Dr. Evan Klein | DVM/PARTNER
Dr. Klein has been practicing in small animal medicine and surgery for the past 10 years. He realized his dream of becoming a veterinarian while he was working to complete his degree in marine biology in Santa Cruz, CA. For three of his years in school he volunteered his time and love at an animal shelter. During this time he realized his complete love of animals and that his true passion lied in helping those who could not speak for themselves.
After this dream was realized the real work began. Dr. Klein attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in Saint Kitts. His clinical year was completed at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. His drive for further knowledge led him to apply for an additional internship and extend his years of study. Once accepted he was an intern with the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine Ambulatory Department and Champaign County Small Animal Shelter.
During this past year Dr. Evan Klein has become an owner at Veterinary Care Center. From wellness preventive care visits to more advanced medicine and surgery, his main focus is treating your pet as part of the family. Dr. Klein is proud to be certified in a program called Fear Free, a program designed to make visits to the hospital as stress free as possible.
In his free time, Dr. Klein loves going mountain biking, hiking, and spending time with his wife and family.
Matthew Shivelbine | DVM
Dr. Matthew Shivelbine is excited to be the the newest addition to the VCC veterinary team! Dr. Shivelbine (or Dr. Shiv, as he is known to be called) is a Missouri native, originally from Cape Girardeau, where he grew up in his family’s music store. Inspired by his father’s work ethic and his mother’s love of learning, he moved north to Kirksville where he attended Truman State University. He developed a real love of biology and animal science that eventually directed him to a career in veterinary medicine. He moved to St. Louis after graduating from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002, and has been practicing throughout the metro area since then. Dr. Shivelbine is interested in soft tissue surgery, dentistry, internal medicine, and exotic animal medicine. He is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Shivelbine truly enjoys working through animal health concerns, and wants to foster open & honest communication with our VCC families. Before you make a medical decision together, he wants you to understand not only what we need to do but why we are recommending it.
Dr. Shivelbine regularly plays violin (well), bass (pretty good), and accordion (poorly) with his wife Jenna and their friends in the acoustic band The Aught Naughts. They also love watching / mocking low budget scary movies and laughing a lot. Jenna has an amazing imagination – she makes toys, stuffed animals, children’s books and other creations in her home studio. Matt and Jenna both enjoy building Lego sculptures with their young boys Olin and Emrik. Olin studies karate and is hard at work on his path to black belt. Emrik loves music and is absolutely crazy for steam trains. The real boss of the house is their cat, Clever Dan – a grey tabby with a remarkably high IQ.
Dr. Laura Joback | DVM
Hi! I am Dr. Laura Joback. I have been a part of the Veterinary Care Center team since 2001. I attended the University of Missouri-Columbia for undergraduate studies in biochemistry and then graduated from the Veterinary Teaching Hospital in 1994. Because I am a St. Louis native, I WILL tell you where I “went to high school”… Westminster Christian Academy, graduating in 1987.
Finding my niche in a private practice where I can exclusively focus on the highest quality of care has allowed me to feed my passion for this field. Many of my patients have been with me from their initial 6 week visit to the moment they enter their twilight years and require geriatric care. My utmost goal is to focus on the Wellness needs of our patients in addition to when they are sick or in need of vaccinations. Communication is vital with my clients and I thrive on that connection. That interface, between you as the owner and me as your pets’ medical caregiver, aids me in giving your pet the highest quality medical care possible.
When I’m not saving lives and stamping out disease and pestilence in the Greater Chesterfield-land area I am spending quality time with my husband, who I am VERY thankful to have alongside me. Together we have 2 sons. Our house is also occupied by an array of “non-human” residents. We currently have one dog, a Chocolate Goldendoodle named Malachi, two parakeets, named “Japheth” and “Zilpah” in addition to a variety of fish named after superheroes, StarWars characters or movie stars.
Kate Davies | Hospital Administrator, RVT
Kate has been the Hospital Administrator for Veterinary Care Center since 2015. She started her career in the veterinary industry in 2006 as a Registered Veterinary Technician. She has worked all avenues within a veterinary hospital, starting out as a kennel assistant while going to school and moving through experience and education to a technician, then diving into management. Throughout her career in the animal health industry she developed a passion for management and has been responsible for multiple operations since leaving the role of a technician. Having gained perspective from both being a Registered Technician and being involved in management Kate believes she can ensure the clients and patients of VCC receive the highest quality care.
Kate loves spending time outdoors with her husband Scott and 3 children, Lydia, Oliver and Colton. She has 2 Great Danes, BullDozer and Skidsteer, who are young and mischievous. They are often at VCC causing laughter with their antics.