Animal Emergency Clinic of the High Country
Meet Our Team


Hospital Administrator


Mandi Johnson, RVT, CVPM

Mandi is a Registered Veterinary Technician and a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager living in Sugar Grove, North Carolina. She graduated from Central Carolina Community College in 2004, with an A. A. S. degree in veterinary medical technology. Mandi began her career in private practice at the age of 15 and realized that veterinary medicine was where she wanted to be. She also received her certificate in Veterinary Management from St. Petersburg College in 2013.
Soon after graduating from CCCC she went from general practice to emergency medicine. Emergency medicine is where Mandi decided that she wanted to be, until she got thrown into the business part of veterinary medicine. She helped create the general practice and pet lodging portion of her clinic and just finished setting up the new building that houses both of them. She is the hospital administrator to Animal Emergency Clinic of the High Country, Pet Care Clinic of the High Country, and Ridge Runner Pet Lodging.
Mandi received the honor of Certified Veterinary Practice Manager in 2018.
Mandi also sat on the NC Board of Veterinary Technicians in 2018.
Mandi is married with two sons. She has two cats, “Wittn” and “Pig”. One dog, her oldest son, “Obi”, that she has had since her days at CCCC. She loves to teach others about the business ins and outs of veterinary medicine. When she is not working she loves to spend time with her family, playing video games, fishing at the beach and watching her boys play sports.

Human Resources Manager

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Kelly Allen, RVT

Kelly is a 2006 graduate of Lincoln Memorial University with an Associates of Applied Science in Veterinary Medical Technology. She is also graduated from NCSU in 2008 with a BS in Animal Science and a minor in Agriculture Business Management.  Kelly joined the Animal Emergency & Pet Care Clinic team in 2010 as a Registered Veterinary Technician. In her spare time you'll find her spending time with her husband, daughter, Australian Shepherds, and horse back riding.

Client Services Representatives


Savanna Burk Woody

Savanna Burk Woody, or better known as SavAnimal, is from Atlanta, Georgia and has lived in Boone for six years. She is a graduate of Caldwell Community College. SavAnimal loves to cross stitch and be outdoors with her three dogs, Magnolia, Rosie, & Duke Silver. She is an animal enthusiast and aspiring veterinary technician. 

Our Technicians and Technician Assistants


Amanda Ready, BS, RVT

Amanda is a Mississippi native that moved to Boone in the summer of 2018. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Medical Technology from Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Amanda’s professional interests include anesthesiology, pain management, and biomedical research. Her current “count” of species anesthetized as a technician is 14, of which she is very proud. In her personal life, Amanda enjoys roller skating, hiking, having conversations with cats, eating pizza, watching sci-fi movies, and using the Oxford Comma.


Cassidy Chapman

Cassidy is a 2018 graduate of Appalachian State University with a degree in Cellular/Molecular Biology with plans to attend vet school in the near future. She has been in the veterinary field for almost 5 years, 2 of which have been with AEPCC. She enjoys being a technician in emergency medicine and is excited to see what other interests she finds in her veterinary school endeavors. Outside of work, she is heavily involved in synthetic chemistry research that focuses on developing compounds to be used in medicinal settings. She also enjoys hiking, lazy river tubing, and spending time with family and friends.


Emily Butts

Emily Butts graduated with a Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Wildlife Rehabilitation. She has worked in the veterinary field since 2010 and hopes to do so for the foreseeable future. Emily lives with her other half, Jonathan, in Banner Elk, NC.  Together they take care of their 4 dogs, Gabriel, Jibblets, Meri, and Zeus, and their cat, Kieran, as well as their beta fish B.B.  Emily enjoys nature, art, music, dancing, and taking care of animals.


Lori Case

Lori is a veterinary assistant at Pet Care Clinic of the High Country. She has also worked at our emergency clinic, where she started her employment. Lori has been a team member for almost 5 years, and has always had a deep passion for working with animals. She was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina, but currently lives in Banner Elk with her spouse Brandon, daughter, and two German Shepherds. Lori is currently a full time student pursuing a career in diagnostic medical sonography at South College. She is very excited to embark on this new journey and will always consider PCC staff and animals family.


Marie Zielaskowski, RVT

Marie is a 2006 graduate of Lincoln Memorial University with an Associate of Science in Veterinary Medical Technology.  After 13 years working as an RVT, she’s still as passionate as day one.  Growing up on a farm with both large and small animals, Marie knew from a young age this would be her dream job.  She is blessed with an amazing family.  When Marie is not working, she is in mom mode, chasing two kids with her husband of 7 years.  Marie truly believes if you pick a job you love you'll never work a day in your life. 

1710 NC 105
Boone, NC 28607