Our Vets

Bob Owens DVM


Dr. Owens and his wife Vickie established the original practice in O'Neill on October 1, 1972. In 1973, Dr. Owens and Dr. Merton L Dierks, from Ewing, Nebraska formed a partnership and eventually formed what is now the O'Neill Veterinary Clinic, north of town. His main areas of interest are on the cow/calf side and feedlot with a special emphasis on both reproductive and carcass ultrasound technologies. His hobbies include hunting, fishing and grandkids.


Kirk Sholes DVM


Dr. Sholes joined the O'Neill Veterinary Clinic in October 1987. He grew up on a ranch south of Inman attending O'Neill Public High School and graduated from the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in May 1986. After a year of practice in a mixed animal clinic at Plainview, NE, he moved back home to O'Neill as a mixed animal practitioner at our clinic. Dr. Sholes' veterinary interests include bovine and equine practice and especially equine reproduction and dentistry. Professional memberships include the American Association of Equine Practitioners and the American Association of Bovine Practitioners. He has been a member of the O'Neill Volunteer Fire Department since 1989. Dr. Sholes and his wife, Karen, have five children.


Kelly Darner DVM


Dr. Darner is the new member at O'Neill Veterinary Clinic.  She grew up in Michigan and graduated from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA May 2013.  After graduation she moved to Nebraska with her three dogs and two sugar gliders to be the third doctor at O'Neill Veterinary Clinic.  Dr. Darner's veterinary interest include small animal and bovine practice.


Sandi Colman - Veterinary Technician


Sandy is the senior tech and has been with the clinic since 2005. Sandy and her husband Chad, a farrier, live in O’Neill and are raising their three children Cody, Taylor and Wyatt. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, hunting and traveling with her kids to watch them compete.


Pam Pongratz - Veterinary Assistant and Office Manager


Pam joined the clinic in October 2008. She grew up on a ranch northwest of Atkinson. In 2006, she graduated from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, IA with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management/Marketing. After college, she married Joe. They enjoy working together raising cattle on the family farm/ranch. They have a daughter, Amanda, and a son, Logan.


Sarah Mahony- Veterinary Technician and Groomer


Sarah joined the clinic in February 2012. She grew up on a ranch/farm in Ravenna, NE and she graduated from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis, NE as a veterinary technician. After college she moved to O'Neill and married Curt Mahony. In her free time she enjoys working with Curt on their family ranch.