Hillsboro Animal Clinic has expanded its staff with the addition of a second veterinarian and a new technician. Veterinarian Paul Prose, 33, and vet tech Miriam Nase, 27, both began their new assignments Oct. 26. Prose grew up on a cow-calf beef operation in western Kansas, graduated from Dighton High School in 1995 and earned a bachelor?s degree in biology from McPherson College in 2000 before enrolling in veterinary school at Ohio State. He graduated in 2009 and looked for job opportunities in central Kansas. ?I liked the McPherson area when I went to college,? he said. ?My wife has a lot of direct family living in the McPherson area and we wanted to move back closer to family.? Prose, who considers himself a mixed-animal practitioner, contacted Norman Galle, owner of Hillsboro Animal Clinic, about an opening. ?We met a few times and it went well,? he said. Prose said he enjoys surgery and internal medicine and has ?definitely a strong interest in beef reproduction.? Prose said he and Galle have talked about a longterm professional relationship and transition at the clinic. ?It definitely is a possibility,? Prose said. ?I think we?re both trying to see how things go. I definitely like this area of Kansas and it seems to be a good fit for us.? Prose said he hopes to complement Galle?s experience with new ideas ?to add some diversity to the train of thought and treatment of care.? Nace, a native of Souderton, Pa., has been living and working in the Hillsboro area since November 2008. She was introduced to the area while visiting her uncle and aunt, Jim and Karen Elliott of Hillsboro. Nace graduated in 2005 from Delaware Valley College in Penn?sylvania with a bachelor?s degree in animal biotechnology and conservation. She worked in that area as a vet tech for about five years, then at a pre-clinical laboratory that did drug testing on small animals. Her visit to Kansas in Sep?tember 2008 proved to be life-changing. ?I was looking for something different and a change, and I liked the area and the people,? Nace said. In her new assignment, she will cover a range of tasks, including surgery prep and cleanup, scheduling and front-desk work to name a few. Nace said she has an interest and some experience in working with preventative medicine for small animals and is looking forward to develop that through the Hillsboro clinic.