Name: Julie Elliott
How long have you been with VHA? 2 years
Tell us about yourself: I graduated from Globe University in 2009. I worked at a small animal hospital while attending school and was hired as a CVT after graduation and worked there for 8 years as a CVT/Inventory Manager. I currently live in Woodbury with my boyfriend, our 2 girls (ages 5 and 7), 3 cats, and our dog Bruce.
What's one interesting fact about you that very few know? I was accepted to Texas A&M University-Galveston for Marine Biology but got too nervous to be so far from home and didn't go.
If you could have one super power, what would it be and why? Not sure if it would be considered a super power but I would love it if I could snap my fingers and have things get done, whether it be a chore or an errand. That way I could spend more time doing things I enjoy, rather than cleaning the litter box ;)
What's one thing you like about working at VHA? It's always a good day when we have dogs in the office. When you miss that from being in a clinic, it's a nice way to get your fix!
Name: Maria O'Connor Vetscher
How long have you been with VHA? 7 1/2 years
Tell us about yourself: I am a CVT and graduated from NDSU as a Veterinary Technologist and have a B.S. in Ecology Evolution and Behavioral Biology from U of M. Before VHA, I worked at Ivesco for 5 years and at a clinic here in the Cities. I also previously worked as a Zookeeper at the Red River Zoo in Fargo and for years in Human Resources prior to returning to work with animals. I currently have one beautiful polydactyl kitty named Digits that I adopted from one of my clinics 3 years ago.
What's one interesting fact about you that very few know? I once flew a small plane around downtown Minneapolis at night
If you could have one super power, what would it be and why? The ability to read minds - but only when I really want to know.
What's one thing you like about working at VHA? The people and my clinics!
Name: Jeana Handrahan
How long have you been with VHA? 11 years
Tell us about yourself: My fiance and I reside in New Richmond, WI with our 4 boys who love swimming and riding 4-wheeler. We also have an English Bulldog named Gus and a cat named Pickles I went to UW-Stout and graduated from Globe College in 2004 with an Associates degree in Veterinary Technology. I was able to spend my internship at an Equine Veterinary facility and used my skills in a small animal practice until coming to VHA in 2006.
What's one interesting fact about you that very few know? My forehead is ticklish.
If you could have one super power, what would it be and why? Teleportation - to be where I want to be in seconds.
What's one thing you like about working at VHA? The flexibility.
Name: Sara Sieben
How long have you been with VHA? 9 years
Tell us about yourself: I attended UW-River Falls before transferring to Argosy University, where I earned my AAS in Veterinary Technology. I became a CVT and worked in a clinic for about 4 years before coming to VHA. I live on a hobby farm with my husband, Evan; 2 steers; 10 chickens; mini dachshund, Oliver; and cat, Jack. Outside of work, I like to travel, ski, workout, and ride our Harley.
What's one interesting fact about you that very few know? I shoot trap every summer and I am in a league with my dad and brother.
If you could have one super power, what would it be and why? Fly!
What's one thing you like about working at VHA? My co-workers!
Name: Stephanie Duncan
How long have you been with VHA? 2 years
Tell us about yourself: I graduated from the University of Minnesota, Crookston in 2010 with degrees in Communication and Business Management with minors in Marketing. My husband, Isaac, and I live in Woodbury and between us have six daughters (ages 15 - 8 months). We also have one cat, who is female as well! I enjoy thrift shopping with my girls, cooking, spending time outdoors, and trying new wine.
What's one interesting fact about you that very few know? I've visited Norway and Denmark, and absolutely love Norwegien pizza. There's nothing like it!
If you could have one super power, what would it be and why? Teleportation. It would be great to go places quickly without fighting traffic or spending hours on the road!
What's one thing you like about working at VHA? I love the people. The VHA team is fantastic and our members are diverse, fun, and dedicated to their patients, teams, and industry!
