Meet Our Team

Team member Dr. Rebecca

Dr. Prior


Becky Prior received her Doctorate of Veterinary medicine from the University of Minnesota in 1997. Over the past 18 years Dr. Prior has practiced small animal medicine, surgery, and emergency and critical care in practices in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Oklahoma and most recently in Casper, WY. Dr. Prior assumed ownership of Lifetime Animal Hospital August 1, 2013. She looks forward to a continued working relationship with its previous owner Dr. Malcolm L. Blessing and all its staff.

Dr. Prior’s husband Jim has also joined the team at Lifetime as the Hospital Administrator. Jim and Becky have been married over 15 years and have two children, Laura and Brendan.

Team member Jim

Jim Prior

Hospital Administrator

Jim keeps all the bells and whistles of our hospital going.

Jim and Dr. Prior have had animal hospitals in other parts of the country. We are happy that they settled in Cody, WY and created a wonderful place to work and care for animals. Jim majored in music and is also a student of foreign languages. When he isn’t working he enjoys listening to music, spending time with his children.

Team member Mary with her cat

Mary Klein

Office Manager and Receptionist

Mary joined the hospital in 2009 as our morning kennel attendant. She has expanded her duties to being receptionist and the Office Manager. She is a friendly voice on the other end of the line when you call our hospital. Her duties also include being the kennel supervisor and assisting the technicians and doctors when the need arises.

She keeps our days busy always making sure we have work to do. Mary keeps the technicians on their toes and is always willing to help whenever and wherever it is needed. When she isn’t at work Mary enjoys riding horses, reading, doing photography, and most importantly spending time with her grandchildren.

Team member Deana with her three dogs

Deana Baker

Certified Veterinary Technician

Deana has worked at Lifetime Animal Hospital since 1991. She has an Associates of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology, as well as a B.S. and A.S. in other animal science fields. She is also a member of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians and the Wyoming Veterinary Technician Association.

Deana is the go to technician for any questions on laboratory evaluations and behavior consultations. When she isn’t at work she is spending time with her furry family. She has done obedience competitions with numerous times with her dogs. Her many years of experience brings a beneficial knowledge to the team.

Tessa Baker

Certified Veterinary Technician

Tessa graduated from Hot Springs County High School in 2006 and went right into the United States Marine Corps, where she served 4 years and received an Honorable Discharge in 2010. After serving her country she became passionate about taking on a career as a Veterinary Technician. Tessa joined us in September 2014 while on her externship for her degree. She graduated from Pima Medical institute, Mesa, AZ in October 2014 with an Associates of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology. She became a full time employee with us in November 2014 and in April 2015 she became a Certified Veterinary Technician in the state of Wyoming. She has a strong passion for horses and in 2015 she became certified as an Equine Veterinary Technician as well.

She has been around animals her entire life, mostly livestock and horses. Growing up on a ranch in Thermopolis, WY she had to learn at a young age how to care for sick and injured animals. The fact that she can help an animal that can’t help itself gives Tessa a strong sense of purpose. She has had the pleasure and opportunity to assist in major orthopedic and prosthetic surgeries in horses with Dr. Ted Vlahos a local equine specialist and owner of Yellowstone Equine Hospital.

Tessa shares her life with her husband Joe and together they have 3 children. Their family also consists of 3 dogs and 4 horses. When Tessa isn’t working she is hunting, camping, riding horses, and practicing cowboy mounted shooting in her home arena.