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  • The staff are very helpful. I have five 1-week old puppies. Two of whom needed to be seen. They did their best to see them both on the same day. Love this clinic!
  • Absolutely love this place, the staff was very caring. I brought my first ever kitten and they were so helpful on making sure I know how to care for her, they had lots of great tips, will continue to bring her there as well as my dog too!
  • God Bless Mission Animal Hospital and its caring, compassionate staff. Walter, my cat, is my best friend, my companion, my baby. Without MAH, I could not have given him the medical attention he needed. Thank you so much for caring about the low income pet owner as well as their pets.

About Us

Mission Animal Hospital is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. The guiding mission of our work is to provide high quality veterinary care for those in need. We focus on providing veterinary care to low income groups, the unemployed and the elderly. The Mission team has years of experience in the care and treatment of pets. We come from shelter backgrounds, private practice backgrounds and academic backgrounds. We are bound together by the common goal and determination to support you in maintaining the best possible veterinary care for your family pets. We passionately strive to diagnose and treat a multitude of symptoms in an efficient, respective and humane manner.

Affordable Pet Care in a Modern Facility

Mission Animal Hospital is dedicated to meeting the need for affordable pet care in the Twin Cities area, offering quality veterinary services at a reasonable price. Along with affordability, we strive for accessibility as well. We are available 7 days a week, offering appointments every day of the week and walk-ins everyday between 9am and 4pm. We also have extended evening walk-in hours (after 4:00 pm), please go to our hours page for more information. Our goal is to make sure we eliminate every barrier we can to allow you to see us and have your pet care needs addressed.

Whatever your pet needs, we are here to offer service and support. From vaccinations to surgery, throughout the life of your pet, we provide complete care for companion animals and offer informative and helpful resources.

Skilled & Compassionate Pet Care Professionals

Every member of the Mission team is dedicated to maintaining the human-pet bond, giving them a special sensitivity to financial challenges some families face in caring for their pets. These professionals understand that our pets are important to us and deserve to be treated like cherished members of our family.

Meet Us

Veterinary services from the heart. Meet the compassionate and dedicated staff at Mission Animal Hospital. We’re here to assist you and your four-legged loved ones!
Dr. Susan
Executive Director
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Dr. Susan purchased Mission Animal Hospital in 2014 and changed it from a for-profit to a nonprofit organization. She is committed to carrying on the founding promise of quality veterinary care for all who seek it.

Dr. Susan came to Mission after a number of years in private practice. During her time in private practice, she was profoundly impacted by the number of people and families struggling to care for their beloved pets. Susan believes client education and sound medical care along with patience and respect are cornerstones to providing a good veterinary experience. To that end, Susan is passionate about providing compassionate, reasonable and quality care for all pets.

Dr. Susan’s specific areas of interest are surgery, dermatology, preventive and geriatric care. She is a University of Minnesota College of Veterinary medicine graduate. Dr. Susan highly values continuing education and places a high priority on staying current with new therapies, medications and procedures.
Dr. Susan volunteers with Worldvets, helping with surgical clinics in countries with limited veterinary care. She volunteers and teaches with the University of Minnesota student spay and neuter clinics (SIRVS) that offers Veterinary care to underserved communities in northern Minnesota. She also is actively involved in the University of Minnesota student travel grant selections and enjoys mentoring veterinary students.

