Advanced Veterinary Care Center

1901 DeMaris Rd
Cody, WY 82414


Advanced Veterinary Care Center - Our Doctors

Dr. Justina Pahl and Dr. Erin Pedersen bought Advanced Veterinary Care Center from Dr. Dave Pendray and Dr. Kristin Myers April 29th, 2016. They also own Heart Mountain Animal Health in Powell, WY. The doctors have enjoyed good working relationships with each other through the years and are excited to continue working together to care for your pets. 

Dr. Justina Pahl

Dr Justina Pahl is a Wyoming native who graduated high school from Ten Sleep in 1999. She attended the University of Wyoming and received her bachelor's degree in Animal & Veterinary Sciences in 2003. She received her DVM from Colorado State in 2007. After completing a 1 year internship at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, KY, she relocated to Montana and practiced small and mixed animal medicine in the Billings/Laurel area.

Her interests include soft tissue and orthopedic surgery (especially cranial cruciate ligament repairs), diagnostic imaging and preventative medicine. Justina has two step-children with her husband, Brian. When not at work, they enjoy golfing, traveling, and cooking.



Dr. Erin Pedersen

Dr. Erin Pedersen was born and raised in Powell, on a Heart Mountain farm. After graduating Powell High School she went on to get a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wyoming in Animal and Veterinary Sciences. She graduated from Colorado State University in 2007 with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and began practicing in Billings, MT. She returned to the Powell/Cody area in 2009.

Her veterinary interests include dentistry, preventative care, and soft tissue surgery. Erin and her husband, Ty, have three young daughters.

Dr. Kristin Myers

Dr Kristin M. Myers received her D.V.M. degree from University of California at Davis in 2000. Prior to entering veterinary school she earned a degree in comparative physiology and neuroscience from the University of California at San Diego. After graduation she began practice in a multi-doctor small animal/exotic practice in Palm Springs, California. She moved to Cody in 2003. Her special interests include feline medicine, internal medicine, ultrasound, endoscopy and bronchoscopy.       

Dr. Mandy LaFevers

Dr Amanda (Mandy) LaFevers received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University in 2004. Prior to entering veterinary school, she earned a bachelors degree in Animal Science from New Mexico State University in 2000. Her first practice experience was serving in a mixed animal practice in an underserved area of New Mexico near the United States/Mexico border in Silver City. After fulfilling her Western Interstate Commission of Higher Education (WICHE) service, she moved with her husband to a ranch near Cody in 2007 and she has been with Advanced Veterinary Care Center part time since then.

Her special interests include preventative medicine, animal behavior, and promoting the human-animal bond.

Dr. Caitlin Blackburn

Dr. Blackburn is a our newest veterinarian. She attended Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2013. She is originally from Cody, WY but has been in Lander since 2014. 

Her professional interests include treating animals of every size and species, helping other veterinarians stay healthy and refreshed through her relief work and the “One Health Initiative.” This initiative aims to improve the health of all species through the partnership of veterinary medicine, human medicine and environmental science.

She and her fiance, Brian, have a pack of dogs that include, Ellie a Blue Heeler, CJ a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Loki a Malamute mix and Argos an Enlgish setter. In her spare time she likes to cross country ski, go fishing, camping, antiquing, “jeeping” and attend live concerts.

Dr. Dave Pendray

Dr David L. Pendray received his D.V.M degree from the University of California at Davis in 1981. He spent one year in an advanced degree program in comparative medicine, focusing on heart, lung and liver surgery. He began practicing full time in 1982. After 10 years he left for a time to become assistant director of research at a private facility that specialized in implanting artificial heart valves and various medical devices designed for use in human medicine. He implanted more than 150 heart valves in dogs and sheep during this time. He moved to Cody in 1994 and his special interests include surgery, cardiology, liver disease and cranial cruciate ligament reconstruction.

Dr. Pendray has recently retired, with "retire" being a relative term. He is available for referral surgeries and consults with our team of doctors regularly. Dr. Pendray is enjoying his new-found flexibility to travel, visit family, and pursue other hobbies.