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 AKA "Doc"

Dr. Connie Hyler-Both AKA "Doc"

Owner / Veterinarian

Doc graduated from Michigan State University in 1984 and moved to West Virginia in 1986. She then opened the very first veterinary hospital in Summers County, New River Animal Hospital in July of 1988.

At work, Doc loves playing with new babies, making a positive difference in a pet’s life – whether improving behavior, health or situation for pets and their people. “Doc” has a true calling in the veterinary field and really connects with clients and their furbabies.

At home, she has a Newfoundland puppy named Hobie, cats, birds, horses and chickens.

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

Dr. Sarah Koressel

Dr. Sarah Koressel

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Sarah has been working with NRAH since 2013. She has been in veterinary medicine since 2005, graduating from Purdue University. Her favorite part of the job is meeting all types of different animals and helping people and their pets live fun and healthy lives. Dr. Koressel has a calming ability about her and is sure to make your visit with us rewarding. You can also take advantage of her Fear Free Certification!




At home, she has 4 cats, 1 dog and a snake.

When she’s not at work, she loves being active with her twin boys, outdoor endeavors, swimming, reading, and traveling.



Practice Manager & Social Media/Event Coordinator

Ronielle has been working in veterinary medicine since 2009.

Her favorite part of her job is witnessing the effect pets have on their humans. You will get a pleasant vibe when meeting Ronielle. You’ll know that her heart is in this field for the pets, the people and her team.

At home, she shares her life with 2 cats.

In her spare time, she loves photography, reading, yoga and outdoor endeavors.



Office Manager

Kim has worked in veterinary medicine since the year 2000. She loves meeting so many wonderful people and animals every day. Kim will make you feel welcomed right from the moment you walk through our door.

At home, she shares her life with her 2 dogs, Jack & Jill.

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



Professional Groomer & Veterinary Assistant

Betty has spent 20 years in veterinary medicine and all of them have been 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 and Client Service Representative

Angie has worked at New River Animal Hospital since 1999 as a professional dog and cat groomer 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 grooming transformations. Angie will guide you through home care in between grooming appointments and is able to answer any questions you may have.

She shares her home with 2 cats.

When she’s not at work, she loves hiking, crochet and crafting.



Certified Veterinary Assistant

NRAH welcomed Jessica to our team in 2020. She received her certification from Animal Behavior College. Jessica enjoys being part of the reason why pets live a happy and healthy life.

At home she has several of her own, including 3 dogs, 1 cat, a leopard gecko and even a chinchilla.

When not at work she enjoys hiking, kayaking and adventuring outdoors with her furbabies.



Client Service Representative

Samm has been working in the veterinary field for 2 years now. She has had a love for animals since she was a child. She has two cats and some fish of her own. When she isn’t on the clock she enjoys cooking, kayaking and spending time with friends and family on the river. She is currently attending school with goals of becoming a certified vet tech.


Grooming Assistant

Brittany became part of our team in late 2020. She is currently training to be a full-time Pet Groomer. Brittany has had a huge love for animals since she was a child. She shares her home with her dog, two cats, and her beloved bearded dragon, Slytherin. In her spare time, she enjoys kayaking, fishing, tie-dye, and spending time with family and friends.


Veterinary Assistant

Ikesha is one of the newest members of our team. She has been an animal lover for as long as she can remember. She has one dog and two horses of her own. She enjoys outdoor endeavors and helping out in her community. She enjoys studying veterinary medicine and is hoping to make a long-term career out of it. We are glad to welcome Ikesha to our team.


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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.

Contact our friendly team today!

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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