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Welcome to western prairie equine service
Equine Veterinarian in hays, ks

Call us at 785-656-4568

Welcome to the equine veterinary practice of Kris Harris, DVM, DABVP (equine specialty). Dr. Harris is a licensed veterinarian in Hays, KS who specializes in the treatment of horses. We recognize that your horse's health and wellbeing are of the utmost importance to you. With this in mind, we provide excellent veterinary medical care and compassionate equine care.

Western Prairie Equine is a full-service equine practice that offers medical care, surgical procedures, reproductive care, lameness evaluation and treatment, dentistry, and equine chiropractic. We can work with your horse in our hospital setting or at your farm/ranch. With years of experience providing general wellness care and treating serious conditions, our first-rate equine veterinary care goes above and beyond. Dr. Harris can also provide you with nutritional and illness-prevention tips that enable you to better care for your horse and ensure his or her optimal health.

If you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment, call 785-656-4568 or visit us at:

Western Prairie Equine Service
1020 East 8th
(Directly behind Hays Veterinary Hospital)

Meet Our Skilled Team

Learn Who We Are

  • Kris Harris, DVM
    Diplomate ABVP (Equine)

    Dr. Kris Harris grew up in Russell, KS showing and training horses with her father. She received a bachelor's degree in Biology from Kansas State University, and then earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. Following her passion for horses, Dr. Harris continued her education beyond vet school becoming a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners specializing in equine. In addition, she is a graduate of Options for Animals College for Animal Chiropractic and obtained certification through the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association. Dr. Harris is also an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Kansas Veterinary Medical Association, and American Association of Equine Practitioners. She was named the 2019 KVMA Veterinarian of the Year.

    Dr. Harris’  first position after graduation was as an associate veterinarian in a busy, mixed animal practice in York, Nebraska. In 1997, she and her family moved to Ness City and assisted in building new mixed animal facility. Four years later, she bought the practice and started Western Edge Veterinary Center, which served clientele from all of southwest Kansas. In 2016, Dr. Harris moved to Hays and furthered her specialty in horses by establishing an exclusive equine practice, Western Prairie Equine Service. 

    In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Jay, and their two sons, Kyle and Kade. They own six horses, one black labrador, and a cat. Together they own a farm/ranch in Ness County, ride horses, play sports, and are active in their local church and school.

  • Brooke Seib
    Receptionist/Veterinarian Assistant

    Brooke Seib was born and raised in Ness City, KS. After high school, she attended Fort Hays State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Promotion and Wellness. She joined Dr. Harris' staff in 2016. Brooke is an intricate part of Western Prairie Equine Service preforming duties entailing receptionist, inventory management, and veterinary assistance. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, watching TV, or reading a good book.

  • Jay Harris
    Business Manager/Assistant

    Jay Harris grew up on a farm in Ransom, KS. He graduated from Kansas State University in 1993 with a Masters in Agronomy. He works at Western Prairie Equine Service part-time as the business manager, takes care of the maintenance, and provides after-hours veterinary assistance. Jay also works full time at Thomas Moore Prep Marion in Hays. There, he teaches Agriculture, Chemistry and also coaches football, basketball, and track. In Jay’s spare time, he enjoys riding horses, hunting, and sports.

  • Kade Harris
    Barn Assistant

    Kade has obtained an abundant amount of experience working in the Western Prairie Equine Service barn caring for the horses. He helps out in every aspect from cleaning stalls and walking horses to helping with veterinary procedures. Kade is currently a student at Thomas Moore Prep Marion. He is involved in football, basketball, track and baseball. He also enjoys riding horses and hanging out with his friends.

  • Josalyn Ulrich
    Veterinary/Barn Assistant

    Josalyn was born and raised in Russell, KS. She graduated from Russell High School in May 2020 and is now attending Fort Hays State University, majoring in Pre-Vet. She joined the staff of Western Prairie Equine Service in August 2020. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and Australian Shepherd, Buck, riding her four horses, and competing in barrel races. 

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