Dr. Jennifer Schurrer joined East Central Veterinarians in February 2015 as the Practice Manager. Dr. Schurrer graduated from the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. The following year she obtained her Master of Science degree also from the University of Minnesota while conducting swine research. Prior to joining the East Central Veterinarians staff, Dr. Schurrer was the Resident Veterinarian for the Veterinary Technology program at Minnesota School of Business’ Elk River campus. She also worked in small animal practice, where she especially enjoy rehabilitation and ophthalmology. She has a passion for learning and frequently attends veterinary continuing education courses. Dr. Schurrer is currently the chair of the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association Small Animal Continuing Education Committee. This committee helps to provide an opportunity for Minnesota Veterinarians improve their knowledge and skill to care for their patients. Dr. Schurrer shares her home with her husband, daughter, and two Quarter horses. She has a soft spot for all Golden Retrievers. She likes to spend her free time with her family, gardening, cooking, and horseback riding.
Heidi began working at East Central Veterinarians in March of 1996. She received a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science in 1990 and spent a number of years training horses before returning to school. She received an Associate in Applied Science in Veterinary Technology in 1993. She has been working as a Certified Veterinary Technician since.
Jenny grew up living in a state park on the North Shore (where her father was a park manager) which probably led to her love of the outdoors and animals. She has worked in the veterinary field since 1989 and has been with ECV since 2002 working as an assistant and receptionist. Her hobbies include breeding and raising horses, and she has, (in the past) also raised many exotic species. She also enjoys 4 wheeling, gardening, and spending time with her 3 children (including twin daughers who really keep her busy).
Christine has been a certified Veterinary Technician since 1994, with a specialty in exotic wildlife medicine. She worked for 7 years at an amazing 3000 acre wild animal park in Texas. Christine moved back to home to Minnesota to be closer to family. She was hired by East Central Veterinarians in 2002, quickly learning the differences between wildife and small animal medicine. You can find Christine at the clinic 3 nights a week and a few weekends a month. Her favorite part of small animal medicine is doing lab work and diagnostic tests, as well as learning about the behavior of cats. Outside of work she enjoys in-line skating, kayaking, making things with yarn and hanging out with two precious little girls.
Jen joined the team at East Central Veterinarians in 2001. She graduated from the Medical Institute of Minnesota's Veterinary Technology Program in 2000. At work she has a special interest in Laboratory procedures, surgery and working with puppies, kittens, and their owners. She is a great asset when it comes to behavioral concerns for pets. When she is not at work, she enjoys horseback riding, camping, fishing and spending time with her son.
Tina is a 1994 graduate of MIM (Medical Institute of Minnesota). She has been a technician at ECV since 1996 with special interests in surgery and radiology. She fills her spare time with family, raising and showing rabbits, gardening and being a 4-H leader.
Kaela is a "Minnesota transplant". She grew up near Seattle, in Poulsbo, WA. Her and her husband moved to MN with their children to be closer to family and the family cabin. She is currently sharing her smile with the folks that come through the front door at ECV. However, she is working on her coursework to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. We are excited that Kaela joined the ECV Team!
Often “quiet as a church mouse”, Kayla easily transitions her role from client service representative to veterinary assistant on a regular basis. She can be found in our Mora or Cambridge location and is always willing to help out. She did her veterinary technician internship with us and has been here since 2014. She finds she has a special place in her heart for cats, but loves all creatures we see at East Central Veterinarians.
Danielle joined the East Central Veterinarians team in October of 2016 as a Customer Service Representative. She enjoys her time at the front desk greeting all of our clients and patients who walk through the door! Danielle attended Anoka Hennepin College leaning towards a degree in Physical Therapy but knew that she wanted to work with animals since she was little. Danielle spends her time outside of the clinic with her Fiancé and 2 boys camping, fishing and 4 wheeling.
Anytime you walk in our clinic and hear wild and crazy music, you can assume Tanya is working. She joined the clinic in 2014 and is a talented CVT. She can work in any area of our clinic with ease. Tanya is married and has three children. She spends many of her spring and summer days following them with their sports games.
Chris became a Certified Veterinary Technician after rescuing a pregnant dog. A graduate of Argosy University in 2006, she has worked in Emergency Medicine and Small Animal Clinics. She enjoys the veterinary interests of pet nutrition management and Canine behavior and has taught Canine Good Citizen and therapy dog classes. Her pet family includes a terrier mix, a deaf Chihuahua and 3 herding dogs which she keeps busy with Agility, Canicross, bikejoring and Treiball. Her cat is a model for her homemade cat beds during craft shows. In her spare time she plays the mandolin and relaxes on two wheels, her bicycle and her Harley.
Jena is a 2016 graduated from University of Minnesota Crookston in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Equine Science and from Duluth Business University in 2016 with her technology degree. Jena joined East Central Veterinarians in 2018 after moving from Grand Rapids to Milaca. She enjoys spending time on her new funny farm home with her husband, two beautiful girls, three dogs, one cat and four horses. In her spare time she loves hunting, fishing and riding her horses.
Kelsey joined our ECV team in July of 2016 as a Veterinary Assistant and Client Service Representative. After completing veterinary technology classes, she completed an externship at ECV. She recently graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at Argosy University and has passed her board exam to become a Certified Veterinary Technician.
When Kelsey is not at work she is field farming and raising a herd of beef cattle. She can also be found at barrel races and rodeos every weekend running her horses with her fiancé.
