Meet the Animal Emergency & Specialty Team
Our compassionate, highly-skilled and experienced Veterinarians (and adorable mascot) are the core of the Animal Emergency & Specialty team. We do not hire new graduates, interns, or residents. You can rest assured that your pet is in experienced hands at our hospital.
When we met Wilson through Pacific Northwest Bulldog Rescue, it was love at first sight! A natural (some may say “ham”) in front of the camera, Wilson soon assumed the duty of beloved Hospital Mascot at community events. Even after being diagnosed with an inoperable cancerous tumor in January 2013, Wilson continued to live life to the fullest, playing fetch at least twice a day. He was also passionate about swimming at K9 Aquatics spa. Wilson peacefully crossed the Rainbow Bridge in July 2015. But his memory lives on in our hearts, and his giant portrait (with favorite tennis ball) still welcomes everyone who walks into our lobby.
Mark O’Hanlon, DVM, Owner | Emergency & Critical Care
Dr. Mark O’Hanlon earned his DVM from Washington State University in 2001. He also has a BA with Distinction in Anthropology from the UW. He is especially interested in the treatment of Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus/Torsion (“GDV” or “bloat”) and Diabetic Ketoacidosis. In his free time, Dr. O’Hanlon enjoys swimming, rooting for the Huskies, gardening, and spending time with his English Bulldogs.
The most unusual animal I’ve treated is . . . a Gila monster while working at a veterinary hospital in Osaka, Japan. The client did not realize they are venomous!
What I enjoy most about being a vet is . . . emergency and critical care medicine because it is truly a box of chocolates; you never know what kind of case will arrive next. Sometimes the case is a dog who ate a box of chocolates!
The pet-related person I most admire is . . . Dr. Leo Bustad for his pioneering work on the concept of the human-animal bond.
Kelci McKeirnan, DVM, MS, DACVS-SA | Surgery & Rehabilitation
Dr. Kelci McKeirnan grew up in Kirkland and received her DVM from Washington State University. She then traveled to Oklahoma State University, where she completed her small animal surgery residency and earned a master’s degree in Veterinary Biomedical Sciences. She became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2013. Before joining AES, Dr. McKeirnan was a faculty member at Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, where she regularly performed soft-tissue, orthopedic and neurologic surgeries as well as trained and mentored residents and veterinary students.
The most unusual animal I’ve treated is . . . a flamingo. We performed corrective osteotomies for two baby flamingos born with crooked legs while I worked at Oklahoma State University.
The latest addition to my family is . . . my Husky, Ti. She was brought in injured to the triage center I was helping at in Moore, Oklahoma, after the EF5 tornado in 2013. After attempts to locate her family failed, I adopted her. She is still afraid of the wind.
My favorite food is . . . fried pickles. Something I learned about while living in Oklahoma: everything tastes better fried!
Taylor Tungseth, DVM | Emergency & Critical Care
Dr. Taylor Tungseth is a Minnesota native who graduated from the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. He and his wife Claire, an equine veterinarian, relocated from Tampa, where he was a Senior Emergency Clinician at a corporate specialty hospital. On their days off, you’ll most likely find the Tungseths enjoying time with their two loving daughters, checking out the local craft beer scene, or strolling the aisles of Target or Costco!
My first pet was . . . a Cocker Spaniel named Chelsea. We adopted her from the family who lived behind us growing up. She became my best friend as a latchkey, only child at nine years old.
The most unusual animal I’ve treated is . . . a zebra recovering from orthopedic surgery during vet school! The only way medical team members could get near her for treatments was to wear zebra-patterned Snuggies!
If I weren’t a veterinarian, I would be . . . a sports broadcaster or athletic director at a major college. It would be a dream come true for a sports fanatic like me. Go, K-State Wildcats!