Stephanie Duncan

Stephanie Duncan

November 27, 2015

Continuing Education

Veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and others in the industry are required to earn continuing education (CE) credits in order to stay up-to-date on the continuing trends and changes in the industry.

VHA provides regular opportunities to VHA members and non-members to earn CE credits at some of the most affordable rates in the Midwest (even free)! From webinars to dinners to our VHA Expo, there are plenty of events that will fit your schedule, needs, and budget.

Please view our Events page to see all of our upcoming CE events!

November 27, 2015


Established in 1984, Veterinary Hospitals Association has consistantly been providing better pricing, products, and services for our members in the veterinary industry. We've expanded to include group purchasing, business services, and ongoing continuing education credit opportunities - and have expanded our team from a few board members to a full-fledged business in the process.

We do not have any open positions at this time. Please check back soon!
November 27, 2015


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June 15, 2013

Join Now

Become a Member Today and Enjoy Benefits Like:

  • Exclusive discounts with preferred vendors you already use every day.
  • Savings on a wide range of products through group purchasing power.
  • NO minimum amount on orders - order as much or as little as you need!
  • Quality, reliable cremation services.
  • Continuing education and networking events.
  • And more!

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Become a Vendor or Preferred Partner

Are you a manufacturer, vendor, or distributor interested in learning how VHA can help share your products with our nearly 1,000 members? We'd love to discuss with you opportunities and way we can partner. Learn more.

Sponsor an Event

VHA hosts multiple events throughout the year. Each quarter, members are invited to attend CE dinners, wine tastings, town halls, and webinars. We also host two major events each year - our Annual Meeting in March and VHA Expo in October or November.

Each event brings its own set of unique sponsorship opportunities, and we are happy to design a custom sponsorship package to fit your budget and needs. Learn more.

We are located at:
370 Bridgepoint Way
South Saint Paul, MN 55075

Our hours are:
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm CST

Give us a call!
Phone: 651-451-6669
Toll-Free: 800-392-0446
Fax: 651-451-6788

Department Direct Lines:
Cremation: 651-287-3322
Warehouse: 651-287-3335
Customer Service: 651-287-3359

May 24, 2013

Our Experience

Established in 1984, Veterinary Hospitals Association (VHA) is a member-driven association organized to represent the interests of members and the veterinary community. VHA currently serves nearly 400  member veterinary practices.

The goal of VHA is to enhance the profitability of each member practice by positively impacting its bottom line. With member involvement, VHA will continue to offer services that either save money or make money for all members.

VHA supports local community organizations, including the statewide Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA). VHA also partners with MVMA and the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine for the Minnesota Veterinary Institute.

2016 VHA TeamThe Growth of VHA

A group of dedicated veterinarians founded VHA to improve the methods and efficiency of animal hospitals, to cooperate with other veterinary organizations, and to promote and further the best interests of its members.

  • 1985 - VHA began a group purchasing service for members, positively influencing the product availability and pricing in the veterinary marketplace.
  • 1986 - A pet cremation service was launched to provide a dignified, caring and ethical means of cremating clients’ pets. It is one of the founding cornerstones of our association.
  • As VHA evolved over the years, additional services have been added, taking advantage of the efficiencies that come from individual practices joining together as a group.

Board of Directors

VHA is lead by an experienced Board of Directors:

Ann Fischer, DVM
House Paws Mobile Veterinary Care
5620 Highlands Trail North
Lake Elmo, MN 55042
Phone: 651-283-7216

Vice President
Ryan Speltz, DVM
Skyline Veterinary Hospital
6220 Highway 65 NE
Fridley, MN 55432
Phone: 763-574-9892

Carissa Williamson, DVM
Oakwood Pet Clinic
1441 N. Highway 101
Plymouth, MN  55447


Scott Murphy, DVM
Twin Cities Veterinary Surgery
3880 Lone Cedar Lane
Chaska, MN, 55318
Phone: 612-750-7953

Board Members

Cynthia Fetzer, DVM
Camden Pet Hospital
1405 44th Ave. N
Minneapolis, MN  55412 

Tom Skadron, DVM
Skadron Animal Hospital
178 E. Marie Avenue
West St. Paul, MN 55118
Phone: 651-451-6421

Nikki Burk, DVM

South Hyland Veterinary Hospital
5400 W. Old Shakopee Road
Bloomington, MN  55437
Phone: 952-884-1868

Ann Valenti, DVM

Inver Grove Heights Animal Hospital
7131 Cahill Ave.
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
Phone: 651-451-4404

Anna Ruelle, DVM
Countryside Veterinary Clinic
13950 Highway 5
Young America, MN, 55397
Phone: 952-442-4200
May 24, 2013

Ethical Cremation

A Cremation Service Started By Veterinarians

VHA’s cremation services were started by veterinarians to provide a dignified, clean, reliable and respectful method of handling deceased pets. We strive to provide you a quality service that you can rely on. Multiple check-point systems are in place to ensure that the animals are processed exactly to the client’s wishes.  We have offered this service to hundreds of veterinary hospitals since 1986. We developed this service to help you, the clinic, to provide a smooth process for your clients.

Dignified and Caring Service for Your Customers

When your customers and clients lose a pet companion, they deserve the highest level of compassion, service, and care. As their trusted experts and doctors, your customers are looking for the appropriate levels of respect and service for the final care that their devoted pet deserves. The care and sensitivity exhibited by the VHA is an important part of our pet cremation services.

For more than 20 years, VHA has provided a dignified, caring and reliable cremation service, owned and supervised by member veterinarians. This service allows veterinarians to transition their clients through the loss of their pet. VHA recognizes that pets are members of the family, and the loss of a pet can be very difficult. Our multiple checkpoint system ensures that the cremation of each animal meets the owner's wishes.  

Cremation Options Available to Our Members

Group Cremation – In group cremation, pets are cremated together and the cremains are not returned to the owner. The cremains are buried off site.

Separate Cremations –
In separate cremation, the pets are separated in the retort by space (2-3 feet). The cremains are returned to the owner through the clinic/practice. A range of urns and containers are available for purchase.

VHA offers its members a range of resources dealing with pet loss, grief, and bereavement. Resources include books, literature and referral organizations.


vha urn catalogCremation Urns & Unique Keepsakes Catalog

The Cremation Urns & Unique Keepsakes Catalog is a resource to aid grieving owners in the choosing of urns.  The catalog provides information such as item numbers, urn size, color pictures and order forms. View urn and keepsake options.