Dr Julie Berndt

Originally from Davenport, Iowa, Dr. Berndt has been with MVPH since graduating from Iowa State University in 1987.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her two grown children, traveling, and relaxing at the lake.  She and her husband keep busy at their hobby farm with two horses, some beef cows, two dogs and four cats.


Dr Ken Ambrose

Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Dr. Ambrose is a 1991 graduate of Iowa State University. After a short time in Milwaukee, he has been at MVPH since January 1992. His special interest is surgery and managing orthopedic conditions and fractures. He has five children and two dogs at home: Molly (Golden Retriever) and Maisy (Brittany cross, stray). When needed Molly has served the animal community as a blood donor for transfusions.


Dr Leah Renne

Dr. Renne grew up in Southwest Missouri, but quickly fell in love with Southern Minnesota while attending Gustavus Adolphus College. She received her DVM from the University of Minnesota, and practiced in La Crosse, Wisconsin before moving back to the Mankato area. In her spare time, she enjoys music, cycling, running and plenty of other outdoor activities.  She and her husband and son share their home with a rescued Lab-Basset mix and two very opinionated cats.


Dr Cary Adams

Dr. Adams is a native of Mason City, Iowa. He attended Iowa State University where he earned his Bachelor’s, Master’s, and D.V.M. degrees. After graduating from college, he spent a year in Virginia where he completed an internship in wildlife medicine and surgery at the Wildlife Center of Virginia. Dr. Adams worked in a small animal practice in Las Vegas, NV from 2005 to 2010 before moving to Mankato. His interests include small and exotic animal medicine and surgery. Dr. Adams shares his home with one dog, a whippet, and a corn snake. In his spare time, he enjoys being outdoors and spending time with his children.


Dr Stacy Bethke

Dr. Bethke grew up on a farm north of New Richland, MN. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls and completed her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Bethke was previously practicing in North Branch, MN and is very excited to come home to southern Minnesota. Her dog Teal was adopted as an adult dog from the Golden Valley Humane Society. When she’s not working Dr. Bethke enjoys running with Teal, reading, riding and showing horses with her family.




Nicole graduated from North Dakota State University with a bachelors degree in Veterinary Technology and Zoology in 2008.  She has three cats, Beezi, Mayko and Suri. She also has a bearded dragon and a dachshund named Charlie. (All her pets have been rescues). In her free time she loves to spend time with her husband, family, pets and friends.



Holly is a graduate of the Medical Institute of Minnesota in Bloomington. She has been at MVPH since 2002 and is a Certified Veterinary Technician. She is originally from St. Clair. Holly and her husband have a son, Brody and a cat named Jack. In her free time she enjoys time with family and friends and outdoor activities.



Originally from Waterville, MN, Jenny joined MVPH following her graduation from Ridgewater College in 1999. She is a Certified Veterinary Technician and has a Golden Retriever named Ty. Ty is looking forward to being a blood donor for the hospital. In her free time Jenny can be found lifting weights at the gym and enjoys traveling with her husband.



Originally from Mankato, Donna has been working at MVPH since High School, first as an attendant and since 1987 as a veterinary technician. She is married with two children, Lorna and Nathan. Donna enjoys outdoor activities, camping, and horseback riding with her family and friends. She has a rat terrier named Wishbone, two German wire-haried pointers named Gus and Idgie, five cats- Gunner, Panda, Stewy, Bear, and Gumball. She also has three horses- Buck, Tuff, and Ginger.



Rachel graduated from the Vet Tech program at the Minnesota School of Business in Shakopee, MN. She has been working at MVPH since December 2008. Rachel lives in Mankato with her four wonderful kitties, Frodo, Josie, Meow-Meow and Ziggy,a rat named Charlotte and her husband Chad. In her free time, Rachel enjoys being outside, hanging out with friends and family, reading and as always, inventing robots.



Kaylee graduated with an associate’s degree in the Veterinary Technology program at Minnesota School of Business in Shakopee, Mn in 2010. She has a cat named Tiger and dog named Lexi. She enjoys spending time outdoors with family and friends and traveling to new places and experiencing new adventures.



Sarah graduated from the Vet Tech program at Argosy in Eagan, MN. She started with MVPH in April 2010. She has lived on a hobby farm with elk, donkeys, goats, pot bellied pigs, alpacas, mini horses and cats since 1992 so she’s been around animals her whole life. In her spare time she loves spending time with her daughter, being outdoors and enjoys traveling.



Rebecca graduated from Argosy University and joined MVPH in 2013 as a Certified Veterinary Technician. At home she is joined by two rescue dogs;  Buttercup (Lhasa Apso) and Titan (Shar Pei/Pit Bull) and a guinea pig named Gwenie.  Outside of work she enjoys spending time with family and friends, bowling, disc golf and snowboarding.




Miriam graduated from the Medical Institute of Minnesota and worked as a technician at MVPH for seven years in the 1970’s (at that time the Boerboom Pet Hospital). After a 20 year hiatus she returned as the office manager in 2001. Miriam is married with two daughters, two son-in-laws and grandchildren.  She has three cats, Hercules, Athena and Fortuna. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, especially her grandchildren, traveling and bicycling.




Holly came to MVPH on an internship from Minnesota School of Business in Richfield and has been with us since graduation in 1996. Originally from St. Peter, MN, she is married to Chris and has a son Zach, one cat named Memphis, and two dogs named Chili and Jack.  She enjoys motorcycling with friends, relaxing at the lake with family and walking her dogs.


Melissa (Missy), our newest smiling face up front to greet you,  graduated from Bethany Lutheran College with a Studio Arts/Photography degree  In her free time she runs a photography business shooting portrait sessions and weddings.  (She has yet to combine the love of animals and weddings into one sitting).  She also enjoys spending any leftover time she has with family and friends.



Grace graduated from the Minnesota School of Business in Lakeville.  She enjoys both the interactions with the pets AND their people who come in to the hospital.  In her free time she can be found enjoying family and friends, camping and being in the outdoors, and her dog Gabe who occupies much of her time.


Jen has lived in the Mankato area for most of her life.  She is married and has one daughter.  Her house is a haven for rescue pets currently including three dogs and two cats.  She enjoys regularly helping out at the local animal shelter, spending time with family at the lake and long peaceful walks with her dogs.