Our Careteam

Brett

Practice Manager

Brett had worked in a wealth of different industries over the past decade, but he didn’t realize that something had been missing until he started here at Companions Animal Hospital. That “something” was the gratification of giving back to families in his hometown of St. Cloud! Brett impacts the lives of pets and their owners every day as the hospital’s Practice Manager.

Brett joined the Companions Animal Hospital family in January of 2017, where he makes it his mission to ensure that each and every visitor to the clinic—four- and two-legged alike—receives the ultimate in compassionate care. He particularly likes meeting the area’s pet owners on a daily basis and interacting directly with their animal companions.

At home, Brett lives with his four children and Blitz, a dog who loves to sleep in the kids’ bed. When he isn’t supporting his children at their various sporting events or caring for the area’s pets and animal parents here at the hospital, Brett can be found spending time outdoors, traveling, and serving as the coach of a semi-professional football team.

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Sherry

Client Care Representative

Sherry has been a friend to animals for as long as she can remember, from rescuing injured turtles during her childhood years to helping rehabilitate rescue dogs later in life. She knows just how important our pets truly are, and wants to do everything in her power to help nurture those bonds! Sherry feels fortunate and proud to do just that as a member of the Companions Animal Hospital family.

Sherry graduated from the University of Iowa and has a background in media, marketing, and communications; she even launched her own successful communications business in 2009. Still, Sherry couldn’t shake her desire to work directly with animals—she decided to join forces with a local animal rescue, and she hasn’t looked back since.

After working closely with Companions Animal Hospital through her position at Grey Face Rescue, a senior-dog rescue based in Central Minnesota, Sherry joined the hospital team in March of 2017 as a Client Care Representative. Her favorite part of the job is getting to dote on all of the pets who visit the hospital on a daily basis, and she loves to swap fun pet stories with clients.

In her spare time, Sherry enjoys working on home-improvement projects, taking day trips, and cooking with her husband, Scott. They share their lives with four loveable pets: Franki the Husky, a beagle named Billy, and two cats, Denali and Oliver.

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Mendi

Certified Veterinary Technician

After spending her early years in Wyoming with her parents and two brothers, Mendi and her family relocated to Minnesota. Between time spent visiting the horses on her grandfather’s property and watching her father nurse an eagle back to health on the family’s porch, Mendi knew one thing very early on: she would love to help animals every day as a veterinary professional. Now, she’s been doing just that for nearly twenty years!

After high school, Mendi secured a job as a Kennel Assistant at what was then Clearwater Road Pet Hospital. Dr. Nancy Cowardin bought the clinic two years later, and Mendi has been here ever since! In fact she has been with us for 20 years! She’s found that her true passion lies in teaching and training—for Mendi, being able to pass her knowledge on to a fellow staff member or one of the area’s pet owners is the ultimate reward.

In her spare time, Mendi enjoys dabbling in yardwork and curling up with a good romance novel. She and her husband have one son—he’s currently juggling a full load of college courses and a demanding work schedule—and also share their home with Fig, an elderly cat, as well as a frisky dog named Tank.

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Amanda

Certified Veterinary Technician

Amanda can’t remember a time when she wasn’t passionate about animals. By the time she got pets of her own, her mind was made up: Amanda wanted to be a part of providing the greatest care not only for her own companions, but others’ as well! She feels proud to do that every day as a Veterinary Technician.

A Minnesota native, Amanda attended Argosy University to study veterinary technology and began her internship right here at Companions Animal Hospital in the spring of 2017. She was hired on as a Veterinary Technician immediately afterward and has been helping the area’s pets and animal owners ever since!

In her free time, Amanda loves to relax outdoors, spend time with her family and friends, and dote on her own pets at home. She and her fiancé, Luke, have two dogs—Demetri, a Pomeranian mix who loves to play ball, and a cuddle-loving Chihuahua mix named Kiarra—as well as a lovebird named Rosie who thinks she runs the house and a shy Green-cheeked Conure, Kiwi.

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Hailey

Certified Veterinary Technician

In the 5th grade, Hailey and her classmates were told to dress up as what they wanted to be when they got older. Hailey borrowed her mother’s work scrubs, made a bone-shaped nametag with the words “veterinary technician” on it, and proudly marched into school. She’s wanted to better the lives of pets through the power of medicine ever since she was a little girl! Hailey’s dream has come full circle: she’s one of Companions Animal Hospital’s Certified Veterinary Technicians.

Hailey grew up on a small hobby farm in Milaca, Minnesota, where she spent time around everything from dogs and cats to horses, cows, ducks, and guinea pigs. She attended Ridgewater College in Wilmar to earn her Associate’s degree in veterinary technology, passing the Veterinary Technician National Exam afterward to gain her state certification. Hailey then relocated to Florida—gaining an additional state certification there—and worked at a cats-only animal hospital before returning to Minnesota to continue her journey in veterinary medicine. She was happy to join the Companions Animal Hospital family in March of 2018, and she’s been serving the pets and animal parents of this area ever since.

