Our technicians are licensed by the state and have graduated from an AVMA approved program. Both our veterinarians and technicians must meet continuing education requirements in order to renew their license every 2 years.  This assures our clients and patients of the high quality of care they have come to expect.

Along with our technicians, our veterinary assistants are also highly trained to perform a variety of procedures. This gives our veterinarians more time to devote to our patients and their caring owners.


                                                                                    Patrick S. Farrell DVM, MS

A native of Lockport, NY (Niagara County) Dr. Farrell completed undergraduate degrees at SUNY Alfred and Cornell University. His graduate studies included an MS degree in Reproductive Physiology/Endocrinology and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from The University of Wisconsin – Madison. Dr. Farrell spent 3 years as an embryologist at the Human In Vitro Fertilization Program at The University of Wisconsin Medical School.

He began his veterinary career as an associate at Moonbrook Veterinary Hospital in Jamestown, NY  in 1987. In January of 1990 he moved to Russell, Pa and started renovating the property of the current hospital facility. On April 1, 1990 Russell Veterinary Hospital, P.C. opened to the general public. 

Besides his veterinary work at the hospital, he is also a dairy consultant for various companies across the US.  He provides his expertise on reproduction programs, barn design, nutrition, and preventative medicine for dairy farmers to improve their business. He is a frequently invited speaker to national professional meetings. He is a Past President of The Rotary Club of Jamestown. He is a current member of the Dean’s Advisory Board and Development Boards at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Farrell  is also a member of the Board of the Jamestown Audubon Society, and a past member of the Boards of the Conewango Men’s  Club and the Warren County Humane Society. He resides in Russell, PA with his wife Anne, and their three sons Dillon, Carter, and Aidan. Their 4 legged family consists of “Miss Puggy 2.0”, a Pug on the run, “Madison”, the cat with an attitude and "The Gray Catsby", the escapist . The Farrell’s enjoy flying, skiing, and traveling.




                                                                                       Brooke L. Imus, DVM

Dr. Imus joined the practice in June of 2007 as an Associate Veterinarian. In January of 2011, she became a partner in the practice.  She graduated from Gannon University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science Degree and received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree from Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Imus enjoys working on both small and large animals.

Growing up in Randolph, NY, Dr. Imus lived on a farm with a variety of animals including horses, dogs, cats, chickens, rabbits, goats, pigs, and even Ostriches!  She currently lives in Busti, NY with her son Max, their two cats, "Hank" and "Lilly" and their two Boston Terrier's "Petunia" and "Evie".

Dr. Imus spends much of her free time golfing, skiing, camping, and participates in many other outdoor activities.




                                                                                          Jaime R. Nelson, DVM

Dr Nelson joined our practice in June 2017 as an associate veterinarian.   Her hometown is Bemus Point. She did her undergraduate work at Morrisville State College and received a degree in equine science and management. She then studied veterinary technology with a focus on pre-veterinary medicine at Mercy College at Dobbs Ferry. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree from Mississippi State University.

She enjoys spending time with her two dogs, Penelope Honey Bear and Buddy, and three cats, Gray-C Lola Whiskers, Franklin and Little Lady LaVeau. She enjoys mountain biking, hunting, fishing, horseback riding and reading. 




                                                                                                Paula Weaver

Paula is a native of Celeron, NY and joined our hospital in October of 1992.  She trained as a receptionist and veterinary assistant. She is now a highly skilled assistant, as well as a receptionist, and is the inventory/pharmacy manager.

She resides in Kiantone, NY with her husband Bill and daughter Sara. Her pets include 3 dogs ("Bernie", "Gertie", and "Milton") and 2 cats ("Jack" and "Angus").  She enjoys riding her motorcycle and is a volunteer for the Kiantone Fire Department.




                                                                                              Denise Mahoney

Denise is originally from Franklin, PA and now resides in Frewsburg, NY. She joined our practice in September of 1995. She trained as a veterinary assistant. She is our top cat handler and can calm even the most ferocious feline with quiet finesse. She lives with her husband Tom, their 2 dogs ("Tilly" and "Bandit"), and their cat ("Kamikaze"). Denise is currently training  "Bandit" for Search and Rescue with the Cherry Grove Fire Department.  Her interests include hiking, reading, and music. 



​                                                                                             Amanda Lindvay CVT

                                                                                         Head Veterinary Technician

Amanda graduated from the Delhi University in December 2001 with an AAS degree as a licensed veterinary technician. She holds a joint license for both NY and PA. After an internship, Amanda joined the practice upon graduation. 

Amanda oversees all medical and surgical cases in the hospital.  She is skilled at placing IV catheters as well as anesthesia induction and monitoring. She ensures that all medical treatments prescribed by the doctors are performed including necessary lab work and radiographs.  Staff education and training is also a large part of her responsibilities.  Her mentoring has helped our staff master skills required for patient care and handling. 

 Amanda and her husband Kevin have 2 daughters, Amie and Mackenzie.  They reside in Russell, PA with their dog ("Wesson") and cat ("Casey").  Amanda is a very busy mom raising 2 young daughters and working full time!!!


                                                                                                    Darcy Marek

 Darcy is a Russell, PA native and joined our team in August 1991. Darcy went back to school and obtained her LPN degree in 2012.  She worked very hard to accomplish this goal and we are all very proud of her!!!  

