Western Veterinary Service was established in 1974 in central Lincoln County. Separate locations in Lake Benton and Tyler were joined together at the current location in 1978. The business name and structure were changed to Western Veterinary Clinic PLLP in 2000.
To provide high quality veterinary health care, consultative services and animal health products in a manner that treats each client with special concern and provides superior value and client satisfaction.
Loren Johnson, DVM
Dr. Loren Johnson is a graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. He is married and has two children, two grandchildren, and a grand dog. He is a farm boy at heart and enjoys both large and small animal practice.
Roxanne Nielsen, DVM
Dr. Roxanne Nielsen attended veterinary school at the University of Minnesota. Prior to vet school, she attained a Master's degree in Ruminant Nutrition at North Dakota State University. Dr. Nielsen is married, has four children, and four grandchildren. She enjoys horseback riding, gardening, and baking.
Cassy Griebel, DVM
Dr. Cassy Griebel is a 2017 graduate from the University of Minnesota. She used her time at the University to diversify her animal experiences through travel, externships, and jobs. She has traveled to New Zealand, Switzerland, and Canada learning different animal management systems. She grew up near Hatfield, MN and was always outside helping with the cattle. In high school, she got her horse Nevada and started her sheep herd, which is now 150 head strong. When not helping on the family farm, Cassy enjoys reading, running and puzzles.
Marlene, Financial Manager
Marlene grew up near Lake Benton and graduated from Mankato Commercial College. She started her career with Western Veterinary Clinic in 1978, which is the year the present clinic was built. For many of those years, she was the first contact to clients either on the phone or coming into the clinic. Presently she works part-time and handles the financial matters of the clinic. Marlene is married to Mike and they have two grown children, Myron and Michelle. Since the tornado of 2011 took their Lake Benton home, she commutes from Sioux Falls. She states, "Western Vet Clinic is my home away from home!"
Nicole, Office Manager
Nicole joined our team in February 2010 after graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Animal Science from South Dakota State University. As the office manager, Nicole oversees the day to day workings of the clinic. She grew up on a dairy farm outside of Tyler and now raises beef cattle, pigs, and poultry with her husband Taylor. They have two young daughters, Jade and Spencer. Nicole also has four horses and four dogs Krypto, Echo, Taffy and Star. She enjoys spending time with her family, the outdoors, rummage sales, and photography.
Kristina, Veterinary Technician
Kristina was added to our team in July 2013. She is a 2006 graduate of the Veterinary Technician Program at Ridgewater College in Willmar, MN where she received an Associate's degree in Science. As a veterinary technician she assists with both large and small animal examinations, surgeries, and diagnostic workup. Kristina is a Hills® Certified Nutritional Advocate. She grew up on a farm outside Woodstock and now lives in Holland with her husband Dean and three children. She enjoys riding horse, gardening, and spending time with her animals.
Jenna, Certified Veterinary Technician
Jenna attended the Minnesota School of Business in Plymouth, MN and graduated with an Associate of Applied Science degree of Veterinary Technology in December 2013. She started work at Western Veterinary Clinic in January 2014 and passed her certification exam in August of that year. As a veterinary technician she assists with small animal examinations, surgeries, and diagnostic workup. Jenna lives in Pipestone with her husband, Lewis, and daughter, Juniper and Beverly. The family also has an Australian Shepherd mix named 'Remus', two cats named 'B' and 'Ronald,' and a Betta fish named 'Tina.' She enjoys taking Remus to the dog park, knitting, and spending time with the family.
Sara, Veterinary Technician
Sara joined our team in February 2015. She is a 2013 graduate of the Veterinary Technology program at Globe University in Sioux Falls and obtained an Associate's degree. As a veterinary technician she assists with small animal examinations, surgeries, and diagnostic workup. After growing up in South Dakota, she is excited to make Minnesota her home. You may also see her at Applebee's in Marshall. Sara has 2 German Shepherds named 'Echo' and 'Bane,' a cat named 'Franklin,' two Cockatiels, 'Carlee' and 'Charlie' and a fish. Her passions include working with pets and drawing.
Bruce, Large Animal Assistant
In 1987 after asking Loren if they ever needed extra help, he started part-time doing chute work while working nights at Schwans. In January 1994 Bruce started full-time as a vet assistant and any other job the clinic needed done. He is married, has four children, and four grandchildren. His family lives on an acreage with an assortment of livestock and pets.
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