BEAVER ANIMAL CLINIC STAFF
Dr. Doug Knueven, DVM
Hi, I'm Dr. Doug. I was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and have always loved animals. I received my veterinary degree from Ohio State University in 1987 and have operated several veterinary hospitals in the Beaver County area of Pennsylvania (north of Pittsburgh) ever since. I am especially proud to have served as the veterinarian for the Beaver County Humane Society for five years. I took over the reins at Beaver Animal Clinic 1994.
After being in practice for several years, I began to feel discouraged by the limitations of conventional veterinary medicine and sought to broaden my training beyond traditional approaches. This led me to participate in an acupuncture course offered by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS). I was immediately captivated by the 150-hour class and immersed myself in learning this ancient system. After receiving IVAS certification in 1995, I quickly put my new knowledge to work helping previously hopeless clinical cases.
I have since expanded my knowledge of holistic veterinary care by attending continuing education courses on Bach Flower Remedies and Clinical Nutrition. I am certified in animal chiropractic and veterinary Chinese herbology, and have completed the 150-hour Professional Course in Veterinary Homeopathy offered by Dr. Richard Pitcairn. I have been an active member of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association since 1995 and have been on their conference committee since 2008.
In 1998, I introduced Pittsburgh-area veterinarians to the use of veterinary acupuncture by lecturing on the subject at the Western Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association. I have since continued lecturing on many topics involving holistic veterinary medicine at veterinary conferences both nationally and internationally. I have also authored two books on the subject; Stand by Me, A Holistic Handbook for Animals, Their People, and the Lives They Share Together and The Holistic Health Guide for Dogs: Natural Care for the Whole Dog.
Dr. Kosturek, DVM
Associate Veterinarian - 1998
When I was a little boy in Poland, I helped my uncle and cousin care for animals in their veterinary clinic. This sparked my interest in veterinary medicine. I attended the University of Lublin School Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 1978. Later on, I developed a special interest in small animals, especially in the areas of internal medicine and surgery.
I worked for 10 years in Poland before moving to Canada in 1984. There I lived with my wife, Dr. Anna Kosturek and my two daughters Marta and Margaret. In 1990, I moved to the United States and worked in a veterinary clinic in Allentown. In 1998 I accepted the position at Beaver Animal Clinic. That same year, my oldest daughter Marta enrolled in the University of Pittsburgh majoring in pharmacy. Margaret, my youngest daughter is also attending the University of Pittsburgh.
I am accredited by the Education Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates of the American Veterinary Medical Association. In 2003 I completed course work in the area of dermatology and internal medicine. Also in 2003, my wife and I moved to our new home. It is very rewarding working here at Beaver Animal Clinic with our patients, clients and dedicated staff.
Dr. Jessica Steed, D.V.M
Associate Veterinarian- 2016
I am so excited to be back in the area! I grew up in Center Township then moved to Kentucky for college (where I completed on Morehead State University’s equestrian team). I was actually a veterinary technician at Beaver Animal Clinic during my college summer breaks! I graduated from Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003 and quickly returned to Beaver Animal Clinic as a Veterinarian.
Life happen (marriage, kids, etc) and I left to practice closer to home ( I live in Ohio now). I found myself referring a lot of clients to Dr. Doug for holistic medicine and jumped at the chance when I was asked to return!
I love veterinary medicine and how it is advancing so we can better help our pet family, who provide so much joy for us. I have an interest in internal medicine and also have the ability to perform abdominal ultrasounds.
At home is my husband ( Mike), our daughter ( Gabby) , our twin sons ( Lane and Finnegan), our ginormous Doberman Pinchser ( Burkhart), and our two kitties( Brisby and Buckeye).
Hi, I'm Judy Knueven and I manage our practice. Basically my job involves keeping track of the entire goings on at the office and managing the team members, finances and client relations.
Some of my earliest memories revolve around my beloved pets. In fact, instead of playing with dolls like other little girls, I played with my dog Cuddles. I can still remember the tea parties complete with cups, saucers and table around which Cuddles and I enjoyed our imaginary tea and cookies.
I have been working with animals since 1980, first at the Beaver County Humane Society, then at Center Animal Clinic, and since 1994, at Beaver Animal Clinic. I worked my way up through the ranks, doing everything from cleaning cages to receptionist and veterinary assistant work to my current position. I find my job rewarding but sometimes miss the contact with the companion animals and their people.
