Animal Health Clinic

Animal Health Clinic is proud to be American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) accredited since 1979.  Only about 20% of animal hospitals are accredited in the United States. 

Did you know that the AAHA Standards of Accreditation recommend veterinary practice teams have more hours of continuing education than many state veterinary medical boards require?

Continuous learning and keeping skills up-to-date helps our staff members build their confidence and ultimately helps Animal Health Clinic to provide a positive client experience, while improving the level of patient care. We use a team approach to meet the needs of our clients and the pets that you love.

  • 1441 University Drive South
  • Fargo, ND 58103
  • Phone: (701) 237-9310
  • Fax: (701) 235-2075
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  • Mon-Fri: 7:30am - 5:30pm
  • Sat: 9:00am - 12:00pm by appointment only
  • Sun: Closed
  • Paul Striegel, DVM

    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:
    Jan 01, 1983
    Education:
    NDSU; Iowa State University
    Interests:
    Surgery, Orthopedic Conditions, Dentistry
  • Kevin Dill, DVM

    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:
    Jan 01, 1992
    Education:
    B.S. in Entomology at NDSU; DVM from University of Minnesota
    Interests:
    Exotics, ultrasound, endoscopy
  • Tammy Ness, DVM

    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:
    Jan 01, 1999
    Education:
    Undergrad at NDSCS & NDSU; Vet school- Iowa State University College
    Interests:
    Internal medicine, dermatology, behavior, oncology
  • Jessica Nesius, DVM

    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:
    Jan 01, 2012
    Education:
    UND, University of MN CVM
    Interests:
    ophthalmology, internal medicine
  • Katie Habgood, DVM

    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:
    Jan 01, 2006
    Education:
    undergrad- NDSU; DVM- University of Minnesota
    Interests:
    feline medicine, dentistry, preventative medicine, and ophthalmology
  • Matt Talbot, DVM

    Veterinarian 

    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:
    Jan 01, 1999
    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:
    Jan 01, 2015
    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
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  • Jen

    Jen

    Licensed Veterinary Technician- Team Lead
    Employee of the Month- April 2015

    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!


    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1998
    Education:
    B.S. in Veterinary Technology from NDSU
    Interests:
    Chemo therapy, anesthesia, canine behavior
  • Nikki

    Nikki

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

    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:
    Jan 01, 2013
    Education:
    AAS in veterinary technology from Ridgewater College
  • Becky

    Becky

    Licensed Veterinary Technician
    Employee of the Month- June 2015

    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!"  
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2005
    Education:
    B.S. in Veterinary Technology from NDSU
    Interests:
    Working with difficult cats, lab/microscope work
  • Jennifer

    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:
    Jan 01, 2008
    Education:
    B.S. in Veterinary Technology from NDSU + CNA certification
    Interests:
    Nutrition and holistic/natural treatments
  • Brooke

    Brooke

    Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Brooke and her husband, Eli, have 1 dog (Fritz) a rabbit (Dashel) and a cat (Penny). They have 2 children.  She enjoys reading, gardening, and watching football. 

    Fun fact: Brooke is a big Vikings fan!
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2008
    Education:
    Veterinary Technology Program from Minnesota School of Business
    Interests:
    Staff training, lab, laser therapy
  • Lyndi

    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:
    Jan 01, 2012
    Education:
    Minnesota School of Business- Veterinary Technology
    Interests:
    Drawing blood, anesthesia, dermatology
  • Danielle

    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.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2014
    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:
    Jan 01, 2008
    Education:
    Vet Tech Program at Argosy University
    Interests:
    Animal behavior; exotics
  • Erica

    Erica

    Appointment Assistant- Team Lead
    Employee of the Month- October 2015

    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:
    Jan 01, 2008
    Education:
    Zoology Major from NDSU
  • Chell

    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:
    Jan 01, 2014
    Education:
    Animal Behavior College- Vet Assistant Program
    Interests:
    To make our patients happy and to give the best care that I can.
  • Morgan

    Morgan

    Appointment Assistant/Front Office Support
    Employee of the Month- December 2015 

    Morgan 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:
    Jan 01, 2014
    Education:
    currently enrolled at NDSU- bachelor's in veterinary technology
    Interests:
    Wants to become a vet tech
  • Anna

    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:
    Sep 25, 2015
    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.
  • Shaina

    Appointment Assistant

    Shaina is from Fargo and has a lemon beagle that was adopted from the NDSU vet tech program (Asia); a brown & white tabby cat that was found outside on Thanksgiving 2014 (Stammer); and a grey cat from a friend's unexpected litter (Easton). 

    In her spare time she likes to read and write fantasy style fiction stories.  She is very artistic and does a lot of crafts.

    Fun fact: "I'm a fast reader.  In 6th grade I read 326 books over the course of one school year".
    Years in Practice:
    Jul 18, 2016
    Education:
    veterinary technology degree from NDSU
    Interests:
    books, arts & crafts
  • 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:
    Aug 23, 2016
    Education:
    Bachelors in New Media & Web Design with a minor in Art from NDSU
    Interests:
    dog & cat grooming
  • Molly

    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:
    Jan 01, 2014
    Education:
    B.A. in biology with an emphasis on ecology, and evolutionary biology
  • Sam

    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:
    Sep 24, 2015
    Education:
    ceramics in the art department at MSUM
  • Leah

    Animal Care Assistant

    Leah is from Williston, ND and has two cats.  Eva is a Siamese and Fanny is a calico.  In her spare time she likes to go to movies, travel, and read.

    Fun fact: "I am left-handed!"
    Years in Practice:
    Aug 29, 2016
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from NDSU
    Interests:
    I hope to be a veterinarian.
  • Raina

    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:
    Jan 01, 2003
    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:
    Jan 01, 2012
    Education:
    Cosmetology
    Interests:
    To gain work experience, provide excellent customer service, being a valued team member.
  • Abby

    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:
    Jan 01, 2014
    Education:
    Currently enrolled at NDSU- animal science with extension education minor
  • Mikaya

    Mikaya

    Front Office Support
    Employee of the Month- October 2016

    Mikaya is from Helena, Montana and has 3 cats (Titten, Dottie, & Avery).  In her spare time, she likes to read, hang out with friends, and eat sushi.
    Years in Practice:
    Sep 24, 2015
    Education:
    Cosmetology- The Salon Professional Academy
    Interests:
    Aesthetics- skin & beauty
  • 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:
    Feb 29, 2016
    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:
    Apr 04, 2016
    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:
    Aug 08, 2016
  • Jennifer S

    Internal Accountant

    Years in Practice:
    Jul 07, 2016
    Email: