Our Team

Livingston Veterinary Clinic offers the very best in comprehensive and compassionate veterinary medicine and pet care. We take pride in our exceptional facility and our highly-skilled pet care teams and have been treating pets in the surrounding areas of Livingston County for many years. We are proud to offer general veterinary services such as vaccinations, spays and neuters, wellness exams, and much more.

Teamwork is a part of our daily practice. From the friendly staff at the front desk to the talented and dedicated technicians and doctors, our team works together to create a welcoming and stress free experience for both you and your pet. Our team provides exceptional veterinary care of the highest quality. Give us a try and experience the difference.

Dr. Sandy Surch


Dr. Surch is the proud owner of the Livingston Veterinary Clinic. A graduate from Michigan State University, she has been practicing veterinary medicine for over 30 years. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her dogs (Sophie, Simon, and Dawson), horse (Joe), donkey (Jeffrey), and her cat (Tanner). She is by far the biggest Sparty fan in the world, Go Green!

Dr. Jill Angell


Dr. Jill Angell graduated from Michigan State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. She has enjoyed working as a small animal veterinarian over the years. She enjoys interacting with the staff and clients at Livingston Veterinary Clinic. Though she does not work on horses as a veterinarian, she maintains her love of horses by spending time with them and riding at a local barn. Dr. Angell is also an artist, creating mostly portraits of animals, and she enjoys scrapbooking, reading, and completing Sudoku puzzles. She lives in Hamburg with her husband, two daughters, their dog, cat, and hermit crabs.

Dr. Jessica McKenna


Dr. Jessica McKenna joined Livingston Veterinary Clinic in June of 2018. She is new to Michigan, working previously as a general practitioner and emergency veterinarian in Arizona. Since obtaining her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University in 2011, Dr. McKenna has enjoyed practicing preventative care medicine and emergency /critical care medicine on both dogs and cats. Her professional interests include feline medicine, internal medicine, and animal welfare.

In 2013, Dr. McKenna became a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist after receiving her training through Colorado State University's Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians course. Acupuncture has been a valuable tool for many of her patients and she looks forward to sharing her knowledge and experience with clients and their pets.

When not caring for pets, she enjoys running, hiking, kayaking, and generally being outdoors. She also enjoys reading and spending time with her family. Dr. McKenna is married to a veterinarian and their human family consists of two young boys, Finnegan and Riley. Her fur-family consists of four rescue animals - three cats (Clover, Oscar, and Kaelee) and one dog (Ghost).

Dr. McKenna is proud to be a part of Livingston Veterinary Clinic and looks forward to working with your family and pets in the future.

Amanda Schwartz

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Amanda Schwartz is a Licensed Veterinary Technician who graduated from Wayne County Community College's Veterinary Technology Program in 2011 . She is so excited to have joined our team at Livingston Veterinary Clinic.

Amanda lived in the Metro Detroit area her whole life, and just moved to Howell about a year ago. She is enjoying the change, and shares her home with a Chihuahua named "Ginger", an orange tabby cat "Rusty", and finally "Jose" the Chinchilla. Outside of work, she enjoys camping, exploring the Upper Peninsula, snowmobiling, reading and spending time catching up with her friends and family.

Robyn Maxwell

Veterinary Technician

Robyn is a true animal lover and has been in the veterinary field for over 20 years. She has spent 10 years in emergency medicine and joined us in the beginning of 2018 as one of our Veterinary Technicians. She is a true nature lover and can often be found seeking adventure with her little companion Biscuit by her side (her thrill seeking Chihuahua). Along with Biscuit, she has 2 cats (Patric and Vinny). When Robyn isn't hard at work she loves to go kayaking, hiking and mushroom hunting.

Darla Summers

Veterinary Assistant

Darla has been a veterinary assistant since 1983, starting her career in Houston at a small animal practice in her neighborhood right out of high school. In 1985 Darla moved to Michigan where she attended and graduated from Cleary University with a medical assistant and business management degree.

She has two adult children with whom she loves to spend time with along with the rest of her family. Her fur babies are her two cats "Nathan and Precious" and she hopes to one day add a dog to the family. When not helping animals, her hobbies are long distance walking, hiking, swimming, music, dancing and watching movies (she is a huge movie buff!).

Michelle Scanlan

Office Manager

Michelle is our Office Manager at Livingston Veterinary Clinic and has been with us since we opened our doors in August of 2014. She has over 15yrs of experience working in the Veterinary business and enjoys getting to know all of our wonderful clients and patients at LVC.

She has lived in the Howell area for several years and shares her home with her husband Tim, son Cody, and daughter Hannah, along with her dog Sam, cat's Baby, Mama and Rylie and of course their goldfish "Fishy".

She enjoys going to the movies, spending time with her family and friends, and reading.

Staci Mathes


Staci is probably the first person you are most likely to see when you are coming into our clinic. She always has a pleasant smile and greeting for everyone. Her previous experience as a preschool teacher shows in her kindness and patience. We are so fortunate to have her as part of our receptionist/clerical team. You might see Staci around the Howell area with her husband and young daughter. She enjoys spending time with her family in the great outdoors with their two dogs, "Trigger" and "Opie".

Amber Blevins

Receptionist/Clerical/Veterinary Assistant

After working in retail for 8 years, Amber decided to follow her dream of working with animals. She is currently on our receptionist/clerical team with plans to further her education towards being a Veterinary Technician. In her spare time, she enjoys kayaking, snowboarding, fishing and cooking up new healthy meals in the kitchen.

Sara Shechter


Sara is a true multi tasker — she has been a part of our receptionist/clerical team while steadily working toward her degree in nursing. In her spare time she is always helping out an animal in need, whether it be wild or domestic. She has 3 dogs, 2 horses, 2 bunnies, 2 turtles and an assortment of barn cats.