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.

Dr. Arden Gillespie, DVM

Dr. Arden Gillespie, DVM

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 and one tour in Kuwait as the Senior Veterinarian and Chief of Clinical Operations with 3rd Medical Command, covering all medical operations for the United States Army Central Command area of responsibility. 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

Certified 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.

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.

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.

Stephanie

Stephanie

Veterinary Technician

Hi, I’m Stephanie! My family and I just recently moved back to St. George from Fort Worth, Texas with my 2 daughters; Hana and Emi and husband; Doug. I also have 2 cats, Simon and Bill who both were rescues through previous jobs . I have been in the veterinary field since I was 16 years old and love what I do every day. You can find me most days either in the surgery room or performing dental cleanings! I look forward to meeting you and your fur babies in our clinic!

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.

Frankie

Frankie

Veterinary Assistant

Hi, I’m Frankie. I am from Wyoming but I am glad life has brought me to St. George to work at Washington Family Vet. I graduated from Dixie State University and I am continuing my education at Penn Foster. Some things I like to do are travel, hike, play sports, and spend quality time with family and friends. I love all types of animals and I can not wait to help you and your furry friends!
Hannah

Hannah

Veterinary Assistant

My name is Hannah Clem from Las Vegas, Nevada. I graduated from Sierra Vista High School in 2017 and will be graduating December 2021 with my bachelors in biology, with an emphasis in biological sciences from Dixie State University. I am very passionate about helping animals and hope to pursue that passion as I apply to veterinary school. I love this job and every moment I get to learn something new with the best team I know!
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.

Sara, Receptionist

Nichole, Receptionist