Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Pioneer Animal Clinic in Scottsbluff! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets! Please call us at 308-635-3188 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Dr. Joel Robbins
Practice Owner, Veterinarian

Dr. Joel Robbins is a Western Nebraska native, born and raised in Alliance, Nebraska.  He attended the University of Nebraska Lincoln for his undergraduate studies and completed his doctorate in veterinary medicine at Kansas State University.  Dr. Robbins became a partner of Pioneer Animal Clinic in 2012 and is a small and large animal clinician. He also works on his family ranch in Alliance where he and his wife, Corrina, are raising 2 beautiful children.

Dr. Kimberly Walker
Practice Owner, Veterinarian

Dr. Kim Walker is the daughter of a military officer and moved with her family throughout her childhood. She attended the University of Oklahoma for her undergraduate degree in Microbiology and the University of Oklahoma for her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Walker is a small animal clinician at Pioneer Animal Clinic, and has her master’s degree in parasitology, and is certified in acupuncture for all species. Dr. Walker is known for her comprehensive knowledge and is often consulted when difficult cases are presented. Dr. Walker spends her days off working at her family ranch northeast of Alliance, Nebraska.

Dr. Dale L. Kurtz
Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Dale Kurtz was born and raised in Dillon, Montana.  He completed his undergraduate degree at Montana State University and went on to continue his education at Colorado State University where he graduated with his doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1972. Dr. Kurtz’s first position was at an equine practice in Connecticut. In 1976, Dr. Kurtz and Dr. Arden Wohlers purchased Pioneer Animal Clinic, and he maintained his share in the practice until 2016. Dr. Kurtz has an incredible knowledge for equine medicine including lameness evaluation, reproduction, and dentistry. He is currently working part time, seeing horses only.  He has been breeding and racing thoroughbred horses of his own for years.

Dr. Jayla Cares
Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Cares grew up on a ranch in Minatare, Nebraska, and has always been interested in veterinary medicine. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Nebraska followed by her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine throughout Nebraska’s cooperative program with Iowa State University. Dr. Cares worked at Pioneer Animal Clinic as an assistant during her summer breaks throughout her undergraduate studies and veterinary school. She joined Pioneer Animal Clinic as an Associate Veterinarian in June of 2018.  Since then she has discovered a passion for working with cats and dogs. She is excited to be back in Western Nebraska and looks forward to making a home here with her husband and pets.

Dr. John Dwyer
Associate Veterinarian

Dr. John Dwyer was raised on a small row crop and cow outfit in rural Missouri.  He holds an undergraduate degree in Animal Science from Southwest Missouri State University and completed his DVM at Kansas State in 2016.  Prior to attending veterinary school, Dr. Dwyer worked in production agriculture and the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.  Before joining Pioneer Animal Clinic in 2021, he worked in mixed animal practice in rural Kansas. Dr. Dwyer works on all species, but prefers bovine herd health medicine and equine primary care and reproduction.  He has an interest in stockmanship and grazing management techniques.

Dr. Darla Dwyer
Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Darla Dwyer was raised on the family farm in Kansas. She attended Kansas State University for her undergraduate studies and graduated from veterinary school in 2013. Dr. Dwyer spent her career in mixed practice in rural Kansas before joining Pioneer Animal Clinic in 2021. She really enjoys the variety that working in mixed practice on all species brings. Her specific interests are surgery, bovine herd health medicine, and swine practice.

Veterinary Technician

Gracie was born and raised in Western Nebraska.  She graduated from Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in 2014 with her degree in veterinary technology.  She loves to work with both companion animals and livestock, and her main interest is emergency medicine and cattle work.  In her spare time, Gracie enjoys travelling, trying new things, helping her husband on their farm, and spending time with her young son, 2 dogs, and family.

Veterinary Technician Assistant

Elsa joined Pioneer Animal Clinic in 2010 and worked as a full-time small animal technician assistant for 3 years before leaving to help at her family’s Mexican restaurant.  Her love for animals brought her back to practice in 2018.  She is wonderful with the animals and the clients speaks fluent Spanish, and can at times be found helping out at the front desk when needed.  Elsa is married with two beautiful daughters.  They share their home with 3 dogs and a cat.

Veterinary Technician Assistant

Brianna was born and raised in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.  She attended Eastern Wyoming College and completed her first year in the Veterinary Technology program and plans to return to complete her second year in the future.  Brianna has a love for the outdoors as well as animals.  She enjoys bow fishing and camping in her free time when the weather allows.

Veterinary Technician Assistant

Prior to moving to Western Nebraska, Gwyn worked in a vet clinic in Colorado for 13 years. She worked a 500 head ranch for 16 years, and currently runs a small herd with her son, Dorry, on their ranch north of Bayard, Nebraska.  Gwyn joined Pioneer Animal Clinic some years ago and worked full time for a while.  She has since returned as a very part-time (but very handy!) barn assistant, filling in on weekends here and there.  She keeps herself busy with horseback riding, training horses, and giving riding lessons.  She has 4 horses of her own.

Veterinary Technician Assistant

Liz has worked in veterinary clinics her entire adult life.  She joined Pioneer Animal Clinic in 2016 as a Veterinary Assistant.  Liz grew up in Idaho and received her bachelor’s degree in Science in Natural Horsemanship, with a minor in Equine Science from the University of Montana Western in 2015.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son, and riding and working with horses.

Veterinary Technician in Training

Rylee was born and raised in Torrington, Wyoming.  She grew up knowing she wanted to help animals.  She is currently studying veterinary technology at Eastern Wyoming College, where she plans to obtain an Associates of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology.  Rylee has a love for the outdoors.  In her free tine she likes to hang out with family and her 2 cats and dog.


Kaye grew up in the country and always had a lot of animals.  She was involved in 4-H, FFA, riding horses, and showing cattle while she was young.  Kaye married her high school sweetheart.  They had 2 daughters, and now 5 grandchildren.  She and her husband have a small cow/calf and farming operation.  Kaye enjoys spending time with her family, riding horses, and many other outdoor activities.

Book Keeper

Louise is a Scottsbluff native and has been with Pioneer Animal Clinic since 1969. She attended both Colorado State University and Western Nebraska Community College for her studies.  She is the head bookkeeper and orders all of the equipment and supplies for the practice.  She has been married 41 years to John, has 2 children, and a growing group of grandchildren.


Glen was a stow away on our food delivery truck.  His namesake is the truck driver who discovered him on the trailer.  Glen likes to spend most of his day in the Livestock Office napping and supervising operations in the barn.


Jake found his way into our lives when one of our technicians found him cold and wandering the streets.  He has been our furry mascot ever since.  You can find Jake almost anywhere in the clinic at any given time.  He is the head supervisor of clinic operations.  He also likes to inspect the grounds and visitor vehicles as well, so don’t be surprised if you find him in your trailer or the back end of your pickup checking things out.