I grew up on a farm near LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Once when I was 12, one of our cows got sick. The vet was too busy to help, so my mother and I did some of the doctoring ourselves. That was when I knew I wanted to become a veterinarian. I graduated from the University of Minnesota with my Bachelor of Science in 1984. I completed my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the U of M Veterinary School in 1989. One fun fact very few people know about me is that I was born in Germany and know how to speak German. I enjoy my job at the Belle Plaine Animal Hospital because of the caring, creative and dedicated team I work with, as well as the hundreds of clients who love their pets. When I’m not at work, I love to garden, read, bike, and spend time with my family and our German Shepherd Matz.
As a kid, my first pet was our family dog named Stripe. Stripe was a husky with a passion to run, so in the winter I would strap a harness and leash onto him, hop in the sled, and have him pull me around like a sled dog. I found so much happiness interacting with Stripe and other animals, I knew that had to be a part of my job someday. I graduated from Globe College in Shakopee in 2008 and have been here at the Belle Plaine Animal Hospital ever since. As a C.V.T., I find it rewarding to help educate people so they can provide the best care for their pets. One of my favorite things about my job is my co-workers. I really like the people that I work with; we make a great team! When I’m not working, I enjoy running, biking, hiking, backpacking, kayaking, camping, and spending time with my friends and family, including my cocker spaniel Jelly.
When I was 5 years old, I knew I wanted to work with animals. I grew up on a dairy farm, where we had lots of cats that I practiced being a vet on when they were sick. Many people say I have a way with animals. I graduated from Ridgewater College in 2007 and joined the Belle Plaine Animal Hospital soon after. I love working here because of the calm and welcoming environment. One of my friends commented that bringing her animals here isn’t like taking them to a vet clinic; it’s like bringing them home. I definitely see that, and it’s one of the reasons I enjoy my job. If I weren’t a C.V.T., I would probably be a dog trainer because I love teaching my dog new tricks. Some of my favorite things to do include riding jetski at the lake, playing softball, and going bike riding with my 4-year-old son Andy.
The first dog I ever owned was named Pepper. She was like my sister; we got her as a puppy the same month I was born. She died 13 years ago while giving birth to my dog Duke and all of his three brothers. After that I bottle fed all the puppies since they didn’t have a mother to take care of them. This is when I first knew I wanted to work with animals as part of my career. People always told me I had a way with animals, both small and large. I graduated from Ridgewater College in 2015 and worked at Clear Lake Vet Clinic in Clear Lake, SD until I joined the team at the Belle Plaine Animal Hospital in 2016. If I weren’t a C.V.T., I would probably be a farmer or a chef. Some of my many hobbies include working on the farm, camping, hiking, biking, fishing, walking my dog, and enjoying a nice book.
I have always had a passion for animals since I was a kid growing up on a farm in South Dakota. I think I am drawn to animals because their love is so unconditional. My first opportunity to work with animals became available in 1998 when I managed a boarding kennel, and I’ve had a love for it ever since. I’ve been with the Belle Plaine Animal Hospital since 2006. I like working with people and their animals because it means learning something new all the time. Every day here is memorable, bringing lots of laughs, tears, and moments. My two dogs, miniature pinscher Bella and long-haired chihuahua Ollie are like children to me. If they could talk, they would say “Love you mama and everything you do for us!”
I have been a receptionist at the Belle Plaine Animal Hospital since 2011. Growing up, my first dog was Brandy, a cockapoo. He was my parent’s favorite “child.” I love my job because of the patients and their owners. Every day brings something new and different. In the past year, I’ve learned a lot about how holistic medicine complements Western medicine. One thing few people know about me is that I served in the Army Reserves for 10 years. If I wasn’t a receptionist, I would like to be a history teacher. When I’m not at work, I like to travel, go horseback riding or camping and spend time with my family and friends.
I grew up in Bloomington but always knew I was not a city girl. My love of animals drew me to the country as an adult and I bought a farm in Lonsdale. My brother Chuck and I founded Southern Minnesota Animal Rescue Team (S.M.A.R.T.) where I get to do what I love most (save animals). I have been a dog and cat groomer for 21 years and have groomed at the Le Sueur Veterinary Clinic since 2001. I have been groomer at the Belle Plaine Animal Hospital since 2012. I have a wonderful son and a beautiful granddaughter that love animals as much as I do.
I am currently a senior at Belle Plaine High School, and have been working at the Belle Plaine Animal Hospital since July of 2015. I hope to major in zoology when I go to college, which is why this job is a good fit for me. Some of my favorite memories growing up are of an orange tabby cat named Bear. He lived at my grandma and grandpa’s house and was always waiting for me when I went over there every day. Right now I have two cats and a dog. If my cat could talk, he would probably complain that he “doesn’t have enough food” or “never gets any attention” (which is not true). One interesting fact about me is that I have been playing piano since third grade. In my free time, you will most likely find me practicing piano, leading an FFA meeting, or taking care of my little cousins.
I like working with animals because I’ve always lived with animals; I like having them around. My first pet was my cat Molly. When I would cry as a baby, she would come lay next to me. I am a junior at LeSueur-Henderson High School and have been working at the Belle Plaine Animal Hospital since 2015. My dream job is to be a machine gunner in the Army or Marines. Some of my favorite activities are hunting, fishing, playing football, trapshooting, and driving my truck on muddy roads. If my dog could talk, he would tell me not to step on him at night, and I would reply with “then don’t lay in the middle of the hallway.” One interesting fact about me is that I love polar bears.
Hi my name is Squirt. I have been with the Belle Plaine Animal Hospital since April 2005. I love people and all the attention I get from them so I am usually the first one to greet you as you walk in the door. I was found as a kitten with a broken leg by our very own Dr. Ricci. My leg was not able to be saved so I only have 3, but that has not slowed me down any. I am very talented when it comes to opening drawers to get up on the cupboards or sneak in behind them to take a nap. I also love curling up in a basket with my buddy Squeery!
My real name is Mr. Joseph H. Squeers, but you can call me Squeery Joe. I was named after a one-eyed character in a Charles Dickens novel. As you may have noticed, I am blind in one eye but that doesn't stop me from retrieving paper balls and opening doors. I haven't completely warmed up to all the dog traffic coming and going, although each day gets a little better.
I have been with the Belle Plaine Animal Hospital since April 2003. I am known as the Princess of the clinic and you can usually find me helping with the receptionists' duties at the front desk. But be warned: I have been known to search any bags or purses left on the front counter. You will see me "flash" to the back of the Clinic when approached by men or children because I'm so used to working with ladies.