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 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 splits her time equally between both clinics.  

 

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 primarily 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 primarily at the Arlington Animal Clinic. 

Our Veterinary Technicians:

Dani Johnson, CVT

Dani lives by Arlington with her husband Cory. She graduated from Ridgewater College in 2009, in the Veterinary Technology Program. In her spare time, she enjoys playing and coaching volleyball, putting puzzles together and spending time with family. Dani is the head technician at our Arlington Clinic.

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 UW Eau Claire in Communications and Environmental Science. She has always been passionate about animals and decided to attend Argosy University for Veterinary Technology. 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 and 5 fainting goats! 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 significant other, 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 full time at our Le Sueur location. 

Our Assistants: 

Jasmine Houska

Jasmine went to University of Wisconsin River Falls where she graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Animal Science. She chose to further her education and is currently enrolled in an online program working towards her degree in Veterinary Technology. Her ultimate goal is to become a large animal veterinarian. She lives in Le Sueur with her dog, Myah and works primarily at our Le Sueur clinic. 

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. 

Our Office Staff:

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.

 

Sean Carstensen, Office Manager 

Sean lives in Saint Peter with his wife, two boys, and two cats. He graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA with a degree in Mathematical Economics. Previous to taking the position as Veterinary Practice Manager, he worked primarily in retail sales. Sean also served with the MN Army National Guard as a Field Artillery Officer from 2009-2015, including a deployment to Kuwait in 2011-2012. Sean enjoys football, tennis, cooking, gaming, fishing, and comedy, but most of all loves seeing his sons grow and play. Sean works primarily out of our Le Sueur location. 

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. 

Melany Haefs, Receptionist

Melany grew up in the Mankato area and currently resides in Gaylord with her husband, 2 dogs, and 3 cats. Her hobbies include gardening, canning, and spending time with family. Melany works part-time at our Arlington location. 

Heather Hoernemann, Receptionist 

Heather lives in Le Sueur county and is our "Jill of all trades" doing reception, inventory, and veterinary assistant work at the Le Sueur clinic. Heather loves being outdoors, hunting, fishing, and hiking. 

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, Minnesota from North Dakota. Emily currently lives with her boyfriend and enjoys swing dancing and baking goodies.