Dr. David Menard was born and raised in Wheaton Township, Chippewa County. He grew up on a large dairy/beef farm. He attended Regis High School, and then went to UWEC where he received his B.S. in Zoology and Chemistry.
Dr. Peter Helmbrecht has been a practicing veterinarian for over 20 years. He graduated form the University of Wisconsin - School of Veterinary Medicine in 1991.
Heather has always loved animals, but has a huge passion for cats and birds. She grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota and graduated from the Medical Institute of MN with an AAS in Veterinary Technology in 1997. She then spent 16 years as a Certified Veterinary Technician in an exotic animal practice in the cities. When she moved to Wisconsin she spent two years as a CVT before she started teaching future CVT’s at Globe University here in Eau Claire for another two years. In her limited free time, she enjoys weekends at her cabin, crafting, photography and spending time with friends and her husband, Frank. Heather also has three very spoiled cats: Harley who is five, Chevy who is three, and Shelby who is a kitten. She also has an eight year old bearded dragon named spike, and a tank full of fish.
Hannah grew up in Ladysmith, Wisconsin where she discovered her love for animals on her parent’s hobby farm as well as volunteering at the local animal shelter. She has raised and cared for a number of animals including: cows, sheep, chickens, dogs, cats, and an array of exotic pets. She then moved to Eau Claire to attend Chippewa Velley Technical College, where she graduated with honors and an Associate’s Degree in Administration with an emphasis in health care. In Hannah’s free time, she enjoys traveling, crocheting and spending time with friends and family. Her most favorite thing of all is spending time with her grandpa.
Jennet is originally from Long Island, New York, but relocated to the Eau Claire area in 2002. She graduated from Globe University with an Associate’s Degree in Applied Animal Science and then passed her VTNE in 2015, officially making her a Certified Veterinary Technician. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with family and friends. She also enjoys hiking, photography, and mushing with her four Siberian Huskies: Embry (10), Zoey (9), Ares (7), and Murdock (1). In addition, she has three cats named Ash (10), Oliver (6), and Leo (4).
As a child, Erin grew up on a farm in Loyal, Wisconsin. She graduated from Globe University with an Associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology. Afterwards, she continued her education at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science. Erin enjoys reading, playing video games, and going for walks with her dog, Sierra, who is 12 years old. She also has four cats: Winterfel (14), Crowley (8), Honey (3), and Arya (3) - as well as a 3 year old pet snake named Murphy.
Sarah has lived in Menomonie, Wisconsin her entire life, and has had an interest in animals since before she can remember. She attended the University of Wisconsin – River Falls and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and a Veterinary Technologist emphasis. She then attended Argosy University where she received her Associate’s Degree as a Veterinary Technician. In her free time, Sarah enjoys being outside camping and horseback riding. She also enjoys spending time with friends and family, especially her two sons, Rayden who is four and Jaxton who is one. She also has three cats, Lizzy (14), Melody (12), and a kitten named Pixie. She also has a dog named Kit Kat, who is eight.
Anna was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago where she always knew she wanted to work with animals. She attended the Veterinary Technician Institute at Fox Collage in Illinois and graduated with an Associate’s Degree. Anna loves all things cooking! She likes to spend most of her free time in the kitchen as well as binge watching cooking shows, specifically Hell’s Kitchen. In the summers, she enjoys being outside, going to the lake, boating, and camping. She also loves to spend time with her Australian Cattle dog, Hendrix, who is six and a half years old.
Shannyn grew up right here in the Chippewa Valley. She has been interested in both animals and medicine for the majority of her life, and decided to make a career out of both. She received her Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology from Broadview University in 2017. Shannyn enjoys spending time with her daughter and the rest of her family as well as reading and watching movies. She also has three dogs: Aiden, Amira, and Sansa, and a cat named Jorah.
Anna grew up in the Eau Claire area and has been around animals her entire life and is always her happiest self when she is around them. She was attending the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire for English, but quickly realized she did not want to sit behind a desk all day. Instead, she will be taking online classes to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. In her free time, she has many hobbies: spending time with friends, painting, listening to music, being outside in her hammock, and taking day trips to small towns. Anna doesn’t currently have any pets, but will be adopting a dog soon!
