Dr. Jim Ziegler graduated from the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987 after obtaining a master’s degree in medical microbiology from the UW Madison in 1983. Dr. Ziegler founded the Wolf River Veterinary clinic in 1996 after working in a mixed animal practice in Weyauwega for eight years. Dr. Ziegler enjoys all aspects of companion animal care – medicine, surgery and interacting with pets and their owners. He enjoys shelter medicine as well, and helps at the Humane Society of Waupaca County on a regular basis. Dr. Ziegler lives in in rural Weyauwega, with his wife, Julie and their four dogs (Newton, Bella, Gracie and Doolie). He enjoys running, biking, hiking, working outdoors, reading and spending what time he can on his much loved property in Michigan Keewenaw Peninsula.
Dr. Mark Baetke graduated from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988. He has been practicing small animal medicine in Northeast Wisconsin since 1988 and landed here at Wolf River Veterinary Clinic in the spring of 2003. His special interests include dentistry and complimentary therapies such as chiropractic, homeopathy, herbs and nutrition. When not working at the clinic he enjoys hiking, biking, and fusing glass. Dr. Mark and his wife have two cats (Fred and George) and a new puppy (Ceili).
Dr. Nokes was born and raised in Wisconsin and graduated from UW-Madison-Veterinary College in 1998. He then moved across the country to Washington State where he practiced small animal medicine until recently moving back to Wisconsin to settle in and be closer to family. He enjoys all parts of small animal veterinary medicine, but particularly takes an interest in surgery and ultrasound. Away from the clinic, you will find Dr. Nokes enjoying the great outdoors – hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, gardening and yardwork. His pets include one dog (Rouge) two cats (Taz and Bushbaby) and ten chickens.
Dr. Pete Gasper joins the Wolf River Veterinary Clinic’s team, excited to practice as a clinical veterinarian. Dr. Pete has worked in veterinary medicine since graduating from veterinary school in 1980. However, his work has been as a research scientist, a professor, an administrator, and a consultant. He has studied feline leukemia virus and stem cells in cats and in, more recently, dogs. He has taught a wide range of subjects. He has overseen animal care programs at research institutes and universities and has provided consulting services for individuals and institutions who are performing biomedical research.
Dr. Pete moved back to Wisconsin in 2008, marrying his wife Nancy Schanke, a Neenah High School friend and classmate. Dr. Pete and Nancy and their dog Jack and their two cats Bassui and Mia live in the New London area. Dr. Pete enjoys many silent sports, including running, biking, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and wilderness camping. He has continued his lifelong love of music by reuniting with his high school blues band, playing reveille and taps each day on his tuba and singing in the church choir. Dr. Pete is excited about bringing his all to serve Wolf River Veterinary Clinic’s patients and clientele.
Heidi joined the Wolf River Veterinary Clinic staff as business manager in February of 2016, but she's not new to our family. She had been a client at our clinic for many years prior to working here. Heidi grew up on a farm and developed a love of animals very early on. Working at Wolf River Veterinary Clinic has allowed her to balance her love of animals and her organization skills. When not emerged in clinic number crunching, she enjoys gardening, horseback riding, finding estate sales, and entertaining. Heidi's family includes two horses (Aztec & Thunder) seven cats (Derby, Domino, Kricket, Kinsler, PoPo, Hemi Motorcat and Malto), a beloved dog (Hickory) a flock of feathered friends and a husband!
Ashley grew up in Bessemer, Michigan. Shortly after high school, she moved to the Twin Cities and graduated from Argosy University in Eagan, Minnesota with an Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology. She then moved to Wisconsin in 2008 to start the next chapter of her career here at Wolf River Veterinary Clinic. And are we glad she did! Her special interests include dentistry and anesthesia. Ashley lives with her boyfriend, three senior cats and one dog. To disconnect from fast paced clinic life, she enjoys traveling, reading, drawing and spending time with friends and family. She is also a longstanding member of the Wisconsin Veterinary Technicians’ Association.
Karen has been with WRVC since the beginning, celebrating her 20 twenty year anniversary with us in May of 2016. Karen graduated from the University of Minnesota-Waseco in 1980. She grew up on a dairy farm and has always had a strong interest in dairy cattle. Her entire professional career has been spent working with animals. Needless to say, she enjoys all aspects of the veterinary field. The old saying find a job that you love and you’ll never work a day in your life could be true with Karen…however; she does plan to “retire” from the clinic in August of 2017 and is looking forward to continuing her livelihood with dairy cattle. Karen shares her home with two dogs (Jimmy and Reece) a barn cat (Princess) a retired cow and a flock of chickens.
