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  • Deb
    Client Service Specialist/Veterinary Technician

    Deb graduated from Argosy University with her Associates in Applied Science in 2017. She worked for 3 years as a Veterinary Technician in the Twin Cities area before joining our team as a Receptionist in April of 2019. Deb loves working with animals and finds great joy in bonding with our clients as well as their pets. She resides in the South Metro with her son, her 4 cats and 1 dog. In her free-time Deb enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and writing. 

  • Jamie, VT
    Client Service Specialist/Veterinary Technician

    Jamie received her degree as a Veterinary Technician from Argosy University in 2014 with additional training in massage therapy for small animals. She lives on a dairy farm with husband Andy and their two boys, 120 cows, 4 dogs, 2 cats, and a new addition to the family, Mogly the kitten. In her spare time Jamie enjoys being a ‘hockey mom’ and watching her boys play hockey along with their coach, aka Dad 9 months out of the year!

  • Merrill
    Client Service Specialist

    Merrill joined our team in September of 2021 as a Customer Service Specialist. She has gained her skills working with clients and staff through her experience as a shift lead at Arby’s and a receptionist for America’s Best. Merrill developed her skills and love for working with animals while she was as shift lead at a Petsmart Pet Hotel. Getting to see and spend time with all the cats and dogs who walk through our door is Merrill’s favorite part about working with us at Dakota Pet Hospital. She personally has one cat and a ball python at home. In her free time, Merrill enjoys reading, playing video games and cosplay.

  • Kim, Client Service Specialist
    Client Service Specialist

    Kim has been with us since 2004, she enjoys getting to know our clients and their pets. She also enjoys watching the kittens and puppies grow up.Some of her favorite past-times are gardening, yoga, and home improvement projects. Currently, she resides in Eagan with her husband and their dog, Boo.

  • Barb, Receptionist
    Client Service Specialist

    Barb has been with us since 2006. She currently resides in Lakeville with her family of pets. She enjoys spending time at home with her animals, driving her bus and doing some pet sitting for others. Barb also likes to get to know our clients and their pets and loving up on baby kittens.

  • Allison
    Client Service Specialist/Assistant/Dog Trainer

    Allison began working at Dakota Pet Hospital in 2016 as a veterinary assistant and customer service representative. She enjoys helping wherever she is needed but has a passion for making the veterinary experience as low-stress as possible for both the patients and clients. 

    In addition to her Fear Free certification, Allison holds three professional certifications as a dog behavior professional. In early 2016, Allison obtained her Certificate in Training and Counseling from The Academy for Dog Trainers and her Certificate in Separation Anxiety Training through Malena DeMartini’s certification course. In 2020, she became accredited through Pet Professional Accreditation Board, receiving her Professional Canine Behavior Consultant-Accredited credential. Her business, Delighted Dogs, takes up the majority of her time but Allison couldn’t let go of her role in the veterinary field. 

    In her free time, Allison enjoys hiking, playing music, tending to her houseplants, watching basketball and spending time with her partner, Michael, and dog, Ahsoka.

  • Jennica
    Veterinary Assistant/Client Service Specialist

    Jennica joined our team in September of 2017. She currently attends the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is working towards a degree in veterinary biomedical sciences. In the future, she hopes to attend veterinary school and become a veterinarian. When Jennica isn’t at school, she enjoys coming back to work at the clinic in order to help animals and their owners. In her free time, Jennica enjoys rock climbing, watching documentaries, and spending time with her family and 3 pets Remi, Hope, and Simba. 

Dakota Pet Hospital

20136 Icenic Trail Lakeville, MN 55044 **For Afterhour Emergencies, Contact South Metro Animal Emergency Care at 952-953-3737**