Meet Our Team

Dr. Steve Loncosky
Owner, Veterinarian

Dr. Steve Loncosky attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo for his undergraduate degree in Animal Science and a minor in Equine Science. While at Cal Poly he also became certified as an Equine Dentist where he worked with several veterinarians providing proper equine dentistry to their client’s horses. He then headed to Los Angeles County to complete veterinary school at Western University. After graduation, Steve completed an internship with Steinbeck Country Equine Clinic in Monterey, California. Throughout his time at Steinbeck, he rotated between Surgery Service and Ambulatory Service. Being intrigued by surgery, Steve focused more on the surgery aspect of Steinbeck’s practice, such as colic surgery, neurectomies, arthroscopies, and many more. In his spare time during his internship, Steve volunteered on many outreach trips locally, nationally, and internationally. These trips provided veterinary services to communities in need; such as spaying/neutering dogs/cats, equine castrations, and routine care. Upon completion of his internship, he and his wife, Korina, moved to the Center Ranch in Texas. As a resident veterinarian on a high caliber cutting horse ranch, Dr, Loncosky provided lameness care to the resident horses in training and produced embryos for their large embryo transfer program. He assisted with cattle work on the ranch and even helped open a small animal clinic that offered affordable services to the local community. After a stint in Texas, and Korina pregnant with Carter and Hayden (the twins!), they decided to head back to their roots. Since Korina grew up in the great community of Cottonwood, and Steve loved Northern California, they knew this area would be a great fit. Dr.Loncosky joined the Cottonwood Vet Clinic team in 2012, specializing in horses, but providing services to all animals in the Cottonwood region. Dr. Steve and Dr. Kevin Terra purchased Cottonwood Veterinary Clinic and Cottonwood Small Animal Clinic in 2015.

During Dr. Steve’s spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife Korina, and boys, Carter and Hayden. He also enjoys hunting, fishing, traveling, hanging out with his two dogs, and riding his horse, Moonshine.

Dr. Kevin Terra
Owner, Veterinarian

Dr. Kevin Terra joined the staff at Cottonwood Veterinary Clinic in the summer of 2013. Originally hailing from the Turlock area, Dr. Terra’s family has operated dairy farms in the Central Valley for the past 80 years. Dr. Terra was exposed to veterinary medicine from childhood by his father who practiced dairy medicine in the Turlock area. Kevin inherited his father’s love for veterinary medicine and decided at an early age to become a veterinarian. After completing a B.S. degree in Cell and Developmental Biology from UCSB, Dr. Terra conducted research in protein remodeling and cancer at UCLA. Following the culmination of his research projects at UCLA Dr. Terra attended Western University of Health Science where he obtained a degree in Veterinary Medicine. Upon graduation Dr. Terra moved to the Millville area where he practiced prior to working at Cottonwood Vet Clinic. His professional interests include ruminant (cow and goat) reproduction and medicine, equine general practice, and small animal medicine and orthopedic surgeries. Dr. Terra previously served as the Vice President of the Northern California Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Terra has also received advanced training in small animal orthopedic surgery.

In his spare time Dr. Terra likes to spend time with his family, read books, fish, camp, hunt, and home brew. Mostly he hangs out with his two daughters, Olivia and Juniper.

Dr. Oscar (Bill) Hooton
Associate Veterinarian

Bill is a native of Californian. He was raised in the rural central coast of California. His secondary education took place in Chico, and he earned his DVM from UCD in 1978. Dr. Hooten started veterinary practice in clinics in Anderson, Corning and Red Bluff California. He was owner-partner at Antelope Veterinary Hospital in Red Bluff for 24 years. His hobbies include traveling, hunting and equitation. He has chased foxes and stags in England and he enjoys helping the neighbors work their cattle. Bill also enjoys writing cowboy and veterinary poems.

