Philip P. Briscoe, DVM
Dr. Briscoe grew up in New London, Missouri and attended Hannibal High School. He started working as summer help for Dr. Carson at our clinic in 1991. He went on to graduate with a degree in agriculture from Truman State University in 1999 and earned his doctorate from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004.
Dr. Briscoe is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Missouri Veterinary Medical Association, Trinity Episcopal Church, and Ralls County Masonic Lodge #33. He and his wife Jill make their home in Ralls County, Missouri with their two children, two dogs (Jake & Marley) and two cats (Biggie Prankster & Shadow). He enjoys hunting, fishing, and tracing family history.
Cassidy M. Starbuck, DVM
Dr. Starbuck received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2018 at the University of Missouri in Columbia. She attended the University of Missouri for her undergraduate studies as well, gaining early admission through the PreVet Scholars Program.
A native of Kirksville, Missouri, Dr. Starbuck graduated from Kirksville High School. She is the daughter of Kevin & Lori Burns of Kirksville, Missouri. Her husband Matthew is employed as a welder and they have two extremely active young sons.
Victoria (Tori) Novak, DVM
Dr. Victoria (Tori) Novak is the newest member of our team. A 2021 graduate of the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Novak is an Iowa native who calls many places home including St. Louis, Atlanta, New Orleans, and now Hannibal! She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health from Tulane University as well as a Master’s degree in Public Health from Emory University. She is a passionate advocate of One Health and preventative medicine in all animals great and small. Dr. Novak is excited to explore all of the history and literature Hannibal has to offer, as well as exploring the great outdoors with her 11 year old dog, Jasper.
Robert L. Carson, DVM (Retired, Relief Work Only)
Dr. Carson was born and raised on a farm in Monroe City, Missouri. During high school, he served as the state president of the Future Farmers of America (FFA). After high school, he attended the University of Missouri and graduated with his doctorate from the College of Veterinary Medicine in 1976. Dr. Carson was one of the original veterinarians that purchased our Hannibal location in 1985 from Dr. John Croll. Over the past twenty-five-plus years, Dr. Carson has been a permanent fixture at our clinic and surrounding farms, treating sick and injured animals, day and night.
Dr. Carson is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Missouri Veterinary Medical Association, National Association of Bovine Practitioners, National Association of Swine Practitioners, and the American Society of Theriogenology. He enjoys competitive target shooting, golfing, and spending time with his family, which includes five grandchildren.
Debbie came to work at the General Veterinary Clinic in 2000. She is a Hannibal native and still makes her home here with her husband Skip, two cats (Oreo & Bandit) and two dogs (Blondie & Annie). Debbie is truly a jack-of-all-trades. Whether she is cleaning up messes, holding a fractious animal or helping deliver puppies during a Cesarean, Debbie approaches it all with a cheerful attitude. She is well known by many clients for her unique phone answering style! She can be found cheering on her daughter Erin’s softball games and Pirate football games in her free time.
Donna has been an asset to our staff since March of 2014. She is a native of Monroe City, Missouri and earned a bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Eastern Washington University. She has learned the ropes quickly and has been a great asset to the clinic as our primary boarding/kennel organizer. Donna enjoys sewing, baking, geocaching, hiking, and camping with her husband, Joe, and two children, Nate & Abbi. Donna has 2 cats, Reuben & Ramona.
Ashlee Shulse has been a valuable member of the Clinic for over a year. A native of Hannibal and a graduate of Hannibal High School, Ashlee’s light sense of humor helps hectic days much easier. In her free time she enjoys riding her horse Buckshot or spending time with her dogs, Red & Remi. Riding ATV’s and spending time with friends are also high on her agenda. We are fortunate to have Ashlee as a member of our staff.
Sydney Cook joined our clinic in 2020, one of the rare highlights of that year! She grew up in the Hannibal/Ralls County area and graduated from Hannibal High School. She is currently taking courses in Veterinary Technician School and has become very adept in many of the clinical skill that are required in that field. Sydney enjoys spending time with her siblings and pets, fishing, hiking and being outdoors. We are fortunate to have Sydney as a member of our staff.