When she has some spare time, Dr. Susan loves to travel, cook, walk the lakes, visit the dog park and binge watch TV series. She is Mom to twin boys and pack leader to 4 dogs.
Dr. Illaina
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Dr. Illaina received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Ohio State University in 2008.  Upon graduation, she was employed as a mixed animal veterinarian in western Maryland for two years.  Her career then led her to Minnesota where she has been a small animal practitioner ever since. Dr. Illaina is passionate about the human-animal bond, and helping families and individuals care for their furry loved ones.  She is proud to belong to the team at Mission Animal Hospital, which provides quality affordable pet care and resources to help owners.  What Dr. Illaina most enjoys about being a veterinarian is the daily variety and tackling challenging problems. On her days off, Dr. Illaina enjoys time with her two cats, outdoor recreation, traveling, and crafting.
Dr. Emily
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Dr. Emily received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2012 from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.  She came to Minnesota after beginning her career in shelter medicine in Columbus, OH.  Dr. Emily loves working with dogs and cats, but has a soft spot for pocket pets like guinea pigs, rabbits, and rodents.  In her previous job, she cared for dogs, cats, rabbits, pigs, chickens, goats, pet birds, snakes, and even an alligator!  Dr. Emily has a passion for working with owners to find the most practical health and treatment plans for their pets, and to educate owners so that they can be the best advocates for their furry family member.  She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Association of Shelter Veterinarians. In her free time, Dr. Emily enjoys hiking with her dogs, exploring Minnesota, and being outdoors.  She loves to cook, try new foods, and spends too many hours trying to entice her fat cat to exercise.
Dr. Tara
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Dr. Tara obtained a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology from Northern State University in 2011. She then went on to attend the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and obtained her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in May 2015. She is thrilled to be able to be a part of the Mission family and provide high quality health care at an affordable cost while supporting and educating clients on how to best advocate for their animals. Her special interests include internal medicine, small animal dentistry and clinical nutrition. Dr. Tara has 4 furry children at home that keep her very busy; a black lab named Maggie, a sheltie named Shelley and two rambunctious cats, Knox and Luna. In her spare time, she loves to play soccer, read and spend time up at her family's lake cabin.
Dr. Sonja
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Dr. Sonja joined our staff in 2016. After a previous career in marketing, she received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. Upon graduation, she completed a year-long internship at a specialty and emergency referral hospital in Chicago. After returning to Minnesota, she worked at a general practice and an emergency clinic before joining the Mission team. She enjoys helping pet owners make informed decisions to benefit the health and well-being of their animal companions with a focus on education and collaboration. Dr. Sonja enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine especially preventative care, internal medicine, surgery and emergency medicine. When not at work, she spends her time with her family, including two dogs, enjoying the city parks, finding new restaurants and getting away to the family lake cabin.
Dr. Katherine
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Dr. Katherine grew up in a Navy family in Maryland. She always had an interest in animals and was an avid horseback rider. She obtained her Bachelor of Animal Science from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 2004. She then went on to obtain her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University in 2009. Upon graduation, she moved to Las Vegas and practiced small animal medicine. While she enjoyed living in Vegas, she and her husband decided to move to Minnesota in 2014 to be closer to family.

She joined Mission Animal Hospital in 2017 with the hope of finally being able to offer high quality medicine to all clients. Her specific interest is in surgery and becoming skilled in more advanced surgical procedures.

