Advanced Veterinary Care

1500 125th Ave NE
Blaine , MN 55449

(763)310-3500

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Meet The Advanced Veterinary Care Team | Blaine, MN

 

Ross Elton

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Owner of AVC

I was not your typical “I want to be a veterinarian since I was 5 years old” and it was not until I was 25 years of age that I was aware that a career as a Veterinarian was one in which I could excel. This understanding stemmed from my experiences and the constant emphasis on education both from my parents at a young age and from myself as I grew older. 

I spent most of my childhood in Reno, Nevada where I learned to love and thrive in the mountains and the high desert (learned to ski at 4 years of age and was an Eagle Scout by 13 years of age). The continued search for high quality education brought me to high school in Connecticut, college at Tulane University in New Orleans, an additional degree at the University of Idaho and then finally to the Caribbean for Veterinary school. The University of Minnesota Veterinary school was chosen for my clinical year of Veterinary school based on the 35,000 small animal patients seen yearly which was significantly higher than any other Veterinary school in the United States. 

Two weeks prior to finishing Veterinary school in Minnesota, I met a girl who would turn out to be my wife. She forgot to tell me that even though I love the mountains, once you marry into the Midwest, you stay there.  I graduated Veterinary School in 2004 and soon after was placed into servitude to a Shih-Tzu and Golden Retriever.  

For the last 9 years, I have worked in a fast paced, high quality veterinary practice. While there as the managing partner, I oversaw 17 support staff and 4 doctors I trained 25 new doctors, set medical policies and ensured the practice of high quality empirically based medicine.  My experience while there has created a passion for general practice (I love the new puppies and kittens), dentistry, soft tissue surgery, and pain management/geriatric care.  The pace of the hospital made it difficult to create the connections and bonds that I desired with all of my clients and patients thus Advanced Veterinary Care was born.   I love what I do and try to show this to every client I meet. 

 

Kristen Barrett

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

 As a native to California, the first thing someone usually asks me is, "How did you end up out here?"

I grew up with a strict schedule of classical dance training with my sights set on becoming a prima ballerina. My mom was in the medical field and my dad was a computer engineer so it was no surprise that I also loved and excelled in math and science classes. After realizing that dance was going to remain a hobby (I was too tall to be a ballerina), I decided to attend the University of California, Santa Cruz where I received my Bachelor’s degree in Biology. Towards the end of my undergraduate degree, I was not quite sure which career path really would be the best fit for me – physical therapy, infectious disease research, doctor, etc. I then realized that veterinary medicine encompassed all of those interests and more.

After graduation, I worked at a small animal general practice until I was accepted to the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine. Once I moved to Minnesota, I immediately fell in love with the seasons, the people, and my future husband (plus our dogs – German shepherd mix and a Vizsla) and knew that this was where I wanted to settle down. During veterinary school, I worked part time at an animal poison control center where my love for toxicology started/began.

I graduated from veterinary school in 2014, but in order to gain more knowledge and experience, I completed a year long small animal internship at an emergency and specialty hospital in Portland, OR. Even though I loved the excitement of emergency medicine, I missed being able to build long lasting relationships with clients. With the experience I gained from practicing emergency medicine, I returned to general practice when I moved back to Minnesota. I have special interests in toxicology, nutrition, dentistry, and preventative medicine. Becoming a veterinarian was a great way to combine my love for people, animals, and medicine and I hope to prove that with each and every client I work with.

 

Corinne Yurich

Practice Manager and Certified Veterinary Technician

Starting at a young age in Ramsey Minnesota, my parents showed us the importance of pets in family and to care for all types of creatures. From picking up turtles in the road to helping injured birds, my passion for animals was solidified early on.

This love of animals brought me to the Minnesota School of Business where I graduated with an Associates in Applied Science. After completing an externship at the University of Minnesota Veterinary School, I obtained my Certified Veterinary Technician degree, joined a small animal veterinary hospital and flourished. From there, I held a position at a premiere referral equine veterinary hospital, taught college courses to veterinary technicians, and most recently have been a practice manager of a high volume small animal practice in Maple Grove.

I currently reside north of Blaine on a hobby farm with my husband, Zach and our daughters, Maci and Brenna. We are owned by two dogs; Tomah, an American bulldog and Bo our pit bull. We also have two cats, Max and Luna and finally, two paint quarter horses named Nyanna and Gigi. I am currently involved in volunteering for Kittens Cradle Rescue and dream of making a difference on the reputations of bully breeds. 

I thrive on providing a great client experience coupled with high quality medicine. I not only love the bond with our patients but also their owners.

 

Amanda Kilbane

Certified Veterinary Technician

Amanda grew up here in Minnesota, South of Blaine, and has a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology from the University of Maryland as well as AAS in Veterinary Technology from Argosy University and has been working as a CVT since 2007. Amanda enjoys taking classes in animal behavior and training as well as zoology, exotics and wildlife.  She is very interested in behavior modification and training. Amanda handles stressed, fearful and anxious pets with ease and helps them to become more calm, trusting and relaxed.

She currently has two dogs, Finnegan (A handsome Wheaten Terrier) and Coal (A mixed breed) and one big orange kitty named Pumpkin.

