Dr. Michelle Rothaug grew up in McMinnville, Oregon where she always knew growing up that she wanted to work with animals. She joined the army and got her start working with animals there as an animal care specialist.
She went to undergrad school at Midway College in Midway, KY and graduated with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry. She then attended the UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, where she graduated in 2018. Dr. Michelle also worked as a veterinary technician for about 15 years while studying to become a vet. She has experience in small animal and emergency medicine and has interests in fear free and low stress handling to create better interactions for her patients.
In her free time, she enjoys baking and being outdoors; hiking, running, and mushroom hunting. Dr. Michelle likes to travel, and has been to Central and South America as well as the Middle East. She also enjoys spending time with her daughter, Charlotte, who is five years old. She and her fiancé Rusty are working hard to teach their daughter to love life and be an explorer.
They currently have three dogs: Peanut, a 10 year old Rat Terrier, Zara, a 3 year old Belgian Malinois, and Penelope, a 1 year old Manchester Terrier. They also have two cats named Andi and Cheddar.