensburg.

I began working in the veterinary industry because I love animals, love learning, and enjoy helping clients and their pets feel confident in the care we provide. I knew I was in the right profession when I got to know the regular pets and had the opportunity to care for them and their families like they were part of my own extended family.

My family consists of 3 cats, 2 guinea pigs, and many many indoor plants. I have 4 sisters a brother and a large extended family. I enjoy reading and taking on new crafting projects and of course, spending time with my family

Tasha

Certified Veterinary Technician, Lead Surgery Technician

I am a certified veterinary technician and surgery technician here at MVVS and have been here since August of 2016.

I grew up in Gettysburg area, completed VTNE for my certification/license, and then moved to the area looking to work for a mixed animal practice and enjoy the countryside.

Growing up I thought I wanted to work with animals in some way, the show Animal Cops was always my inspiration. In high school, I got side-tracked and took another path. A few years in the culinary industry made me realize my true calling was being a veterinary technician.

After a few months of working at this practice, I realized I was so lucky to have randomly applied and been taken in by such a great group of coworkers. This clinic gives me the ability to participate in every aspect of the veterinary field and has shown me how much I enjoy the variability of this career. There isn’t a true way to become complacent. There is always room to learn, grow, and better your skills. I love that. I have grown and moved up and I can’t think of any better place to be.

Outside of work I am pretty much a homebody who enjoys spending time with my husband and family. I come from a large family and enjoy spending my time with them. My husband and I are both foodies and love to go out and try new places to eat. We both share a healthy love for the culinary arts.

Emily

Certified Veterinary Technician

Born and raised in Path Valley, I graduated from Fanett-Metal high school in 2017. I continued my education at Wilson College in Chambersburg. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Medical Technology in the spring of 2021.

I began working in the veterinary industry because I not only love to work with animals, but I also like to learn how the different body systems work in the animal. I also like to see animals get better and be apart of the healing process. Seeing clients smile and leave happy with their pets is very rewarding. My favorite thing when working with animals is to see their different personalities and make it a good experience for them when they come to the clinic. I like to see their quirks and personalities come out.

I knew I was in the right profession after completing my large animal internship during the summer of 2020. Going out to the different farm calls, seeing small animals, and assisting in small and large animal surgeries made me want to be a Veterinary Technician even more. It all made sense to me right there because I felt that I could be in this profession for the rest of my life and not feel like I’ve worked a day in my life. I like the business and the ever changing schedules and days, it keeps me on my toes and keeps my mind sharp. Being in this profession makes me happy and I wouldn’t see myself doing anything else.

When I am not at work you can find me taking care of the animals my boyfriend and I have. Whether it would be chickens, ducks, rabbits, goats, cows, horses or donkeys, there is always something to be done on the farm. I also like to help my Mom in the flower beds during the summer and go snowmobile riding with my Dad in the winter. In the summer I show Holstein cows at the Franklin County and Shippensburg Fair and play fetch in the yard with River and Sam.

Megan

Certified Veterinary Technician

I am a Certified Veterinary Technician and have been with Mountain View since May of 2017. 

Growing up on a dairy farm in Chambersburg, I’ve always had a passion for helping animals. In 2017, I decided to give veterinary medicine a try during my senior year of high school with an internship at Mt.View and the rest is history.  I pursued my new veterinary passion at Wilson College graduating with a bachelor of science in Veterinary Medical Technology in May 2021.

My family consists of my Mom, Dad, sister (Emily), brother (Ryan), two dogs, black lab Pepper and St. Bernard Pixie.  Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my cows showing them at local fairs, watching movies, and baking.

Grace

Veterinary Assistant & Lead Laboratory Tech

I am a veterinary assistant and I have been working here since August of 2017.

I reside in Shippensburg with my husband and son. I am a 2021 graduate of Penn Foster’s Veterinary Technician program and have an associate’s degree in science.

Ever since I was little I have enjoyed caring for and working with animals. My favorite part about working with animals is that they are always happy to see you (most times). It is also a very rewarding career and makes me feel good when I can help a pet feel better. I knew I was in the right profession when going to work didn’t feel like a job!

I enjoy traveling, the beach, kayaking, going to concerts, spending time outside and watching my son play sports.

Maddie

Veterinary Assistant

I am a veterinary assistant and I have been working here since February of 2016.

I was born and raised in the area and I have always loved being around animals.  It was during my high school internship at Mt. View that I realized I wanted to pursue a veterinary career.  My favorite thing about working in the veterinary field is seeing improvements in patients at re-checks.

I knew that this was the right career choice for me when during my internship I helped with happy visits with a puppy that was very shy. At the visits, I fed her treats and gained her trust. To this day, that dog remembers who I am.

My husband and I were married in August 2019 and we have a beautiful chocolate Labrador named Willow. I enjoy making crafts, hiking, and spending time with my family.

Tami

Veterinary Assistant

I am a veterinary assistant and I have been working here since 2012.

I began my career in animal health when I was living in Colorado many years ago. Originally from south-central PA, I started at MVVS in 2012 – 2016. I recently moved back to this area from Florida and love that I am back at MVVS!

I started in this industry as a customer service rep. I became more interested in the treatments and hands-on aspects within the hospital and have enjoyed every minute. My favorite thing about working with animals is that every day is different. Never a boring day in the clinic.

I knew I was meant to be in this profession when the Dr/Owner of the clinic I was working at in Durango,CO, came to me and said he recognized my interest and commitment to health and well-being of animals. From then on, I was lucky and privileged to work not only with dogs and cats but other forms of wildlife such as bears, bobcats and eagles. I have loved every minute!

I’m married to my husband Chris and we have 2 cats and a dog. Bodhi is a 6 yr old border collie mix who loves paddle boarding, kyaking and trail running with me. Mini, the cat is Bodhi’s best friend and Tucker is 19 years old. I love being outdoors, traveling and backpacking, and like playing guitar around a campfire.

Jennifer

Veterinary Assistant

I’m a veterinary assistant and have been working here since February of 2015.

Born and raised in Chambersburg, PA. After graduating high school started working at a Humane Society and in those 20+ years since I have been working with companion animal and heifer calves.

I had spent a lot of years working with homeless animals and a few years with calves and I wanted a change into an animal field that could challenge me constantly. No two days are ever the same. Working with each animal’s personality is a bonus reward. I find the most enjoyment out of a career when I get to help animals.

When I am not at work, I am at home taking care of my two disabled parents, my Great Pyrenees/ Bernese Mountain Dog Kaylee, 4 cats, several fish and a Dart Frog. Besides from animals, I am passionate about everything entertainment. I am devoted to music, movies and TV shows. I love to use my hair color and style to celebrate different Holidays and seasons. I release my creativity by upcycling and repurposing items and by designing a wide range of things from brochures to landscaping.

Heather

Veterinary Assistant

I am a veterinary assistant and I have been working here since 2015.

My family lives in the Chambersburg area and I ended up going to college at Delaware Valley College, graduating with a bachelor’s degree.

I have been working as a vet assistant since 2010. I love to provide education to clients and hear about their fur baby stories.

My husband and 2 daughters and boxer dog. We enjoy reading, doing crafts, and spending time outside.

Brittney

Veterinary Assistant

I am a veterinary assistant and have been one for 11 years now.  I grew up in Southern Maryland until 2017 and then I moved to Shippensburg, PA.

I currently reside in Shippensburg with my boyfriend Forrest and our dog Jasper and horse Gambler. I enjoy long hikes, trail riding, barrel racing, and going to the lake.