First things first, meet the cats that run the place.
When you visit us, you are likely to find one of our clinic cats roaming around. Luke was found injured by Animal Control. As we healed him, we informed them that we would keep him since the staff just fell in love! Luke truly owns the front and he will likely be there waiting with Patrick to greet you in the mornings! If he’s not curled up on a warm, sunny bench, he might be creating his own chaos in the back, checking on boarders, or digging through trash bins. He does enjoy lots of love from the staff and clients alike here!
Lily is more subdued and shy. She was abandoned here by a previous owner. It takes her a while to get to know you, but then you’ll see her affectionate personality! Often you’ll find Lily looking out the front windows to chase leaves or just soak up the sunshine. Her latest hobby is making newspaper caves at night.
Now for the human section of the page!
Dr. Bryan Welty
Veterinarian / Owner
Dr. Welty was born in Nebraska but raised in Wyoming. He always knew that he wanted to help people and their pets live longer, happier, and healthier lives, so he entered the field of veterinary medicine. He graduated from Colorado State University in 1985. He practiced in several other cities before returning to Nebraska where he met Dr. Ebers at Capitol Animal Clinic. Dr. Ebers wanted to retire so Dr. Welty took over the practice in 1998. Since then, he has enjoyed helping the pets and the people in the Lincoln community. Dr. Welty enjoys getting new state-of-the-art equipment for the clinic and keeping up with local animal events. He also has an interest in exotic animal medicine. Dr. Welty and his wife, Mary, have two children who are growing up so quickly! They are both involved in many schools and church functions. Their three dogs, Morgan, Beni, and Lexi, spend most of their day fuzzing up the house and hoping to take a car ride! Dr. Welty’s four cats also are a source of constant entertainment. When they are not busy running the practice together, Dr. Welty and his wife enjoy gardening and trying to keep up with their kids’ many activities.
Dr. Linda Hall-Jacobson
Veterinarian / Associate
Dr. Hall-Jacobson’s love of animals manifested in her childhood. She would find strays and try to find their homes or get them a new home. Dr. Hall-Jacobson first became a nurse in human medicine, and then she wanted to have a career directly involved with animals, so she married her two passions in veterinary medicine. She completed her education at Tufts University in Massachusetts in 1985. After practicing in California, she then returned to Nebraska in 2002. Dr. Hall-Jacobson has a special interest in natural remedies and has a certification in animal acupuncture. She joined the clinic as an associate veterinarian in 2010. Her husband, Pat, manages a major pet store in Omaha. She also has a daughter who lives in town. Her furry family includes Oscar and Alex, two springer spaniels whom she and her husband enjoy hunting with. They also have three cats, Anna, Edmund, and Angus. In her spare time, Dr. Hall-Jacobson enjoys gardening, remodeling their home, fishing, and travel.
Dr. Kimberly French
Dr. French grew up in Indiana on a farm with dogs, cats, pigs and cattle – she has been facinated with animals all her life, but did not realize her dream of becoming a veterinarian until working in a small animal veterinary practice in Indianapolis after she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Butler University in Indianapolis in 1998. She then moved to Colorado where she worked as a surgery technician for a specialty practice in Loveland. While in Colorado she received her master’s degree in animal anatomy from Colorado State University. Following her dream of veterinary medicine she moved further west to Oregon where she obtained her doctorate in veterinary medicine from Oregon State University in 2007. She worked at general practices as well as an emergency practice in the Portland area since graduation. Wishing to be closer to family, she moved to Lincoln in September 2014, where her husband grew up. She joined Capitol Animal Clinic as an associate in 2018. Her greatest interests in veterinary medicine include anesthesia/pain management, emergency medicine, and surgery. She enjoys spending time with her family – the “two leggeds” – her daughters: and her husband, and the “four leggeds”: a lab/bloodhound mix – as well as their cat.
Licensed Veterinary Technician
Lori grew up on a dairy farm where her love of animals began. She was drawn to working in the animal field and found a job at Capitol Animal Clinic in 1987. Lori worked her way up from the kennels until she earned her veterinary technician license in 2003. Here, she assists with all surgical procedures, maintains the lab and surgical equipment, monitors patients, pulls and runs lab work, and that’s just a small list of what she does! Lori’s family consists of her husband, Curtis, and their two adult daughters who live in town. She and Curtis work to maintain their own farm with several animals in their spare time. The prominent furry members of Lori’s family include dogs, Buck and Belle, and some farm cats. Belle really enjoys chasing things out in the country and getting to play with her friend Buck! Lori especially loves her brood of chickens who can’t get enough popcorn!
Kelly was born on a small farm in Nebraska, and then she moved around a few times until coming back in 2008. She has always enjoyed working with animals and it sparked a love of science within her. Kelly joined Capitol Animal Clinic in 2008 as a veterinary assistant. In addition to helping the veterinarians and pet owners, she also does a wide variety of technical support for the clinic. Kelly has two cats, Sam and Arwen, who are always up to some kind of kitty shenanigans. In her spare time, she enjoys different art projects (check out the cat rocks by the door!). Her main hobby is constantly changing her fingernail designs and updates a regular blog with her whimsical art!
Kris is a native Nebraskan who has always loved animals and enjoyed watching wildlife. Currently, she is a student in San Juan College’s online veterinary technician program and joined Capitol Animal Clinic in 2018 to help her finish that program. Kris is absorbing so much information and skills here that will help her become the best tech she can be! At home her husband Mark and 2 kids keep her busy! They enjoy cooking, baking, and camping. She has 3 cats: Sir Cat, Luna, and Artemis and they all love to play and sleep together!
A Lincoln native, Maya has always been a helper. As a current student at UNL perusing a degree in veterinary science in hopes of going to veterinary school one day, she was looking to gain more experience in the field and joined our team in 2018. She loves seeing all the pets come in and helping the sick ones recover back to their old selves! Maya is here to work with owners and be sure their pets are receiving the best care possible.
Camping and hiking are one of Maya’s many passions. Her goal is to visit all 60 national parks! She also reads, paints, and long-boards. She is also in the UNL marching band, so you might see her at a game! She lives at home with her family where they have 2 dogs, Milo and Elvis, and 3 cats, Rob, Marzipan, and Tiny Cat. They all love playing together and thundering through the house!
Keeley is from Wisner, NE originally. Growing up, she was very involved with showing livestock for the 4H and FFA. Keeley has always been interested in the livestock industry but wanted to know more about small animal medicine so she joined the Capitol team in 2018. She is a student at UNL getting an animal science–business and communication degree. Keeley enthusiastically helps with any task, for any patient. Her favorite is working the front desk where she can hand out lots of treats and give belly rubs or ear scratches!
Keeley lives with her dog Tuff and he loves helping raise her cattle! She can also be found doing livestock judging and helping young 4H kids with their projects.