Animal Hospital of Chetk/North (Rice Lake)

941 24 1/2 Street
Chetek, WI 54728

(715)859-6650

www.animalhospitalofchetek.com

Amber Animal Hospital North Rice Lake Chetek Vet Assistant Amber is a Veterinary Assistant and our Client Service Director. She joined AHC in September 2000.  She attended the University of Wisconsin - Barron County in Rice Lake where she received her Associates of Art and Science degree.  Amber has lived in Rice Lake all her life.  She has two black labs: Dozer, and Camo; as well as three cats: Poppy, Topper and Tiger. Amber loves NASCAR, four-wheeling, baseball, and Dairy Queen. Many believe Amber is personally responsible for the recent 3rd quarter gains of that Franchise. Amber also loves participating in local Cher look-a-like contest (she's been a runner-up three times!). Amber and her husband Tim have 2 daughters.
Savanna applied for a position with our fledgling Altoona hospital after the doctors and staff helped her and family through a difficult time with her pet. After seeing their compassion for animals she knew she wanted to be a part of what we were building. At the time we were not hiring, but the letter she sent let us know she we wanted her on board. And we were right, Savanna's passion for animal care is seen every day. In her spare time Savanna likes to ice fish with her husband. They also enjoy soap carving and competitive duck herding. 

Heather Animal Hospital North Rice Lake Chetek Certified Veterinary Technician Heather is a certified veterinary technician. She joined us in September 2013. Heather holds a certification in veterinary physical therapy and rehabilitation medicine. She has a love for all animals big and small, she has too many pets to list here. In her "free" time she runs her own veterinary physical therapy business - Pawsitively. Heather is also a former instructor at Globe University. Heather can also be found volunteering at Bob's House for dogs in Eau Claire. She has two sons, and she is an avid baseball mom. As you can see Heather is very busy person, it is truly amazing that she does everything mentioned above and she still finds time to participate in legal (mostly legal) street races. Heather had a role in the Original 'The Fast and Furious,' but she quit when they would not let her perform her own stunts. 
 Emily Started as a volunteer looking to gain experience in order to apply to veterinary school. She was putting in so many hours, we felt it was best to hire her while she pursues her dream of becoming a veterinarian.  Emily enjoys knitting, solving crossword puzzles, baking, playing bingo, and mall walking. 
Amy Animal Hospital North Rice Lake Chetek Vet Receptionist Amy is our Client Services Representative. She joined the Animal Hospital of Chetek in May 2005. She attended Chippewa Valley Technical College where she received her Administrative Assistant's Associate Degree. She and her husband Brian have a teenage son. Amy has a  Yorkshire Terrier named Sadie that mix her husband rescued from a bad situation. She also has three cats: Murray. Sassy and Stewie. Amy enjoys camping, four-wheeling, and building perpetual motion machines - some say they defy the laws of thermodynamics, Amy says, "those laws were meant to be broken." 
Kelsey Joined us in Altoona as a veterinary assistant in the fall of 2022. Previously she had been managing a kennel, which she loved, but she wanted to help animals in different way. In her free time Kelsey enjoys reading and writing poetry, she is also a great cook. Through very odd circumstances, Kelsey and her husband also own a small sulfur mine in Sri-Lanka. The mine is no longer operational since the incident, but if the Sri-Lankan government every comes to its senses, Kelsey will be rolling in sulfur. 

Mari-Lyn Animal Hospital North Rice Lake Chetek Vet assistant and Kennel Manager Mari-Lyn is one of our veterinary assistants. She joined the Animal Hospital of Chetek in May of 2006. Mari-lyn and her husband Kurt have 7 cats, yes, SEVEN cats, plus a few barn cats. A model employee since she was 16, Mari-Lyn knows nearly everyone of our boarding pets by name and all the little things each individual pet needs to be happy.  When not tending to "her Boarders" she spends her work days fighting other staff members to be first in line to trim nails and express anal glands. In her free time Mari-Lyn enjoys Home renovations, Hunting, Fishing, and complaining about her boss.
Grace Is our youngest employee. She is has been the primary kennel assistant in Altoona since the hospital has opened. In her free time grace is an artist, and an avid unicyclist. 

