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Meet the Staff at Croix Valley Veterinary Hospital

 

David Datt, Veterinarian
David was born and raised in beautiful Mendota Heights, MN. He graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences in 1987.

After working in a small animal hospital for one year, he enrolled at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. He earned his degree in 1992.

After two years practicing in St. Paul, MN, he and his wife moved to southern California where he worked for eight years. He and his family moved to Hudson, WI in 2002 to purchase the Croix Valley Veterinary Hospital. He has three sons; Nathan, Sam and Zachary.

Vicki Datt, Veterinarian
Vicki (Johnson) Datt grew up on a small dairy farm near Cushing WI. She always loved all kinds of animals, and thought large animal practice would be her calling, but fate got in the way.

Vicki received her Bachelor of Science degree from UW-River Falls in 1989, where she also enjoyed playing on the women’s basketball team. She graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from U of MN in 1993.

After eight pleasurable years in California, she is happy to be back in the Midwest, and especially the friendly town of Hudson.

Vicki adores golf, exercising, reading, church activities, and baking, but most of all spending time with her husband, David, three sons and two dogs and two cats.

Becky Bohlmann, Veterinarian
Becky grew up in Bemidji, MN on a small family farm with a few cows, chickens, the occasional pig and a large garden. She received undergraduate degrees in both biology and chemistry from Bemidji State University in 1998. She then went on to graduate from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004.

Becky and her husband, Matt, live in River Falls with Tannis, the cat and their Scottish Terrier. In January, 2014 they were blessed with their first daughter, Morgan Rose.

Before coming to Croix Valley, Becky worked at a small animal hospital in St. Paul for seven years. She likes horse back riding on her POA, Justice. She also enjoys spinning yarn on her spinning wheel with wool from local shepherds.

Kirsten Hiles, Veterinarian
Kristen grew up in Stillwater, MN on a small hobby farm with cats, horses, and a dog. She attended the University of Wisconsin Madison and River Falls, graduating from River Falls with a bachelor’s degree in Business and French.

Before enrolling in veterinary school, she worked in a few small animal hospitals as an assistant to the veterinarians. She also worked for a few horse trainers, staying active riding, training and managing the boarding facility. She graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. After completing a one year equine focused internship, she is delighted to join Croix Valley Veterinary Team.

Kristen currently resides in Stillwater, MN with her husband, Nate and their two cats Penny and Yen and rescue dog Dharma. In her free time Kristen enjoys riding her horse, an “off the track” thoroughbred named Opie and competing him in dressage, cross country and show jumping at local events and shows.

Nicole Parker, Technician
Nicole is the last hold over employee from when we purchased the clinic in 2003. Is she that good, or is she crazy for staying? She lives in Elmwood, WI with her husband, Dan, and her stepdaughter, Brandi. Nicole completed her Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology from Argosy University in 2006. She has special interests in anesthesia and critical care medicine.

In her free time she enjoys barrel racing in the summer, watching NASCAR during the long winter months, running agility and rally with her dogs and spending time with family and friends. She lives with lots of animals, including six horses, three dogs; Deuce, a Mini Aussie, Steele, a Border Collie, and Harley, a Yorkie, two cats Chevy the tripod and blind little Gabby and an African grey named Oscar.

Nicole especially likes the family atmosphere at Croix Valley, and developing relationships with clients and their pets. She also finds it heart warming to watch pets reunite excitedly with their owners after overcoming an illness.

Rhonda Armbruster, Technician
Rhonda resides in River Falls, WI with her Golden Retriever, Lexi, her Australian Shepherd, Otis, Misty, the Shih Tzu, a German Shepherd, Ike and her three cats, Coboo, Scamper and Rio.

She completed her Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology from the Medical Institute of MN in 2000. Rhonda worked in a mixed animal practice for several years before we convinced her to come to Croix Valley. Rhonda loves fostering animals, especially baby kittens, and finding them good homes. She also enjoys traveling and spending time with family, friends and her animals.

She feels the best part of her job is forming relationships with our clients and their pets.

Lisa Belz, Technician
Lisa grew up on a farm where her family raised cattle, sheep and goats. She is the proud owner of a Labrador, Pippen, named after her favorite hobbit. She also has two orange tabby cats; Rue and Yoyo were both adopted from our hospital.

Lisa has a degree in Animal Science from the University of Wisconsin at River Falls. She also earned her Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology from Globe University. She is now one of our trusted Veterinary Technicians.

