Meet Our Technicians and Assistants

Amanda Fogal, Lead Technician, CVT

I am a certified veterinary technician. I graduated from Parkland College in May 2010 with an Associate’s in Veterinary Technology. I started working at Pekin Veterinary Clinic in August 2012. I chose to become a veterinary technician because growing up I have always had a love for helping and working with animals. I love seeing how helping someone’s pet can not only change the pet’s life but also the owner’s. My pets include two American Quarter Horses named Scotty and Cash, a pony named Dorothy, and a cat named Vinny.

In May 2014 I married my husband and we have one son. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, barrel racing, canoeing, and many other outdoor activities.

Jennifer Dill, CVT

I am a Certified Veterinary Technician. I graduated from Parkland College in 2007 with an Associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology. Some of my veterinary interests include anesthesia, radiography and phlebotomy. I chose to become a technician because I have always had animals and felt compelled to help them.

I got married in August of 2010 to my high school sweetheart and we have a son named Brayden who keeps us on our toes. Our house is overrun by our three dogs, Rex, Rosco and Reese and our cats Dusty and Maverick. We also have our three horses, Copper, Derby and Faith as well as two goats. In my free time I am a volunteer firefighter/EMT and enjoy spending time with my family, horseback riding, and anything else outdoors.

Tracy Wehmeier, CVT

I am a Certified Veterinary Technician and a 2007 Parkland graduate. I have been working in small animal medicine since 1999. My love and compassion for animals only intensified after getting my very own dog named Lucy at the age of 13. Some of my special interests within the field are anesthesia, surgery, and imaging. I find the advancements in Veterinary Medicine truly amazing and dedicate myself to educating and implementing changes that will help aid in the aging process of your loved one.

Some things I enjoy doing with my free time include traveling, watching my nephews Jayden and Wesley and my neice Maddie grow, as well as pet sitting for loved ones.

Two causes that are very dear to my heart include Lyme Disease Awareness and Lung Cancer Research; including an annual Pool Tournament held locally in January.

My family includes a spunky couch potato named Ruby Red who is 8 years of age and an energetic diva named Olive Bean who is 2 years old.

Kelly Pennell, Veterinary and Exam Assistant

I’ve been in the veterinary field since 1982. I enjoy making a difference in my patients’ lives, and helping an ill animal become a healthy pet again. Watching pet owners (especially their kids) take their special pet back home is all the thanks I ever need.

You name it, I have had it as a pet: horses, dogs, cats, chinchillas, guinea pigs, and fish. My favorite ‘pets’ are my two sons, Ben and Sam, and my first grandkids, Trent and Olivia. I am active in my church, Richwoods Christian Church—Parkway Campus. I’m also a brown belt in karate and trained as a Military Police Specialist. Hoo-raa! Go, Army! If you cause trouble at my clinic, you’ll run into me sooner or later…

My most current hobbies are Egyptology, archeology, backyard birding, and anything on Syfy or History Channel. Yes, I am a geek and a nerd.

Hannah Finnegan, Veterinary and Exam Assistant

I started working as a kennel assistant with Aboard the Ark in April 2016. Working as a kennel assistant has been a great experience and it has been a lot of fun to get to know everyone’s pets. In April 2018 I began working with Pekin Veterinary Clinic as an exam room assitant which has given me the opportunity to meet so many loving and dedicated owners and see the bond they have with their pets. I am grateful to have a job working with animals and to be able to work with such great people everyday.

My boyfriend and I currently have 3 kittens- Leo, Bandit and Aura who keep life interesting! In my spare time I enoy spending time with family and friends, hiking, going to antique stores, and just being outside.

Larissa Lopez, Veterinary and Exam Assistant

I started working for Pekin Veterinary Clinic in March of 2015. I have grown up in the Pekin area all my life. I graduated from Pekin High School in 2006. I now live in Manito.

In my free time, I like to play games with friends and family, go to concerts, & make people laugh. I am a very outdoorsy person. I love going on hikes, discing, or just being outside in general. I grew up playing all kinds of sports, my favorites being basketball and softball. In fact, I attended Georgetown Middle School where I was the only girl on the guy’s basketball team. I have always been a competitive person. My one true passion is shooting pool. I have been to Vegas on multiple occasions, most recently taking 3rd place. I became an Illinois State Champion in March of 2016. I became an Iowa State Champion in October of 2016. I am always looking to improve my game.

At home I have two dogs & three cats. Penny Lane is my 7 year old Pitbull. Olive is my 3 year old Greyhound mix. My cats are Jerry, 13 years old, Jack, 10 years old, and Jimmy, who is 9 years old.

I love my coworkers, our clients, and our patients. There is not a better feeling than seeing the love people have for their 4 legged furry babies.

Val Zuercher, Veterinary Assistant

I started work as kennel attendant in 1972 here at Pekin Veterinary Clinic. Throughout the years I have worked at different local area vet clinics and landed back at PVC to work again as veterinary assistant.

My hobbies include bicycling and walking in Pekin’s parks. I enjoy fishing and the outdoors.

My personal pets right now are a 14-year-old budgie named Pete and his younger brother, 5-year-old Jimmy. I also dogsit for my sister Candice from time to time. She owns an older, tiny pug named Juanita. I do enjoy her company. I have always enjoyed veterinary medicine and love being back to work at PVC, where it all began for me.

Kristina Simpson, Veterinary and Exam Assistant

Nicole Benson, Veterinary and Exam Assistant