Meet Nebraska Animal Medical and Emergency Center’s Veterinarians
Nebraska Animal Medical and Emergency 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. He and his wife, Shelley, moved to Lincoln in April 1987 to open Forney Animal Center, now NAMC.
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 has served as a director for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, is on the board for National Pheasants Forever, and is involved with the National Games and Parks Foundation.
His special companion animal interests include nutrition, dentistry, dermatology, radioiodine treatment for hyperthyroid cats, and general 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, a grandson, Kingston, and pet family members, Ollie, a yellow Labrador retriever, and Sophie, a Yorkshire Terrier.
Dr. Forney completed 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 received 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 and Emergency Center.
Dr. Carrie Frey
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 and Emergency 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
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
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. 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. Amanda Miller
Dr. Amanda Miller received her Bachelor of Animal Science from the University of Nebraska Lincoln in 2013. In 2017, she graduated from Iowa State University with Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Although originally from Scottsbluff, NE, Lincoln became known as home throughout college and she returned immediately following graduation to begin working as an associate veterinarian at Nebraska Animal Medical and Emergency Center. Dr. Miller actually started her career here in 2010 as a veterinary assistant throughout her pre-veterinary years!
Dr. Miller enjoys private practice as a whole, but has particular interests in internal medicine and dermatology. She hopes to pursue additional training in the future to begin performing endoscopic procedures here at NAMC.
While not at work, Dr. Miller spends most of her free time training for various athletic events, including half marathons, full marathons, and Ironman 70.3 events. She also has a full fur family at home including her three dogs and two cats.
Dr. Michael Cover
Dr. Michael Cover developed his passion for caring about animals early in life while growing up on his family ranch, as a fifth generation Sandhills rancher. This truly unique lifestyle taught him about hard work and responsibility at an early age. Ranch life provided Dr. Cover the opportunity to learn how to ride horses, work cattle, rope sick animals if needed, fix fence, and put up hay in the summertime. Dr. Cover loves to hunt and fish. Growing up in western Nebraska offered the perfect environment to learn about wildlife conservation and the intrinsic value wildlife offers landowners and Nebraska as a whole.
Dr. Cover received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wyoming in Laramie, a Master of Science degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a Graduate Certificate in the Master’s Program in Public Health with an emphasis in zoonotic diseases, and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University. His main interests in small animal medicine focus on preventive medicine, orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, and nutrition for companion animals.
Dr. Cover is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association. Mike’s entire focus is his family. He enjoys spending time with his wife Joni and his two boys, Jacob and Caleb, and their black lab, Abby. When Mike and Joni first moved to Lincoln, Mike chose to be a stay at home father for his two young children. Mike worked part time at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and then as a Mentor in the Highly Gifted Program in Lincoln Public Schools teaching math and science. Teaching gifted children was incredible, but he knew eventually he wanted to return to school and become a veterinarian. Mike has previously worked at NAMC as a Veterinary Assistant in the treatment area, learning practical medical knowledge before he applied to veterinary school.
Dr. Cover’s passion for wildlife and animals has lead him to serve as a Nebraska Game and Parks Firearm and Hunter Education Instructor since 2004, a lifetime member and local committee member with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, a volunteer coach in the Lincoln Midget Football Program and YMCA Youth Sports Program.
Dr. Kathleen James
Dr. Kathleen James joined our NAMC family in June 2017. She graduated from the University of Missouri in 2017. In school, Dr. James studied heavily in shelter medicine including population management, infectious disease control, and high volume spay/neuter. When she came to NAMC she began specializing in emergency medicine. When not working overnights at NAMC, Dr. James spends the day gardening, knitting and snuggling her dog and cat while reading. She also volunteers at a local shelter and enjoys camping.
Dr. Lauren Pudenz
Dr. Lauren Pudenz joined our team in October 2017. She received her Bachelor of Animal Science degree from Iowa State University in 2012. In 2016 she graduated from Iowa State University again with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. She then completed an intensive small animal rotating internship at Kansas State University which included internal medicine, surgery, emergency and exotic medicine training. Dr. Pudenz’s main area of interest is in exotic animal medicine and she has enjoyed opportunities to work with a variety of species in zoos around the country and on game reserves in South Africa. When she is not providing top notch medical care to her patients at NAMC Dr. Pudenz enjoys working with her Border Collie, Maelgwyn, lifting, riding horses and reading.