A typical day could find Ann performing surgery and dental procedures, or dealing with a host of pet concerns, from analyzing a brand-new puppy's diet to assessing chronic diseases in a beloved cat. She is a hopeless lover of creatures, and her family includes two labs (Hank and Daisy), two terriers (Rooney and Axel), Tittles the cat, and two horses, Willie and Tex. As clinic owner and veterinarian, Ann is proud to be connected to “such a dedicated staff, such an amazing clientele, and such spirited animals.”
"I have met many wonderful pets and people during my years at Grand Avenue Veterinary Center. It is a special thing to care for a patient its entire life and I treasure that. I love getting to know our clients and feel blessed to have developed many meaningful relationships over the years." Heather has a special interest in feline medicine and behavior and also enjoys surgery and dentistry. Heather has worked here since 1996 and became a clinic owner in 2015. Heather has a busy family life with a blended family of 5 children, three cats and three dogs. "They all help make me a better doctor."
Jen has been a part of Grand Avenue Veterinary Center since 2003. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota in 2010. Jen has special interests in nutrition, holistic medicine, internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, and dentistry. “I feel truly fortunate to be practicing veterinary medicine in a setting like Grand Avenue. Our staff is dedicated to providing excellent care and we get to work with such remarkable clients and patients.” Jen lives with her husband, children, and two dogs – Newman the Newfoundland and Rufus the St. Bernard.
Karen graduated from the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997 and has been at Grand Avenue Veterinary Center since 1999. She strongly believes that being a pet owner helps her be a better veterinarian. Through participating in several activities with her dogs including skijoring, agility, disc, and obedience, she has developed a special interest in training and behavior and has a special place in her heart for shy and fearful dogs. She also has special interests in integrative medicine and pain management. Outside of the office, she enjoys gardening, cooking, camping, and yoga.
Brittany received her Doctorate from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016, but has deep roots at Grand Avenue Veterinary Center, where she started as an assistant way back in 2011. They can try, but Grand Ave can't keep her away! After completing a yearlong internship in Chicago, Brittany returned to Minneapolis with her grumpy old lady cat, Luna - her pride and joy - and made herself right at home. She loves to travel and to discover fresh Minnesota adventures via hiking trail, bike, and kayak. What makes Grand Ave such a special place to her is the community of animal lovers (both staff and pet owners) that are so wholly dedicated to providing for the health and well-being of furry family members.
Anna is a "veterinary veteran," with over 20 years of service at Grand Avenue, much of it assisting in surgery, as well as helping to manage clinic inventory. She has made a home for two silly dogs and two senior cats and regularly takes care of her adorable "grandkitty" Albus Dumbledore.
Amanda enjoys the multiple roles she performs at GAVC. She splits her time between technician work and office management. Originally a St. Paul native, she now resides in Somerset, WI with her husband, two children, their tripawd dog Mary Jane and two crazy cats!
Chris started working at GAVC in 2005 after attending Argosy University. She has been involved in pet rescue for a long time and often has a foster dog she brings to work. “I love working here because it is community oriented.” Her area of special interest is dentistry. Her zoo includes two dogs, Dotty a 10 year old lab, Flora a 1 year old Puerto Rican transplant and three cats, Lolly, Maude, and Bonnie.
Surrounded by dogs and cats her entire life, it came as no surprise to those who know Nicole that she became a CVT. Nicole started out as a client at GAVC. "I was always impressed by the level of care provided. When a position became available to work here, I jumped at the opportunity!" Nicole and her husband, Mike share their home with a talkative pug, a retired racing greyhound, a terrier mix and a cat named Miss Hobbs.
Erin attended Western Career College in California and graduated in 2010. "I have always enjoyed being around animals and getting to take care of them." Erin's favorite part of being a technician is assisting in surgery and helping ensure her patients recover safely. She shares most of her free time with her yellow lab, Abbie.
Kalee graduated from Argosy University in 2012 and has been working as a technician ever since. She joined GAVC in early 2017. She and her fiance share their home in St. Paul with 3 large dogs and a sassy cat. "I love being part of a veterinary team that provides such excellent care to their patients! I look forward to getting to know all of the great clients and pets that come to GAVC".
Rachel is a recent University of Minnesota graduate, with her sights set on veterinary school in the future. Being a veterinary assistant is perfect for her since she has always loved animals and science, especially the medical field. "My "work" doesn't really seem like work; I think of it as a break from school!" She doesn't have any pets for now, but that makes her time with patients that much more fun!
Justine is a senior at the University of Minnesota and hopes to go to vet school in the near future. She is majoring in Animal Science and Nutrition and has been an animal fanatic ever since she can remember. Justine has a cat named Frankie. He only has three legs, but is a fun loving, active little black and white kitten.
All her life, Brianna has had an undying love for animals of all kinds. As a veterinary assistant, she happily gets to channel her passion for animals. She loves interacting with the dogs and cats who visit GAVC, and their humans too! "Seeing the care and concern that clients have for their animals inspires me to do my best every day." Brianna shares her home with two orange tabby brothers, Nugget and Yeezy.
Erin joined the GAVC team in 2007 as a Client Service Representative. In 2013 she completed a veterinary receptionist program to help better serve our clients and patients "I love meeting and getting to know all of our great clients and getting to see all of the cute dogs and cats that come in!" At home, Erin has two rescue cats; Pirate, a very affectionate one-eyed kitty and Polly, a shy little tabby.
A St. Paul native, Heather began fostering cats and dogs as a teen with her mother. In May 2015, Heather completed her receptionist certificate through a course sponsored by the American Animal Hospital Association. “Working with people and animals is fun and rewarding”. In her free time Heather enjoys cooking, camping, gardening, silver smithing, home brewing, and spending time with friends and family. Heather resides in St. Paul with her husband Mike and their three cats, Toph, Josette and Maeby.
Heather joined GAVC in 2018, after over a decade of working in the veterinary and animal care field. She moved to the Cities a few years ago, and enjoys reading, music, and spending time with her cats. "I am thrilled to be a part of the amazing team at Grand Avenue Veterinary Center. I'm so impressed with not only the excellent veterinary care available, but also the calm and happy environment created by the staff. I feel very lucky to be here!"
Chou Chou was found on the side of the road on December 23rd, 2009 and brought to the Humane Society by a kind hearted stranger. She was 12 weeks old and paralyzed in her back legs, she was brought to us for x-rays to determine if her back had been broken. She was in no pain and was the sweetest little kitten, we determined that she had no fractures but had serious spinal cord damage. Dr. Brownlee took her home to care for her and learned she was a capable little cat who could even get up and down stairs pulling herself with her front legs. She shares her time between GAVC during the week and the Brownlee family's house on the weekends. She is adored by everyone she meets and spreads her love through a serious fan club online. #chouchou