In her time off, Dr Katherine enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter. They love hiking and finding new things to do in the Twin Cities. Her favorite dog breeds are French Bulldog and Pit Bull. She is a also a huge fan of bull riding, rodeo, the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Eagles.
Crystal R.
Certified Veterinary Technician
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Crystal graduated from Argosy University in Spring of 2011 and has been working in Emergency Medicine for 5 years. Prior to that she worked in a cat only private practice for 3 years while in school and at an animal shelter in South Carolina before beginning her degree at Argosy. Crystal has loved animals and has had a passion for helping them for as long as she can remember. She grew up in the country in Wisconsin, but has lived in Minneapolis and St. Paul for the past 6 years. She has a shepherd mix dog (Rona) and 3 cats (Lucy, Simone, and Dill), all rescues. In her downtime, she loves to go to music shows around the cities, visit family and friends, volunteer at the Wildcat Sanctuary, study American Sign Language, hike, kayak, lounge, cook, and pickle things in whatever spare time she has.
Meisha G.
Certified Veterinary Technician
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Meisha graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and Madison Area Technical College with a dual degree in Animal Science and Veterinary Sciences. Since being a little girl, she always wanted to work with animals and pursued that dream. After graduation, she worked in emergency medicine in Wisconsin then moved back to her home state of Minnesota. After working in general practice for a couple of years, she is excited to join the Mission team. Meisha lives in Buffalo MN with her husband and daughter. They live with two cats, Murray and Avery and their big loving dog, Moose. In her spare time, she is reading, spending time with her family, outdoors camping or at the family cabin.
Maddy B.
Veterinary Technician
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Maddy just graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the U of M. Her goal is to continue her schooling and apply for veterinary school. She has a love for all animals, but dogs are by far her favorite! Maddy has a background in shelter work and is passionate about animal welfare and advocacy. She and her fiancé have two young rescue dogs named Mac (lab mix) and Maverick (german shepherd), and foster dogs as well! She loves being a part of the Mission Animal Hospital staff!
Brie D.
Veterinary Technician
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Brie lives in Apple Valley with her future husband James and their 4 year old son, Noah. They have 2 cats, (one with 3 legs and the other with one eye), and a cute little fluffy dog named Mimi. Brie has been a veterinary technician for the past 7 years. She started her career working in an animal shelter where she soon became a lead technician. She then moved on to work for a low cost spay and neuter clinic. She has a strong passion for spay and neuter! In her free time she loves to go on adventures with her little family and watch Noah experience new things! She is happy to be a part of the Mission family!
Susanne G.
Veterinary Technician
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Susanne lives in Ramsey, MN with her boyfriend and her amazing PitBull “Sunny”. In her free time. you will find Susanne running, hiking and exploring all that Minnesota has to offer. Susanne also loves to listen to country music and go to country shows. Susanne has always had a love for animals, she is excited to bring her passion to Mission Animal Hospital.
Blair P.
Veterinary Assistant
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Blair was born and raised in Minnesota with a fierce passion for all things beady eyed and furry. Since a child, she’s been raising ducks, walking pups, chasing squirrels and running outdoors barefoot. She’s an active member of the Minnesota wildlife society, loves lacrosse, hiking, fishing and playing with fluffy creatures. Blair graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2016 with degrees in biology and chemistry. Her passion for animals and outdoor adventures has brought her to places all over the world. Blair continues her education today working at Mission animal hospital as a vet assistant. She loves working with the Mission team and Is thrilled to be doing what she loves.
Katelyn B.
Veterinary Assistant
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Katelyn graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2015 with a degree in environmental studies and wildlife ecology. Before coming to Mission, she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at an environmental non-profit and volunteered at the Wisconsin Humane Society's Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Katelyn recently moved back to the Twin Cities and shares her small apartment with her boyfriend and three rescue cats (Mama, Baby, and Octavia). She is excited to combine her passions for animals and serving the community here at Mission.
Lisa G.
Client Service Specialist
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Lisa first came to Mission as a client and is thrilled to join our team! Lisa lives in Eden Prairie, MN with her lovely daughter and husband, Dustyn. She has a Puggle named “Lola” and two cats named “Kitters” and “Oscar”. In her spare spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and heading up North to her parent’s cabin in Nisswa, MN.
Jaime M.
Client Service Specialist
