Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Animal Care Clinic Of Auburn! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at 260-925-2929 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!


Andy Dircksen, DVM

Veterinarian/Practice Owner

• Education: Bachelors Degree in Animal Science - Purdue
• Hometown: Auburn, IN
• Pets: Annabelle (Dog) and Lewis (Cat)

Dr. Dircksen graduated from Purdue University with BS in Animal Science and Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1983. Andy worked at the LaGrange Veterinary Clinic for 3 years before returning back to his hometown of Auburn.

Dr. Dircksen and his vet school classmate, Dr. Dave Dettmer met in Auburn and soon formed the Auburn Animal Care Clinic. They have enjoyed working together ever since.

Dr. Dircksen has a daughter Jessica who is married to Shawn, an engineer, in Indianapolis. The have a son Calvin who could someday become the fourth generation veterinarian. He also has a son, James, who has followed in the foot steps of his father and grandfather, and is now a veterinarian practicing in Fort Wayne, IN. James and his Christina also reside in Auburn.

Dave Dettmer, DVM

Veterinarian/Practice Owner

• Education: Purdue University

Dr. Dave graduated from Purdue University in 1979 with a BS in Animal Science and 1983 from Purdue's Veterinary School. I started working a several clinics doing mixed animal until 1987 when I joined practice with Dr. Andy We have been partners at Animal Care Clinic since 1989 I initially enjoyed both large and small animals but gradually moved to exclusive small animals where I found my true love for veterinary medicine. I enjoy many aspects of Veterinary Medicine but especially surgery and dermatology. I married Carol in 1988 and we are the proud parents of 2 children, a daughter who graduated from Purdue University in 2016 and a son who graduated from Wabash College in 2015 and will graduate from Northwestern University Law School in 2018. We have 3 cats and 2 St. Bernards so we are no stranger to saliva and hair but love them all. I enjoy anything with the outside on my time off especially playing on my tractor. I hope to enjoy many more years practicing veterinary medicine.

Kyle Yarde, DVM


I grew up on a family farm in rural Garrett. Graduated from Garrett High School in 2007. Attended Purdue University where I majored in Biology, then continued in their Veterinary Medicine Program, graduating in May 2014. In September 2014, I married my wife, Laura, who grew up on a farm in Avilla. We recently remodeled an old farm house in Garrett that has been in my family for 100 years. In my off time, I enjoy helping youth through 4-H, hunting, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. I am very glad to be practicing in the community. With my background in agriculture, my passion lies with large animal medicine, but nothing surpasses the pleasure I get in helping small animals.

Kristy Hornbacker

Office Manager

Kristy joined the Animal Care Clinic team in May of 1988, assisting the veterinarians with various jobs. She lives on a farm outside of Spencerville IN. She is married, enjoys nature, gardening, and spoiling her pets. She has four dogs, Stanley, Freckles, Emma and Maizee Grace, and two cats, Thurber and June Bug. She also has chickens that are spoiled as well.

Sarah Scheurich


• Hometown: Kendallville
• Pets: Lucy (Dog)

Sarah joined our team as a receptionist near the end of 2015. She excels in customer service and communication skills. She is very pleasant to work with and be around. She loves to lend a helping hand wherever it is needed. You can always count on a big smile and wonderful personality from Sarah.

In Sarah’s free-time, she enjoys relaxing and riding motorcycles with her boyfriend, as well as hanging out with her beautiful daughter and friends.

Katie Brumbaugh, RVT

Registered Veterinary Technician

• Education: Purdue University
• Hometown: Avilla
• Pets: Larry (Cat), OG (Dog)

Katie graduated with her Bachelors degree in Veterinary Technology from Purdue University in 2014. She joined our team in 2017. When Katie is in the clinic she does general technician work and when she is not in the clinic, she is with Dr. Yarde doing large animal work. Katie’s bubbly personality and compassion strikes everyone that she encounters at the clinic.

Katie enjoys hanging out with her family and boyfriend and raising her sheep and cows.