Heather Blake, Technician
Heather has worked at Croix Valley Vet since May of 2016. She grew up in St. Paul and now resides in Lake Elmo, MN. She grew up riding and training horses. She graduated with a veterinary technician degree from Globe University in 2015.  She did her externship here following her graduation. In her spare time she likes to go snowboarding, hiking, horseback riding and canoeing. She loves being the newest member of our team because of the positive atmosphere and the abundance of passion we all have towards helping animals and their owners.

Rochelle Castle, Technician
Rochelle grew up in Black River Falls, WI. She now resides in Roberts, WI with her furry children and her boyfriend Steven. She has a two Miniature Pinschers named Meisha and Rusty, a Pitbull mix named Porsche, and two cats named Stewie and Sprout.

In 2012 Rochelle received a Bachelors degree in Animal Science from the University of Wisconsin at River Falls and an Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology from Argosy University. At the end of her education she did a three month internship with us. We felt Rochelle fit in well with our team and we felt fortunate to hire her following her Certification as a Veterinary Technician.

In her spare time she likes catching up with friends and family, volunteering at her hometown animal shelter, being outdoors and scrapbooking. What Rochelle enjoys most here as a Certified Veterinary Technician is nursing animals back to health and seeing the joy that brings to owners.

Justine Murphy, Receptionist

Amanda Smith, StaffAmanda was born in Janesville, WI. She grew up in southern WI, near Madison. Because it was a rural area she was able to go out to family and friends’ homes that had lots of animals. She has been an animal lover since she was little and has always wanted a career working with animals. While growing up she had many pet fish, pet fire bellied toads, ducks, a chicken and a loving and loyal pet dog named Alex, a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. She will be graduating from UW-River Falls in May, 2017 with a degree in Animal Science. After graduation she hopes to go to Chiropractic school and to one day be able to adjust both humans and animals, helping to prevent and ease physical pains. Amanda also hopes to get a black belt in Shaolin Kempo Karate this June.

Natalie Tetrick, Receptionist

Moira Walker, Staff
Moira was born in Madison, WI before moving out to the countryside in SW Wisconsin, where she was exposed to farm life and the animals that entails. She is presently a Junior at the UW-River Falls majoring in History and minoring in Equine Science. Her academic goals include studying the natural & domestic history of the horse with an eye for how equine husbandry is shifting from craft to science.

Moira is a life-long lover of animals of all kinds with a long history of family pets, and she is the current caretaker of: an Australian Shepherd mix Happy; 2 cats Cleo and Paws; 2 ten-year old goldfish Flag and Gorby; and a grey Arabian horse named Watermelon. Moira currently enjoys reading and writing fiction, riding horses, studying Classical Dressage and Behaviorism, and taking Kempo classes.

Nathan Datt, Staff
Nathan has been helping out at the hospital for many years. He really enjoys working with the animals.He is looking forward to his second year at the University of Wisconsin at Stout.

Nate is a Black belt in Taekwondo, and really likes practicing and teaching.

Zachary Datt, Staff
Zach has been working for us for a number of years. He is one of our most dependable employees. He will be starting his junior year at Hudson High. Skiing, swimming and biking are some of Zach’s favorite activities.

Kee Leichtle, Staff
Kee was born in South Korea. He and his brother were adopted and now live in River Falls. Kee graduated from River Falls High School in 2010. He was blessed with many animals growing up, including a turtle and Jerry, the guinea pig. Currently he has a Keeshond named Teddy. Kee has a great love of animals and hopes to one day be a veterinary technician. He also likes recording music, writing, and acting. In his spare time he enjoys long walks, reading and watching movies.

Lauren Ichel,
Kennel Attendants

Sam Whall, Receptionist
Sam is a fourth year pre-vet student at UW- River Falls, scheduled to graduate at the end of 2017. She plans to attend veterinary school after graduation. Sam grew up on the outskirts of Hudson, WI on her parents’ hobby farm. Her interest in animal care started at a young age as she grew up around dogs, cats, rabbits, horses and beef cattle. As she grew older, her interest in the medical aspect of animal care expanded. She has been working at Croix Valley Vet as a receptionist since June 2016 and is very excited to be a part of the team.

Grace Johnston, Kennel Attendants
Grace was born in Houston, Texas and moved here when she was three years old. She has three brothers, three sisters, and a new sister-in-law. She has been home schooled by her Mom and Dad her entire life and loves it! Learning new languages, math, and science are her favorites.

Animals are not scarce in the Johnston household, with one Beagle mix, Argos, two bearded dragons, Sandy & Domino, a fish tank, and the occasional toad, frog, skink, or salamander sneak in. Grace loves training animals, photography with her Dad, acting, babysitting, long walks with her dog, learning new stuff, and raiding the library. She would like to become an animal trainer or behaviorist, but most of all she would love to be a mom.

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