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Veterinary Assistants

Alex

Alex recently moved back to her hometown of Edina after spending 7 glorious years in California. She has a Bachelors degree in Animal Science from Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo and is working on applications for nursing programs. She is a certified veterinary assistant and has been working in the field since 2007. She has a silly border Collie/Mcnab Mix Named Idgie and a lizard-hunting kitty named Sookie. In her free time she can be found hiking, studying, and enjoying her baby girl, Aila. 

Paige 

Paige is currently a pre-vet student at the University of Minnesota majoring in Wildlife Biology and minoring in Spanish and Wildlife Care & Handling. She grew up in Appleton, WI, but has fallen in love with the Twin Cities since moving here for school. Her family, including parents, little sister and two goofy & lovable Clumber spaniels Chloe and Finnegan, now reside in Traverse City, MI. Outside of school she enjoys volunteering with animals as much as possible, from volunteering weekly at the Wildlife Rehab Center in Roseville and The Raptor Center on the UMN campus to assisting UMN vet students to participate in their monthly free-clinic, VeTouch. Paige had the opportunity to intern at the Minnesota Zoo last summer, and while she has a great passion for wildlife, she always enjoys taking care of your pets here at the Edina Pet Hospital. She also currently works at the UMN’s Bell Museum of Natural History and has worked in vet clinics for the past 5 years. In any free-time she can find, Paige enjoys spending time with friends and family, enjoying the outdoors, reading, and napping.

Ashley

Ashley grew up in Arlington, MN, about an hour southwest of the cities. She is finishing up her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science at the University of Minnesota and hope to attend veterinary school next year. My hobbies include horseback riding, going to concerts, spending time with family and friends, and traveling to new and exciting places. 


Summer

Summer is a citizen of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate on the Lake Traverse Reservation in South Dakota. She is currently a third year pre-veterinary medicine student studying Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology and Dakota Language at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Her hope is to attend the College of Veterinary Medicine at the UMN, and then upon graduating, return to her reservation in the hopes of spreading awareness and knowledge about the importance of affordable veterinary care. She hopes to have a mixed practice working with small animals, but her passions lie with wildlife and equine medicine. When Summer is not at work or at classes, she spends her time walking her dog Amity or playing with her cat Toka, and spending time with friends and family. She also enjoys to bead and travels to pow wows on free weekends.

Eli

Eli grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and then moved to Minneapolis to pursue education at the University of Minnesota. Currently he is a junior studying molecular biology and animal science with a focus in veterinary research and medicine. His hope is to attend veterinary school in a dual PhD / DVM program to eventually produce research applicable to clinical veterinary medicine or food production systems. He also works with U of M Extension to spread knowledge on backyard poultry and the University's Vet School on diagnostic research. Outside of work and school he enjoys running, cooking, and exploring the many parks within Minnesota.