Hailey’s favorite part of her job is the variety if offers—on any given day, she might help a pet as a dental hygienist, an X-ray technician, a surgical tech, and much more! She loves learning new things on a daily basis, and enjoys getting to work with everything from dogs and cats to reptiles and exotic pets.

When she isn’t helping pets live healthier lives here at the hospital, Hailey enjoys swimming, listening to music, dancing, and spending time with her own pet at home. She shares her life with Jasper, a feisty Dachshund who loves to play fetch with his tennis balls.

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Annie

Overnight Animal Caretaker

Annie’s own pets have always been there for her in times of need—she knows firsthand the true importance of the relationships we share with our pets! Being able to give something back to others’ animal friends is a dream come true for Annie. She’s the Overnight Animal Caretaker at Companions Animal Hospital.

Annie grew up in South Carolina and Minnesota, where she always gravitated toward animals, nature, and the great outdoors. Although she’d harbored a passion for pets since she was a little girl, she found herself in other career fields as an adult. It wasn’t long, though, before she decided to make a change. Annie began volunteering with her local Humane Society at the age of 37, and that sparked something that hasn’t let up since. That same year, she enrolled in courses at the Minnesota School of Business to study veterinary technology—Annie joined the Companions Animal Hospital team in April of 2014 to supplement her studies, and she’s been here ever since!

Around the clinic, Annie enjoys doting on visiting pets to help make them feel as comfortable as possible. Her absolute favorite part of the job is working in the laboratory, and she never tires of satisfying her scientific curiosities by studying slides under the microscope.

At home, Annie and her family keep several pets. They have Josie, an aging dog who is the best canine companion Annie has ever known; Socrates, a rescued pooch who loves to sleep on Annie’s head; and a feisty cat named Lighting. When she isn’t enjoying the company of her family and pets or tending to the area’s animal companions here at the clinic, Annie loves fishing, hunting, camping, playing hockey, and relaxing in the great outdoors.

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Jesse

Veterinary Nurse Assistant, Massage Therapist

Jesse grew up right here in St. Cloud, where pets were a natural part of life from day one. She grew up watching Steve Irwin on television and immediately recognized that his raw passion for animals was something that she felt herself! For Jesse, working with animals professionally was the only choice that made sense.

Jesse began volunteering at the local Humane Society as soon as she was old enough—it didn’t take long for her to know that the veterinary field was perfect for her. She joined the team at Companions Animal Hospital in 2005, and has been serving the pets and animal parents of the area ever since. Jesse has a particular passion for surgical work, and she also likes to utilize her skills in massage therapy to reduce pain and make pets more comfortable.

Outside of work, Jesse loves traveling, hiking, camping, listening to music, catching up on her favorite television shows, and spending time with her own pets at home. She has four quirky cats: Toolakia, who takes care of the house when Jesse isn’t home; Maresha, the youngest of the bunch; Cosmo, who likes to think of himself as the household’s court jester; and Athena, who prefers to watch the commotion from afar.

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Faith

Veterinary Nurse Assistant

Faith has always loved interacting directly with customers, and she’s a lifelong animal lover. Working as a veterinary professional, she’s able to experience the best of both worlds! Faith cares for the pets of St. Cloud daily as one of Companion Animal Hospital’s Veterinary Nurse Assistants.

Faith is a St. Cloud native. After spending a year living in Tennessee, she returned to this area and signed up for a position in reception at a local large-and-small animal practice, where she learned the ropes of the profession. When she came across the opportunity for an overnight caretaker position at Companions Animal Hospital, Faith jumped at the chance! She first started with the hospital in 2009, and moved into a Client Care Position within the year. Now, Faith serves the area’s pets as a Veterinary Nurse Assistant.

Away from work, Faith enjoys reading, scrapbooking, trying her hand at photography, and spending time with her elderly Beagle, Katie.

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Abby

Veterinary Nurse Assistant

Abby grew up in Elk River, Minnesota with her parents, older sister, and the family’s pet birds. She’s always had an innate love and respect for the earth’s creatures—by working in veterinary medicine, Abby is able to foster the very same bonds that she’s shared with her own family pets. She’s proud to serve as a Veterinary Nurse Assistant with the Companions Animal Hospital team!

Abby’s journey began when she started volunteering at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota. It was there, while helping the on-site wildlife veterinarian stabilize an injured hawk, that she learned about an advanced internship that the center offered. Abby was accepted into the program that summer, and hasn’t looked back since. She studied biomedical science at St. Cloud State University, first beginning here at Companions Animal Hospital as an intern in the fall of 2011, then continued to volunteer until her graduation in 2013. Abby became a Veterinary Nurse Assistant with the hospital team in the fall of 2015.

