Our Veterinary Team

At East Side Animal Hospital we work hard as a team to provide you and your pet with the highest quality of veterinary medicine and outstanding customer service possible. Our dedicated team is comprised of veterinarians, certified vet technicians, veterinary assistants and a hospital manager. We are pet owners ourselves; which means we can relate to how you feel when your special family member is sick or in distress. It also means that we love working with and being around animals on a daily basis and enjoy sneaking in special time when we can for extra attention, pets and scratches! 

Dr. Beth Turnbull, DVM, PhD

Owner, Veterinarian

Dr. Beth Turnbull grew up in Missouri where she attended the University of Missouri, Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating, she practiced veterinary medicine in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She then moved to Galveston, Texas to obtain a PhD in pathology and toxicology at the University of Texas Medical Branch. After receiving her PhD, she was the Director of the Houston Texas Wildlife Center. She then moved to Boston, Massachusetts where she was the Rescue and Rehabilitation Veterinarian at the New England Aquarium. In 2001, she moved to Peoria and in 2006 opened East Side Animal Hospital. Dr. Turnbull is currently the Head Veterinarian at the Peoria Zoo. Dr. Turnbull lives in Germantown Hills with her husband Rex, children Lindsey and Jadin, cats Theodore and Tickles, and dog Jasey.

Heather Bruder

Hospital Manager, Veterinary Technician

Heather obtained her veterinary technology degree in Ontario, Canada where she was born and raised. She now resides in Germantown Hills with her husband Eric, daughter McKenzie, son Aiden, cats Jammie, Tucker, and Dexter, and backyard chickens. She enjoys traveling and spending her free time with her family, 2 legged and 4 legged!

Dr. Kathleen Tyrala


Dr. Kathleen Tyrala graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. She and her husband have two boys. The family's 'zoo' consists of one dog, four cats, and a turtle

Beth McCuen

Certified Veterinary Technician

Beth graduated from East Peoria Community High School in 2006 and Parkland College in 2009 with a degree in Veterinary Technology. She lives in Pekin with her husband Jason, Daughter Iris, cat Jerry, and dog Tallulah Lea. She likes to hike, shop for antiques, travel, watch sporting events and spend time with family.

Hannah Oswald

Certified Veterinary Technician

Hannah graduated Tremont High School in 2015 and Parkland College in 2020 with a degree in Veterinary Technology. She currently resides in Tremont with her two dogs, Cosmo and Nala. She loves spending time with family and friends, anything outdoors, painting, and lounging on the couch after a long day. She loves working with animals and can not imagine a better field to work in!

Breanna Highley

Custodial Maintenance

Breanna grew up mainly in the Washington/Sunnyland area, but has lived all over Tazewell County. She graduated from East Peoria Community High School in 2013 followed by 3 years in college. She currently resides in Pekin with her husband Taylor, son Blaine, cat Ash, hamster Thumper and beta fish Blub. She enjoys spending time with family, as well as hiking, fishing, writing poetry, camping, crafting and swimming. She loves animals, loves cleaning and loves helping others!