Dr. Anthony Ulrich, DVM, MS, Practice Owner
Dr. Ulrich is a 1984 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Ulrich is the owner of Ulrich Veterinary Clinic and has practiced in Southern Illinois since 1984.
He introduced laparoscopic surgery to the tri-state area in 2008 and laser therapy for arthritic conditions in 2011. His areas of interest include small animal internal medicine, as well as laparoscopic and orthopedic surgery.
Dr. Ulrich’s hobbies include sky diving, marathon running, sailing and sitting on the beach and unwinding. He is married to the love of his life, Amy, and they have three boys. They also have two cats and two dogs that keep them very busy.
Dr. Allen Walter, DVM
Dr. Walter grew up on a small dairy farm in rural Massac County, Illinois. He was involved in many endeavors such as 4-H, FFA and athletics before graduating and moving on to McKendree College in 1998. In 2002, Dr. Walter graduated McKendree summa cum laude with a B.S. in biology. He completed his education at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine by obtaining his Doctorate with high honors.
Soon after beginning practice, Dr. Walter married his wife Jenifer, a speech pathologist. In 2008, the couple welcomed their first and only child to the family, a girl named Sophie. In addition, two pound rescue dogs, Lucy and Lillie, make their residence at the Walter household. Dr. Walter’s current practice interests include cytology and clinical pathology, as well as small animal ultrasound and ruminants.
Dr. Richard Ashe, DVM
Growing up in Southern Illinois, Dr. Ashe developed a kindred bond with its wonderfully diverse natural resources. With parental influence, accountability was developed at an early age towards not only nature and our native species of plants and animals, but also our domesticated ones from pets to farm animals large and small.
After graduating from Marion Senior High, it was off to the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana for eight years, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture first, and then a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine with Honors in 1981.
Veterinary medical and surgical experience was gained from an early age from summer jobs and internships during high school and college, then after graduation several general practices in Kentucky and Oklahoma. He also enjoyed working on Avian and Exotic species in a specialized practice in addition to emergency medicine in an after hour’s hospital in Kansas
Dr. Ashe appreciates living and working in Southern Illinois, finding time for outdoor activities and hobbies like fishing and boating. Helping his father and spending time with family and friends, not to mention helping people and their critters, are very fulfilling and rewarding.
Samantha Ellis, Veterinary Assistant
Samantha attended Anna-Jonesboro Community High School and graduated in 2012. She has been active in 4-H since she was eight years old and FFA for all four years of high school. She shows cattle and swine. Shannon enjoys spending time with family and working with her cattle, swine, rabbits, horses, dogs and cats. She plans on starting college in the Spring of 2013. She enjoys working with all the animals that come into Ulrich Veterinary Clinic.
Penny Walter, Office Manger & Receptionist
Penny joined our team in 2018. She has been working in the Veterinary services for 30+ years. Penny was born and raised in Indiana and has always had a great love for animals. She is passionate about working with clients and her team to help keep their pets happy and healthy. She has 1 daughter, 2 sons & 1 grand-daughter. She has Terrier mix “Tate”, a black Lab mix “Kota” and 3 cats “Pipestone”, “Ricki” & “Izzy”. Penny enjoys bowling and watching her sons dirt-bike race during her time off.