Shannon Merry, DVM
Dr. Shannon Merry traveled from her native state of Montana to the Pacific Northwest in 2002. She earned her doctoral degree from WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine and also holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology/Zoology and Psychology/Communications. With shared interests in animal welfare and international travel, Dr. Merry has been able to practice veterinary medicine throughout the South Pacific and Latin America with some extraordinary organizations: World Vets, Vets without Borders, and Danta Conservation for the Tropics. While exploring other countries and cultures is important to her, the community of the Palouse is where Dr. Merry feels truly at home.
In 2018, Dr. Merry began Traveling Tails- a mobile veterinary service bringing individualized personal care to her patients and the people who love them.
She feels honored to help nurture the human-animal-bond and contribute to the health and well-being of the cats and dogs in her care. With her team of dedicated assistants, she is able to offer comprehensive exams and diagnostics in a low-stress environment. While Dr. Merry enjoys many aspects of veterinary care, she is particularly interested in managing long-term chronic conditions in pets and improving their quality of life, which in turn helps their people feel good too. When the time comes, she feels humbled and privileged to help pets with a peaceful at-home goodbye.
When not practicing veterinary medicine, Dr. Merry can be found at home snuggling her own kitties. Skyr (named after Icelandic yogurt) is an especially fuzzy girl who loves grooming and licking anyone who is petting her. Za’atar (named after a middle eastern spice) is a spunky speed demon who can be found chasing her tail or tackling her older sister. Dr. Merry also has a geriatric aquatic frog “Zota”, named after a Costa Rican research base where Dr. Merry worked during her pre-veterinary career. Dr. Merry can frequently be found enjoying a glass of wine with her husband, Patrick, at his local winery – Merry Cellars in Pullman. For entertainment, Dr. Merry loves live music and has a soft spot for old-timey bluegrass tunes and even plays the washboard.
Diana, Vet Assistant
Diana & Dr. Merry have been working as a team since August, 2016. Diana moved to Pullman after a brief stay in Yakima, but she is originally from Menifee, California. She has worked as a veterinary assistant and hospital manager in small animal and equine clinics for several years. There was a hiatus in between to be a stay-at-home mom for her two children, Ethan and Emily. Diana currently splits her working hours between Traveling Tails mobile veterinary service and the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory at WSU. Her special interests within the veterinary field include geriatric medicine and dental health.
Throughout her life, she has had many beloved pets and currently shares her home with a long-haired cat named Odysseus. This floofer needs regular grooming, which often includes dinosaur-like spikes shaved into his back fur. When Diana is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her kids and significant other or engaging in her hobbies of crochet and sewing. She also plays the guitar, is an avid music fan, and seeks out live concerts whenever her busy schedule allows.
Roxanne, Vet Assistant
Roxanne’s journey into veterinary medicine began in western Washington, where she worked as a kennel and veterinary assistant for 2 years. She moved to Pullman in 2008 to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Sciences at WSU. Also studying abroad in Belize, Roxanne performed supervised spay and neuter surgeries. After completing her degree, she juggled a busy schedule for 3 years working as a veterinary assistant by day and on the Pullman campus tending bar at Valhalla by night.
Dr. Merry and Roxanne began working together in 2014 and quickly realized that they make a great team! Roxanne’s work ethic and friendly nature helped propel her to the role of manager at Valhalla Bar & Grill, but she’s carved out some time to accompany Dr. Merry on house calls. She’s excited to continue her veterinary adventures and indulge in her love of biology and medicine through Traveling Tails and the unique service it brings to the pets of the Palouse. She shares her own home with her best friend, a little orange tabby named Carrot, who was found abandoned at only 4 weeks old, along with another tiny mewing sibling (who also found a loving home). Years later, Carrot still remembers a few tricks Roxanne taught her as a kitten.