Meet Our Team!

Animal Health Care Veterinary Hospital is a full-service veterinary medical facility, located in Rochester, MN. The professional and courteous staff at Animal Health Care Veterinary Hospital seeks to provide the best possible medical care, surgical care and dental care for their highly-valued patients.

We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and health-related educational opportunities for our clients. Animal Health Care Veterinary Hospital strives to offer excellence in veterinary care to Rochester, MN and surrounding areas. Please take a moment to contact us today, to learn more about our veterinary practice and to find out more information about how Animal Health Care Veterinary Hospital can serve the needs of you and your cherished pet.

Christine K. Vogel

Christine K. Vogel

DVM, Practice Owner/Veterinarian

My “Why”…

We all have a driving force behind the why, the how and the what we do. Here is my “Why” as practice owner and Veterinarian of Animal Health Care Veterinary Hospital:

I graduated Iowa State University with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in May of 2000 with a dream to extend the time and bond of people and their pets. Now, with over 2 decades of companion animal veterinary experience under my belt, I feel I have a good understanding of myself, my goals, and our profession. My “why” all stem from my experiences from being a:

  • Farm girl nursing to health all of the sick critters that came my way
  • Veterinary Student
  • Associate veterinarian (non-owning entity)
  • Traveling Relief veterinarian (contracted employee)
  • Working in Large 8+ Veterinarian Practices
  • Working in Small 1-2 Veterinarian Practices
  • Living/Practicing in rural and urban areas
  • Mother/Working Mom
  • Wife
  • Practice Owner

During my 20+ years, I have witnessed the joy, beauty, integrity, and advancements in medicine. I have also witnessed unprecedented depression, work-life imbalance, financial hardships, compassion fatigue, suicide, and burn out from this industry. As one practice owner, I cannot control the fate or direction of the veterinary industry, but I can control my little “bubble” of how I practice and those with whom I surround myself. We cannot fix all that is wrong with the world, however, can we make it just a little bit better one vet visit at a time?

Animal Health Care Veterinary Hospital is the culmination of taking all my experiences by always being a work in progress attempting to build a practice where all employees, clients and patients are seen of value and witness our passion for what we do. We will also protect this passion by making my staff feel valued, safe from injury, living wages, and constantly encouraged to succeed. However, the trade is we must also have time for our own family, friends, hobbies, and rest. “You can’t pour from an empty cup.”

Beth Wohlert

Beth Wohlert

DVM, Veterinarian

Dr. Beth Wohlert is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine who joined the team at Animal Health Care in 2012. She grew up on a small dairy farm in NE Iowa. With her siblings she enjoyed a menagerie of pets both indoor and outdoor. Her best friend growing up was a black Cockapoo named Petey, who enjoyed chasing skunks, along with the baths and attention this behavior gained. This piqued her interest in caring for animals of all sizes. After high school she obtained her Bachelor degree in Biology in 2005 at Wartburg College in Waverly, IA. She then pursued her DVM at Iowa State University where she graduated in 2009.

Her favorite part of this job is getting to know the pets, and the clients who have become part of the AHCVH family. She greatly enjoys the energy, humor of the staff, and the commitment to good quality medicine, surgery, and preventative care.

She currently lives in Caledonia, MN where she farms with her husband, Tyler and their soon to be 1 year old son Jonah. She is very excited to get the chance to meet you!

Jennifer Mittelsted

Jennifer Mittelsted

Lead Technician and Office Manager

Jennifer is a Certified Veterinary Technician who graduated from Minnesota School of Business in 2010. She has been with Animal Health Care since June of 2011.

She enjoys working with animals, and making a direct impact on their lives. She loves being able to help owners maintain the health of their pets, and to help enrich their lives. Her favorite part about working at AHCVH is being able to start relationships with pets and their owners while helping them build a foundation of health and well-being.

Jen’s pets include, Chipmunk a 10-year-old female domestic shorthair that she adopted while going to school to become a technician. Chipmunk loves to hug people and snuggle with her sister Daisy. Lola a 6-year-old female chihuahua/pug mix. She loves people, going for walks and playing fetch. Daisy a 5-year-old chihuahua. Daisy is shy but sweet when she gets to know you. She gives the best kisses. Her favorite pastime is snuggling with her cat sister and sleeping under warm blankets.

Danyelle Anderson

Danyelle Anderson

Technician Supervisor

Hello my name is Danyelle Anderson. I am the Supervisor Veterinary Technician. I graduated through the RCTC veterinary technician program in 2016 and started working here the same year. I love this field because of all the variety of things we do and every day is different. I do everything from anesthesia, dental cleanings, vaccines, treatments, client education, ect. which can make each day exciting. But of course the puppy and kitty snuggles are great too!

I am the big kid around here! I love video games, reading manga, and watching anime. I am also a big fan of movies. My favorite types are horror (especially zombies), action, and animated/cartoon movies. I am more of the home body type, but I do love amusement parks and swimming when we actually have good weather.

