Meet Our Team

Get to know the Washington Family Vet Clinic family. Thank you for trusting us with your pet’s health.

Our Veterinarians

Dr. Jace King, DVM

Dr. Jace King, DVM

Dr. Jace King was born and raised in South Central Utah in the small town of Monroe. He grew up on and spent most of his time working at the family livestock auction and cattle ranch. His interest and desire for veterinary medicine started at a young age while working with and tending to all the different animals.

Following high school, he attended Southern Utah University, majoring in biology with a zoology emphasis. He was then accepted into the Veterinary Medicine Program at Colorado State University, where he graduated in May 2006. Upon graduation, he moved to the St. George area to begin his career as a veterinarian.

His veterinary interests include oncology, chemotherapy, internal medicine, client education/communication, bovine medicine, and orthopedic surgery.

Some of his hobbies include playing and coaching sports, snowboarding, wakeboarding, boating, camping, riding horses, working with cattle, and just relaxing with his family.

Dr. Clayton Barton, DVM

Dr. Clayton Barton, DVM

Dr. Clayton Barton grew up in a rural town in Southern Utah. Growing up in Orderville, Utah gave Dr. Barton the opportunity to have and be around many animals. He acquired a love for animals at a young age. That’s when he decided he wanted to be a veterinarian. After high school, Dr. Barton attended Southern Utah University, majoring in zoology with a minor in chemistry.

In 1998, he was accepted into the Veterinary Training Program at Mississippi State University, College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2002. Following graduation, he was an associate veterinarian at a small animal clinic in Boulder City, Nevada.

Dr. Barton and his family moved to Lehi, Utah in 2003, where he worked at a renowned Equine Clinic in South Jordan, Utah.

Working at these two clinics has given him the knowledge and skills that he uses in his practice of medicine today. Dr. Barton and his wife are from Southern Utah, and they felt a need to be closer to family. They are glad to be back in Southern Utah. Dr. Barton and his wife, Calie, are the proud parents of four children. He is excited to partner with Dr. Jace King. Both have a great desire to provide their clients and patients with the best quality care.

Mason Anderson, DVM

Mason Anderson, DVM

Dr. Mason Anderson was born and raised in a small town in Arizona. He ended up moving to Southern Utah to be closer to his family and finished his undergraduate degree in biology and minor in chemistry from Dixie State University. While going to school, Dr. Mason worked as a veterinary technician at Washington Family Veterinary Clinic to get as much hands-on experience as he could.

He was accepted into the Washington State University WIMU program and spent two years in Logan, Utah at Utah State University and the final two years in Pullman, Washington at Washington State University, graduating in May 2019. His veterinary medicine interests include cardiology, dentistry, dermatology, and preventive medicine.

Dr. Mason and his family are glad to be back in the desert and closer to family down here in Southern Utah.

Dr. Arden Gillespie, DVM

Dr. Arden Gillespie, DVM

Currently unavailable, due to an active duty deployment.

Dr. Arden Gillespie grew up in the small town of Kanab, Utah. At an early age, he knew he wanted to be a veterinarian. He took every opportunity he could to spend time with the local doctors and learn what it would take to achieve this goal.

Following graduation from high school, he attended Utah State University, majoring in bioveterinary science with minors in animal nutrition and chemistry. Dr. Gillespie graduated from the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine with his DVM in 2003.

His career has taken many paths before bringing him to Washington Family Veterinary Clinic. He spent the first nine years in a busy small animal emergency clinic in West Jordan before moving to a clinic in Saratoga Springs, where he spent six years as a general practitioner. He is also a commissioned officer in the United States Army Reserve and has served one tour in Afghanistan as the Theater Veterinarian for all U.S. and NATO Forces. He is happy to be home in Southern Utah with his wife and children and is excited to bring his experience and skills to share with you and your pets.

Our Staff

Whitney

Whitney

Veterinary Technician / Practice Manager

I was raised here in sunny Southern Utah and developed a love for animals and medicine from the moment I got my first pet. Veterinary medicine has always been and will always be a passion of mine. I love the challenges and rewards the field brings. I also enjoy building relationships with clients and their pets to ensure they get the best care possible to be able to live their best life.

I enjoy spending my free time with my husband, Daniel; daughter, Amelia; and our two dogs, Nova and Dally. You can bet we are always out enjoying everything the area has to offer: hiking, fishing, camping, wildlife watching, and hunting, among many others.

