Stephanie Onken

Stephanie Onken

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At TLC Cat Clinic in Plymouth, we are committed to providing high quality, compassionate veterinary care for our feline friends while building strong human and animal bonds, with a focus on prevention, promoting responsible pet ownership, and client education.

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Minnesota Spay Neuter Assistance Program (MN SNAP) offers high-quality, affordable and accessible spay and neuter services to low-income communities, animal shelters, 501(c)(3) rescue organizations and feral cat caretakers. MN SNAP started the first mobile surgery service in Minnesota, and together with its stationary clinic in North Minneapolis, has subsidized more than 116,000 surgeries since April 2010.

As an MN SNAP team member, you’ll have the opportunity to practice the different aspects of delivering high-quality surgery services to dogs, cats, and rabbits. The surgery prep technician administers inhalant anesthesia, prepares patients for surgery and monitors patients in all stages of anesthesia. The surgery prep technician is also responsible for performing limited physical exams on patients, and cleaning and maintaining anesthesia equipment.

We prefer that a candidate have both CVT status and private practice or shelter experience in surgery. Additionally, the candidate must fit the following description: hardworking; prompt; ability to interact positively with team members, clients, volunteers, clinic site hosts, and vendors; ability to lift 50 pounds on a continual basis; flexibility in scheduling, including working long shifts and taking out-of-town trips for up to four days; clear communicator; detail-oriented; and skills to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment.

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anderson lakes animal hospital mn logoHere at Anderson Lakes Animal Hospital, we always welcome new clients and patients to our full-service veterinary practice in Eden Prairie. Our practice has grown, and we find ourselves in need of a Full-Time or Part-Time Veterinary Assistant to join our team.

If you have an interest in working with animals and a willingness to learn we have a solid training program in place to get you up to speed and help you to learn the ins and outs of our practice.

This position offers exceptional benefits, competitive starting pay and best of all, a dynamic and fun team of professionals.

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SOUTH SAINT PAUL, MN – (January 15, 2020) – Veterinary Hospitals Association (VHA), the leading association for veterinary practices in the Midwest, has partnered with EmerAid, a leader in critical care and recovery nutrition products based in Cornell, IL.

2019 Social Media Marketing Calendar for Veterinary Clinics Final

As the end of the year (and decade) draws to a close, it's time to plan out the next years fresh, fun, and exciting marketing campaigns. Veterinary team members wear many different hats, so researching the upcoming fun holiday and observances to plan your campaigns around can be challenging. Veterinary Hospitals Association has put together its 2020 Social Media Marketing Calendar for Veterinary Clinics. It's an all-in-one calendar with holidays and observances applicable for veterinary clinics, along with suggested social media activation ideas each month!

It’s December and 2019 is nearing its end. Take this month to celebrate your patients, clients, and team, sharing the successes throughout the year. Thank your clients for trusting their pet’s care to you, and (with owner permission) reveal happy ending stories of patients who overcame illness or injury. But don’t forget to also take a moment to remember the pets who crossed the Rainbow Bridge in 2019. Offer an opportunity for clients to share their photos in the comments of a dedicated post in their memory.

Also, don’t forget to remind pet owners to give their pets their monthly preventatives!

Happy November! The holidays are nearly here, and the end of the year isn’t too far behind. Yet there is still plenty to be shared with your veterinary clinic’s social media fans. Just don’t forget to update your social media pages, Google Business Listing, and website with updated business hours for Thanksgiving!

Below are additional suggested social media posts for veterinary clinics this month. To use the posts on your page, copy and paste the text into your post. To save the image, first click it, then right-click on the enlarged image and select “Save As.”


Steve Haarstad works with organizations to help them better understand how they can grow their revenue and strengthen their leadership culture. Haarstad's experience and record of accomplishment position him well to help his clients develop and implement the talent and revenue growth strategies they need to successfully compete and grow.

Mr. Haarstad offers three types of services:

Business Strategic Planning

Mr. Haarstad partners with clients by facilitating discussions and working sessions to identify the elements that combine to create a strategic plan for your business. This is most often done with the owner(s) and/or a managerial leadership team.

  • Vision, Mission, and Values
  • Target Market
  • Product and/or Service Niche and Differentiators
  • 3 year, 1 year, and 90 days goals
  • SWOT or SOAR analysis
  • Resource (People, Facility, Equipment, etc.) Requirement Planning

Marketing Strategy Development

How do you grow your business and maximize your profitability?  One key is finding the intersection between the value your business offers and the needs of your best fit customers. Mr. Haarstad works with clients by helping them identify those things and then developing an action plan to pursue it.

  • Best Fit Customer Identification
  • Rationalization of Products and/or Services
  • Growth Goals and Objectives
  • Action Plan Development

Strategic Business Management

Most, if not all, companies have a strategic plan. Unfortunately, many fail to successfully execute it. Mr. Haarstad helps companies succeed by adding accountability and focus through the facilitation of monthly, quarterly, and annual leadership team meetings.

  • Annual Planning Facilitation
  • Quarterly Strategic Review and Planning
  • Monthly Action Tracking and Accountability

Company & Contacts

Haarstad Strategic Business Consulting
Steve Haarstad
Phone: 612-810-2799

Updated October 21, 2019

SOUTH SAINT PAUL, MN – (October 8, 2019) – Veterinary Hospitals Association (VHA), the leading association for veterinary practices in the Midwest, has entered into a partnership with Wedgewood Pharmacy.

In no time at all, ghosts, goblins, princesses, and superheroes will soon be walking the streets for Halloween. While October is well-known for Halloween, it’s not the only holiday and observation during the month that your veterinary clinic can promote on social media!

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