Dr. Bernell Rumpke
Dr. Barney Rumpke grew up in Camden, OH and graduated from Preble Shawnee High School in 2003. After graduation he attended The Ohio State University and graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. His first job out of Vet school was in Berlin, OH in the heart of Amish Country doing mixed animal practice primarily dairy farms. While he very much enjoyed his time in Amish country he decided to move back closer to home and began working in Liberty, IN. He worked in Liberty for 2 years and then in Brookville, OH for 3 years. In 2015 he and his wife Dr Lauren took over the reins at Town and Country. Veterinary Clinic and fulfilled their lifelong dream of having their own practice.
Outside of work Dr Rumpke’s activities and interests include anything outdoors, Ohio State football, and crossfit. Dr Rumpke and his wife Dr Lauren have a young son together named Lane who keeps them both very busy when not working.
Dr. David Long
Dr. Long decided to pursue a career in veterinary medicine at the age of thirteen. After graduating from Delphos Jefferson High School, he enrolled at The Ohio State University. He was a non-scholarship member of the O.S.U. football team under the coaching of Woody Hayes. Upon completion of his undergraduate studies, he received a Bachelors Degree in Animal Science and was accepted into the College of Veterinary Medicine at O.S.U. In June of 1977, he graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine and accepted a position at Countryside Animal Hospital in Wauseon, Ohio. In June of 1981, he rejoined his classmate from O.S.U., Dr. Richard Mitchell, who had established Town & Country Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Long was primarily a large animal veterinarian until economic conditions mandated a change to full time small animal medicine.
Dr. Long, his wife, Pam, and grown daughters, Lindsey, Debbie, and Jessie, all consider Preble County and especially the city of Eaton their home. Dr. Long’s activities outside of work involve his family, his church, fishing, gardening, and stained glass window and ornament crafting.
Dr. Lauren Rumpke
Dr. Rumpke grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan with two sisters and two brothers and a backyard full of snakes, turtles, and frogs, many of which she kept as pets. This sparked her passion for animals. She graduated from Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois with a double major in exercise physiology and natural sciences. During ungrad, Dr. Lauren (as she prefers to be called) worked as a licensed massage therapist and personal trainer where she gained interest in natural and alternative medicine therapies. After graduating, she worked in research and then at several small animal clinics before deciding to attend veterinary school.
Dr. Lauren graduated from Iowa State University in 2011. Areas of interest in veterinary medicine include small animal surgery, natural medicine, and internal medicine, specifically endocrinopathies. She has two cats: Cheeto and Chicklet. She enjoys running, biking, and doing anything outdoors with her husband in her free time. In May of 2015 Dr. Lauren Rumpke and her husband Dr. Barney Rumpke took over ownership of Town and Country Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Lauren and Dr. Barney’s dedication to you and the Eaton community will ensure that Town & Country will continue to provide exceptional care for your pets now and well into the future.
Dr. Richard Mitchell
A lifelong resident of Eaton, Dr. Mitchell graduated from Eaton High School in 1969 and Miami University in 1973. He started Town and Country Veterinary Clinic in the back of his house after finishing veterinary school at The Ohio State University in 1977. He originally cared for “all creatures great and small,” a truly mixed large and small animal practice. After our doctors decided to focus solely on companion animals, his special interests continued to develop in soft tissue and orthopedic surgery. He is also involved in the care of the “lions and tigers and bears” at Heaven’s Corner Zoo.
Currently, Dr. Mitchell and his wife, Cindy, have a Golden Retriever named Jake, seven cats, and a small cow-calf hobby farm (you can’t take the country out of the boy). He was on the Eaton Community Schools Board of Education for twelve years and is still active in public school planning and campaign committees. Dr. Mitchell and Cindy are active members of Eaton Church of the Brethren and have two grown children, Amy and Rob. And last, but not least, he loves to fly his hot air balloon when time and weather permit.
Dr. Lauren Rice
Dr. Lauren Rice grew up in the small town of Salisbury on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and worked in research for the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Stanford University before attending veterinary school. She graduated Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. Her last year was spent in clinical rotations at The Ohio State University, and hasn’t left the Midwest since. After practicing at a small animal hospital in Cincinnati for 5 years, she found her way to the country with her husband Brandon and 2 dogs, Murphy and Cody, and fell in love with the country life.
After meeting the staff and clients at Town & Country in 2018, she knew it was meant to be. Even Silver, the office cat, was willing to share her office space, making her feel incredibly welcome. She hopes to continue her career at Town & Country helping others feel the same way.
Sharon has been on our team at the front desk since 2010. She is married to Ed and is the proud mother of two daughters. Her happy canines include three rescues: Sadie, a Golden Retriever, Jocko, a Great Pyrenees/Golden Retriever mix, and Tater, a pit/terrier mix. In their spare time, Sharon and Ed like to saddle up and go trail riding.
