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Riverside Animal Hospital is a companion animal hospital in Kearney, Nebraska. Along with our mixed animal practice in Elm Creek, Nebraska, we are prepared to meet all of your animal care needs.

We take special interest in advanced diagnostics, dermatology, orthopedics, chiropractics and acupuncture. We are very committed to providing our clients and patients the highest quality veterinary care! 

Dr. Barry Littell

DVM, CVC, CVA, Owner

Dr. Barry Littell is a 1987 graduate of KSU College of Veterinary Medicine. He has over 45 years experience in the horse industry. Through the special interest in equine, Dr. Barry is an accomplished Farrier and is certified in Veterinary Chiropractic since 1992 and Veterinary Acupuncture since 2002.

Dr. Deborah Littell

DVM, Owner

Dr. Deborah Littell is a 1988 graduate of KSU College of Veterinary Medicine. As a Senior Student, she was the recipient of the Prestigious Upjohn Award for proficiency in Small Animal Medicine. Dr. Deb has over 25 years experience of small animal clinical experience with special interest in dermatology, ophthalmology and orthopedic surgery. She received the America's Top Veterinarians award in 2007 for small animal surgery and medicine.

Both doctors enjoy involvement in a wide variety of community activities. Some of those activities include: 4-H leadership and volunteer efforts, church membership and boards, and local Lions Club members. Dr. Barry is on the Buffalo County Agricultural Society Board and Dr. Deb has previously served on the Buffalo County Extension Board. Deb and Barry, along with their son Tom, have 14 horses, a Corgi/Aussie named Diva, an Australian Shepherd named Bess, and five barn kitties named Ginger, Andi, No-No, JP and Hibby.

Dr. Kendra Novotny-Welniak


Dr. Kendra Novotny is a graduate of Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Kendra grew up in Ord, Nebraska on the family farm and ranch.  She grew up showing horses, cattle and sheep. In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors and participating in her community activities. She enjoys horse riding, going to the lake, fishing, playing sand volleyball, golfing, traveling and spending time with family. Kendra and her husband, Todd, are excited to make Kearney their new home. Kendra has one horse, Zippo, and a yellow Labrador Retriever, Lexi. 

Pennie Hort

Veterinary Technician

Pennie graduated from Eastern Wyoming College with an Associates of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology. She has been a part of our team since September of 2007 and she has experience working at one clinic before that. Pennie, her husband Brent and their three children Kyle, Shelbie, and Kourtney have a Heeler mix named Spice, six cats named Spook, Freddie, Turbo, Avon, Ruthie, and Molly and 2 rabbits.

Connie Anderson

Animal Care Assistant

Connie, Dr. Deb's mother, has worked at Riverside Animal Hospital and Littell Veterinary Services since 2000. She enjoys working with the animals and being with her co-workers. Connie has 3 children, 9 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

Inett Eckhout

Office Manager

Inett has a degree in Business from UNK.  She lives in the country near Riverdale with her husband Byron, and 3 children, Dakota, Kenzie and Ranessa.  She also has several cats and dogs.  She loves being at Riverside, as she really enjoys animals and working with the public.  In her free time she loves to spend time with her family, watch t.v., and read.  She has been with Riverside Animal Hospital since September of 2017.

Codi Saunders

Vet Assistant

Codi moved to Nebraska from Chicago in October of 2016.  She currently resides in Lexington.  Codi has always been an animal lover and has 3 dogs and 1 cat.  Codi plans to take online Vet Tech classes to furthur her education.  She has been with Riverside Animal Hospital since November of 2016.  

Bobbie Carson


Bobbie has been a Kearney resident for 17 years.  She has a passion for animals, music, movies, and loves spending time with her children.  Bobbie has a degree in Paralegal Studies and worked in the law field before coming to Riverside.  Bobbie started here at Riverside Animal Hospital in November of 2017.

Katie Anderson


I am Katie Anderson.  I graduated from Loomis High School.  I grew up on a farm and I am a major animal lover.  Katie joined Riverside Animal Hospital in September of 2017 and has loved every second of it. 

Brenna Schneider

Animal Care Assistant

Brenna is currently attending UNK studying Nursing and Majoring in Biology. She is the happy owner of 2 labs, Grazie and Bristol and a mare, Fiona. In her spare time she enjoys riding and showing horses. Brenna also enjoys knitting, reading and playing sports.


Kennel Staff

Hello my name Sydnie and I am studying Biology for Veterinary Medicine at UNK.  I graduated from Blue Hill High School.  I have two dogs named Charlie and Twinkie.  I grew up on a farm.  Sydnie has been working at Riverside Animal Hospital since January 2017.  

Sharita Burton

Kennel Staff

Hi my name is Sharita and I go to UNK.  I am studying Criminal Justice.  I love dogs, sleep and food.  Sharita started with Riverside Animal Hospital in November of 2017.


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