If your pet fears going to the Veterinary Clinic, Schedule an appointment with Amanda!

 

Andrea Bernier

Certified Veterinary Technician

Andrea is a Certified Veterinary Technician and lifelong animal lover. I currently reside in Lino Lakes, Minnesota, where I was born and raised. My compassion for animals began at a very young age when I taught myself how to care for my family’s outdoor cats when they became ill or wounded. My awareness of animal behavior and overall concern for each animal’s wellbeing has been undeniable throughout the years.  Over time, my animal rescues became so frequent that I stopped asking my parents’ permission and just started bringing animals home. Once successfully rehabilitated, all were released or appropriately rehomed.

Currently I have one spoiled, geriatric cocker spaniel named B.B. (Bad Boy), a spunky and opinionated cat named Rackum Stackum Kittum Cattum and my eternal life partner, a retired thoroughbred racehorse named Dan de Lion (aka Handsome).

I spend my summers exploring my passion for large animal medicine in the test barns at Running Aces Race Track. I have also volunteered much of my time supervising special needs students at an Animal Science program provided at Century College in White Bear Lake, MN, where I have also been previously employed as an Animal Care Attendant. My volunteer work has also extended to providing top-notch animal care at a large hobby farm in the northern suburbs of Minnesota, aimed at providing a safe-haven for animals in need.

 

Corrie Mikel CVT, Advanced Veterinary Care Blaine

Corrie Mikel

Certified Veterinary Technician

Corrie graduated from MSB college in Blaine in October 2014 with an Associates in Veterinary Technology, she quickly became certified after. She currently resides in Blaine, Minnesota.

Corrie is very skilled in canine training and has proven success in difficult cases. She has been dog training since 2012, and is AKC certified. She enjoys helping families and their pets bond and have a healthy lifestyle. Corrie understands that having well trained and behaved pets in the home makes for a better lifestyle for everyone involved and helps keep pets in their homes.

She has three dogs at home, two springer spaniels and a pitbull/dalmation mix. In her free time when she isn't surrounded by dogs, she likes to ride her motorcycle in the summer.

Corrie is a great addition to Advanced Veterinary Care. Please ask for Corrie if you have any behavior modification needs with your pets!

 

Hannah King

Certified Veterinary Technician

Hannah grew up in Ham Lake with dogs, cats, rabbits and ducks always underfoot. She loved them all and always wanted to be involved with their care. Hannah earned an AAS degree in Office Administration in May of 2013.

But, she has wanted to be a vet tech for as long as she can remember so she went back to school and graduated from MSB in June of 2014 with an AAS degree in Veterinary Technology. Hannah soon passed national and state certification.

Hannah is thrilled to be working at Advanced Veterinary Care! She says, "I am learning so much every day, and am always endeavoring to improve my skill set. I love interacting with both animals and the people who care for them. I have a specific passion for shelter animals." Because of this, it led Hannah to adopt her Pomeranian named Oliver in March of 2014.

Hannah presently lives in Ham Lake with her dog Oliver.

Alli Johnson

Certified Veterinary Technician

In June of 2016, Alli graduated from Minnesota School of Business in Blaine with an Associated degree in Veterinary Technology. This degree was only a continuation in the path that Alli chose at a young age. Growing up, Alli's parents had their hands full with stray cats and dogs that she brought home. Their guidance and support has helped her to be successful in her chosen career.

Alli's parents gave her and her siblings a love of camping, canoeing and kayaking. Even today, she loves anything to do with the outdoors. Her parents also taught her about healthy competition which led to 15 years of playing soccer. She also loves to spend as much time with her goofy Pit bull Terrier "Bolt."

While working on her degree, Alli completed an internship with Advanced Veterinary Care and she knew this was a practice she would enjoy working at long term. She quickly accepted a full time position with the AVC team upon completion of her internship and has loved working here since.

 

 Andi Urbanski

Veterinary Technician

Andi grew up in Grand Rapids, Minnesota with chickens, turkeys, ducks, rabbits and of course, dogs and cats.  Little did she know it would evolve into something more. After spending more than a decade in the airline industry, Andi decided to pursue a new adventure.  

Andi graduated from MSB in June 2013 with an AAS degree in Veterinary Technology.  In 2014 Andi started working as a Veterinary Technician at a busy small animal practice in Maple Grove.  She currently resides in Crystal with her husband, Steve and her son, Simon.  The boss of the house is her spoiled, geriatric Beagle named Otis.  During the summer they spend a good amount of time at car shows and the race track. 

Andi is excited to join the team at Advanced Veterinary Care and to get to know our clients and patients. 

Kelsey Sandstrom

Veterinary Technician Assistant

Kelsey grew up in a small neighborhood in Ham Lake with her cats and  mini American Eskimo dog.  She has loved animals from a very young age and they have been her passion for her entire life.  Many of Kelsey's hobbies have involved animals, from fishkeeping to horseback riding.

Kelsey started her career in animals by volunteering at a local animal shelter, and has now been working in animal care for almost two years.  Kelsey now lives in Blaine with her two cats and her energetic Australian Shepherd puppy named "Mazikeen."

 

Kelsey is excited to be a part of the AVC team and looks forward to learning new skills and meeting all of the patients and their people!

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