|Monday||7:30am - 6:00pm|
|Tuesday||7:30am - 5:30pm|
|Wednesday||7:30am - 5:30pm|
|Thursday||7:30am - 6:00pm|
|Friday||7:30am - 5:30pm|
|Saturday||7:30am - 12:30pm|
- Animal Boarding
- Animal Flea Control
- Animal Microchipping
- Small Animal Vet
- Veterinary Dentistry
- Veterinary Euthanasia
- Veterinary Surgery
- Veterinary Vaccinations
- New Pet Initial Visit
- Physical Exam
Welcome to Lifelong Pet Health Care Veterinary Practice. We have been providing quality pet health care in the Topeka area for over 30 years. We specialize in the lifelong wellness of your family pet. Our staff is dedicated to bringing you the level of expertise demanded to support the complex needs of our four legged friends.
I was born and raised in Topeka, Kansas. I attended the Shawnee Heights Schools and received my Bachelors of Science and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University in 1986. Upon completion of my veterinary degree, I practiced for one year in Omaha, Nebraska before joining Doctor Jernigan in 1987.
In December of 2006, I purchased the practice from Doctor Jernigan. I am an active member of the Topeka Veterinary Medical Association, Kansas Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, and Downtown Rotary Club of Topeka.
I married John Litfin in 1983 and we have two children, Jessica and Clay. I enjoy pets of all types. Pictured are my pets; Emma the lab that is afraid of water, Jewell the setter with storm-phobia and Ellie, my deaf Papillon. Not pictured are Lizzy, my elderly cat, Moe and Hoppy, my two younger cats. I spend my free time swimming, boating, and camping with family and friends.
I would love the opportunity to meet you and your pets. We at Lifelong Pet Health Care take great pride in the services we provide. We would love for you to come and meet us in person and to join our family here at Lifelong Pet Health Care.
Following graduation from Colby Community College in 1987, I was fortunate enough to find employment at South City Animal Hospital, at that time a busy 2-veterinarian small animal practice in Topeka. Although some changes have occurred: a name change to Lifelong Pet Health Care in 2003, and the retirement of Dr. Jernigan in 2006, my years here have been challenging and rewarding.
Surgery remains my favorite part of practice, with record-keeping and inventory at the bottom of my list. I enjoy getting my hands dirty, anything bloody or infected --I'll clean it up! At the end of the day, when I can point to a specific patient that I know I helped, I feel a real satisfaction -- that's why I became a Tech!
My non-working life includes my husband, Drexel and Paya, a calico cat adopted from Happy Tails Animal Rescue. I enjoy novels of all types, trying new recipes and walking on gravel roads near our home.
I started working here before Dr. Litfin and remember fondly when she joined the practice. I bring many years of experience to the clinic and a vast knowledge of dietary needs of pet patients. I am the office manager for the clinic and handle many of the not so glamorous roles of inventory and ordering. To me these are necessary duties that help our clinic function smoothly and being detail orientated these responsibilities fit my personality perfectly. I also train new hires in our database system and how to assist clients in our reception area. Above all else I have enjoyed for many years getting to know our clients and helping them provide the best care possible to their four legged family members.
I have been married to my wonderful husband Ron for forty-one years! To celebrate we took a trip to Hawaii and now we are eager to plan another trip. We have two kids and four grand kids that are absolutely wonderful. We spend a lot of our free time with them and still make trips to see our folks back in Tulsa, OK.
Sadly we lost our dog Mandy to old age. She was a doll and we loved her very much. We have recently added a new dog to our home named Penny she is pictured with me. We also have a grand-dog, Lilly, who was adopted from the Topeka Helping Hands Humane Society. At first we thought she'd be a Beagle but has turned out to be a high energy Tennessee Walker Foxhound. The grandkids love her to pieces!
Jim, Moni, and Jimmy Longstaff provide kennel support and help with maintenance of our building. They come in early each morning to spruce up the place and feed any of the boarders staying with us. The Longstaff's have been with the Lifelong Pet Health Care team since 2000. They are an integral part in keeping our clinic functioning smoothly.
Their son Jimmy helps his folks with morning kennels. He is always available to give extra hugs and belly rubs to any pet at the clinic. The Longstaff's have a number of pets of their own. Pictured with them is Tara, their German shepherd. She is a sweetheart!