Kylee Animal Hospital North Rice Lake Chetek Kennel Assistant
Kylee joined our team in February of 2015 as a kennel attendant. She had been bringing her pets to our hospital before she could see over the exam room table. Kylee and her husband Caleb have a TeddyBear named Charlie and a few horses. Her favorite pastimes are hiding things around the hospital, renaissance fairs, making awkward comments, and Katana sword fighting. Kylee is known to only eat once a month, and eat naught but bear meat. 
Sam was one of our first hires for Altoona, joining us shortly after we opened in April of 2022.  Sam is currently working on becoming a certified veterinary technician. No easy task as she is a mother of two humans and one dog.  Like many of our employees, Sam enjoys horseback riding in her free time, and has recently taken up skijoring. In high school Sam competed exclusively in the shot put, she had earned a scholarship to compete at Michigan State, but it was revoked when it was discovered that she was using painted tennis balls.  

Brittany Forearm
Brittany is a certified veterinary technician that joined our hospital after spending years helping with a Donkey Basketball program. She joined our crew in February of 2018 and we knew she'd be awesome because she had been bringing in her dog Peppermint to see us already. Brittany grew up just North of Rice Lake and in true small town fashion - she seems to know everyone in some way. Brittany is somewhat of celebrity, known worldwide for her awe inspiring forearms. She has done stand in forearm work for several actors including Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, and Alan Alda. 
Darlene has been our primary kennel assistant since 2020. She had been a longtime Chetek client with many pets of her own that required extensive care. When the chance came to take care other pets the same way we had taken care of hers, she jumped on the opportunity. In her free time Darlene enjoys riding her motorcycle and watching Game of Thrones.  Darlene also has a twin Sister in Arkansas, they like to pretend to be each other, and honestly we're not 100% sure which one works for us. 
  Mel  joined our team in September of 2020, right in the the middle of the pandemic. We knew little about her, but she showed up, said she used to be a vet assistant in Eau Claire, and with no reference checks, we hired her. Turns out, we made a good choice. Mel has a cat that hates her. She likes shooting stuff, driving while applying make-up, and underwater basket weaving. She once weaved a basket in under 8 minutes. 
Amanda Joined our team as a kennel assistant in 2022.  She had previously worked as a news director for station in Chicago and was a radio personality in Ladysmith Wisconsin. Amanda was certainly over qualified for this position, but she said she wanted to learn the veterinary industry from the the ground up. When not taking care of our boarding and hospitalized patients Amanda is an avid election denier. Not the result of the 2020 presidential election, just elections in general. She doesn't believe they exist. We accept this, because she truly loves animals. 

  Kate, who prefers to be called Kathyrn, and sometimes Kitty started in January 2020 as our intern and performed exceedingly well, so well that we had to hire her. Kate spends her free time tending to her herd of sheep. When not sheeping, Kate enjoys listening to oldies, working on old cars, and drinking aged wines. In short, if it's old, Kate probably likes it. In the future she is considering opening a daycare facility for both puppies and babies. The only thing in life Kate loves more then the very old, are puppies and children. 
Tenley became a team member in early 2022.  We rescued her from a cult North of Cumberland where she was forced to show horses and take lots of vitamins. Since being reintroduced to society Tenley has become a model employee and citizen. She even uses silverware now! She still has her horse, along with a dog and a cat. She now spends her free time willingly showing horses and taking vitamins.

  Lauren joined the club in the Summer of 2022.  She had been a client in Rice Lake for many years prior and once she started veterinary technician school we all knew she would be a good fit.  Lauren has 3 cats and a tiny dog with lot's of allergies. In her free time she enjoys extreme sports. Lauren name has become synonymous Heli-snowboarding, and  wingsuit flying. Lauren was set to compete in the 2020 Red Bull Cliff Diving series, but her plans were cancelled due to Covid.