Abby’s interests outside of animal care include running, playing tennis, horseback riding, and birdwatching. She and her husband, Chris, have two wonderful children named Owen and Lily. The family shares their home with an energetic German shepherd/husky mix named Jack, a cat named Otis who loves to snuggle, and several pet birds who all have their own unique personalities.

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Lacy

Animal Caretaker/Groomer

For as long as she can remember, Lacy has enjoyed indulging her artistic side. She’s also harbored a passion for pets ever since her childhood years growing up here in St. Cloud. For Lacy, grooming pets professionally allows her to use her intuition to make a lasting difference while working hands-on with the animals that she loves!

Lacy was only 14 years old when she began volunteering at the local Humane Society. Her fate was sealed ever since—she knew that she wouldn’t be satisfied in any other career path! Lacy began her grooming journey at a local pet store and salon before the opportunity arose to groom pets in a veterinary clinic. That’s when Lacy joined the team here at Companions Animal Hospital.

Most of Lacy’s time away from the clinic is spent caring for her young son at home. He’s two years old, and is shaping up to be the most incredibly sweet, curious, and friendly child around!

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Aric

Veterinary Nurse Assistant

When his family cat fell ill a few years ago, Aric was both impressed and humbled by the skilled veterinarian who started the beloved pet on the road to recovery. He knew that he would like to be a part of such a rewarding experience himself! That’s when Aric decided to jump head-first into the veterinary profession. Now, he’s proud to serve as a member of the Companions Animal Hospital team!

Aric is originally from Elk River and moved to this area to attend St. Cloud State University. In October of 2016, he started here at Companions Animal Hospital after hearing about the clinic from his laboratory partner in chemistry class. Aric serves pets and their owners as an Animal Caretaker, and is particularly fond of training work and seeing pets through the entire recovery process after a procedure.

When he isn’t tending to pets’ needs here at the clinic, Aric enjoys playing video games and trap shooting in his free time.

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Jovan

Animal Caretaker

Jovan has had a love affair with animals that stretches back to his earliest days. Ever since he can remember, he’s wanted to put his time toward bettering the lives of the earth’s creatures—as a member of Companions Animal Hospital’s care team, Jovan gets to live his dream on a daily basis!

Jovan was born in Florida but grew up in Salem, New York. He relocated to Minnesota with his fiancé in 2016, where he’s currently enrolled in school to study veterinary technology. One night after staying up late to finish school work, he happened upon an advertisement for an open position here at the hospital—Jovan jumped at the chance, and was thrilled to join the Companions Animal Hospital family in late summer of 2017.

Aside from his interests in the world of veterinary medicine, Jovan enjoys biking, running, camping, watching documentaries, and spending time with his family and pets at home. He and his fiancé, Jillana, have three wonderful pets: Tyson, a Beagle; a Labrador/Terrier mix who goes by Brittany Annabeth; and Percy the kitten.

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Monica

Animal Caretaker

Ever since her earliest days, Monica has loved caring for animals and learning new things. For her, combining the two in a rewarding career made perfect sense! Now, Monica has been tending to pets’ needs here at Companions Animal Hospital for more than four years—she’s one of the clinic’s Animal Caretakers.

Monica grew up in Minneapolis and relocated to St. Cloud with her family. She attended Argosy University to study veterinary technology, and joined the Companions Animal Hospital family in December of 2013.

Most of Monica’s free time away from work is spent with her own pets at home. She has five cats—Tabby, Sparta, Luna, Lucy, and Midnight—as well as a pair of loveable dogs named Bella and Romeo and a mouse who goes by Henry. Monica particularly likes taking her dogs to exercise in the park and snuggling with her pets on the couch during a good movie!

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Kiahna

Client Care Representative

Kiahna has been an animal-lover ever since she can remember, and always wanted to use her time to better the lives of as many pets as she possibly could. Working in the veterinary field allows her to do just that on a daily basis—she’s thrilled to serve both pets and animal owners here at the front desk of Companions Animal Hospital!

Kiahna was born in Hawaii, moved to Minnesota with her family three years later, and then relocated again to Colorado, where she was raised. It was there that she began volunteering with a horse rescue organization, which only deepened her desire to work hands-on with animals. Kiahna moved back to Minnesota in 2014 and has been here ever since; now, she’s a Client Service Representative with Companions Animal Hospital and couldn’t be happier!

When she has time between her work shifts and her collegiate studies in business management, Kiahna likes reading, taking road trips with her significant other, and doting on her own pets at home. She shares her life with a rabbit named Otis, as well as her childhood German Shepherd/Corgi mix, Gunner.

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