Our Staff


We are proud to have Fear Free Certified Professionals on our team and are dedicated to caring for your pet’s emotional well-being as well as his or her physical well-being. We’d like you to know how we meet that goal.

Is your pet showing signs of bad stress and anxiety before arriving at the veterinary office? Ask us if pre-visit sedation or supplements might take the edge off and keep your pet happy and relaxed.

Would your pet be more comfortable waiting in the car rather than the waiting room? Just let us know, and we’ll be glad to accommodate you.

You’ll be brought into the exam room a few minutes before your pet will be seen because we’d like the two of you to spend some calm time together. This will allow your pet to explore the room and relax a little first.

Special calming chemical signals, known as pheromones, are provided to your pet at check-in.  Also, they are infused throughout the exam rooms. Only dogs and cats can smell them, and they find them relaxing. The music in the room is also specially created for canine and feline stress reduction.

We promise to keep our voices low and calm, and to never use force to examine, test, or treat your pet. We’ll use gentle control techniques, innovative tools, and medication when necessary to ensure your pet’s emotional health isn’t sacrificed for the sake of
medical care.

Unless it’s medically inappropriate, we’ll be giving your pet lots of treats during the visit. This is so he or she starts associating a trip to the veterinarian with good things! That will keep stress levels low. Bringing your pet into the appointment hungry can help this process along!

Some pets prefer to be examined up high, on the table, in your lap, in their carrier, or on the floor. We’ll
go where we need to go to make your pet comfortable during the exam. We’ll also use specialized distraction techniques to keep your pet focused on good experiences while we perform procedures such as injections that might cause brief stress or pain.

Questions? Just ask! We want you to be happy, too!

Interested in learning more about Fear Free? Visit fearfreepets.com.

Fear Free Certified Professionals are indicated below.


Paul Striegel, DVM
Veterinarian & Practice Owner

My interest in being a veterinarian started early. I was lucky to have many different pets when growing up. Biology and medicine were favorites; so it seemed natural to pursue being a veterinarian. I went to NDSU and then to Iowa State University for veterinary school. That was over 25 years ago and I still look forward to each day.

My wife Tami and I are originally from Bismarck, but have lived in Fargo over 20 years. We have two sons and a daughter who have now finished college and working on their own. Our pets are the only kids we still have at home.

I’m proud to be at Animal Health Clinic; working with good diagnostics, medicine, and surgery. Our staff and veterinarians are enthusiastic and dedicated in what they do. Our clients take great care of their pets, making this a great place to work.

Years in Practice:
35
Education:
NDSU; Iowa State University
Interests:
Surgery, Orthopedic Conditions, Dentistry


Kevin Dill, DVM
Veterinarian & Practice Owner

I am originally from Chicago but consider Fargo my home, since I attended high school and undergraduate school here. My interest in being a veterinarian stemmed from the unfortunate demise of a goldfish when I was six years old. After the ceremony over the ceramic cemetery, I decided that I wanted to fix animals.

After a brief diversion considering the military and engineering, I pursued veterinary school. My long time high school sweetheart and I got married part way through veterinary school. We then went westward to Albuquerque, NM where I practiced in a private practice in the Sandia Mountains. We happened to be the hotspot of plague in animals and diagnosed many cases of the dreaded disease. After my son was born, I took over as the Chief Medical Officer at the Animal Humane Association in Albuquerque. That was a great experience and really gave me the opportunity to help the general population of animals, and in that area overpopulation was a tremendous problem. I developed one of the top shelter clinics in the country and we performed over 600 spays and neuters a month.

I have developed a solid knowledge base in the exotics through intensive study and seminar attendance. My motto is €œI'll see anything the other folks won't€ and as a result see some unusual creatures. After some bad experiences with ostriches, I have drawn the line at seeing things that outweigh me!

Dr. Dill has a Bichon/Shih tzu cross, named Marley. In his spare time he likes to fish, be at the lakes, and watch Food Network.

Fun fact: "I ran into a grizzly bear while fishing in Alaska. Luckily the bear ran away."

Years in Practice:
26
Education:
B.S. in Entomology at NDSU; DVM from University of Minnesota
Interests:
Exotics, ultrasound, endoscopy


Tammy Ness, DVM
Veterinarian & Practice Owner

I am a North Dakota native from Wahpeton. After graduation I worked in a small animal clinic in the Twin Cities before moving back to the Fargo area. My husband and I returned to the area to be closer to both our families after starting a family of our own.

We have two dogs (Jack-Standard Poodle & Sonny- small mixed breed), and two Guinea Pigs (Frankie & Jerry).

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and reading. I look forward to aiding in the health and well being of the region's furry family members for a long time to come.

