Taylor Heng

In May 2021, we welcomed our new Associate Doctor at Columbus Small Animal Hospital, Dr. Taylor Heng.

Dr. Heng is a Nebraska native who grew up on a farm near Nebraska City.  While very young, she knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. Dr. Taylor attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and earned a bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Science in 2017. She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State University in 2021. She has recently moved to a farm near Osceola, Nebraska, where she enjoys spending time outside gardening and running. Her spoiled dogs, Dusty and JoJo, and cats, Storm and Nelly, keep life very entertaining. Dr. Taylor is excited to begin her career with Columbus Small Animal Hospital and looks forward to developing relationships with clients and their furry family members.

Stephanie Wesely

Dr. Stephanie earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Kansas State University, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. She has her Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with honors from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln in 1988. Stephanie was Associate veterinarian at A&M Veterinary Clinic in Columbus, NE from 1992 – 1997. She has been a partner in the Columbus Small Animal Hospital since June 1, 1997.

Her professional interests include small animal  medicine and surgery.

Her personal interests include fishing, gardening, reading, and spending time with her numerous cats and dogs.

She and her husband, Tim, have four grown children and three grandchildren.

Ann Kramer

Dr. Ann earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University in 1983 and became certified in Veterinary Acupuncture at the Chi Institute in Reddick, Florida, in 2008.

Dr Ann was named Veterinarian of the Year by the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association in 2013.

Dr. Ann was the first female president of the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association. She served on the Continuing Education Committee for many years chairing it twice and on the Board of Directors for many years. She has also served on Veterinary School Admissions Boards for Kansas State University and twice for the Two Plus Two Program with Iowa State University. Her professional interests include veterinary acupuncture and small animal and exotic animal medicine and surgery.

Her personal interests include gardening, dancing, and art, and she is a member of Peace Lutheran Church where played in the Hand Bell Choir for many years, also served as “Joyful Sound” Children’s Choir Director and was a long-time member of the Stewardship Board. She also served on the board of the Columbus YMCA. She has also served as a Youth for Christ Mentor.  

She and her husband have two sons, William and Daniel and enjoy the company of their many pets, furry and feathered.

Jim Kramer

Dr. Jim has a strong interest in small animal orthopedics and performs Bone Plating Fracture Repairs, Anterior Cruciate repairs, Medial Patella Luxation Repairs, Triple Pelvic Osteotomies to prevent hip dysplasia along with many other procedures. Dr. Jim also participates in general small animal veterinary practice.

Dr Jim is a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager, a Past President of the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association and has served as Public Relations Committee Chair and on the Board of Directors for several years. He is a long-standing member of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society.

Jim has traveled widely as a professional speaker and is a professional member of the National Speakers Association. He has an interest in Blues Music and especially Blues Harmonica playing and has produced a CD called the Big Dog Blues Review.

Dr. Jim is the author of: A Gift From Rex: Guiding Children through Life and Loss published by Beaver’s Pond Press in 2001. His articles have appeared in Veterinary Practice News, The Veterinary Business Journal Of The United Kingdom, Real Healthcare, AAHA Trends Magazine, Off Lead Magazine and Farm Progress Magazines. Jim has been a frequent contributor to Veterinary Economics Magazine now called Vetted and is a long-standing member of the Veterinary Economics Editorial Advisory Board.

Dr. Jim earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1982. After graduation Jim joined his father in veterinary practice in Fullerton, Nebraska, his wife Ann joined the practice following her graduation from the ISU Vet School in 1983. Ann and Jim started the Columbus Small Animal Hospital April 1, 1996.

Dr Jim is a member of Peace Lutheran church where he served as “Joyful Sound” Children’s Choir director, and longtime member and chair of the Evangelism Board. He also has played and sang with the Contemporary Worship Team and currently sings and plays bass and harmonica for “His Song.”   

The Kramers are co-founders of Animal Compassion Foundation a non-profit foundation that gives help to animals and hope to troubled people through animals. The Kramers have two sons, Will and Dan along with an assortment of rescued animals.