South Ridge Animal Clinic

At South Ridge Animal Clinic, we treat you and your pets like family. We form a personal bond with you and your pets. We truly care about our clients and treat each pet as if they were our own.
  • Mon-Wed: 7:30am - 6:00pm
  • Closed Wed from 12:00 - 1:00pm
  • Thu: 7:30am - 8:00pm
  • Fri: 7:30am - 6:00pm
  • Sat, Sun: Closed
  • Virginia L. Donovan, D.V.M.

    Veterinarian / Practice Owner
    Dr. Donovan graduated from the University of Nebraska Lincoln in 1989 and earned her DVM from Kansas State University in 1993.  In 1999, with her mom has her receptionist and bookkeeper, and her dad as her veterinary assistant, she opened South Ridge Animal Clinic.  At that time the clinic was just a small suite on Pine Lake Road and as the practice grew, more space was needed to provide adequate veterinary care for the increasing patient base.  In 2010, Dr. Donovan and her staff moved the practice one block south to the current spacious facility on 29th St.  This increase in space has allowed for more diagnostic and treatment services, an additional veterinarian, Dr. Lindsey Hanson, additional technical staff, plus a full time practice manager.  These additions greatly add to the quality and quantity of care able to be provided for pets and their owners.  The move proved highly successful for veterinary care in southwest Lincoln!

    Dr. Donovan and her husband, Greg, have two boys, Scott and Sam. Their family holds dear many pets, including an amazing and loyal Labrador Retriever named Sunny, a bouncy and loving Vizsla named Sophie, and an ornery but lovable cat who answers to the name Simon, but only when he feels like it.  Their very small pets include a velvety soft gray chinchilla named Zoomy, and a Lion Head bunny named Simba.  The Donovans have found that their variety of pets make their household fun and there is never a dull moment!

    Fun Fact: Dr. Donovan enjoys being very active in her sons' boy scout group activities.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1993
  • Lindsey Hanson, D.V.M.

    Associate Veterinarian

    Dr. Lindsey Hanson attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she received a bachelor’s degree in veterinary science in 2009. She then graduated from Iowa State University with a doctorate in veterinary medicine in 2013. A true Husker, she moved back to Lincoln to work at a small animal practice following graduation. She joined the South Ridge Animal Clinic healthcare team in September of 2016. 


    Dr. Hanson has a passion for learning and enjoys attending continuing education events to gain new knowledge in the veterinary field. She has special interests in internal medicine, dermatology, and surgery.


    Originally from Kearney, Dr. Hanson married her high school sweetheart, Brent. Together they have a daughter, Evelyn, and a pug named Henry (a.k.a. Hank the Tank). Dr. Hanson enjoys spending time with family and friends and watching movies.

    Fun Fact: Dr. Hanson sings in her church's choir and plays the piano.

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2014
  • Katie

    Head Licensed Veterinary Technician
    Katie joined South Ridge Animal Clinic in February of 2018 and became the Head Licensed Veterinary Technician in July of 2018. She has been working with and caring for a wide variety of animals for the last 15 years. Some of her favorite animals to work with are Hedgehogs, Flamingos, Basset Hounds and Beluga whales. Katie has 2 Great Danes: Belle, who is 9 and Huxley, who is 4. She also has a Basset Hound named Buggie who is 9, a hedgehog named Quillian who is 3, and a cat named Eli who is 6. Katie has finally started to put down some roots and purchased her first home last summer. Katie takes great pride in being Fear Free Certified, which means she has gone through extra training on how to keep fear, anxiety and stress as low as possible for animals.

    Fun Fact: When Katie was a child, the only pet she wanted was a Nine Banded Armadillo... this is still kind of true.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2013
  • Brad

    Licensed Veterinary Technician
    Brad attended Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture and has been working as a Veterinary Technician for a whopping 21 years!  He has been working part time at South Ridge since June of 2013, following his day job. Brad has 2 cats of his own, Marvin and Colors, as well as 3 Quarterhorses. In his free time, Brad enjoys riding his horses, watching movies and hanging out with friends.

    Fun Fact: Brad enjoys watching horror movies but admits to screaming like a little girl while watching them.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1996
  • Mey

    Licensed Veterinary Technician
    Mey is a Chicago, IL baby but was raised in Omaha, NE.  Ever since she was little, she knew that she wanted to work in the animal field to help pets be happy and healthy.  She and her fiance have 2 dogs: Scar, an Australian Shepherd and Zira, a Miniature Schnauzer as well as a ferret named Shenzi. When she is not working, you can typically find her riding her bike, spending time with her family, cleaning her house or planning her next vacation.

