Meet Our Team
Beyond first-rate pet care, we make our clinic comfortable, kid-friendly, and calm, so your pet can relax in the waiting room and look forward to meeting our Coal City veterinarian.
Learn more about our amazing team below!
Dr. Chris Shirkey, DVM
Owner / Veterinarian
Dr. Shirkey has been at Shirkey Vet Clinic since the doors opened in 2007. He graduated from North Central College in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in biology; graduated in 1999 from Northern Illinois University with a Master of Science; and graduated from the University of Illinois in 2003, completing the Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine program. Dr. Shirkey has always had an interest in biology and animals. He considers himself to be a “bio nerd.” His favorite part of the job is seeing his patients and giving them the proper care they need to be healthy and happy throughout their lives. He enjoys woodworking in his spare time, which he isn’t very good at, and collecting fossils. Dr. Shirkey’s love for animals doesn’t stay at the clinic. He has three yellow labs (Decker, Moose, and Gopher), a Jack Russel Terrier (Olive), a husky mix (Harlan), and two cats (Minion and Nimbus) at home.
Kelsey started at Shirkey Vet Clinic in 2012. She has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and recently got licensed as a real estate broker. She has always loved animals and started volunteering at a local humane society at an early age. Her favorite part of the job is educating pet owners on vaccines / preventative care and assisting the doctor with diagnostics to help diagnose and treat sick pets. She trains competition dogs in obedience, dock diving, agility, and nose work in her spare time, earning multiple state and national titles. Kelsey and her fiance, Nathan, have four dogs; a Labrador (Dozer), a Border Collie (Coast), a German Shepherd (Bodhi), and a mixed breed (Vader). They also have a cat, Meka, and a pineapple conure, Te(quila).
Vet Tech/Customer Service
Her favorite part of the job is seeing and making relationships with the animals and learning all sorts of new skills. Outside of work, Audrey enjoys quality time with her family and fur babies, indulging in park activities, walks, and hikes. She shares her home with her husband, Michael, and two kids, Charlie and Rynn, as well as her two dogs, Beckett and Elvis, and two cats, Kit and Antonio.
Her favorite aspect of the job is connecting with pets and their owners, providing assistance tailored to their needs. In her free time, Kylie indulges in her love for boating, traveling, and camping alongside her husband, Sky, and their two dogs, Geo and Millie.