Registered Veterinary Technicians
Amanda is one of our three Registered Veterinary Technicians. Amanda’s passion for animals started at the age of 8 when she began showing bunnies and English Springer Spaniels in 4-H. This passion only grew stronger over the years and led her to attend and graduate Miami-Jacobs career college with an associates degree in Veterinary Technology in 2013. Amanda lives in Richmond Indiana with her four kids Aiden, Maya, Mira and Ellie. In her free time they enjoy going to Aiden’s baseball games, going to the park, and playing with their cats Lincoln, and Zoe.
Ashley is a Registered Veterinary Technician who graduated from Miami-Jacobs Career College in 2012. She lives with her husband, Troy, and their son Tanner here in Eaton. In her free time, Ashley enjoys reading and finding active things to do with her family and her energetic Siberian Husky Dakota.
Michelle Niehoff is a 2014 graduate of Brown Mackie College’s Veterinary Technician program. Michelle is a registered veterinary technician. She and her husband, J.C., have been married for over 12 years and have 3 children: Cora, Ava, and Myra. Completing the family are two dogs, Hunter and Taylor, and two cats, Maggie and Pumpkin.
Katie Yoder is one of our four registered veterinary technicians at Town & Country Veterinary Clinic. Growing up in Eaton Katie knew from an early age she was destined to work with animals. From a young age Katie and her family brought their pets to Town & Country Veterinary Clinic for their medical care which sparked her interest in veterinary medicine. After job shadowing during high school Katie decided to pursue her degree as a veterinary technician. Katie worked as a veterinary assistant and receptionist while she was in school and after graduating in 2018 is not officially one of our registered technicians. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her two dogs Gunner and Nyla at the dog park and snuggling her cat Doaks at home.
Chris has been with our clinic since 2001. A valued member of our staff, she is our “jack of all trades” and helps out wherever she is needed. She was hired as a Veterinary Assistant and brought to our clinic over fourteen years of previous experience in small animal veterinary care. She is married to Michael and they have two children, Ryan and Courtney. Her pets include a Brittany Spaniel named Jessie, a Yorkshire Terrier mix named Annie, and two lovable cats, Slick and Caramel.
Julia Titus is one of our veterinary assistants and receptionist. She is a 2016 graduate of Eaton High School and will be attending Marian University in the fall with a pre-veterinarian major. You may only see her during the summer months and holidays on her breaks from school and sports. She will be playing women’s basketball at Marian, one of her interests besides volleyball and spending time with family, friends, and her pets Holly and Simba.
Autumn is one of our seasonal veterinary assistants. After job shadowing for several years at Town & Country Veterinary Clinic she officially became part of our team in the summer of 2018. You will most likely see her during the summer and holidays when she is home from studying hard at school. Autumn is currently a pre-vet student at Morehead State university and hopes to graduate and attend Veterinary school in 2020. In her free time she likes binge watching Netflix, traveling, and of course cuddling her kitty, Shadow.
Jerrilyne is one of our receptionists. She and her husband Eric have been married over 17 years! They have a daughter Kierra who is in college and a son Nick who is in high school. Their “other” children include Gracie, a Husky/Collie mix, Myla a shepherd/lab mix and Maggie a beagle/boston terrier mix. She also has two rabbits, Pepper and Bella.
Melanie is one of our receptionists but also loves to help out as a vet assistant. She has lived in Preble County her whole life. She has always loved animals which lead her to pursue a Bachelors degree in Animal Science through Kansas State University’s Online college. She is focusing on Production Management and hopes to continue working and caring for animals for many years to come. In her spare time she likes attending truck and tractor pulls and spending time with her friends, family and cuddling her Australian Shepherd mix named Pearl!
Monica is one of our receptionists. Her 3 children, Tyler, Joshua, Katelyn and her husband Michael keep her very busy! Rounding out the happy household are two adorable Shih-Tzus, Gizmo and Shadow and their much larger siblings Bailey and Apollo both Bernese Mountain dogs. In any free time she may have, Monica enjoys quilting, scrapbooking, attending her childrens’ sporting events, and traveling with her husband.
Animal Care Assistant
Silver is our official Office Cat. She keeps our staff busy by going out the back door and coming in the front door at least 10 times a day. She maintains order in the back office by yowling commands and offering correction, though she has a soft, fluffy, cuddly side to her personality as well. Silver came to the clinic in 2011 after she was hit by a car; her pelvis and tail were both broken. Her pelvis was able to heal, but her tail was not, so it was amputated. Silver recovered, first in cage rest, then graduating to office patrol. The position of Office Cat happened to be open at the time and Silver filled all of the qualifications, so she was hired. Her lack of a tail made her a little self-conscious at first, but once she realized that people believed her to be a pure-bred Manx instead of a common domestic long hair, she accepted her disability with pride. We think she’s beautiful either way. If you happen to see her at the front door, say hello, and know it’s okay to let her inside.