Darcy has trained as a veterinary assistant and does primarily small animal services. She seems to create a special bond with the patients and spoils them rotten. We are very fortunate to have someone with Darcy’s love for animals to assist us during those times when it is so important. She resides in Russell with her husband, Sam, their dog ("Autumn"), 4 cats ("Bubba", "Willow", "Moochie", and "Izzy"), and 2 African Grey parrots. Her special interests include golf.



                                                                                                      Jan Covey

Jan joined the practice in June of 2008. She has an extensive background raising and breeding American Quarter Horses. Jan and her husband, Tim, are also very active in their Canine Search and Rescue group with their standard poodle “Joy”. They also share their home with 3 other dogs, “Cricket”, “Bailey”, and “Mae”.

Jan and Tim reside in Ashville, NY and have two sons, Brian and Jacob. 


                                                                                                     Kathy VanOrd

Kathy was born and raised in the Pittsburgh area and has worked there for many years. She joined our staff in November of 2011 as a part time receptionist. She has a BS degree in Dairy and Animal Science from Penn State and 20 + years experience in veterinary medicine. She has done just about every job there is to be done in a practice! As our IT person, she has instituted some changes to our inventory system. She heads up our computer resources and helps us make better use of our software to provide the best care possible for our patients.

Kathy lives on a hobby farm in Russell with her husband, Andrew, and their daughter Lily.  They spend most of their time maintaining and training a small herd of American Milking Devon Cattle.

In her “spare” time, Kathy enjoys baking, photography and spending time with her family.

                                                                                                     Sarah Black

Sarah Black is a 2012 graduate of Penn State University with a BA degree in Liberal Studies and a minor in Psychology. After finishing college she entered Mortuary School in Pittsburgh. After she decided that wasn’t the career for her, she came to us. She has been training as a veterinary assistant since she joined our staff in November of 2013. She has proven herself to be a very capable young lady.  She currently resides in Warren with her 4 dogs and 4 cats!




                                                                                                  Nicole York

​​Nicole joined our team in May of 2016. She grew up in the Buffalo area. She attended Erie Community College with a major in business. She played soccer while at ECC. She moved to the Warren area in 2014 after marrying her husband Micah. They are expecting TWIN baby girls in January 2018!! Micah is a general contractor and owns Nehemiah Restorations with this father. If they thought their lives were busy now, they are about to get really busy!

Nicole is being crossed trained. She does equally well performing the duties of a receptionist and veterinary assistant.

Nicole likes to spend her extra time with her dog “Otto”.  She enjoys hunting, hiking, fishing, kayaking and almost anything outdoors.

                                                                                                Sarah Phillips

Sarah joined our team in August of 2016. She is a Warren native and graduated from Warren Area High School where she lettered in softball. She attended Edinboro University with a major in Animal Bio Science. She gained a lot of experience while working in an animal shelter for 2 years. During that time she also earned a certificate as a Humane Officer. Sarah works as both a receptionist and a veterinary assistant. She brings a lot of  knowledge and good animal handling skills to the position. She is very outgoing and all the patients seems to love her.

Sarah also has had a pet sitting business for the last 10 years. She loves being able to help owners know their pets can stay in the comfort of their own homes while they are away. 

Sarah spends her free time hiking, camping, and kayaking. She is a fierce competitor in softball leagues throughout the spring and summer. In the winter she switches to volleyball. Her 2 dogs  “Harlowe” and “Heidi” are her best buddies.  

​                                                                                           Jessica Burch-Snyder

​Jessica joined our team in May of 2017. She grew up in Ellery Center, NY. After high school she attended Erie’s Great Lakes Institute of Technology and earned her certificate as a Veterinary Assistant. She then graduated from Jamestown Community College with an AS degree in Criminal Justice.  She spent 2 years in Hawaii working in a veterinary hospital as a surgery supervisor. After returning to this area we were lucky to find her and put her talents to good use. She has accomplished a lot in a short time and has proven to be an asset to our team.

In her free time Jessica enjoys hiking, fishing and spending time with her 3 loving dogs “Simon”, “Bailey” and “Hercules”. 

                                                                                                   Torri  Burch

Torri joined our team in May of 2017. She grew up in Frewsburg, NY and graduated from Frewsburg Central School. She has been a member of the Kiantone Volunteer Fire Department since she was just a child. Torri graduated from Alfred State with an AAS degree in Animal Technology. She received her technician’s license in September, so she joins Amanda as another tech in our group. We are glad to welcome her to the Russell family.

In her free time Torri enjoys hiking, horseback riding, and binge watching Grey’s Anatomy. She has 2 rats named “Loosey” and “Goosey” and 2 dogs, “Hoppy” and “Sonny” that she loves to spend extra time with.

                                                                                             Barbara McCullough CVT
                                                                                                  Hospital Manager

Barb grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and received her AS degree as a Veterinary Technician from  Harcum Junior College in 1977. She worked in Baltimore, MD and Detroit, MI as a technician before moving to Warren, PA.

Barb began her tenure with RVH before the walls were even constructed and her many years of experience continue to be an invaluable asset as she continues in her role as hospital manager and oversees many areas of staff and hospital operations.

She lives in Warren with her husband, Ed, and their new cat, ”Buckwheat”. Barb enjoys swimming, weight lifting and is an excellent baker!


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