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 two dogs (Rouge & Whiskey) two cats (Taz and Bushbaby) and eight 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.
Dr. Kyle Ruedinger graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in May of 2017. He grew up in Wisconsin and is excited to join the great team at WRVC. He enjoys caring for our animal patients and working with clients to find the best care plan for them and their beloved pets. When not working he spends most of his time outside hiking or biking, and also traveling when possible. He also likes doing any outside physical labor but especially appreciates vegetable gardening. Currently he shares his life with a former big city stray sassy calico kitty, Clover, who was his first surgical patient in school. Dr. Ruedinger looks forward to meeting and working with all of WRVC’s clients and pets.
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!
Kathy joined the Wolf River Veterinary team in mid-February of 2017 as inventory manager. Recently moving from Iowa with her family, she brings along 20 plus years of experience in the veterinary field. If working on purchasing and receiving for the clinic doesn't keep her busy enough, trying to keep up with 4 year old daughter Reece and labradoodle (Kendall) sure does! In her spare time, she enjoys camping, DIY home improvement projects and of course, Packer football!
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 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.
Stephanie has been with Wolf River Veterinary Clinic for four 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 a 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 her spare time, she enjoys going to movies, playing table top games, playing video games and spending 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 has completed her VTNE becoming 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 !
Shaunna has been with Wolf River Veterinary Clinic since 2014. She started out as a receptionist and has recently become a full time veterinary assistant. 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!
Ariana started with Wolf River Veterinary Clinic in January of 2017. Born and raised in New London, she graduated from New London High School in 2012. During her time in school, she took small animal care classes and really enjoyed working with animals ! Ariana recently became a new mom and enjoys spending lots of time with her son. When she's away from the clinic, Ariana enjoys fishing, road trips, family vacations, boating and making jewelry. You'll also find her up north during the summer months visiting family and hanging out on the lake!
Jill joined Wolf River Veterinary Clinic in April of 2017. She was born and raised in New London, and grew up a 'country girl', surrounded by many animals. Jill is a married mother of two and grandmother of two precious little boys.
When not at the clinic you will find her spending as much time with those little boys as possible, reading and enjoying the river with family.
Our newest receptionist Kayla joined us in December of 2017. Kayla was born and raised in new London and graduated from New London High School in 2014. While growing up Kayla enjoyed helping all types of animals around her home from dogs, cats and rabbits. You can find her spending time with her family friends and doing outdoor activities. She has one dog, Timber, who they rescued a year ago.
Wolf River Veterinary Clinic welcomed Phil as kennel manager in early April
2017. Phil grew up on a farm in Manawa. By age eight he was training,
breaking and showing horses. After two years of military service, he went
to work for Trail-Et building horse trailers. His 42 year career ended when
the company closed. Phil and his wife have been married 30 years; and
have 6 children and 14 grandchildren. Phil has 2 rescue dogs (Zeke & Tig)
and adopted 3 kittens from our SAFE Program (Halo, Zeus & Thor).
Now in his retirement years, he is very happy to be managing the kennels
here at the clinic. Taking care of the dogs and cats while their owners are
out of town completes his love for animals.