our team


Dr Jim Shipman– Dr. Shipman received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Oklahoma State University in 1971. After graduation Dr. Shipman joined the military in the Army Veterinary Corp and served two years stationed in New York City. While he was in the military he married Cynthia. After the military tour was completed they moved back to Oklahoma where Dr. Shipman was involved in a multiple doctor practice in Vinita. They lived there for a few years before moving to Claremore, Oklahoma where he started his own practice, in 1987 the practice moved to its current location. Dr Shipman retired from practicing in 2022, but can often be found around the clinic stopping by to visit with staff and clients!

Dr. Shipman and Cynthia have three children. Their son Jeff is married to Stacia and they both are ER Doctors and reside in Edmond, Oklahoma. They have 3 children Max, Maisie, and Molly. Dr. Shipman’s first daughter KT, is married to Steve. They have 2 children, Brett and Claire. They reside in Kiefer, Oklahoma. KT has her master’s degree and works for the Social Security Administration. Steve has started his own business, “Green Country Logistics” which is doing well. Their second daughter is Elizabeth, is married to Craig, and they reside in Tulsa, OK where she is a licensed EMT and CNA and is employed with St. Johns Hospital working in the nursing field. Dr Shipman and Cynthia have horses and 2 labs, Remi and Sunny. In his free time, Dr. Shipman appreciates spending time on his boat at the lake with family and friends or a good cookout on the patio with family. It is very well known that the entire Shipman family “bleeds orange” and attend as many OSU athletic events as possible. GO POKES!!!

Dr Mona Walkingstick– Dr. Walkingstick attended Oklahoma State University and obtained her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1989. After graduation, she went to work at a mixed animal practice in Massachusetts. This was short lived as Oklahoma pulled her back home. When she returned to Oklahoma, she practiced in Tulsa at Marina Animal Clinic for 9 years, before joining the team at Shipman Veterinary Services in 1998. Dr Walkingstick focuses on companion animals, and enjoys them all. She will be the first to admit that her favorite are the felines. She truly loves helping clients that are concerned about their pets and often refers to herself as “the other family doctor”. She has 2 children, William Alan and Thomas. She enjoys hiking and photography with her kids when time allows. Taekwondo has also been a big part of her adult life and she still finds time to “play”.

Dr Kendi Horner– Dr. Horner was born and raised just north of Claremore. Her family had a farm that was every little girl’s dream; kittens, rabbits, bottle calves, and everything in between. It was at a young age, during an emergency with one of her own horses, that she solidified her decision to devote her life to helping animals. The beginning of her professional journey was a shadow experience with Dr. Walkingstick at Shipman Veterinary. After graduating from Claremore High School, she went on to Oklahoma State University graduating with a degree in Animal Science, making sure to still make time to catch the Cowboys games on Saturdays! Her education at the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine included spending another 3 weeks interning at Shipman Veterinary, just before graduating in 2010. Life would then take her away from Claremore; she spent the next 10 years practicing mixed animal medicine near Shawnee, OK.  Now that she has returned home, she enjoys cheering on the Cowboys, spending time with her family, laughing with her friends, and taking care of her pets: Moomoo the mini schnauzer and her cats Bones, Audrey, Ozzie, Clive, Bitty, and Smitty. She is overjoyed to be back home in Claremore, meeting new clients and patients, whether equine, small ruminant, or small animal.

Support staff:

Amie– Amie began working after school at Shipman Veterinary Services in 2000 as a veterinary assistant. Amie graduated from Sequoyah High School in 2002 and furthered her education at Rogers State University where she graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science in Nursing in 2005. After working in the medical field, Amie decided she enjoyed caring for animals more and began full time in 2008 as Office Manager. Amie and her husband Steven have two children, Ady and Porter. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, shark fishing in Florida, riding side by sides, and boating on the lake. She has 3 dogs: Rolo (basset hound), Snuffy (3 legged pug), and Gator (french bulldog).

Kelsey– Kelsey graduated High School from Locust Grove in 2014, and graduated from Vet Assistant School in 2019 and joined Shipman Animal Hospital that same year. She and her husband Dillon have 2 children, Kale and Sutton. She also has 3 dogs: Jagger (australian shepherd), Jade (german shepherd), and Murphy (golden retriever). Outside of work, Kelsey enjoys hanging out with family and friends, going to concerts, and running her children around to events.

Shay– Shay has been working in Veterinary Medicine since early 2016 and has been at Shipman Animal Hospital since October 2020. She and her husband Ryan have 3 girls, Harper, Emerson, and Olivia. In her free time, she can be found running her girls to and from all of their after school activities and spending time with family and friends. She also has 2 yellow labs, Bo and Tucker.

Jerry– Jerry obtained his Registered Veterinary Technician degree from Murray State College and has been a RVT for 29 years. Jerry grew up working in a variety of vet clinics prior to getting his degree. He began working at Shipman Animal Hospital in 2014, after moving from Elk City, OK. Jerry and his wife Stephanie have 3 children, and their first grandchild is on the way. He has many pets including dogs, cats, and horses. Jerry enjoys riding and training horses, spending time with his family, and (as many of you know) drinking coffee!

Ericka– Ericka graduated in 2019 from Foyil High School. After high school, she found her true calling working as a vet assistant. She has been in the veterinary field for 4 years now. You can find her working in the small animal department, but her true love is large animals. Outside of work, you can find her hanging out with her family, barrel racing, riding her horses, working cattle, and helping her Fiancé Rush with the family sheep and cattle production, or playing with her 3 dogs Bucky (corgi), Woody and Dally (dachshunds).

Kennedy– Kennedy is a part-time receptionist and veterinary assistant. She has worked at the clinic for many years filling in as needed. She values the opportunity of working alongside her father Jerry, who has taught her everything she knows. Kennedy is currently attending Rogers State University and plans to pursue a career in Medical Imaging as a Radiology Tech. She spends a majority of her time going to barrel races, riding horses, and playing with her two dogs Mr. Pickles (dachshund) and Emmylou (lab).

Katelynd– Katelynd is a part time veterinary assistant. She is currently a senior at Verdigris High School, and upon graduation she plans on attending college to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. She enjoys playing soccer, hunting with her dad, hanging out with friends, and eating lots of ice cream. She has many animals including miniature zebu cattle, chickens, a cat named Dirty Pearl, and her favorite dog Cooper (red/blue Heeler).