Fun fact: "I love plants! Currently, I have over 30 plants in my house."

Years in Practice:
19
Education:
Undergrad at NDSCS & NDSU; Vet school- Iowa State University College
Interests:
Internal medicine, dermatology, behavior, oncology


Jessica Nesius, DVM
Veterinarian
Employee of the Month- August 2016

Growing up in Minnesota, I had a mixture of furry four-legged friends and even chickens at times, and right now my husband and I have one dog. She is a German Shorthaired Pointer named Vine and she sure keeps us busy.

In my spare time, I like to spend time with my kids and my husband.

I look forward to establishing long-term relationships within the F-M community and working together to make your pets happy and healthy!

Fun fact: A very distant relative helped with the construction of the Statue of Liberty.

Years in Practice:
6
Education:
UND, University of MN CVM
Interests:
ophthalmology, internal medicine


Katie Habgood, DVM
Veterinarian

Hi, I'm Dr. Katie! I became interested in veterinary medicine as a kid growing up on a farm outside of Sheldon, North Dakota. Right after vet school I moved to Grants Pass, in Southern Oregon, where I practiced at a small animal clinic for 2 years. I was fortunate to meet my husband Ryan there, even though I was told I moved to a retirement community!

We moved to Portland in 2008 and I started practicing at a mixed animal clinic in Sandy (near Mt. Hood). Even though I loved living in Oregon, I longed to be near my family again. I am happy to be back in the Fargo area and am excited to meet new clients and their pets!

My husband and I have three cats, Bob, Gimli, and Quinn, and a hound cross named Momo. I enjoy hiking, camping, traveling, reading and following the Portland TrailBlazers.

Years in Practice:
12
Education:
undergrad- NDSU; DVM- University of Minnesota
Interests:
feline medicine, dentistry, preventative medicine, and ophthalmology


Matt Talbot, DVM
Veterinarian

Employee of the Month- February 2017

Dr. Matt Talbot is from Gordon, Nebraska. In his spare time, he enjoys outdoor activities- especially fly fishing. Also, he enjoys music, travel, and Cornhusker sports.

Fun fact: He started playing music professionally at age 14.

Years in Practice:
19
Education:
B.S.- Chadron State College; DVM- Kansas State University
Interests:
Emergency/Critical Care, endocrine disease, pain management, orthopedic disease, dentistry


Natalie Rick
Practice Manager
Employee of the Month- December 2016

Natalie is from Fargo and has a black lab (Sniff), a bearded dragon (Bleau), and a 120 gallon aquarium. She also has a clinic beta fish (Brad Phish).

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, and walking Sniff through Island Park. She also enjoys cooking and trying new foods, listening to music, and going on new adventures with her fiancé.

Fun fact: "I love jet skiing on the Red River!"

Years in Practice:
3
Education:
B.A. in Psychology from MSUM, Minors in Business Administration & English Writing
Interests:
Animals of all kinds (especially dogs), interacting with clients & their pets, human resources, industrial-organizational psychology, continuing education, & business development
Email:
natalie@ahcfargo.com


Jen
Licensed Veterinary Technician- Team Lead
Employee of the Month- April 2015; May 2017

Jen is from Litchville, ND and has 2 yorkie/maltese crosses (Syrie & Lita). In her spare time she enjoys walking her dogs, rally obedience training, agility & therapy pet training with Syrie, spending time with family, and watching the Green Bay Packers!

Jen is our Fear Free Coordinator! 

Years in Practice:
20
Education:
B.S. in Veterinary Technology from NDSU
Interests:
Chemo therapy, anesthesia, canine behavior


Nikki
Licensed Veterinary Technician
Employee of the Month- May 2015; September 2015; June 2017

Nikki is from Fergus Falls and moved to Fargo in 2012. She has 2 cats (Henree & Simon). In her spare time, she enjoys four wheeling, being outdoors, and soaking up the sun.

Fun fact: "I have a photographic memory."

Years in Practice:
5
Education:
AAS in veterinary technology from Ridgewater College


Becky
Licensed Veterinary Technician
Employee of the Month- June 2015; March 2017

Becky is from Sauk Centre, MN. She graduated from NDSU in 2005 and has been working at Animal Health Clinic ever since. Becky lives in West Fargo with her husband and two sons. They have a boxer/lab (Booker), two cats (Josie & Smokey), and a chinchilla (Shale).

In her spare time she lies to read, scrapbook, and bake.

Fun fact: "I love canning!"

Becky is our Fear Free Cat Champion!

