Our doctors:

Susan Jones, DVM 

Susan is a graduate of the University of Minnesota. She grew up on a cattle ranch in western South Dakota and currently lives with her husband on their Hereford farm. She enjoys working on all farm animals and has a special interest in horses and alpacas, including dentistry and reproduction. Outside of work, she enjoys horseback riding, softball, bowling, and baking. Susan is one of the owners of Minnesota Valley Veterinary Services and Arlington Animal Clinic and works part time at each clinic. 

“My goal is to serve the community while keeping the animals’ best interest in mind. This is what I love to do!”

Jessica Hafemann, DVM

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. 

 

Karen Exline, DVM

Dr. Karen has been a practicing veterinarian since she graduated from the University of Missouri in 2013. Her career path has lead her to focus on preventative medicine for dogs and cats. In her spare time she enjoys spending as much time outdoors with her dog Bubbles and family. She works part time out of our Arlington location. 

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. 

Our Assistants: 

Kennedy Straub 

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. 

 

 

Jasmine Houska

Jasmine grew up in Le Sueur and went to the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She graduated in December of 2017 with her bachelors degree in Animal Sciences. Jasmine is currently a second year veterinary student at the University of Minnesota. She plans to pursue small animal medicine after graduation and has a passion for learning. Jasmine yearns to know the 'why' behind diseases and treatments. Outside of school and work, Jasmine enjoys swimming, camping, exploring new breweries, and spending time with her dog, Mya. 

 

Becky Wetzel

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. 

Alexis Odegard

Alexis lives in Vesley, Minnesota and recently joined our team in September of 2020. She is finishing up her veterinary technician degree and will graduate in 6-8 months after she completes an internship. 

Brenda Judice

Brenda has landed her dream job working at the Arlington Animal Clinic as animals are her happy place! She has a 50 gallon fish tank with an assortment of fish, two guinea pigs named Cinderella and Poppy, three barn cats (Fred, Junior, and Mini Donut), three dogs that are her furry children named Maddie (Boston Terrier mix), Nala (pomeranian), and Quinn (Golden Retriever pupp). This summer, they rounded out this crew with the addition of 20 chickens and 6 guinea hens! Brenda lives in Plato with her two sons, ages 7 and 11, who keep her very busy with sports! In her sparetime, Brenda enjoys reading, finding the best donuts in town, and going on adventures with her children. 

Our Office Staff:

 

Lyle Braun, Practice Manager 

Lyle 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. His favorite animals are sloths and horses. Lyle works out of our Arlington location during this time of COVID, Monday through Thursday. 

 

Dani Johnson, Assistant Practice Manager 

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 works out of our Arlington location out of COVID precautions.

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. She is retired, and works out of both clinics as needed. 

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 & Office Manager

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 both receptionist and office manager, and works out of our Le Sueur clinic. 

Emily Wheeler, Receptionist

Emily joined our staff in December of 2018 and works full time at our Le Sueur clinic. She has brought a wealth of knowledge from her experience working in shelter medicine in North Dakota. Outside of work, Emily enjoys swing dancing, baking goodies, and spending time with her heeler, Tango. 

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 full time at our Arlington location. 

Sadie Pomije

Bio coming soon as Sadie recently joined our team in August of 2020!