    Fun Fact: Whenever Mey plans a trip or recently, her wedding, she always makes a binder.  Each binder includes printed maps, hotel confirmations and fun things to do.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2014
  • Alexis

    Licensed Veterinary Technician
    Ever since she was 3 years old, Alexis knew that she wanted to help animals in any way possible. She graduated from Nebraska Technical College of Agriculture in 2014 and joined our team in September of 2017. Alexis owns a mini dachshund named Scarlet, a dilute calico cat named Cami, a Netherland Dwarf bunny named Tuskin, a Palamino Morgan horse named Lilly, and a blue betta fish named Eiffel 65. In her spare time she enjoys riding horses, hunting, fishing, camping, riding her bike, hanging out with friends and going to the movies.

    Fun Fact: Alexis was fortunate to have a mom that shared her passion for animals and over the years they have had almost every exotic small animal there is, including a Kinkajou!
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2014
  • Amy

    Veterinary Assistant
    Amy has been a veterinary assistant for many many years. She worked at South Ridge Animal Clinic a few years ago and happily returned to welcoming arms in July of 2016. Amy enjoys fishing/ice fishing and camping with her woodsman husband, Matt. She has a variety of animal babies at home that include a Beagle named Chloe, a Pitbull named Boomer, a farm kitty named Roo, 2 backyard chickens named L.B. and Murray and a betta fish named Dolphin Von Tuna. 

    Fun Fact: Amy absolutely loves Halloween and even had a Beetlejuice themed wedding!
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2008
  • Christy

    Veterinary Assistant
    Christy is originally from Yankton, South Dakota.  She graduated from UNL in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Science. Christy has worked at South Ridge Animal Clinic since 2007!  She now works part-time at South Ridge as she is a full-time mom raising her 3 beautiful children, Breckton, Mia & Ella with her husband, Mike. She has a Border Collie named Bella and a cat named Charlie.

    Fun Fact: Christy runs an in-home pet boarding service called "Just Fur Now" so she always has many furry friends at her house.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2007
  • Jessica

    Veterinary Receptionist
    Jessia grew up in Lincoln and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from Peru State College in Peru, NE.  She and her husband, Devin, share their home with their four fur children; Stewie (a Golden Retriever/Border Collie Mix), Quincy (an Olde English Bulldog), Franklin (a fat orange cat), and Kitten (a Siamese cat/diva).  

    Jessica has spent the last 10 years of her professional career gaining experience in various animal fields.  She started at a humane society in Maine where she co-created their behavior modification team. When she returned to Nebraska, Jessica spent a couple of years at the Nebraska Humane Society as an adoption counselor and then transitioned onto their behavior team. She has worked at several veterinary clinics as either a veterinary assistant, receptionist or behavior specialist. When she is not working with animals, she loves reading, writing, pinteresting, as well as singing to and dancing with her pets, whether they appreciate it or not. Jessica and her husband love visiting Kansas City to watch the Royals and the Chiefs play. They go to Maine every year to visit family and camp.

    Fun Fact: Jessica used to show Texas Longhorns at fairs around Nebraska.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2009
  • Alyssa

    Veterinary Receptionist
    Alyssa is from Grand Island and is attending college at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She began working at the front desk of South Ridge in September 2015.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking, and hanging out with her friends and family but most of all her with her favorite four-legged running buddy, Bella, a 2 year old Boxer/Hound mix and her very sweet, 10 year old Cocker Spaniel, Oreo.  Oreo is taking naps under the front desk anytime Alyssa is working.

    Fun Fact: Alyssa is addicted to coffee and Snapchat.  She keeps her coworkers smiling with her silliness and singing of Disney songs.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2016
  • Tucker

    Clinic Cat
    Tucker was surrendered to South Ridge Animal Clinic as a young cat with an injury that required his right rear leg to be amputated. Dr. Donovan performed the surgery and he is now a very spoiled and happy, 12 year old "tri-pawed" resident kitty cat. Sometimes, he comes up front to chew on his favorite plant and roll around in the sunny spot by the front door but he spends most of his day in the back of the clinic, sleeping in the manager's office or on his window perch by the bird feeder. Tucker has saved a few patients' lives by being a blood donor. Don't let his 3 legs fool you! He still jumps and runs just fine, especially when he hears his food hit the bowl. 

    Fun Fact: Tucker has several water bowls throughout the clinic but we have to keep one by our water cooler because if he sees you getting water, he gets quite demanding for that fresh, cold water.