Years in Practice:
13
Education:
B.S. in Veterinary Technology from NDSU
Interests:
Working with difficult cats, lab/microscope work


Jennifer
Licensed Veterinary Technician
Employee of the Month- July 2016

Jennifer is from Sabin, MN and has a Toy Schnauzer (Sherman), a Rottweiler (Steve), and 2 cats (Stuffy, & Bob).

She has 2 kids and a 2 hour drive so doesn't have time to spare!

Fun fact: "My husband is a police officer and I hate driving the speed limit."

Years in Practice:
10
Education:
B.S. in Veterinary Technology from NDSU + CNA certification
Interests:
Nutrition and holistic/natural treatments


Lyndi
Licensed Veterinary Technician
Employee of the Month- February 2016

Lyndi is from Valley City and has a Springer Spaniel mix (McKade), and a cat (Marty).

In her spare time, she enjoys going to the lake, and spending time with friends and family.

Fun fact: She has 10 hours towards her pilot's license.

Years in Practice:
6
Education:
Minnesota School of Business- Veterinary Technology
Interests:
Drawing blood, anesthesia, dermatology


Danielle
Licensed Veterinary Technician

Danielle is from Moorhead and has a dog (Jezebel) and a cat (Callie).

In her spare time, she likes to read, watch movies, and sew.

Danielle is our Fear Free Dog Champion!

Years in Practice:
4
Education:
AAS Veterinary Technology- MN School of Business
Interests:
Behavior


Joelle
Licensed Veterinary Technician

Joelle grew up in southern Minneapolis. She recently moved to Moorhead from Eagan, MN. She has a Siberian Husky (Sanka), a pitbull/weimaraner mix (Kingsley), two cats (Lady; Jade), and a rabbit (Buck). In her spare time she lakes to play with her animals, write, and watch movies.

Fun fact: "I played competitive badminton throughout high school."

Years in Practice:
10
Education:
Vet Tech Program at Argosy University
Interests:
Animal behavior; exotics


Morgan
Licensed Veterinary Technician
Employee of the Month- December 2015

Morgan is also trained as a Front Office Support Specialist and an Appointment Assistant.  She is from Morton, Illinois and has a cat named Junior.

In her spare time, she enjoys anything outdoors, especially fishing. She also loves to shop.

Fun fact: She has played guitar for 10+ years.

Years in Practice:
4
Education:
bachelor's in veterinary technology from NDSU
Interests:
Stem Cell Therapy


Erica
Appointment Assistant- Team Lead
Employee of the Month- October 2015; July 2017

Erica is from Moorhead and has a mini Australian Shepherd (Jango), a Shiba Inu/Basset cross (Nugget), a rescue kitty (Sheridan), and 2 bull python snakes (Stoli & Pendleton).

Fun fact: She just had her first child and is getting married in the summer of 2016.

Years in Practice:
10
Education:
Zoology Major from NDSU


Chell
Appointment Assistant
Employee of the Month- April 2016

Chell has lived all over and has 2 dogs (Jackson & Peaches) and 2 cats (Sam & Aggie). In her spare time she likes to spend time with family and friends.

Fun fact: She loves Halloween.

Years in Practice:
4
Education:
Animal Behavior College- Vet Assistant Program
Interests:
To make our patients happy and to give the best care that I can.


Anna
Appointment Assistant
Employee of the Month- May 2016

Anna is from Moorhead and has a large, black tuxedo cat named George.

In her spare time, she likes to run, make crafts, paint, volunteer at 4 Luv of Dog Rescue, and spend time with family.

Fun fact: "I have lived in Kansas, North Carolina, Virginia, Wisconsin, Missouri, and Minneosta- but I am 100% a Minnesota girl."

Years in Practice:
2
Education:
Bachelor's in Studio Art & Minor in Art History from the University of Minnesota Morris
Interests:
Non profit organizations and everything involving the art of animals.



Christine
Appointment Assistant

Christine is from Fargo. Her two cats (Timba & Sagwa) are sisters that were rescued from Cat's Cradle. In her spare time she enjoys reading, watching Netflix, cross stitch, and sewing.

Fun fact: "My dream pets are a border collie and bare eyed cockatoo".

Years in Practice:
1
Education:
Bachelors in New Media & Web Design with a minor in Art from NDSU
Interests:
dog & cat grooming


Molly
Animal Care Assistant- Team Lead
Employee of the Month- March 2015; January 2016; September 2016

Molly is also cross-training as an Appointment Assistant.

Molly is from Moorhead and has a German Shepherd (Gypsy), a cat (Mabel) & a beta fish (Frank).

In her spare time, she likes to do crafts, read, watch movies, spend time with friends, and cook.

Fun fact: "I lived in Australia for 5 months in 2005 while studying abroad."