Constance was born and raised in the Chicago area and in high school moved to Wisconsin. As a child, she loved and cared for a number of animals including mice, hamsters, rabbits, guinea pigs, turtles, frogs, fish, birds, and cats. She graduated from Globe University with an Associate’s Degree in Applied Animal Science. Constance then started bathing part-time at PetSmart while also working at a clinic when she decided to go to the Grooming Academy. She loves spending time with her boyfriend and their new baby, Avery. She also enjoys attending family gatherings, scrapbooking, taking naps, and photography. Constance also has a dog, Charlie, an 8 year old Mini Aussie, and two cats at home: Chibs (3) and Domino (10).
Kaitlyn is originally from Clear Lake, Wisconsin where she grew up surrounded by animals. She attended the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College to become a Medical Administrative Professional, but decided her heart was in the veterinary field instead. She will be taking online courses to help her toward becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician. Kaitlyn spends all of her free time at home with her boyfriend and their son Jensen. She also enjoys running, weight lifting, decorating, and cooking. She currently does not have any pets of her own, but gives love to her mother’s dog, Ava, as well as all of our patients.
Kortney grew up in Fall Creek, Wisconsin, but spent the majority of her time on her grandmother’s farm in Fairchild, Wisconsin. There she raised and cared for all kinds of animals including mallards, deer, cattle, horses, turtles, and of course dogs and cats. In her free time, she enjoys playing board games, traveling, and camping. She also enjoys spending time at the dog park with her dog, Hershel, a three year old Boston Terrier.
Mikayla grew up in the small town of poplar, Wisconsin where she lived on a 40 acre hobby farm. She also showed all kinds of animals in 4-H, such as: dogs, cats, rabbits, and horses. After high school, she attended WITC – Superior for Business Management and graduated with high honors. Mikayla has worked at many jobs revolving around her love for animals, such as: A Place for Fido, Blue Sky Rabbitry, and a boarding facility in Superior. In her free time she enjoys hiking, going on road trips, and working with her dogs on obedience and agility training. She currently has two animals: Charlie, a two year old Pembroke Welsh Corgi, and Ginger, a nine year old cat.
Jennifer grew up in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin were she discovered her love for animals spending time at her aunt’s farm. She is currently attending Chippewa Valley Technical College studying Sonography. She has always had customer service jobs, so becoming one of our CSRs was a perfect fit for her! In her free time, she likes to be outdoors, hunting, hiking, or camping. She also likes to travel and spend time with her friends and family, especially when it’s at her cabin. Jenny does not currently have any animals of her own, but her parents have a 12-year-old Pomeranian named Buddy. She also has a roommate who has a 2 year old cat named Shoshana Marie.
Kali grew up here in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. She has had dogs all of her life and has always had a passion for them. She attended Cornell University and recently received a Bachelors’ Degree in Animal Science. She is now looking into furthering her education and aspires to become a veterinarian. Kali enjoys spending her free time outdoors with her dog, Nora, a four year old Black Lab. Their favorite things to do are to go for hikes and swimming.
Melanie grew up in Jordan, Minnesota where she has had an interest in animals since she was old enough to walk. She attended the International Correspondence School for Animal Care and received her Associates Degree. She has worked at two different pet stores taking care of the animals as well as a veterinary clinic as a Kennel Assistant. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, watching television, and playing computer games. Melanie does not have any pets of her own, but she definitely gets her fix working here.
Porter has been with us since December of 2016 and is about eight years old. He mostly likes to hang out in the back and supervise the technicians and doctors. If he makes his way up front he is probably lurking behind bags of food or perched on the reception desk. He is VERY friendly and loves all kinds of attention.
Orangey has been one of our beloved clinic cats since February of 2019 and is about ten years old and was recently been diagnosed with diabetes. He was then surrendered to us and our staff fell in love with him instantly. Orangey is a very mellow guy that enjoys lounging in the middle of the hallways and finding new places to explore.
Rest in peace sweet boy, May 30, 2019.
Thomas is one of the most affectionate cats you will find. Sit in our lobby and Thomas is bound to be in your lap giving you BIG HUGS, whether you are a cat person or not. He is very demanding. Tommy is 18 years old and joined our team 2005.