Ashley Mead - Veterinary Assistant

Ashley joined us in March 2005 after graduating from Marshall High School. She is primarily an assistant to Dr. Van Lente. She lives in Albion where she loves spending time with husband DJ and their two daughters; Jaylin and Kelsie. She grew up in Marshall on a big Quarter horse farm where she, her dad, and sisters show western pleasure horses.

Nicole Hayes - Veterinary Assistant

​Nicole joined the team in November 2017. She is primarily an assistant to Dr Emery, but don’t be surprised to see her assisting the other vets, in the receptionist chair, or in Athens. She thrives on the variety this job throws at her. She graduated from Mesalands Community College with an associates degree in Agriculture Business. She met her husband James in college where they were both members of the collegiate rodeo team. James is now known as the farrier with the cutest dog ever, Milo. Rodeo has fueled their passion to travel, spending much of their time in the western United States and Australia. Their traveling has now slowed down as they welcomed their first baby boy Stetson February 2019.

Kate Thurber- Receptionist.

Katey joined us March of 2019 after relocating from California where she was working in sales a few years after taking a break from working as a veterinary technician for many years.

She will be receptioning at both Beadle lake and Athens as needed as well as assisting some as well.

She looks forward to getting to know the area and making new friend

Makenna Murray- Veterinary Assistant

Makenna resides in Galesburg, MI. She graduated from Ross Veterinary Assistant Program in 2019. During her schooling she had the opportunity to extern at Beadle Lake and Athens Veterinary for 7 weeks. It  was during that internship that we saw her talents and asked her to join our team. Her interests are performance horses, alternative medicine, and small animal surgeries. In her spare time she loves spending time with her family and learning more about the profession. 

Sarah Horne- Receptionist

 Sarah joined us in March of 2018 after leaving the human realm of medicine. She is the main receptionist at the Beadle Lake office but you may see her from time to time down at the Athens office as well She graduated with an Applied Science degree in Radiology in 2006. She lives in Springfield with her husband Brant, two daughters, Jadyn & Alyssa, dog Comet, and cats Lilo & Stitch. She enjoys spending time with her family, volleyball and swimming in the summer.

Dr. Jessica Bain  joined us in September. She is a 2014 graduate of the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She also earned her Masters in Public Health from Michigan State University in 2015. Jessica practices both small and large animal veterinary medicine. She has a particular interest in small ruminants and camelid medicine, surgery, and veterinary dentistry. She will be splitting her time between Beadle Lake Veterinary Clinic and Athens Veterinary Service. Jessica raises llamas and also has two cats. She also enjoys music, gardening, hiking and the fiber arts. She is new to the area along with her husband and son. 

Dr. Kallie Ashcraftjoined our team in October 2016. She graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014 and went on to complete a year long equine internship at Tennessee Equine Hospital. During her internship, Dr. Ashcraft focused on equine performance medicine while also learning about all aspects of equine medicine. Dr. Ashcraft completed her certification in Veterinary Spinal Manipulation (chiropractic) through the Healing Oasis Wellness Center in June 2017 and loves being able to help her patients with this alternative therapy. Dr. Ashcraft splits her time between Beadle Lake Veterinary Clinic & Athens Veterinary Services, caring for all species. In her spare time, Dr. Ashcraft enjoys running with her dog, Charlie, and spending time with family and friends. 

​​Dr. Hilary Setlak is the proud mother of two rambunctious boys and one of the owning partners of both Athens Veterinary Clinic and Beadle Lake Large Animal Clinic. A 2008 graduate of Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine and a 2004 graduate of the University of Findlay, she enjoys both large and small animal medicine. Whether performing emergency surgery at a dairy farm or attending a police department K-9 training event, Dr. Setlak strives to give quality, compassionate care to all animals in her care. When she’s home with her family on their hobby farm, you can find her caring for her horses and beef cattle or planning her next four-wheeling adventure. Dr. Setlak looks forward to meeting your family pets, 4-H show animals, or entire herd on the farm. 

Dr. Jason Van Lente  I am a 2003 graduate of Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.  I also obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Fisheries and Wildlife and Animal Science during my time at MSU. Since 2003 when I started at Beadle Lake Veterinary Clinic, I have been blessed beyond my dreams.  The team that I get to work with everyday is fun and enjoyable.  I have been able to laugh and cry with clients and have been entrusted to  provide the best veterinary care that my abilities will allow on great patients. One of the things that I enjoy about veterinary practice is using the medicine to allow people to achieve their own goals for their animals. My areas of focus are Dairy/Beef production medicine, Equine reproduction and advanced dentistry as well as general large animal medicine. I have also been trained in Acupuncture which has given me another tool to help my patients. Whether you milk 1000+ cows, breed mares, have horses with dental issues, or just need to keep your big animals healthy- I want to help you meet your veterinary needs.

Our Team Members

Jackie Copenhafer - Office Manager

Jackie joined the Beadle Lake Team in February of 2005. She started out as an assistant to Dr. Emery for several years then added in doing the bookkeeping. She has since transitioned into a management role, while helping keep the clinic’s finances in good shape. She still does get out on the road to assist Dr. Emery every now and then. A love and passion for horses started her on this path and has brought about a new passion for business management. 

Michelle Barnes - Office Manager

Michelle is a jack of all trades and a master of none! She has been with Beadle Lake since the beginning, playing multiple roles on the team. She enjoys her job, the many new challenges it has brought and the skills it has taught her. Michelle graduated from MSU in 2000 with a Bachelors Degree in Animal Science. She and her husband Chad  have two awesome children; Michalla and Drew.  They live on a farm in  Ceresco and have many hobbies. 

Dr. Bob Emery integrates Western medicine, chiropractic care, and acupuncture with the goal of optimizing your horse's performance.  Dr. Emery received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Michigan State University in 1990. Since then, he has continued to enhance his education in order to provide the best service to horses in his care. He was certified in chiropractic in 2000, acupuncture in 2002, and has completed the ISELP courses in 2012. As a senior partner at BLVC, Dr. Emery is continually evolving with the art of equine  performance medicine. His team focuses on the integration of lameness, chiropractic, acupuncture, dentistry, podiatry, nutrition, training, and saddle fitting. works primarily with equine sports medicine focusing on the areas of lameness, chiropractic, acupuncture, dentistry and podiatry. Using a blend of ancient healing techniques along with modern technology, Dr. Emery strives to help owners optimize their horse's performance. Personally, he has been married for 28 years and has three children. He is an avid competitive endurance athlete and loves coaching track and field. 
Memberships: American Veterinary Medical Association, Michigan Equine Practitioner and Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners, International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture, American Chiropractic Association, and International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology. 

Our Veterinarians

Katie Hill- Veterinary Assistant

Katie Hill joined our team in February 2019. Katie grew up riding and showing Morgan horses. She primarily works at the Beadle Lake clinic, but you may see her at the Athens clinic from time to time.  In 2013 Katie attended Equissage for her certification in Equine Sports Massage Therapy.  When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her family, her two dogs and her horses.

Athens Veterinary Services located in Athens, Michigan specializing in excellent care for companion animals.

Beadle Lake Veterinary Clinic

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7115 Tower Road, Battle Creek, MI 49014

Hours:Monday and Friday 8 AM to 5 PM
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 8 AM to 4 PM

Saturday 8 AM to 12 PM

Emergency Services Available 24/7