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Meet our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

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 staff members build their confidence and ultimately helps hospitals 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 patients. To maintain our high standards, we hold monthly staff meetings for Fear Free education, safety training, and for improving processes to better serve you and your pet.

Paul Striegel, DVM
Veterinarian & Practice Owner

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

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.

Kevin Dill, DVM
Veterinarian & Practice Owner

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

Recognized from the North Dakota Veterinary Technician Association for Outstanding Contribution to the Veterinary Technician Profession

Employee of the Month- August 2019

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.”

Tammy Ness, DVM
Veterinarian & Practice Owner

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

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.”

Jessica Nesius, DVM

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

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.

Katie Habgood, DVM

Years in Practice: 12
Education: Undergrad- NDSU; DVM- University of Minnesota
Interests: Feline medicine, dentistry, and preventative medicine

Employee of the Month- April 2019

As long as I can remember, I have always wanted to be a veterinarian.  I was very lucky to have grown up on a farm with many different species of animals, and I especially loved the barn cats.  Seeing the barn cats develop different diseases peaked my interest in veterinary medicine and made me realize how great it would be to be able to work with pets every day!  One of the best parts about being a veterinarian is working with like-minded people who equally love what they do.  I love not only being able to treat a sick pet that the owners’ thought was untreatable but also provide preventative care to help pets live longer, healthier lives.  Dentistry is one of my passions and is one of the aspects of veterinary medicine that can improve the quality of a pet’s life almost instantly!

I grew up on a farm 50 miles SW of Fargo.  I did my undergraduate training at NDSU and received my DVM degree from the University of Minnesota in 2006.  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!  My husband and I 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.  We have been back in the Fargo area since 2014.  My husband and I have three cats, Quinn, Barney and Riggs.  When I’m not at work, I enjoy hiking, camping, traveling, and reading.

Heather Mitchell, DVM

Years in Practice: 12
Education: Undergrad- South Dakota State University; DVM- Iowa State University
Interests: Dentistry, Behavior, Senior Feline Healthcare, Birds, Reptiles

Employee of the Month- July 2018

Being a veterinarian is a rewarding, fast-paced, challenging and sometimes stressful job. I wouldn’t have it any other way! I am very lucky to be able to work in a clinic in which it hardly seems like work at all!  I am also lucky to be the proud pet parent to 3 senior pets. Sometimes my husband says we have a geriatric pet nursing home at our house.  One pet is a little old lady cat named Lando; she is 18 years old now and still sprinting around the house avoiding me at all costs when it’s time for her medication. Scooter is almost 13 years old and is often getting into trouble on a regular basis. His philosophy is that rules don’t apply to him and he does whatever he wants! He eats plants, dog food, jumps on the counters, jumps on the bed and sleeps on my husband’s pillows. As a kitten, he climbed all the way up to the top of the Christmas tree, stuck his head out of the branches and gave the most cutest and sweetest  “Meeewww.”  It was quite adorable until the tree fell down!  Our third pet is Dorothy Gale, an 11 year old Labrador Retriever.  She is the greatest and sweetest dog, so characteristic of a lab.  She recently had knee surgery because she tore her cruciate ligament running into the back yard at rocket speed with 3 feet of snow on the ground, so she could bark at the neighbor dogs.  Animal Health Clinic is such a great and progressive place to work. With all my geriatric pets, each one has something that needs to be treated. Lando is taking medication for hyperthyroidism and feline asthma; Scooter has a food allergy and has been difficult to manage his itching. Dorothy has arthritis in both her hips that has previously needed medication to help ease the pain.  Thankfully, I have been able to use laser therapy and platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP) to control her arthritis. She doesn’t even need medication anymore!  I never would have known about laser therapy and PRP without the help of Animal Health Clinic!