Britany

Britany

Veterinary Technician

Britany Heaton was born in Southern Utah and was then raised in Northern Utah. She moved with her family to the small town of Fredonia, AZ in 2006, where she spent the better part of her teenage years. Growing up, she always had a love of the many family pets that they had throughout the years. As of today she only has two cows with hopes of one day having many more, along with a farm and all the hard work that goes with it.

Upon being hired here, she has started a vet technician program with hopes of one day going on to specialize in either radiology or rehab therapy for animals.

A few of her hobbies are landscape and wildlife photography, painting, showing her cows at the Utah state fair, and spending time outside camping, hiking, hunting, and just being with the people she loves.

Kate R.

Kate R.

Veterinary Technician

Hi! I’m Kate, and I’m a vet tech at Washington Family Vet. I love my job and the fact I’m always learning. I’m currently a biology student at DSU, and in my free time, I love to ride horses, go fishing, and spend time with my family (and dogs).

Quade

Quade

Veterinary Technician

Hello, my name is Quade. I was born and raised on my family ranch in Marysvale, Utah. I have always loved animals and have wanted to be a veterinarian since I was young. I am currently enrolled at Southern Utah University, where I will receive a biology degree so I can apply to attend vet school.

Family has always been a big part of my life, and I enjoy spending time with them. I also enjoy doing anything outdoors with my wife, Audrey, whether it be hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, or just driving around in the mountains.

Taylor

Taylor

Veterinary Technician

I was born and raised in Southern California, which is where I developed my love for working with animals. I was a veterinary receptionist there when I discovered my passion for this field and enrolled in a veterinary technician program.

I moved to Southern Utah in 2015, and I have been with Washington Family since 2017. I was a receptionist at first and worked my way to becoming a technician. I am proud to say I work with this family of people, and I feel blessed that I can say I truly love my job. Every day, I learn more about this field, and I hope to one day be able to work with large exotic animals.

When I’m not working, I enjoy everything Southern Utah has to offer, whether it’s hiking in Zion or taking the Can-Am out at Sand Hollow with my dog, Blue.

Kailor

Kailor

Veterinary Technician

Hi, I’m Kailor King. I was raised here in St George. I served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Nebraska after high school. Currently, I go to school at Dixie State, working toward being a vet and working part-time here at the vet clinic. I enjoy working with animals, both large and small!

Melissa

Melissa

Veterinary Technician

Hi, I’m Melissa! I was born in San Jose, California, raised in Sandpoint, Idaho and now I’m currently living in St. George, Utah. My love and passion for animals started when I was a little girl when I got my first pet, a kitten, that I named Amy. Ever since then, I’ve always wanted to work with animals, and I am very grateful to work with such an amazing team here at WFVC! I graduated at Dixie State University, and I’m now currently pursuing more education at Penn Foster to further my skills in becoming a better Veterinary Technician.

Jaida

Jaida

Veterinary Assistant

Hi, I’m Jaida. I was born and raised here in St. George and have always wanted to work with animals since I got my first pet. I really love working with all of your pets and learning something new every day.

Some of my favorite things to do in my free time is hanging out with family, hiking, camping, and fishing. I currently have three dogs Alpha, Snoopy, Luna, and a cat Poison.

Tenille

Tenille

Receptionist

Tenille has worked as a technician for WFVC for four and a half years. She enjoys spending her free time with her son Remington and riding horses. Her passion for animal aid developed in college after she rescued her first horse. Since then, she has made it a goal to provide the best care for her animals and the patients she sees at the clinic.

Amber

Amber

Receptionist

I was born and raised in southern California. I volunteered through high school at the Los Angelas Animal Control facility. During college, I worked at the Pasadena Animal Emergency Clinic where I grew to love working with exotic animals. After marrying my high school sweetheart, we decided to move to Southern Utah to raise our four children. In our free time, we are usually fishing and camping all over this beautiful state. I began working here at the clinic in March of 2018 and have loved every minute of it. I have a passion for Chihuahua’s and haven’t met one that I didn’t adore! I truly believe all of God’s creatures deserve love and respect. I’m proud to be part of the team at WFVC and look forward to learning and growing as an employee.

Jocee, Receptionist

Sarah, Receptionist

Tavin, Receptionist