Here at Ellis County Animal Hospital our staff is dedicated to giving your furry member of the family the compassion and care they deserve. Come meet us and see the difference!


Doctors Richard and Angie Prather have been the owners of the practice since 1990. They have dedicated their life to giving their clients and patients the best care possible.


Ellis County Animal Hospital has a long standing history in Shattuck. The building first opened it's doors in 1973 under the care of Dr. John Kirpatrick.

Dr. Richard Prather



Graduate of Oklahoma State University, Stillwater OK, in 1986 with his DVM and worked to become the co-owner of the practice in 1990. Dr. Richard has been dedicated to providing superior treatment to his patients which is why in 2004 he was named Food Animal Practitioner of the Year.

Dr. Angie Prather



Graduate of Oklahoma State University, Stillwater OK, in 1987 with her DVM and worked to become co-owner of the practice in 1990. Dr. Angie's dedication to the small animal clients is well known and her genuine laugh keeps everyone in high spirits at the practice.

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Dr. Nicholas "Nick" Shen

Associate Veterinarian

Graduate of Arizona State University, Tempe AZ, with a Masters of Science in Management and Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate TN, in 2020 with a DVM. Dr. Nick's passion for veterinary medicine has made him a great addition to the practice. He is interested in several species ranging from small to large. 

Kailey Sanders



Kailey is attending NWOSU and working full time. She  started  with the practice in 2020 and is the smiling face you see when you walk in! Kailey's family has livestock and she herself has a few dogs so she brings well rounded knowledge to the table when assisting clients. 

Amelia Adams RVT

Registered Veterinary Technician


Graduate of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture, Curtis NE, in 2012 with an Associates degree in Veterinary Technology Systems with a minor in Agriculture Productions Equine. Amelia has been with the practice since 2012. She brings great expertise for animal care to our practice and extends the veterinarians capabilities tremendously. 

Kacie Priest RVT

Registered Veterinary Technician


Graduate of OSU-OKC, in 2019 with an Associates degree in Veterinary Technology. Kacie started with the practice in 2018 and has brought extra compassion for our feline patients. Her family has cattle and horses, but her passion is for exotic animals. Kacie is a great asset to the practice because of her love for several species and exemplary patient care.

Michael Adams

Large Animal Assistant

Graduate of Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Goodwell OK, in 2013 with a Bachelors degree in Agronomy with a minor in Animal Science. Michael is well versed in the technical care that the practice offers. From cattle artificial insemination to aiding with radiographs, Michael has been a great addition the practice for assisting with large animal care since 2014.

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Grady Rakestraw

Large Animal Assistant


Grady served in the United States Marine Corps from 2000-2004. He started with the practice in the spring of 2021. His family previously raised dairy and beef cattle. Grady now raises show cattle as well as show sheep. His knowledge of  handling and raising multiple species makes him a great addition to our Large Animal Assistant team.