Stephanie Duncan

Stephanie Duncan

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:

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

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

Carissa Williamson, DVM
Oakwood Pet Clinic
1441 North Highway 101
Plymouth, MN, 55447
Phone: 763-473-7030

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

Board Members
Cynthia Fetzer, DVM
Camden Pet Hospital
1405 44th Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN, 55412
Phone: 612-522-4374 

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

Abby Coodin, DVM

Painted Sky Veterinary Services, LLC
741 Harriman Avenue South
Amery, WI, 54001
Phone: 715-268-8131

Jami Stromberg, DVM

Brooklyn Park Pet Hospital
5815 80th Avenue North
Brooklyn Park, MN, 55443
Phone: 763-566-6000

Steven Olson, DVM
East Lake Animal Clinic
4104 East Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN, 55406
Phone: 612-729-2374
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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.

 A key benefit of VHA membership is the group purchasing program. By purchasing in volume from manufacturers and suppliers, VHA is able to offer members "one-stop shopping" for all the products and supplies a practice needs. When members combine as a group, VHA gains tremendous purchasing power, ensuring our membership competitive pricing.

What is VHA?

A Co-Op for Veterinarians, Created by Veterinarians, to Help you Save Time, Save Money, and Improve Your Bottom Line.

May 24, 2013



Upcoming Events

VHA Expo - Register Now!

The theme for this year's VHA Expo is "All In" on November 4, 2015 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre.  Register now!

Town Hall Meeting

You are invited to join us for a Town Hall Meeting immediately following the VHA Expo starting at 4:30pm.
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Support Center


Business Services

Are you in need of hiring services, marketing materials, or financial advice? Contact VHA Director of Business Services Jim Poissant, who's services include human resources, financial services, and marketing services. To learn more, visit VHA Business Services.  

Do you receive the "VHA Updates?"

The "VHA Updates" is our twice weekly informational email sent to members.  Topics include: Product Alerts (backorders, discontinuations, price changes and promotions), New Product Notifications, Upcoming Events and Registrations, and General VHA Announcements and News.  Don't miss out - Sign Up Today! QR Code for Email Subscription
preferred partnerVHA Preferred Partners — Look for the new VHA Preferred Partner Seal to ensure you're getting the best deals and a positive impact on your MVPD. Click here for the list of our preferred partners.


In the News:

Congress is currently reviewing "Fairness to Pet Owners Act of 2015", and should it pass could directly affect your veterinary practice. Read the bill in full here, and the AVMA's position and how you can get involved here.  

Did you miss the VHA Annual Meeting held Thursday, March 12, 2015?  No worries, you can check it out here!

Important Cremation Information

View the email sent to the VHA membership Thursday February 19, 2015 regarding Midwest Cremation Services.
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