Susan Jones, DVM
“My goal is to serve the community while keeping the animals’ best interest in mind. This is what I love to do!”
Jessica is a 2007 graduate of the University of Minnesota. Growing up she was active in 4-H and worked at several horse farms west of the Twin Cities. She is currently a Hennepin County 4-H leader. In her free time she enjoys spending time at her hobby farm with her husband, their children, horses, and dog. She also enjoys riding horses, gardening, and baking. Jessica is a co-owner of Minnesota Valley Veterinary Services and Arlington Animal Clinic and spends the majority of her time at our Le Sueur clinic.
Katharine Kancer, DVM
Katharine grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and went to the University of Illinois for both her undergraduate and doctorate degrees. She first became interested in veterinary medicine as a child when she started horseback riding and showing Dressage. She currently lives in St. Peter with her fiancee Henry, a swine veterinarian, her dog Ella and their cat, Harrison. Katharine enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, especially getting to establish relationships with clients and be an interpreter between animal and owner. In the future, she plans to pursue additional certification in veterinary acupuncture. When not working, Katharine enjoys spending time with family and friends, especially her niece and nephew. She also loves to travel, spend time outside, read, and cook. Katharine works solely out of the Le Sueur clinic.
Megan Steele, DVM
Megan is a 2018 graduate of St. George's University in the Caribbean. She attended the University of Minnesota for her clinical year of veterinary school. Megan grew up in southern California where she became interested in cattle by volunteering with oxen. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine with a great interest in cattle. Outside of work, Megan enjoys playing softball, spending time with family and friends, and a variety of outdoor activities. In the future, she plans to own a pair of oxen and compete in ox pulling competitions. Megan works at the Arlington Animal Clinic.
Our Veterinary Technicians:
Kelsey Gustafson, CVT
Kelsey lives in Arlington with her significant other, Stephen, and their two daughters Willow and Remi. She went to college and obtained her Bachelor’s degree at University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire in Communications and Environmental Science. She has always been passionate about animals and decided to attend Argosy University for Veterinary Technology. She graduated from Argosy in 2014 and immediately passed her boards to be a certified veterinary technician. Kelsey spends most of her time enjoying the company of her family and loves to go up north to the family lake house. Kelsey is our head technician at our Le Sueur clinic.
Anna Mackenthun, VT
Anna lives just outside of Glencoe with her husband Tim who farms. She graduated from Ridgewater College in Willmar with associate degree of Veterinary Technology in 2014. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2013 and loves the new challenges and how every day is something new. In her free time, she enjoys shopping, being outside and helping out around the farm. Anna’s “fur kids” include 2 dogs, Ava and Charlie, a cat named Charlotte, a rabbit, 5 fainting goats, and recently a pony! In April 2018, Anna gave birth to her first "real kid". Anna works part time at our Arlington clinic.
Kimmy Stepka, VT
Kimmy lives in Shieldsville with her fiancee, Joe, and his twin girls Kelly and Emily. She graduated in 2013 from the Argosy University Veterinary Technology program. She enjoys spending time with her family, raising animals on their “funny farm”, and riding/showing horses. Kimmy works at our Le Sueur location.
Kennedy lives in Le Sueur with her dog Gunner and significant other William. She is interested in training hunting dogs and hopes to continue her education in animal behavior in the future. In her spare time she enjoys riding horses, hunting, fishing, and camping with friends. Kennedy works at our Le Sueur clinic as well, and is also enrolled in the online veterinary technician program through Penn Foster.
Becky currently lives in Arlington, but grew up on a farm outside of Chaska, Minnesota. She graduated in 2014 from North Dakota State University with a bachelor degree in Animal Science. Outside of work, Becky enjoys helping her parents on the family farm, horseback riding, four-wheeling, fishing, and bonfires. Her 'fur-kids' include a dog, horse, and 6 barn cats. Becky works full time at the Arlington Clinic and is currently enrolled in the online Penn Foster veterinary technician program.
Our Office Staff:
Lyle recently joined our team in April of 2019 as our practice manager. He lives on a farm near Young America with his dog, Odie. Lyle has 12 years of experience with all aspects of veterinary clinic management, and considers it a privilege to be involved with the great doctors and staff at Minnesota Valley Veterinary Services. Outside of MVVS, Lyle enjoys operating Countryside Feed and managing commercial real estate. He works out of both clinics Monday-Thursday.
Dani graduated from the veterinary technician program at Ridgewater College in Wilmer in 2009. She has been a certified veterinary technician ever since, spending much of her career with us here at Minnesota Valley Veterinary Services. While still a licensed CVT, Dani has moved into a more managerial role within the clinic. She enjoys showing horses and beef cows with her family, and spending time outside with her husband and dog, Hobbs. Dani splits her time equally between our Le Sueur and Arlington locations.
Janet Penland, IT manager
Janet grew up on a cattle ranch in South Dakota. After receiving a Chemical Engineering degree, she moved to southern Texas and worked at Dow Chemical for twenty years. She and her husband moved to Minnesota in March of 2007. Janet enjoys baking, tennis, softball, horseback riding, and movies.
Jenny Rose, Receptionist
Jenny lives in Arlington with husband Tony. They have three boys and three dogs. In her spare time she enjoys camping, fishing, watching her boys wrestle, and spending time with family. Jenny works at our Arlington Clinic where she is our head receptionist.
Lislie Drager, Receptionist
Lislie is from Le Center and lives with her husband and an array of horses, alpacas, and dogs. Lislie enjoys spending time with her family and watching her grandchildren play hockey and horseback ride. Lislie is our head receptionist at our Le Sueur clinic.
Emily Wheeler, Receptionist
Emily recently joined our staff in December of 2018 and works full time at our Le Sueur clinic. She recently moved to Arlington, MN from North Dakota. Emily currently lives with her boyfriend and enjoys swing dancing and baking goodies.
Sally West, Receptionist
Sally graduated in 2005 from the Minnesota School of Business with a degree in veterinary technology. She has worked in several clinics over the past 12 years (including MVVS!). After leaving the profession for a short two years, she has come back to clinic work as one of our receptionists. Sally lives outside of Le Sueur with her husband, Gaylan, on his family's farm. Outside of work, she enjoys gradually updating the farm and spending time with their animals. Sally and her husband have one cat who is affectionately referred to as "Her Majesty" but also care for their two 'niece' dogs next door, Lexi (AKA flexi-lexi) and Boo (AKA the black olive). Sally works primarily at our Le Sueur location, with one to two days a week at our Arlington location.