Meet Nebraska Animal Medical Center’s Veterinarians

Nebraska Animal Medical Center’s staff is what makes our hospital great. We would like you to meet them.

Dr. Kent Forney

Dr. Kent H. Forney earned his bachelor of science degree from the University of Nebraska in 1979 and his doctor of veterinary medicine from Iowa State University in 1984. In 1985, Dr. Forney moved “home” to Alliance, Nebraska, where he practiced in a mixed-animal practice until his move to Lincoln in April 1987.

Dr. Forney is a member of AAHA, the AVMA, and the NVMA, where he served on the board of directors. He is also a past member of the Nebraska Board of Health. Dr. Forney currently serves as a director for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

His special interests include nutrition, dentistry, dermatology, radioiodine treatment for hyperthyroid cats, and surgery. Dr. Forney enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, fishing, and speaking to various groups, schools, and organizations. Dr Forney and his wife, Shelley, have three sons, Adam, Eric, and Shane, and pet family members, Lexi the black Labrador retriever and Bear the Yorkshire terrier.

Dr. Forney has attended intensive continuing education in dentistry and oral surgery at the Animal Dental Training Center (ADTC) in Baltimore, Maryland. Since its inception, the ADTC has offered many weekend, multi-ability level courses in dental radiology, oral pathology, oral surgery, restorations, and endodontics for general practitioners, technicians, and practitioners with a special interest in dentistry. The Center offers advanced Master level courses for individuals who have proficiency in dentistry. In addition to its regular schedule of courses, the ADTC has hosted the American College of Veterinary Surgeon’s Arlington, Virginia, wet lab in dentistry and provides yearly mock preparatory examinations to help candidates prepare for taking the dental specialty boards.

Dr. Forney completed intensive classroom training, as well as hands-on training regarding the use and safety of administering radioiodine (I-131) to treat hyperthyroid cats. Following training and on-site inspections, Dr. Forney became licensed by the state of Nebraska to treat hyperthyroid cats in Nebraska at Nebraska Animal Medical Center.

 

Dr. Carrie Frey

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Dr. Carrie Frey received her bachelor of science in veterinary science from the University of Nebraska Lincoln in 1993. In 1997, she graduated from Kansas State University with her doctor of veterinary medicine degree. Upon graduation, she practiced in a small animal clinic near Kansas City, Missouri, for a year and a half. In November 1998, Dr Frey returned to her hometown to join Nebraska Animal Medical Center as an associate veterinarian. Interestingly, Dr. Frey actually started her career here in 1989, when she worked as a kennel staff member throughout her pre-veterinary years.

Dr. Frey’s special interests include internal medicine, abdominal ultrasound, oncology, and exotic pets (small mammals and some reptiles). She values the strength of the human’animal bond and derives great job satisfaction from helping pet owners keep their furry family members healthy. She also has a special soft spot for dachshunds! Dr. Frey is a member of the AVMA and NVMA.

Dr. Frey and her husband (who is also a veterinarian) have three children, Daniel, Emily, and Grant. Also part of the family is dachshund Jed and a cat named Kiki. Dr. Frey enjoys spending time with her children, attending scout and sporting event,s as well as bowling, reading, and crafts.

Dr. Chad Cosgrove

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Dr. Chad Cosgrove grew up on a cattle ranch in North Central Nebraska, near Bassett. Kangaroo was Dr. Cosgrove’s cat as a little boy and began his love for animals. When he moved to Lincoln to attend the University of Nebraska he began working, as an assistant, in a small animal veterinary practice. That experience helped make the decision to become a veterinarian.

Dr. Cosgrove earned his Bachelor Science degree in Animal Science from the University of Nebraska in 1995 and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University in 1999. Upon graduation, he returned to Lincoln to practice in a small animal hospital.

Dr. Cosgrove’s special areas of interest are Canine and Feline behavioral medicine. He attended the North American Institute of Veterinary Behavioral Medicine in 2007 and enjoys attending veterinary conferences and learning the latest information and treatments available.

Dr. Cosgrove is married to his next door neighbor, Amy. They share their lives with son, Thomas, as well as furry family members Retriever mix, Tessa, and cats – Sawyer Brown and Linus. In his spare time, Dr. Cosgrove enjoys watching NASCAR and college football, building Transformers with his son, and playing games on his phone.

