In 2004, we started as Driftwood Kennels. In 2016, we became DRIFTWOOD BOARDING & WELLNESS to reflect the shift in our approach to animal care under new ownership. In November of 2017, DRIFTWOOD VET officially opened to serve as a local veterinary clinic for small animals.
We provide compassionate, affordable care that is insanely convenient, starting with sudden service and ending with delighted clients.
Located just a mile north of city limits near the Highlands and Fallbrook neighborhoods in NW Lincoln, we are just a few short minutes from the airport and downtown Lincoln, Nebraska. Our facility is situated on 20 scenic acres of rolling native grassland, with private hiking trails carved for our special guests to explore.
Dr. Tony, the owner of Driftwood Vet, has been in many phases of veterinary medicine over the years, from starting out as a kennel assistant in high school, to a veterinary assistant in college, professionally as a veterinarian in private practice, and then as a consulting vet in industry. Dr. Tony has also served as the veterinarian on the Nebraska State Board of Health and is a featured guest on 10/11 News at Noon in Lincoln every first and third Wednesday of the month! He has advanced training and expertise in the areas of parasitology, immunology, vaccinology, pathology, dentistry, nutrition, pharmacology, and ultrasonography! (…He does ultrasound studies for Lincoln and Omaha area clinics!) He and his wife Erica have five kids, a bouncing boxer named Scuba, a German Shorthaired Pointer named Marvel, and a cat named Kit.
Jamie joined the Driftwood team in October 2019. She is a licensed vet tech and has experience working with an array of animals; large and small. She has always loved animals and enjoys working with all of them. She and her husband Ryan have two daughters, Calyn and Gentrie. They also have a dog; Bailey (pictured), two cats – Newman and Socks, two horses, and a sheep.
Malina has been part of the Driftwood team since September 2021. She has been a licensed Veterinary Technician since 2001 and has lots of experience, including working with a variety of small animals and some exotics. Malina and her husband Jerry have 3 children; Gerald, Olivia, and Jacob, and currently own 3 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels: Dawson, Rusty, and Zoey(pictured), and a baby painted turtle named Chevy.
Ellie joined the Driftwood team in March 2022. She was born and raised in Norfolk, where she recently graduated the veterinary technician program at Northeast Community College. Ellie is a proud momma of her 2 fur-kids, Teddy (pictured) and Cosmo. In her free time, she enjoys time with friends and family, along with fishing. Ellie has loved her time spent at Driftwood, and is excited to gain even more experiences!
Tara joined the Driftwood team in September 2021. She is pursuing an education to become a veterinary technician at Colby Community College. Working with animals of all sizes is one of her end goals. Tara has worked in the field for 5 years as a vet assistant and is excited for the new experiences. Tara has a dog named Milkshake (pictured) whom is a rescue pup and a cat named Melvin.
VET ASSISTANTS AND SUPPORT STAFF
Tricia has been a part of the Driftwood Team since March 2019. She graduated from UNL with a degree in Advertising. She has great compassion for animals and brings her experience working doggy daycare and dog walking to the team. Tricia and her husband, Brent, have 3 girls; Bailey, Emma, Jordan, and 2 golden retrievers – Jake and Husker.
Karen is one of our dog walkers and has been with us at Driftwood since October 2019. She graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a B.S. in Education. After a short stint as a teacher, she changed careers and began working at Pfizer Animal Health. She retired as a Sr. Scientist in 2012 after 22 years. Her love of dogs (and exercise!) brought her out of retirement to join the team. Karen and her husband Dave have three cats and look forward to owning a dog again someday.
Tate has been part of the Driftwood team since April of 2021. Originally from Rockville, Ne, he has been around a variety of animals including dogs, cats, cattle, reptiles, chinchillas, turtles, and even a racoon and a possum. He is currently a Sophomore at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln studying Animal Science in the Pre-Vet program. He hopes one day to become a veterinarian for a combination of small and large animals. At home he has 2 dogs-Jake and Roo and 2 cats- Cookie and Ronnie. He currently has one cat of his own- Milo (pictured). He is excited to continue to learn and gain new experiences at Driftwood.
Mason joined driftwood vet in July of 2021. He currently attends North Star high school in Lincoln Nebraska. He is involved in basketball and golf and has experience working with horses and cattle. Mason has an australian shepherd named maverick that he rescued back in 2020. Some of his hobbies include eating cheesecake and golfing, but not together.
Skylar joined Driftwood Vet in August 2021. She is a freshman at UNL and currently studying pre-health. Eventually, she is hoping to continue onto med school and pursue her dream of becoming an Anesthesiologist in the future. Her family has owned a variety of animals such as a rat, a painted turtle, various fish, a few cats, and of course, dogs:) At home, she has a cat named Rowdy, a Rottweiler named Rylee (pictured), and a Black Lab named Zuree. She is very excited to be with us and see what Driftwood Vet is all about!
Alexis has been with the Driftwood Team since August of 2021. Majoring in Fisheries and Wildlife at UNL, Alexis hopes to work with marine and terrestrial wildlife in her future career. She has experience with a variety of animals including domestic cats and dogs, raccoons, opossums, and even exotic marine life such as sea turtles and sting rays. At home she has two cats, Peppo and Milo, and one dog Jax (pictured).
Mattighan has been a part of the Driftwood team since January 2022. She was born and raised in Omaha, NE, but came to Lincoln to study Pre-Veterinary Animal Science at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. She currently has two cats back home, Michael and Princess, and grew up with a black lab named Paige. Mattighan has loved animals her whole life, and she enjoys getting to pursue her passion at the clinic.
Joined Driftwood Vet in May of 2022. I am currently attending Nebraska Wesleyan University to play volleyball and study biology. I am hoping to continue my education through pre vet to become a vet tech. I am very excited to work at Driftwood and learn some amazing things!
I was born in Omaha, Nebraska but moved to Malcolm in 2008. I will be a senior in high school at Malcolm Public Schools. I enjoy playing basketball and jumping in track. I have had three dogs, a cat, and a turtle. I am planning on studying exercise science and am undecided where at. I’ve always loved being around pets so Driftwood was a perfect spot for me.
Shelby joined the Driftwood team in May 2022. She currently owns one timid cat named Elu and hopes to adopt many more critters in the future. She is enrolled in the UNL-ISU Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine, pursuing her dream to become a veterinarian.
My name is Lauren Shafer. I’ve always loved animals and my family has had several kinds of animals throughout my lifetime including dogs, chickens, ducks, hamsters, a chinchilla, salamanders, a bearded dragon, snakes, rats, and cats. I currently own three cats: Elmer, Milton, and Goose and my family currently has three dogs: Luke, Penny, and Toto, along with some chickens and a snake. At UNL, I will be studying pre-vet and animal science