Dr. Caitlin Couper 
Associate Veterinarian

Caitlin was raised in Davis, CA and attended San Diego State University and Hollins University, graduating with a BS in Biology in 2009.  She had the opportunity to study abroad in Kenya, taking courses and conducting research in a wildlife management program. She completed veterinary school at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA in 2016. Her interests in mixed animal medicine were amplified after her fourth year externship at Cottonwood vet clinic, and taking courses in global health- most recently camelid reproduction in Peru. Outside of work she enjoys playing soccer, horseback riding, rock climbing, painting, and of course spending time with family and friends!

Dr. Samantha Haw 
Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Samantha Haw grew up in the Bay Area, where she was raised with three obstinate Beagles and developed her love for animals through her pets and participation in 4-H. She raised and showed poultry, rabbits, sheep, swine, and beef cattle. Dr. Haw attended Dartmouth College for undergraduate study and then went to veterinary school at UC Davis, where she received her DVM in 2014. Dr. Haw worked in Calaveras county doing mixed animal practice for two years before moving back across the country to be a clinical instructor at The Ohio State University, where she completed a Farm Animal Medicine and Surgery internship. Dr. Haw loves all creatures great and small but has a soft spot for pigs, sheep, and rabbits. Aside from furry critters, she enjoys running and playing outdoors, barre/yoga, wearing flip-flops, cooking, and dancing around her kitchen to music.

Dr. Erica Paxton 
Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Erica Paxton was raised in northern Louisiana. Her love of animals began at an early age while spending time on her grandfather’s farm. She obtained her Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from Louisiana Tech University. Dr. Paxton taught at an inner city school in Shreveport, LA prior to pursuing her DVM degree from Louisiana State University. Following graduation, Dr. Paxton completed a one-year rotating internship at Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery in Weatherford, TX. She has a special interest in sports medicine, surgery and ophthalmology. In her free time Dr. Paxton enjoys practicing yoga, hiking, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Dr. Mandy Murdock
Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Mandy Murdock grew up in Washington State and developed an early interest in both horses and veterinary medicine. She received her BS in Animal Science from Cornell University in 2012 and her DVM from Washington State University in 2017. Following graduation, she completed an one year equine internship at Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital in Snohomish, Washington. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and running with her dog, Chloe.

Practice Manager, RVT

Amber started at Cottonwood Veterinary Clinic as a volunteer high school student in 2001. After high school she pursued a degree in Animal Science
and in 2007 became a Registered Veterinary Technician. Amber enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine. Animal husbandry has always been something she was compassionate about. Her compassion also carries over into client education, day to day problem solving and staff supervision. As Cottonwood Veterinary Clinics Practice Manager, she shows support both with your pets and the entire veterinary staff.

Shelley Scheidecker,
Registered Veterinary Technician

Receptionist - Small Animal

Registered Veterinary Technician

Certified Veterinary Assistant

Certified Veterinary Assistant

Kayla Will

Rigo Zapian
Hospital Grounds & On-Site Tech

Sydnee Herrick

Kennel staff

Kennel staff


Large Animal Vaccines and Pharmaceuticals

Jessica Vorhis
Large Animal Receptionist

Shelby Fogel

Hailey White,
Certified Veterinary Assistant

Dan Lay
Operations Coordinator

Kaitlyn Berryhill
Certified Veterinary Assistant

Lyndzee Hatfield
Certified Veterinarian Assistant


Rebecca Lopez
Small Animal Receptionist


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Office Hours

Our Regular Schedule

Cottonwood Small Animal Clinic

Monday - Friday:

8:00 am - 5:00 pm


9:00 am - 1:00 pm



Cottonwood Large Animal Clinic


8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Tuesday - Friday:

8:00 am - 5:00 PM

Saturday, Sunday:



Read What Our Clients Say

  • "Many thanks to Dr. Paxton for being wonderful with my little blocked goat. She was kind and patient while figuring out what he needed most. The assistants and office staff were great too."
    Rachel W./FB
  • "As always - thank you Cottonwood Vet and Dr. Terra for your phenomenal care of both my horse and niece! It was miserable hot yesterday and you guys were so great with her and Tater. As long as I’m having horses stapled together and nieces passing out, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. ��"
    Jacqulyn S./FB