Stephanie has been with Wolf River Veterinary Clinic for three years. She is a graduate of both UW-River Falls and MATC with a bachelor’s degree in animal science and an associate’s degree in veterinary technology. Stephanie is also the program coordinator for our S.A.F.E. program. Her passion and dedication for these animals continually shines through year after year. She particularly enjoys helping pets find loving forever homes. In 2016 eight dogs and fifty one cats have found new homes through the program. In her spare time Stephanie likes to play with her animals, go to movies, play table top games, play video games and spend time with loved ones. She shares her home with her wife, mother-in-law, six cats, three dogs, two parrots, a gecko and occasional foster pets.
Jennifer started at Wolf River Veterinary Clinic almost two years also as a part time veterinary assistant. In spring of 2016, she graduated from Globe University and became a certified veterinary technician. She particularly enjoys the nursing aspect of her job. She also volunteers in our S.A.F.E. program, has been known to nurse little ones round the clock for their feedings every two hours. In her spare time, she enjoys fishing, camping, hunting, and playing sports. She also enjoys spending time with family, her dog Bubba and two cats adopted from our S.A.F.E program (Frankie and Oliver).
Chandell is a recent Globe University Veterinary Technology graduate and will be completing her VTNE to become a CVT in March 2017. She is also a 2011 graduate of UW-Oshkosh where she received a Bachelor of Social Work degree. Chandell has always been passionate about helping people and caring for animals. She considers herself very fortunate to have a mix of both and a career she really enjoys. Chandell was in the social work field for 3 years before returning to school for a degree in animal health. Chandell currently has a dog named Mossy, but grew up with many pets. In her free time you will find her reading, fishing, hunting, camping, spending time with family, taking walks with her pup, laughing, and the Packers among other things. Chandell is very proud to be a part of the Wolf River Veterinary Clinic team !
Kim has been a veterinary assistant for a little over six years. She originally went to school for nursing, but stumbled upon a job as a veterinary assistant and never looked back. Kim is a mother of three human babies, and three fur babies. One of those fur babies is Leonard, a 100 pound coon hound lab mix. Without him she would have to do a lot of sweeping and her children would have to clear their plates!! Kim also has two cats that tolerate a lot of hair pulling and strange carrying positions. In her spare time, she graciously supplies the clinic with homemade treats on a regular basis.
Shaunna is our Head of Reception and has been with Wolf River Veterinary Clinic since 2014. Recently, she’s taken on more responsibility and added veterinary assistant to her resume. She's very adept at both working at the front desk and in back behind the scenes; it’s safe to say Shaunna knows her way around the clinic. Shaunna also helps keep our S.A.F.E. program running smoothly. Busy lady!
Shaunna grew up on a horse farm in the Manawa area and has been hooked on animals ever since. She took that passion for animals and pursued an education in Wildlife, graduating from the University of Stevens Point with a degree in Wildlife Ecology and Biology.
Outside of work, Shaunna enjoys all sorts of outdoor activities especially running with her silver lab (Sterly) and has recently welcomed (Stanlee) an adorable basset hound puppy!
One of the smiling faces you will meet when you walk thru our doors is Rene! Rene has had the opportunity to live in California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Washington and Germany thanks to her husband's 26 years in the U.S. Air Force. His retirement at the beginning of 2016 brought her to Wisconsin and in August, she joined our team. Rene studied Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship at Green River Community College in Washington. Rene and her husband have a son and a daughter-in-law; both are in the Air Force. Rene's hobbies include baking, reading whatever book catches her attention, geocaching, hiking, camping, and traveling to as many new places as possible. Her pets include an Austrailian Shepherd dog (Shelby) and cat (Mr. McGoo ).
Jannie started at Wolf River Veterinary Clinic as a kennel assistant, and through hard and work and dedication over the past few years has transitioned into the kennel manager. Working behind the scenes here at the clinic, she makes certain that all our patients and boarders are clean, comfortable and well cared for while away from home. Outside of work, Jannie likes to relax outdoors and hang out with her bunny, Maple Pancakes and three cats (Felix, Zyra, Castiel). Jannie enjoys photography and is a coffee enthusiast. (dark roast please)!