Dr. Tricia Sund

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Dr. Sund-Wiebusch joined NAMC in December of 2013. Originally from Northern California, she attended Colorado State University and graduated in 2000 with a double major in Biology and Zoology. After graduation she moved to Nebraska, where she worked in a Research Lab until she started Veterinary School at Kansas State. She graduated from K-State in 2006, returned to Omaha, and practiced there until moving to Lincoln in 2010 to work for Williamsburg Veterinary Hospital.

Dr. Sund-Wiebusch enjoys general veterinary medicine and strongly believes in Preventative Medicine for every stage of life. While attending school at CSU she double majored in Biology and Zoology and worked for the “Changes” department, where she became invested in the animal-human bond. It was also there that she met her future husband, who eventually brought her back to Nebraska. Dr. Sund-Wiebusch says “I enjoy working with pet parents, as well as the animals.” She has become more involved in the NAMC Mobile practice and you may see her about town in the NAMC mobile clinic doing house calls.

Dr. Sund-Wiebusch feels family is very important. She shares her life with her husband, son, daughter, Gus the Labradoodle, Ryan the Leopard Gecko and Arial the Beta fish. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, volunteering at her children’s schools, running and exercising.

Dr. Truc Thanh Nguyen

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Dr. Nguyen joined NAMC in October of 2014. Originally from Vietnam, her family moved to the US in 1999. She graduated from Lincoln High, received her BS in Animal Science and attended Iowa State University, where she received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. She says she hasn’t developed a special interest yet in the many aspects of veterinary medicine, but does enjoy ophthalmology.

While she was in High School, she made the decision to pursue veterinary medicine, because she always loved being around animals. When she moved back to Lincoln, to find a job, she says “When I found out NAMC wanted to hire me I was ecstatic! I didn’t want to become rusty, after graduation, and was excited to start practicing.”

After graduation from vet school she married her husband, Ryan, and they have a guinea pig named “Bat Diet”. She says they are still waiting for the right time to add a dog to their family but are still trying to figure out a breed they can both agree on. Prior to coming to NAMC she volunteered at the Capital Humane Society doing spays and neuters, and hopes to volunteer there again in the future. In her spare time she enjoys sewing and has made several traditional Vietnamese dresses.

Dr. Brittney Riley

Dr. Riley grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska and graduated from “Zoo School” (the Lincoln Science Focus Program) in 2000. She then spent 5 years working as a zookeeper at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo specializing in the care of the zoo’s bird collection. Thanks to a very sick, yet very special flamingo, she discovered her knack for veterinary medicine and began going to college full time while working in 2004. She graduated from UNL with a bachelor’s in Veterinary and Biomedical Science in 2008 and began veterinary school that fall as part of the second class of students to go through the University of Nebraska—Lincoln/Iowa State University Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine (UNL/ISU PPVM). She graduated with her DVM in December of 2012 having focused on small animal medicine.

Dr. Riley moved back to Lincoln in May of 2013 and began teaching anatomical radiology and exotic animal medicine as part of the faculty of the ISU/UNL PPVM that fall. She taught for two years and during this time she also helped out as a relief veterinarian for several practices and worked with a few non-profits providing veterinary care for dogs and cats. Dr. Riley joined NAMC in September of 2016 to see emergency cases overnight and tend to hospitalized patients. She is more than willing to see any exotic animal on emergency or for routine exams/grooming.

During her off hours Dr. Riley spends time with the “Riley Zoo.” She owns three parrots, two snakes, two cats, a pup named Eve and a service dog named Jake trained by Domesti-Pups. She also volunteers as a veterinarian at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo and is currently trying to learn how to write code to create new apps for Android OS.

 

Dr. Ryan Hagan

Dr. Ryan Hagan is originally from Nebraska, where he grew up on a small farm that has multiple dogs, cats, and a large number of horses. His family trains and boards horses, as well as owning a therapeutic riding program. He grew up with several retrievers who were used as hunting dogs, and spent much of his time riding western performance and rodeo horses. He began shadowing veterinarians while attending Norris High School, which helped steer his decision to veterinary medicine.

Dr. Hagan did his undergraduate work at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, graduating in 2010 and graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016.

Dr. Hagan’s areas of interest are in Surgery, particularly orthopedics, Reproduction, and Nutrition. His interest in surgery was sparked by several procedures his Great Dane, Gus, had during his life time. He has done research into comparative nutrition while attending the University of Nebraska.

Dr. Hagan currently lives with 3 dogs, a Labrador Retriever, Remi, and 2 Australian Shepherds, Bindi and Oakley. He also has a slightly overweight Quarter Horse mare, Dually.

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