Name: Erin Potts
How long have you been with VHA? 2 years
Tell us about yourself: I carry a degree in Business Administration with a minor in Public Relations and I come with several years of bookkeeping experience. I had planned for a career following my work during college in Sports Information, working on player bios, press releases and stats. As it often happens, even the best laid plans can change. That change brought me to Minnesota 12 years ago to begin my diverse career path. Over that decade, I’ve worked for an Office Supply Company, an Event and Tour Company, a Hardware Manufacturers Representative Company and a chain of Assisted Living Facilities. I’ve worn many hats in my past positions and bring experience in Marketing, Customer Service, Human Resources, Warehouse Management and Event Planning. The single aspect of all my jobs that has remained constant, and that I greatly enjoy, is Business and Financial Management.
I have been married for 11 years to my college sweetheart Michael. We have two bright and beautiful children that keep us running and laughing constantly. Our family rounded out with two loving fur babies as well, our cats Lady Kay and Lucas Mathew. Even though I am a born and raised Wisconsinite, we have made our home here in Minnesota over the past 12 years, but do not fear Im still a Buckey fan and luckily my kids are too!
What's one interesting fact about you that very few know? My brother and I are exactly 4 years apart in age with birthdays on the 12th and 14th, his children are exactly 3 years apart with birthdays a day apart, and my children are exactly 3 years apart with birthdays a day apart as well.
If you could have one super power, what would it be and why? To move at the speed of light so I could still do everything I want to do even when I don't have enough time.
What's one thing you like about working at VHA? I love meeting and working with all the great people I have come to know here at VHA both our staff and our awesome members!
Name: Melissa Munce
How long have you been with VHA? 5 years
Tell us about yourself: I served business through audit, tax and business consulting as a CPA for 7 years. I have been a controller for various businesses for 15 years. I am married with two college aged children and two small dogs.
What's one interesting fact about you that very few know? I play the piano.
If you could have one super power, what would it be and why? Transportation. I hate commuting.
What's one thing you like about working at VHA? Without fail - every single employee is 110% dedicated to helping the veterinary community.
Name: Jeff Benson
How long have you been with VHA? 6 years
Tell us about yourself: Engaged to Cheryl Moline I have 2 daughters (Ashley and Alexandra) and one son (Nick). I have have 2 dogs (Kona and Amaya). Graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN (my hometown). Prior to VHA I worked in human healthcare. First as a nursing home administrator and then running a long term care pharmacy.
What's one interesting fact about you that very few know? I always wanted to own a Dairy Queen because I love ice cream!
If you could have one super power, what would it be and why? Flight - so I could see my daughter in Singapore whenever I wanted to.
What's one thing you like about working at VHA? The people! The VHA staff and the member clinics staff are amazing to be around!
Our unique mobile practice allows us to perform surgery on site at our referring practices; a real benefit to practices and pet owners. This flexibility has produced rapid growth in individual clinic volume as well as the number of referring hospitals.
Our position is ideal for experienced surgical technicians. We offer an excellent starting wage, health insurance benefits at 100% company contribution, a retirement plan with company match, and the opportunity to assist in high-end surgical procedures.
Ideal candidates will be comfortable in a mobile surgical practice, possess excellent communication skills and enjoy working in a collaborative environment. This position will require driving of the company vehicle between appointments and a clean driving record is required.
$1,500 Relocation Bonus!
Animal Care Center in Baxter/Brainerd is seeking a Full-Time Veterinarian to join the team in our state-of-the-art facility. We hire compassionate, certified technicians and boast a Staff to Doctor ratio of 3-to-1, not to mention full digital radiology, on-site ultrasound, surgical laser, lift exam tables, digital dental radiology and a comprehensive in-house laboratory. The grass really is greener in Baxter!
Our ideal candidate will have interest in dentistry, surgery and ultrasonography, but experience is not required. We offer a very generous salary with production pay and a comprehensive benefit package. Occasional emergency on-call is required; only 6 weekends per year and 1 evening every two weeks. Emergencies are paid over and above salary.