About Us

        Animal Medical Services is family-owned and operated right here in Gardnerville, NV. This veterinary practice opened in 1978 and Dr. Sharon Burns has owned it since 2005. Being in the center of this small town allows us to be well aquainted with all of our clients. Other practices may offer similar services, but ours  come with a personal touch.

Meet Our Staff


Dr. Sharon Burns was born in San Francisco, California. She graduated from San Francisco University with a BS in Biological Science & Medical Technology. She then attended Michigan State University, School of Veterinary Medicine. She joined the Peace Corps in Belize from 1979-1981 and worked in Santa Rosa for 3 years before finally moving to South Lake Tahoe, where she owned and operated Sierra Vet Hospital for 16 years.
In 2005, she bought Animal Medical Services in the Carson Valley where she presently lives with her two beautiful Golden Retrievers and many ducks. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, swimming, kayaking, gardening, and Irish fiddle playing. Sharon special interests are general medicine, surgery and ophthalmology.
Sharon Burns
Veterinarian

Dr. Henri Evard is a graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Veterinary Medicine and comes to AMS from western Nebraska. He's been a full-time ranch cowboy, managed a cow-calf ranch as well as many years in mixed animal veterinary practice. In addition to caring for domestic animals, for the past 12 years, Dr. Evard provided the veterinary care for Riverside Zoo in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. He is a dedicated bicyclist who has completed 100 mile rides and bicycled up mountains in the Rockies as well as the Alps of Europe.
Dr. Evard and his wife, Cherie, share their home with 5 cats and 3 dogs.

J. Henri Evard
Veterinarian
  1. Amanda Silva
    Receptionist
    Hi, My name is Amanda and I’m the newest member of Animal Medical Services. I started the 1st week of September 2018. I was looking for a fresh start. What better way to do that? I moved from California to Gardnerville Nv. Couldn’t ask for a better place to call home! I also brought along a little girl named Bonita. It means beautiful. She was a foster fail. Fell in love immediately when I saw her. Can’t wait to meet each one of you... So come in and say Hi
  2. Patty Messina
    Assistant
    Patty is our always smiling Veterinary Assistant. She has been at our practice since 2005 and has been with us ever since. She was born in Yonkers, NY, was raised in Sonoma, CA and moved to Nevada in 1999 with her husband and two children. Now that the children are grown up, her and her husband share their house with their two always delightful, fun loving Shih Tzus, Sophie and Marley.
  3. Camille Smallen
    LVT
    Camille is one of our Licensed Veterinary Technicians. She originally started here in 2007 as an assistant & graduated from TMCC with her Licenses in 2011. She was born in Redondo Beach, CA & moved here before she was one & has never looked back. She has done her traveling & really cant find anywhere else she would rather be. She has two loving dogs, Marley, a yellow lab, & Shadow, a chocolate lab
  4. Kat Klimek
    VTIT
    Kat is our cheerful Vet Tech in Training, She started working for us in April 2015. She was born & raised in South Lake Tahoe & her Favorite past time includes Snowboarding, hiking, & spending lots of time with her furry babies. She has a beautiful but feisty Siamese cat and a Queensland mix who means the world to her. Kat is currently attending TMCC Veterinary Technician Program
  5. Cierah Lindsey
    Receptionist
    Cierah started with us in September of 2017. She was born and raised here in beautiful Northern Nevada. She loves cats and has three of her own: Carlos, Cherokee, and Jimmy.
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