Being a veterinarian is my day job; at night I put on my mother and wife hat.  I am the mother and step-mother to 4 children ages 13 to 6. My husband and I are well-versed in video games, LOL dolls, hatchimals, and monster trucks!  My wonderful husband is originally from Kansas so we take yearly family trips to visit relatives down south.  My husband works for Dakota Refrigeration as a HVAC technician in the commercial business industry.  He recently served as lead technician on a project to establish the first NXT-Cold ammonia-based refrigerant system in a storage freezer in the northern United States.  In our free time, my husband and I like to go to movies, music concerts, the shooting range, and travel.  I am not a fisherman by any means, but it is one of my husband’s favorite activities whether it be on hard water or soft.  Therefore, I am a wife of a fisherman, and have developed an ALMOST  liking to the sport!

Volunteering is an important aspect of who I am, also. Volunteering helps my heart become full by helping unwanted pets find loving and forever homes.  I sit on the Board of Directors for Diamond in the Ruff Pet Rescue.  This position allows me to be active in event planning, fundraising and community education.  Diamond in the Ruff Pet Rescue is run 100% by volunteers. We don’t have a building to house our rescued animals, so we rely heavily on the availability of our foster families to take in these pets.  Making a difference in the world is something I hope to do. I want to make sure our kids are kind, respectful, smart and self-sustaining, responsible adults.  I want to make sure that all pets are loved, have their basic needs cared for, and are happy and comfortable.  I just want to make the world a little better than how it was when I started.

Natalie Gruchow, CVPM, SHRM-CP
Certified Veterinary Practice Manager

Years in Practice: 5
Education: B.A. in Psychology from MSUM, Minors in Business Administration & English Writing;  Society for Human Resource Management Certified Professional; Certified Veterinary Practice Manager from Veterinary Hospital Manager Association
Interests: Animals of all kinds (especially dogs), interacting with clients & their pets, human resources, industrial-organizational psychology, continuing education, & business development

Employee of the Month- December 2016

Natalie is from Fargo and has a black lab (Sniff), 2 bearded dragons (Piney & Lanky), and a 120 gallon aquarium. She also has a clinic betta fish (Brad Phish).

In her spare time, she enjoys traveling with her husband, taking Sniff with on adventures, cooking, trying new foods, and listening to music.

Fun fact: “I snorkeled with reef sharks in the Bahamas!”

Licensed Veterinary Technician- Team Lead
Fear Free Cat Champion

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

2018 Veterinary Technician of the Year Nominee

Employee of the Month- June 2015; March 2017; May 2018

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!”

Licensed Veterinary Technician
Fear Free Coordinator

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

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!

Licensed Veterinary Technician

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

Employee of the Month- February 2016; August 2018

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.

Licensed Veterinary Technician
Fear Free Dog Champion

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

Employee of the Month- June 2018

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.

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Years in Practice: 17
Education: Argosy University Twin Cities- veterinary technology
Interests: Dentistry, rehab/massage, orthopedics

Deb is from Minot, ND.  She has two Italian Greyhounds (Cuddy & Bella), and two Great Pyrenees (Daphne & Sully).

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with kids and camping.  She also is the volunteer regional coordinator for the Italian Greyhound Rescue, and volunteers for the Diamond in the Ruff.

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Years in Practice: 3
Education: Vet tech program at Globe University Moorhead
Interests: Working with cats.

Employee of the Month- February 2019; May 2019

Manda was born in Watertown, South Dakota and grew up in Hewitt, Minnesota.

In her spare time she takes care of her son, Finn.

Fun fact: “I lived in Alaska for 3 years and worked closely with a few dog musher teams and participated in the Fur Rondy Festival.” Also she states that she has been called the “cat whisperer” on many occasions.

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Years in Practice: 3
Education: Bachelors of Science Degree in Veterinary Technology
Interests: Lab work, client education, anesthesia

Jess is from Clouis, California and lives on a farm with 2 dogs (Indie; Ryder), 2 cats (Jojo; Oliver), sheep, and chickens.

In her spare time she enjoys painting, going to the lake, skiing, and anything exciting.

Fun fact: “I have been skydiving in Montery, CA, and I have held a panda in China.”