Ryan has been an animal advocate all his life, regardless of species. He has a natural affinity for reptiles and amphibians with a special fondness for Tortoises and Turtles having 1 tortoise and 2 turtles himself. Ryan spent his childhood exploring the wildernesses, wading through rivers and ponds, and actively learning about animals of all types. He is a father of 2, and actively encourages his children to love and appreciate nature. Ryan works multiple jobs leaving little time for life outside of work, but regardless has found happiness in working with animals through ECV.
Taylor joined the East Central Veterinarian team in August 2018. She completed a Bachelor's degree in Animal and Equine Science at North Dakota State University before returning to her hometown of Cambridge Mn. She always wanted to work with animals and was very excited to acquire a position as a veterinary assistant. Taylor enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, reading and spending time with family. She has a cat named Henri and dog named Cinder. You can find Taylor helping clients and their pets at both our Mora and Cambridge locations.
Grace is a lifelong animal-lover and partial to all things soft and cuddly. Joining the ECV team in 2018 was a dream come true for her, as she now gets to spend her workdays in a building full of animals! When she isn’t welcoming clients in the ECV lobby or helping pet owners make appointments on the phone, she enjoys taking summer walks through farm fields, studying the Greek text of the New Testament, dog-sitting, spending time with her church family, cooking, and hanging out with her family and friends. She also passes on her love of animals to the next generation by serving as a Project Leader and dog obedience trainer for the Isanti County 4-H Dog Project, where she has volunteered since 2014.
Cindy has worked in customer service for most of the last 20 years. She is known for her caring and concern. She has two grown children, Colin and Lynette. More recently she and her husband John rescued Phoebe Jane, a Jack Russell/Chihuahua. She enjoys being an amateur naturalist by doing things such as watching the stars, gardening, photographing wildlife, camping, hiking, birding, rock hounding, and botany.
Melissa is a graduate of the MN School of Business becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2014. She spent her first 4 years in general practice, then worked for a year in a Dermatology specialty clinic before coming to East Central Veterinarians. She spends her free time outdoors with her kids, hiking and fishing.
A graduate of South Dakota State University, Kayla holds a degree in graphic design and minors in both professional writing and visual arts. Before joining the ECV team in 2019 as a Veterinary Assistant, her career included working in a wide array of environments as a social media manager, graphic designer and marketing strategist, among other roles. She realized in 2017 that animals were her true passion and decided to dedicate her life to helping them, making ECV the purrrfect place for her to be!
On top of her responsibilities at the clinic, Kayla also works at and fosters for a local animal rescue. She currently lives with her husband, two cats, and one three-legged dog on a nearby lake. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading, writing, traveling, spending time on the water, and cooking.
Sierra came back to Minnesota at the end of 2018 to be with her family after spending a few years down in Ohio. She currently attends St. Cloud State University where she is studying hard with the hope of getting into the veterinary medicine program at the University of Minnesota. She is a failed foster mom and a certified Crazy Cat Lady, sharing her home with six wonderful cats. Sierra has to be supervised when visiting pet supply stores because she has a propensity for buying way too many toys, snacks, and gifts, not only her own furry children, but for those furry friends that have yet to find their forever homes.
Outside of taking care of her cats, and her father at times, Sierra collects memes, tells terrible puns and top shelf Dad Jokes, practices guitar, and spends an unhealthy amount of time obsessing over Taylor Swift.
Kaisha is a new member of the ECV staff. She worked with mice and other rodents for almost 6 years and is will be starting her journey towards becoming a CVT. Her family likes to call her Snow White or "the pet whisperer" because animals befriend her everywhere she goes.
Amy joined the East Central Veterinarian team at the end of April 2019. Amy got her love of animals from growing up on a dairy farm near Dalbo MN. She has two dogs, Domino and Freckles, and several cats, three of which she bottle fed herself. She enjoys spending time with her family that includes three children and one grandchild.
Gabrielle is a Veterinary Assistant that joined the team in August of 2019. She is a true Minnesotan, coming back home after spending a few years living and working in Wisconsin. She is currently completing her coursework to become a Certified Veterinary Technician, and also finishing her bachelors degree online through St. Cloud State University. It is rare she isn't studying or working, but with free time she likes to spend her time with her 2 dogs, rabbit, or guinea pig, or on one of Minnesota's many lakes!
I am currently enrolled in the Veterinary Assistant program at Animal Behavior College and expect to graduate in December 2019. I have lived in the Cambridge area me whole life and remember coming to East Central Veterinarians with our pets since I was little. I have a love for all animals, but I will always have a special place in my heart for unique and exotic pets. I have a bearded dragon, Burmese python, bunny, leopard gecko, dogs, cats, and chickens. When I'm not spending my time with my animals I enjoy traveling around the United States to find unique beautiful new places.
I love animals. I always have. When I was little, I would scour magazines for pictures of animals and create flashcards to quiz myself on how quickly I could remember facts about each animal. I grew up owning cats, horses, ducks, pocket pets, a flying squirrel and a wolfhound. Later in life, I managed a pet store and worked with Macaws, Cockatoos, Amazon and Conure parrots. In 2018, I moved from the cities to start our 40 acre farm, Bur Oak Heritage Farm. We are currently raising Nubian and Nigerian Dwarf goats to sell and produce milk, cheese and soap. We also have a myriad of chickens and two cats-a Chocolate Point Siamese and an Oriental Short hair. In addition to our farm and working at ECV, I home-school my two amazing sons. Life keeps me busy. I am grateful for the vast richness that each animal brings to my life: Every one having its own complex and beautiful personality.