I have had a variety of house pets throughout my life. Mostly dogs and a couple cats. I have had hamsters, rats, and lizards as well. I miss my bearded dragon George Sunshine. Currently I have two troublemaking cats: Olive and Darbi. Olive came to me through the Hiawatha Humane Society. She is my graceful, beautiful, independent, talkative kitty. Darbi came to the clinic after being attached by a dog. The wonderful people that brought him in could not keep him and I just fell in love. To him I am mom. He gets so excited when I get home. He suckles on fluffy blankets while kneading and purring loudly all the time. Such a happy little troublemaker. He has an injured leg and it does cause him to be quite clumsy, but that does not stop him from getting into everything. He is such a character and I cant imagine life without him.

Melissa Kasper

Melissa Kasper

Veterinary Technician

Melissa is a Texas girl who moved to Minnesota in the fall of 2018 to experience her very first winter! She came to our practice in November 2018. She is a military spouse and has been working at a technician since 2013. Her loves include a husband, a daughter, 2 boxers, a cat, a Yorkshire terrier, two Bantam Silky chickens, two bearded dragons and a tortoise. She loves all kinds of animals not limited to exotics! In her free time, she enjoys traveling, crafting and enjoying anything outside.

Kori Hickey

Kori Hickey

Certified Veterinary Technician

Hello, my name is Kori. I am a Certified Veterinary Technician. I graduated from RCTC in 2016. I joined the AHCVH family in August of 2020. I have always had a passion for animals and have been blessed to make it my career. My husband and I share our home with 3 dogs, 2 cats, and 3 snakes. I spend my spare time reading, going for hikes at quarry hill with my dogs, and working on filling my sketchbook. I am very excited to join the AHCVH family and work with your furbabies! 

Cammie Alberts

Cammie Alberts

Veterinary Assistant

Hi! My name is Camryn aka Cammie, and i am the Veterinary Assistant here at Animal Health Care. I am a born and raised Minnesotan, and my passion for animals grew from watching
Steve Irwin and his family on Animal Planet when i was little and having family dogs and
wanting to take care of them . I also had the privilege of working at the Minnesota Zoo which gave me the knowledge of wildlife and how conservation is so important to understand and wanting to save the species we had at the zoo. I also attended and graduated from the School of Environmental Studies located on the zoo campus and interned there in the summer to take care of my Animal Care class resident animals and learned basic husbandry. My hobbies include taking care of my 3 cats, Mendel, Teddy and Lucy, and my bearded dragon Drogon, fishing with my boyfriend, Luke or scuba diving when i can as i am a Padi Advanced Open Water Diver. I hope to go to school soon to become a DVM as well, but want to gain some
experience working in the field first. I cannot wait to meet you and your pet and help give the best possible care to our lovely patients!
Paige

Paige

Veterinary Assistant

Bio coming soon

Mary

Mary

Veterinary Assistant

Hi, my name is Mary. I joined the Animal Health Care family in April of 2021. I share my home with my husband, our son, 4 dogs and 4 cats.  I am currently enrolled in online schooling to become a veterinary technician.  I am a huge animal lover and I love meeting everyone’s fur kids. I love them like my own when they come to visit us. I look forward to getting to know you and your family. I will see you at your next appointment.

Holly

Holly

Customer Service Representative

Hi! My name is Holly. I joined the AHCVH family as of 05-2021. I was born in MN, raised in WI, and now have been in Minnesota for multiple years now. I currently live in Stewartville with my husband Kyle, and we share our home with our 2 furbabies. We have a corgi named Bailey and a yellow lab named Blue. They keep us busy! We love doing anything outside rather it’s going on walks, hiking, having a fire, watching dirt track racing in the summer, and hockey in the winter: Go Wild! I am new to the veterinary world, but I have so much love for animals! I have multiple years of customer service experience and am excited to be able to be a part of the family. You will see me at the front desk!

Russ Vogel

Russ Vogel

IT Manager

Raised as an Iowa farm boy I learned to be creatively resourceful and have always been a “Do-It-Yourself” kind of person.  I also found I was very good with math and science and computers during my elementary & high school years.  After high school, I attended Iowa State University in Ames, IA, where I met my wonderful wife, Dr. Christine Vogel.  We then moved to Denver in 2000 and I got my feet wet in the telecommunications industry with AT&T Broadband (now part of Comcast).  In 2004 our son was born and was quickly followed by our daughter in 2005.  In 2006 we decided to pack the family and herd of pets up and move back to the Midwest where we were closer to our families.  Continuing my career in telecommunications, I took a position with Charter Communications (now part of Spectrum).  In 2008 the opportunity to help my wife get into a private practice of her own became available and we jumped at it.  It needed lots of work though.  Not a single computer in the place and still had wood paneling on the walls from the ’70s.  Lots of sweat and tears have gone into this business since then. 

In 2017 I left Spectrum and went back to school and in two very short years, I finished my B.S. in Data Science/Data Management.  Now in the years leading up to this point, I had spent a lot of my spare time helping at AHCVH with IT support and it had very much become a family affair with everyone helping in some way. So… what do I decide to do?  Why not start my own IT services company (as if we didn’t have enough on our plate already)!   And in 2018 I founded Red Stapler Geek Support offering in-home IT support but still very much a part of the AHCVH family.