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Years in Practice: 1
Education: Veterinary Technology from Globe University
Interests: Neonatal care & dentistry

April is from Vita, Manitoba, Canada, and has a domestic shorthair tabby (Zoey), and 2 Yorkshire Terriers (Kimber; Kemmy).  In her spare time she enjoys running, swimming, spending time with family, and biking.

Fun fact: “I have freckles on my eyes.”

Appointment Assistant- Team Lead

Years in Practice: 10
Education: Zoology Major from NDSU

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.

Appointment Assistant

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

Employee of the Month- April 2018

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”.

Appointment Assistant

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

Employee of the Month- July 2015

Raina is also trained as a Front Office Support Specialist.

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!”

Appointment Assistant

Years in Practice: 13
Education: Commercial Art
Professional Interests: Working with pets and their owners.

Debi is from Barnesville, MN, and has 2 cats (Mina; Banshee).  In her spare time she enjoys relaxing, watching horror movies, gardening, reading, going to thrift stores, and garage sales.  

Fun fact: “I love going to zombie pub crawls.”

Appointment Assistant

Years in Practice: 1
Education: Menomonie High School
Interests: I hope to be a certified dog trainer one day!

Iris is from Menomonie, Wisconsin, and has 2 cats and 1 dog. In her spare time she enjoys playing video games, hiking, biking, and Netflix.  

Fun fact: “I lived about an hour away from Crater Lake for several years.”

Molly D.
Animal Care Assistant- Team Lead

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

Employee of the Month- March 2015; January 2016; September 2016; March 2019

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.”

Animal Care Assistant

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

Employee of the Month- March 2016; August 2017

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.”

Natalie M.
Animal Care Assistant/Appointment Assistant

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

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.”

Animal Care Assistant

Years in Practice: 1
Education: High School Senior
Interests: Looking to major in Animal Behavior at Carroll University and study animals in the field.

Noelle is from Fargo and has a Shiba Inu mix that is training to be a service dog (Kylo), 2 cats (Shadow; Hazel), and an assortment of geckos, fish, & insects.  In her spare time she enjoys doing art or taking care of her pets and hanging out with family.

Fun fact: “I currently know 5 languages, 3 fluently.”

Molly R
Front Office Coordinator

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

Employee of the Month- September 2017

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!”

Front Office Support

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

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.”

Front Office Support

Years in Practice: 1

Employee of the Month- June 2019

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.”

Front Office Support & Appointment Assistant

Years in Practice: 1
Education: Bachelors in Zoology
Professional Interests: Working in animal care and/or conservation

Employee of the Month- September 2018; July 2019

Kim is from Fargo and has a chinchilla (Poe).  She likes to read in her spare time.

Fun fact: Unable to be fingerprinted!

Front Office Support

Years in Practice: 1
Education: Degrees in Communication Studies & English Writing from Concordia
Professional Interests: “I have always had a passion for helping animals, so being able to work in an environment that is dedicated to making animals feel healthy and safe is amazing! I want to learn everything!”

Peri is from Bemidji, MN, and fosters through the 4 Luv of Dog Rescue.  In the summer she loves to hike, bike, and just be outside.  Since winters are so chilly she loves to snuggle with a dog, a fuzzy blanket, and a good Netflix binge session.

Fun fact: “I am an only child and I love ‘p’ foods like popcorn, pizza, etc.”

Front Office Support

Education: Communication Studies, minor in events & PR at MSUM
Professional Interests: Petting puppies & client service

Lauren is from Princeton, MN and has a golden retriever named Jules.  In her spare time she enjoys dinners with friends, movies, and her pup Jules.

Fun fact: Coming soon!

Front Office Support

Education: Fargo South High & Columbia College in Chicago
Professional Interests: Singing

Abby is from Fargo and has 2 cute kitties (Frankie; Fiona).  In her spare time she loves to sing, go to the lake, hang out with friends, and go to movies.  She also loves to fish.

Fun fact: “I love to sing. I sing the National Anthem at the Fargo Force games and some Bison events.”

Jennifer S
Internal Accountant