Dr. Doug and I share our home with two cats ( Gracie and Vinnie ) and one dog (Katy). In my spare time I love to garden and work with stained glass.
Veterinary Technician - 1992
I became a veterinary technician because I was always bringing animals home, and I have always wanted to work with animals. I started at Center Animal Clinic in 1992 and transferred to Beaver Animal Clinic when the two clinics merged in 1998. The best part about my job is when sick animals get better and are able to go home to their families. I also enjoy educating people about their pets.
I currently live with my daughter, 3 dogs, 7 cats and 3 fish. I love my job helping animals and their people have a great life together.
Certified Veterinary Tech - 2004
Hello, My name is Michele. Being a tech at Beaver Animal Clinic is exciting, unpredictable and also very rewarding. My husband, two children and I share our home with our sweet orange cat, Paisley.
Certified Veterinary Technician - 2010
Hi, my name is Jamie. I graduated from the Vet tech Institute of
Pittsburgh in June 2010 and have been working at Beaver Animal Clinic since before graduating. Getting to work with animals on a daily basis has been both rewarding and exciting. I have also learned a great deal working with others who are just as passionate about animals as I am. I live in Hopewell with my family and 6 cats Bebe, Cami, Salem, Marshmellow and our twins Allie & Gator. In my spare time I enjoy reading and spending time outdoors.
Veterinary Technician - 2013
I was born in Providence, Rhode Island but lived a great portion of my formative years just outside London, England near Wimbledon. It was there I developed my love for animals and for horsemanship. I married my soul mate Danny when we were 20 and we had our wonderful son Shawn a few years later. We also lived in England later when my husband had an opportunity to move and work there and I had the opportunity to teach at a riding school. I continued to teach after we returned to the states. I worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse and as a waitress until at 39 I finally found my true calling in Virginia and became a Veterinary Technician. Twenty Five years on I still love my calling. Our family moved to this area in 1996 and I joined the staff at Beaver Animal clinic in 1997, where I worked for 2 years. Wanting to work closer to home in Ohio, I left and joined a practice in Salem Ohio. After working in several clinics, I had the opportunity in 2013 to rediscover my passion for Holistic Medicine and returned to Beaver Animal clinic. I earned my Reiki Master seven years ago. We became members of an Australian Sheppard Rescue Group, where we found our new love for training our dogs and subsequently training others. We are the proud parents of 2 dogs and six chickens.
Receptionist - 2014
Hi, my name is Kelly. Working at Beaver Animal Clinic has been very rewarding to watch the staff help so many pets. It makes coming into work very enjoyable. With being a pet owner myself of 2 cats Polar and Benny, I know that I can trust the staff to take very good care of them.
Certified Veterinary Technician - 2015
Hi, my name is Diana. I graduated from the Vet Tech Institute in 2007. Prior to working at Beaver Animal Clinic, I worked in emergency veterinary hospitals, specialty animals hospitals and I spent the last 5 years working at the University of Pittsburgh. Getting back into the clinic setting has been so much fun! I have always loved animals I am very fortunate that I get to work with them as my career. I also enjoy working with my fellow staff members at Beaver Animal Clinic.
I live in Monaca with my family which includes my husband Joshua, my daughter Adelynn, my son Garrett and our Labrador Retriever Max!
Certified Veterinary Technician - 2017
Hi, I'm Shannon, I graduated from Vet Tech Institute in December of 2016. Lucky, I started at Beaver Animal Clinic soon after. The staff here is very kind and passionate, which makes for a great experience for everyone who brings their pets. I live at home with my family that includes my 3 horses, Lilly, Sydney & Palo, my cats Elle, Muffin and Orange Juice and four dogs Riley, Dom,Jewel & Jackson.
In my free time I like to go horseback riding, fishing and camping.
Certified Veterinary Technician - 2019
Hi my name is Brandee. I graduated from the Vet Tech Institute in December of 2018. I have known that I wanted to work with animals since I was very young. After graduating I was very fortunate to have found such an amazing and equally as passionate group of people here at the Beaver Animal Clinic. I live at home with my family and my animals, 2 dogs, Charlie and Sadie and 5 cats, Easy, Sassy, Toby, Leo, and Stormie.