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Our Management Staff


Janice Gordanier

Practice Manager

janice_gordanier.jpgJanice has worked at Animal Haven Clinic for almost 10 years.  She came to Farmington in 1997 with the medical firm that was opening an office in the area.  That office closed down in 2000 and she didn't want to move.  She met her husband Floyd in 1997 and was married in 1998. She had seen an ad in the Daily Times for a Practice Manager position and assumed it was for the human medical field. She was surprised to find it was in the veterinary field.  She was experienced in an office setting, so it was a natural transition.  She didn't realize how much she really loved animals.  They are wonderful to own and to care for at work.  It's hard to say no to their sad faces or happy licks and that is why she now has 5 dogs. (Her husband teases that he's glad she didn't go to work for an nursing home).  In her job she has learned to expect the unexpected. No two days are the same and she finds her job exciting and fulfilling.

A Practice Manager's duties encompass personal management, problem solving, financial processes, accounts receivable, accounts payable, staff training, inventory processes, physical plant maintenance, equipment maintenance, animal food, promotional calendar, client satisfaction and advertising.


Ellen Williams

Office Manager

ellen_williams.jpgEllen has worked at Animal Haven for 17 and 1/2 years.  She graduated from Durango High School and attended Fort Lewis College.  She graduated from Oklahoma Panhandle State University with a BS in Animal Sciences.  In the time she has worked at Animal Haven she has cleaned cages, taken and developed radiographs, assisted in surgery, assisted the doctors with euthanasia, helped with animal restraint, answered the phones, made appointments, handled accounts payable, account receivable and audited invoices.  She was raised east of Durango on the Florida Mesa, with five older brothers and one older sister.  Her parents had 160 acres farm/ranch and 640 acres of pasture.  Over their life time her parents raised, cattle, pigs, turkeys and children. They always had a herd of horses around to keep all 9 of them mounted.  She raised sheep and pigs while in high school to help raise college funds.  After returning to San Juan Basin she worked several different places most of which had nothing to do with the animal industry.  When she applied at animal Haven Clinic she started as an Animal Care Specialist, when she was pregnant with her oldest of 3 sons she moved to the front desk and has been there ever since.  She has been married for 20 plus years and has 3 sons.  She has had the privilege of working with several Doctors, a lot of great clients, fun patients and interesting co-workers.  No two days are the same and no cases are the same with living beings.


Jerry Ahlgrimjerry_ahlgrim.jpg

Senior Large Animal Technician