Meet Our Team

We’re dedicated to your pet’s health.

Dr. Connie Hyler-Both, a 1984 graduate of Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, moved to WV in 1988. In 1987, she was working for another practice that had a mobile clinic in Hinton, as there was no permanent practice there. She was approached by someone looking to sell a building that he said would be a great location for a veterinary practice in Summers county. She had no idea that it would become New River Animal Hospital., but God did! After much thought and prayer, it was decided to renovate the old store in Nimitz and start a veterinary hospital. Starting with a single employee, we’be grown over time to provide jobs and employment for 9 people. The years have had their ups and downs, including some major health challenges for Doc, but we have developed a loyal clientele and staff. We’ve expanded to provide surgery, digital radiology, dentistry, preventative medicine, laser therapy, boarding and grooming. In 2013, Dr. Sarah Koressel, a 2005 graduate of Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine joined our team in helping offer “our best for pets and their people.” Thirty years later, we’re still here proudly serving the community with care and experience. We treat your pets like family.

Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team

Bottom L to R- Ronielle, Dr. Koressel, Dr. Hyler-Both Top L to R – Angie, Kimberly, Kim, Betty
Dr. Connie Hyler-Both

Dr. Connie Hyler-Both

Owner / Veterinarian

Doc graduated from Michigan State University in 1984 and moved to West Virginia in 1986. She then opened New River Animal Hospital in July of 1988, and the rest is history!

At work, Doc loves playing with the babies, making a positive difference in a pet’s life – whether improving behavior, health or situation for pets and their people.

At home, she has a Newfoundland puppy named Hobie, 3 cats, Nod, Lizzie and Buttered Popcorn, chickens, fish a canary and 5 horses – 4 Tennessee Walking horses and a Frisian.

When she’s not at work, she loves reading, baking, horseback riding, and swimming.

Dr. Sarah Koressel

Dr. Sarah Koressel

Associate Veterinarian

Sarah has been working here for five years and has been in veterinary medicine for a total of 13 years. Her favorite part of the job is meeting all types of different animals and helping people and their pets live a fun and healthy lives.

At home, she has two dogs, one snake, five indoor cats, two outdoor cats. All are geriatric except one of the cats.

When she’s not at work, she loves doing kid activities with her twin boys, outdoor endeavors, knitting, general health, and fitness.



Assistant Manager & Social Media/Event Coordinator

Ronielle has been working in veterinary medicine for eight years and all of them have been spent at New River Animal Hospital!

Her favorite part of her job is witnessing the effect pets have on their humans.

At home, she shares her life with a Persian named Pishi aka Missy who dominates our household, and Ozzy, a DSH orange tabby who acts as our “guard dog” in the house.

In her spare time, she loves photography, nature, yoga, hunting, archery, reading, crochet, music, and is very family oriented.


Office Manager

Kim has worked in veterinary medicine for 18 years, all of which were here at New River Animal Hospital! She loves meeting so many wonderful people and animals every day.

At home, she shares her life with Jack, a border collie and Frisbee player, Jill, a black lab who loves to tear stuffed animals in to, and Reba, a Pomeranian who is a lover.

When she’s not at work, she loves shopping and family time!



Veterinary Assistant

Kimberly has been in veterinary medicine for eight years and all of them were spent with New River Animal Hospital. She loves playing with puppies and kittens, teaching clients something new, and helping sick pets feel better.

At home, she shares her life with, Kenzy, a lab mix that was rescued by staff as an abandoned puppy – very sweet. Boots, 17-year-old kitty she rescued off the side of the road. Bumblebee, went through 2 other homes before she found me, she is a kid pleaser. Kenah, the kitty that wandered into my home and became mine. Kullen was a surprise rescue from a routine spay that I helped birth. Stuffy, little pug mix that loves to cuddle and DaVinci, a rescued kitten whose mom and siblings had died; he came to me with green hair dye all over him.

Her hobbies include crafts, archery, skeet shooting, and volunteering with Girl Scouts.



Veterinary Assistant

Wendy has worked in veterinary medicine for six years and loves helping animals while developing trusting relationships with clients.

At home, Wendy has two dogs, one cat, and 13 goats!

When she’s not at work, she loves hobby farming chickens and goats while instilling a love for animals for her children.



Professional Groomer & Veterinary Assistant

Betty has spent 20 years in veterinary medicine and all of them have been spent here at New River Animal Hospital.

Her favorite part of work is seeing all of the happy clients and pets! And of course, working so close to her home.

She shares her life with two rabbits, two dogs, four cats, and a fish. All of them range from 1-12 years of age, a solid mix of old and young.

In her spare time, she loves cooking, photography, walking, hiking, traveling, swimming, and the beach.



Professional Groomer

Angie has worked at New River Animal Hospital for over fifteen years and still loves every minute of it! Her favorite part of her job is seeing all of the different breeds that come in, and seeing her own transformations on the grooming appointments she takes care of.

At home, she has three pets – Harley the Rottie, Chopper the Shihtzu, and Mackie the cat!

When she’s not at work, she loves outside walks in the summer, crochet, TV and movies fishing, swimming, and fourwheeling.



Grooming Assistant

Amber is loves meeting new animals and clients in her role at New River Animal Hospital.

At home, Amber has several dogs, cats, and even a donkey!

In her sparetime, she loves church, coonhunting, camping, fishing, or anything outdoors.



Kennel Assistant

Sharon is new to New River Animal Hospital and is loving every minute of it! She loves spending times with dogs and cats, but most importantly, making animals feel safe and loves when they’re away from the family.

At home, she has two amazing dogs named Gabby and Rowdy. Gabby is a golden retriever and her heart is as big as the great outdoors. Rowdy is a guard dog and her main squeeze. They never meet a stranger unless they are a stranger to Sharon.

In her spare time, Sharon loves horseback riding, hiking with her grandkids, and working in the yard. She also drives a big truck that she likes to keep sparkling clean.



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New River Animal Hospital is a modern small animal health facility dedicated to the well-being of pets as well as their owners. Our hospital has seen thousands of pets since opening in 1988.

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Our Address

7295 Beech Run Road
Nimitz, WV 25978
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Our Hours

Mon: 8:30 am-1:00 pm + 2:00 pm-5:00 pm
Tues: 8:30 am-1:00 pm + 2:00 pm-5:00 pm
Wed: 8:30 am-1:00 pm + 2:00 pm-5:00 pm
Thurs: 8:30 am-1:00 pm + 2:00 pm-5:00 pm
Fri: 8:30 am-1:00 pm + 2:00 pm-5:00 pm
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed

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