Years in Practice:
4
Education:
B.A. in biology with an emphasis on ecology, and evolutionary biology


Sam
Animal Care Assistant
Employee of the Month- March 2016

Sam is from Moorhead and has a dog (Kya), and 2 cats (AJ & Oreo). In her spare time, she enjoys crafts- specifically crochet, painting, & macrame. She also likes to go to the dog park.

Fun fact: "I played roller derby for 2 years."

Years in Practice:
2
Education:
ceramics in the art department at MSUM


Micah
Animal Care Assistant

Employee of the Month- April 2017

Micah is from New York Mills, MN and has a yellow lab, named Torii, and "is the biggest baby in the world." In his spare time he likes to run, waterski, and help coach baseball.

Fun fact: "I started the cross-country team at my high school."

Years in Practice:
1
Education:
Bachelor of Science in Biology from Concordia
Interests:
Hopes to get into vet school and follow his passion for animals.


Natalie M.
Animal Care Assistant

 

Natalie is from Neche, ND and has a cat named Sassy, and a betta fish named Dennis.

In her spare time, she enjoys movies, studying, anime, painting, drawing, drinking coffee, and being with friends and family.

Fun fact: "I grew up in a town one mile away from the Canadian border, called Neche, ND."

Years in Practice:
1
Education:
Pre-Veterinary Technician program at NDSU
Interests:
To help and to learn in the veterinary field and to volunteer.


Raina
Front Office Coordinator
Employee of the Month- July 2015

Raina is also trained as an Appointment Assistant.

Raina lived in Carrington until age 13, then moved to Fargo. She has 2 dogs (Pheobe, Nathan), 2 cats (Blinkin the blind kitty, & Molly), 2 Guinea pigs, and 2 beta fish.

She has no spare time 🙂

Fun fact: "Too many to list, but I did just win a 5 minute, $500 grocery shopping spree!"

Years in Practice:
15
Interests:
I'm doing it. For as long as I remember I wanted to work with animals.


Ellen
Front Office Support
Employee of the Month- August 2015; November 2016

Ellen is from Walhalla, ND. She doesn't have any personal pets at home but she states that she loves to be the "grandma" to everyone's at work.

In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, canning, baking, and reading.

Years in Practice:
6
Education:
Cosmetology
Interests:
To gain work experience, provide excellent customer service, being a valued team member.

Abby
Front Office Support

Abby is also trained as an Animal Care Assistant.

Abby is from Pelican Rapids, MN and has a black lab named Jack. In her spare time she likes have farm fun at the farm!

Fun fact: "We raise sheep, & corn, soybeans, & wheat."

Years in Practice:
4
Education:
Currently enrolled at NDSU- animal science with extension education minor


Molly R
Front Office Support

Molly is from Fargo and has a Tuxedo Cat named Leonardo DeCatrio. In her spare time she likes to hang out with her son and friends. She enjoys going to movies, going on bike rides, doing crafts, going swimming, and traveling. She also likes to try new and interesting food and beverages.

Fun fact: "I used to paint murals and am still very passionate about art!"

Years in Practice:
1
Education:
MSCTC with a paralegal major
Interests:
veterinary services & legal field


Dana
Front Office Support
Employee of the Month- June 2016

Dana grew up in Mora,MN and moved up here for college in 2003. She now lives in Fargo with her husband. She has two black cats (Murphy & Zaney) and two pitbull mixes (Maeby & Puddy). In her spare time she likes to volunteer for the 4 Luv of Dog Rescue and hosts foster dogs while they wait for their forever homes. She also loves to sew, screenprint, cook and go on hiking/outdoor adventures with her family.

Fun fact: "I constantly have a creative project in the works whether it be sewing, screenprinting, painting, etc."

Years in Practice:
1
Education:
Concordia College and MSUM
Interests:
animal care; customer service


Stacy
Front Office Support

Stacy is from St. Paul, Minnesota and has two cats (Beezus & Zooey). In her spare time she likes to cook, listen to music, and hang out with her boyfriend, Tony, and the cats.

Fun fact: "I got to sing one of my favorite songs on stage with the band who recorded it at MSUM."

Years in Practice:
1


Yalonda
Front Office Support

Yalonda is from Wadena, MN and has two pets.  Zelda is the eldest and is a grey/white tiger striped cat.  Kopurr is an orange and white tiger striped cat.

In her spare time she enjoys photography, hula hooping, camping, and going to the lake.

Fun Fact: "I have 9 brothers and 4 sisters."

Years in Practice: 1

Education: Bachelor's in Communications; Double Minor in Leadership & Women and Gender Studies


Jennifer S
Internal Accountant

Years in Practice:
1
Email:
fargoahc@gmail.com