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Jaime graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and moved to the Twin Cities from West Michigan 2 years ago. Jaime shares an apartment with her two cats and boyfriend in Uptown, Minneapolis. In her spare time, she loves going to concerts, playing video games and biking around the lakes. Jaime has always had a strong passion for people and animals and is very excited to be a part of the Mission Team where is she able to combine both of her passions and serve the community.
Dr. Erin
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Dr. Erin received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Minnesota in 2005 and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2009 from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating with high honors, Dr. Erin returned to the Twin Cities area where she started her career in shelter medicine. Dr. Erin joined Mission Animal Hospital shortly after the clinic opened. Starting her career in shelter medicine helped her see the immense need for a clinic like Mission Animal Hospital in our community. She has a strong passion for providing high quality, affordable veterinary care to all animals. Dr. Erin's professional interests include dentistry, ophthalmology and shelter medicine. Her favorite part of being a veterinarian is being an advocate for those who cannot advocate for themselves. She is also a strong believer in promoting and maintaining the human-animal bond. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Association of Shelter Veterinarians. In her free time, Dr. Erin enjoys spending time outdoors, cooking, baking and reading. Dr. Erin and her husband Pete are the proud parents of multiple rescued four-legged furry ones.
Dr. Kelsey
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Dr. Kelsey graduated from Northwestern University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Environmental Policy. A Minnesotan through and through, she returned to pursue a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota where she graduated in 2016. She also holds a Certificate in Shelter Medicine from the University of Florida. Dr. Kelsey couldn’t be more excited to join the team at Mission Animal Hospital! She strongly believes that the human-animal bond is the foundation of both responsible pet ownership and veterinary medicine. Her special interests include geriatric care, preventative medicine, nutrition, and metabolic disease. Dr. Kelsey is committed to maintaining open communication with her clients in order to provide the best care possible for their furry family members. Dr. Kelsey and her husband, Andrew, are the proud parents of two bossy cats, named Polly and Frankie, as well as a sweet dog, named Luna. In her spare time, Dr. Kelsey enjoys hiking, running, cooking, riding horses and traveling.
Dr. Ian
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Dr. Ian graduated from Kenyon College with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. He graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and went on to complete a rotating small animal surgery and medicine internship at VCA Alameda East in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Ian is happy to be back in his hometown of Minneapolis. Dr. Ian is thrilled to be on staff at Mission Animal Hospital. Dr. Ian holds a special interest in internal medicine/metabolic diseases as well as infectious diseases. In his spare time, Dr. Ian enjoys recreational sports, from tennis to ice curling. He also is an avid foodie and enjoys trying new foods and restaurants. He has two loving and goofy pets, a pit bull named “Toast” and a cat named “Nayah”.
Dr. Maura
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Dr. Maura is originally from Vermont and graduated from Williams College with Bachelor’s degree in biology and Spanish. She attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Upon graduation, she completed a year-long internship at a specialty and emergency referral hospital in Connecticut. Dr. Maura practiced medicine in Connecticut before moving to Minnesota. She enjoys working with dogs, cats, and small mammals. Her specific interests include surgery, emergency, dentistry, and preventative medicine. Dr. Maura is a USDA accredited veterinarian and strives to provide high quality medicine for the Spanish speaking community. When not at Mission Animal Hospital, Dr. Maura enjoys traveling, exploring the twin cities, hiking, running, and spending time with her family and a black cat named Lila.
Kristen S.
Certified Veterinary Technician
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Kristen graduated from MSB in 2014 with an Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology degree. She currently resides in Minneapolis with her cat, “Troubles” and dog, “Paco”. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, shopping, taking Paco for long walks, or just hanging out and watching movies. Kristen is excited to learn and grow within the Mission Animal Hospital family.
Ashley S.
Certified Veterinary Technician
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Ashley recently graduated from Minnesota School of Business in September 2015 with an Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology. She currently resides in New Prague with her fiancé Bryce and their beta fish (Channing). In her free time, you will find Ashley spending time with her family and friends, fishing, four wheeling or relaxing at home with her fiancé. Ashley has always had a passion for helping animals and is ecstatic to continue this passion with the Mission Animal Hospital team.
DELETE Brenda S.
Certified Veterinary Technician
