Meet Our Team
The Belmont staff is made up of knowledgeable, hard-working, and passionate people (and clinic pets!). We pride ourselves on working as a team to provide the very best care to your pets. Whether it’s treating, monitoring, or simply providing love & support – we do it all.
Dr. Thomas Haug
Dr. Haug was born and raised in Kansas. He received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1982 from Kansas State University. He practiced for three years in Kansas City before becoming associated with Belmont Veterinary Center in 1985. Dr. Haug and his wife, Karen, have six children and four dogs. He enjoys spending time with family, reading, and being involved with his church.
Dr. Kenneth McFarland
Dr. McFarland was born in Grand Island, Nebraska. He graduated in 2014 from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. He was then accepted in the Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine shared by UNL and Iowa State University. He received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2018. Dr. McFarland started as a kennel staff member with Belmont Vet in 2012 climbing the ladder until he became a veterinarian.
Dr. Elizabeth Vander Broek
Dr. Elizabeth Vander Broek is a Lincoln, NE native and is thrilled to be serving clients and their pets in her hometown after relocating home from the Pacific Northwest. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine. She enjoys practicing general medicine and seeing your pet grow from a kitten or puppy to an adult and has a soft spot for giant breed dogs. In her free time, she enjoys reading and running, and spending time with her family including husband Jeremy, and sons Trinidad and Asher.
Dr. Hilary Opdahl is originally from Albion, Nebraska and grew up with dogs, cats, horses, and cattle. She earned her B.S. in Animal Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her D.V.M. from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She now lives with her husband, daughter, and goldendoodle in Elkhorn. She has a special interest in treating allergies and internal medicine diseases. Outside of work, she loves spending time with her family, boating, exercising, and is an avid Husker Volleyball fan.
Dr. Trisha Rucker-Buchli
Dr. Rucker-Buchli was born and raised in western Kansas. She earned her B.S. in Veterinary Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2004 and her DVM from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. She practiced in the Denver Colorado area for the last 11 yrs before moving back to Lincoln. Dr. Buchli's goal is to work together with clients in a team effort to ensure their pets get the life long care that they need. In her time off, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband Mike, their 2 daughters and 2 dogs Annie and Daisy.
Dr. Allison O'Connor
Dr. Alley O’Connor is excited to join the Belmont Veterinary Center team and is a native of Lincoln, Nebraska! She graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln/Iowa State 2+2 Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine in 2018 and has practiced small animal and emergency medicine in Kentucky and Wisconsin. In addition to her full-time position, Dr. O’Connor worked with and treated the local PetSmart animals in Richmond, KY, treated and worked with the Kentucky Police Dogs, and was President of the Coulee Region Veterinary Medical Association. She looks forward to being active and involved in the community here in Lincoln, Nebraska and being closer to her family. Dr. O’Connor is excited to work with your dogs and cats as well as your furry pocket pets! Her favorite part of veterinary medicine is being a part of the human-animal bond between her clients and their pets and treating each pet as a part of the family. Dr. O’Connor’s professional interests include primary and preventative care, pocket pet medicine, and dermatology. Outside of work, you can find her running and being outdoors, enjoying a good cup of coffee and surrounded by family and friends. Dr. O’Connor is an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and plans to become a part of the local Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. O’Connor looks forward to meeting you and your pets and we are excited to have her on the team!