Our Team

Dr. Terrence McCoy has practiced as a mixed animal veterinarian at Animal Health Center since 1988. After graduating from Oregon State University (Go Beavers!), Dr. McCoy became an associate veterinarian at Animal Health Center. He then went on to become a partner one year later. Then, in 1993, Dr. McCoy purchased Animal Health Center from Dr. Mace Schram.

Dr. McCoy’s areas of specialty are in bovine nutrition and reproduction, small animal orthopedics, and soft tissue surgery. He also has a wife, three children, and a beautiful granddaughter. His family raises registered Black Angus, and he also enjoys hunting and fishing in his spare time.

Dr. Ursula Kelley graduated from the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1991 after earning a BS in Biochemistry and a MA in Physiology. She has practiced general small animal medicine in North Dakota and emergency medicine in Washington state. Dr. Kelley relocated to LaGrande in 2000 and initially taught biology at Eastern Oregon University. She joined the LaGrande Small Animal Clinic in 2001 and provided veterinary care there until moving to the Animal Health Center in May of 2013.

Dr. Kelley is a first generation American and grew up near Sacramento, California. She has been married for 28 years. Her husband Ron is a professor of organic chemistry at Eastern Oregon University. Two children and many pets round out her family. In her free time she enjoys outdoor sports like running, skiing and backpacking as well as traveling and trying to outwit the deer in her garden. Dr. Kelley hopes to continue providing quality and compassionate care to your pets at the Animal Health Center.

Dr. Emily Darch developed a passion for veterinary medicine at a young age through her father’s practice and has been fortunate to develop that into her career.

“My lifelong involvement in a family practice, starting as a rural one doctor mixed practice that grew into a multi-doctor exclusive small animal practice, has given me a lot of exposure to all aspects of this career. Throughout the years, I have progressed through all phases of jobs in the clinic. I began with cleaning and stocking, later added the jobs of receptionist and assisting veterinarians, developed knowledge to manage, and then finally became a full time veterinarian.

My main areas of professional interest include wellness medicine and soft tissue surgery. I strongly believe that animals benefit human health and well being. I feel that everyone should have the privilege of experiencing the unconditional love and companionship of a pet.”

Dr. Darch spends her free time riding horses, hiking, camping, playing tennis, cooking, gardening, working on the family farm making hay, and water skiing.

Dr. Christina Danforth grew up in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho where she knew from a young age that she wanted to be a veterinarian. Her love of the outdoors brought her to La Grande where she graduated from Eastern Oregon University with a BS in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Spanish. She graduated from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2018.

Dr. Danforth is married with one son, two dogs and a cat. She enjoys all things outdoors like hunting, fishing, skiing, camping and photography. She is excited to have joined Animal Health Center and to be practicing mixed animal medicine in the great Pacific Northwest.