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Brenda lives in Shakopee, MN with her 2 kids, KC and Riley, her Wheaton Terrier mix Finnegan and 3 cats: Tonks, Panda and Ronnie. She graduated from the Minnesota School of Business in 2015. Brenda's hobbies include: kayaking, hiking and reading.
Kim H.
Certified Veterinary Technician
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Kim graduated from Argosy University with an Associates in Applied Science for Veterinary Technician in 2013.and became a certified Veterinary Technician that same year. Kim’s passion is veterinary dentistry. Outside of work, Kim enjoys reading, watching sports and hanging out with friends and family.
Ashley H.
Veterinary Technician
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Ashley graduated from Argosy University in 2011 with an associates degree in Veterinary Technology. She has been working with animals for the last 9 years. She has always had a very strong compassion for working with animals and people and wanting to educate clients on how to take the best care of their pets. Ashley lives in Anoka with her 2 year old daughter Elena, her shepherd mix named Shadow, her 2 cats Bella and Baby, and her fish Dorothy. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors playing with her daughter and seeing live music.
Emily R.
Veterinary Technician
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Emily is a student at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and will be graduating in December 2016 with a degree in Animal Science with a Pre-Veterinary focus. She hopes to go on to veterinary school in the near future. She has always loved animals and has had pets such as fish, rat, hamsters, rabbits, and snakes since she was young. Right now, she shares her home with a cat named Pekoe, a rabbit named Oliver, and two degus, Kipper and Goo. After working in a shelter and a private practice clinic, Emily is excited to continue working with animals at Mission. Outside of school and work, Emily enjoys knitting, doing yoga, and cooking.
Jessica S.
Veterinary Assistant
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Jessica is a new graduate from the U of M with a Bachelor of Companion Animal Science degree. She has a love for all animals, with a special passion for exotics and reptiles. Her 4-legged babies include Chuey the Shih Tzu, Smudge the rabbit, Dudley the bearded dragon, Stella the leopard gecko, and Dexter the crested gecko. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with friends, drawing and photography. With previous experience working at various pet stores and interning at the Como Zoo, she is excited to continue building a career with animals by working at Mission!
Sarah T.
Veterinary Assistant
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Sarah graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Sociology. She has always had a passion for helping people and animals. She currently lives in Northeast Minneapolis. She has a Cocker Spaniel, Riley, who she loves very much. In her spare time, she enjoys playing soccer, softball, and volleyball. She also enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, family, and friends!
Jennifer G.
Client Service Specialist
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Jennifer is excited to join the mission team. Jennifer lives in Bloomington, MN with her three beautiful kids and boyfriend David. She has a fun loving pitbull named Leo whom she adores. Growing up Jennifer had lots of pets: cats, dogs, ferrets and a pet rooster named buddy. In her spare spare time, she attends pitbull fundraisers, enjoys bringing Leo to the dog park and escapes to David's cabin, in Sturgeon Bay Wisconsin, whenever possible.
Savannah S.
Client Service Specialist
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Savannah graduated from Creighton University with a degree in Environmental Science, with a minor in Business Administration. She has always envisioned a career where she would be working with animals. She grew up in a small rural town in Iowa surrounded by dogs, cats, cattle, and horses. Savannah has 3 “kids” at home: Moxon (Pointer mix), Rhys (Pitbull mix), and Nyx (DSH). In her free time, she enjoys baking, playing volleyball, riding horses, traveling to visit family, and taking the boys to the dog park.
Benjamin Z.
Client Service Specialist/Veterinary Assistant
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Benjamin graduated from Indiana University with a BA in International Communications and a minor in Telecommunications. Ben has always enjoyed bridging the communication gap across interpersonal and cultural barriers. Ben lives in southwest Minneapolis and also manages Calhoun Pet Supply in Uptown. He has two dogs, “Leon” and “Timmy”, and a cat “Beatrice”. In his free time, Ben enjoys helping local Pitbull rescues and educating pet owners on animal nutrition.
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Melanie Sharpe founded Mission Animal Hospital in 2012 to combine a love for private veterinary practice and animal sheltering. From her vast shelter experience, she was touched by the number of animals surrendered due to an inability of their owners to provide medical care. Her shelter experience made her more aware of the importance of preventive care, spay/neuter surgery, and promoting education for a healthy bond for all animal care givers. She believed that responsible pet ownership evolves from a caring partnership with a veterinarian who understands the various demands that impact us all. We are forever in her debt for transforming her vision into the reality of Mission Animal Hospital. Dr. Melanie sold the practice in 2014 to Dr. Susan Miller who carries on the founding vision.
Mission Animal Hospital
10100 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
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