Our Veterinarians


Dean Hawkinson, DVM

Dr. Dean began his career in 1973 in a local mixed practice. Today he works primarily with companion animals. Dean and his wife Joyce have three grown, married boys and six grandchildren. Dean is also a Sunday School teacher and the treasurer at Concordia Lutheran Church. Dean enjoys playing saxophone in both the Annandale and Maple Lake Community Bands.

Angie Ladwig, DVM-Info and Picture Coming Soon!

Carl Larson, DVM

Dr. Carl grew up in Bloomington, Minnesota and graduated from Jefferson High School, then St. Olaf College, and finally the University Of Minnesota College Of Veterinary Medicine in 2007.  He lives in Watkins with his wife Kelly and their two girls Lauren and Morgan.  They have two dogs: Katie and Molly, two horses: Flicka and Little 7, two bunnies: Princess Cupcake and Snow White, and three cats: Clipper, Cowboy, and Maximus.  Dr. Carl enjoys an “all creatures” approach to veterinary medicine, spending about equal time in the clinics with small animals and on the farms with the large animals.  

Miranda Mackedanz, DVM

Dr. Miranda grew up in Sisseton, SD.  She graduated from Iowa State University in 2009.  Miranda works with both large and small animals, and enjoys the challenges and adventures involved with mixed animal practice. She and her husband Jay have a Chocolate Labrador named Allie.  In her spare time she enjoys hunting, fishing, gardening, horse back riding and spending time with family and friends.

Dan Patton, DVM

Dr. Dan grew up in Waseca, MN.  As a high school student, he worked at the West & West Veterinary Clinic in Waseca.  Dan's grandfather was a dairy farmer and raised horses, who always wished he had become a veterinarian.  He was a big influence on Dan's life.  Dan attained his undergraduate at the University of Minnesota, Duluth and as a student, worked at the Duluth Veterinary Clinic.  In 1980 he graduated from the U of M Veterinary College.  Dan has been with the Watkins Veterinary Clinic since 1980.  He enjoys general practice with both large and small animals.  Dan's wife, Sara, is also a veterinarian and works at the Monticello-Big Lake Pet Hospital.  Dan and Sarah have two sons and four grandchildren.

Art Reuck DVM

Dr. Art lives on a farm in central Minnesota with his wife and two daughters.  In his spare time he likes hunting, fishing, raising fruit trees and working with cattle.

Laura Wilant-Willenbring BVMS MSc MRCVS 

Dr. Laura is a Mid-western native who did her undergraduate work at the College of St. Benedict and her masters degree in equine science in 2008 and veterinary degree in 2011 at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, United Kingdom.  Her areas of interest include animal comfort, preventative care, herd health and internal medicine.  She is enjoying the rich opportunities and experiences that only a mixed practice can offer.  Dr. Laura is a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons of America, American Veterinary Medical Association and American Association of Feline Practitioners.

Our Support Team

Kristi Adams-Veterinary Technician-Maple Lake

I grew up in Monticello, MN and have lived there my whole life.  I volunteer at homeward Bound Dog Rescue for the last 20 plus years. I own 3 large breed dogs who I love very much.  I graduated from MSB/Globe College in Waite Park, MN with my AAS degree in Veterinary Technology.  My hobbies are rollerblading, swimming, hanging out with friends, and anything that has to do with the outdoors.

Donna Anderson-Office Manager-Watkins

Donna has been working at the Watkins Veterinary Clinic since 2010 as their office manager.  Donna and her husband Rick live south of Litchfield.  They have one son, Ryan.  Ryan and his wife Hayley live in Milbank, South Dakota.  Donna and Rick have a Jack Russell named Molly.  Donna enjoys cooking, scrapbooking, and four-wheeling.  They four-wheel as much as possible as a family on trails in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Nicole Elfman-Certified Veterinary Technician-Maple Lake

Nicole grew up in Maple Lake, Minnesota.  She graduated from Ridgewater Community College in Willmar, Minnesota.  In 2011 she began working at the Watkins and Kimball Veterinary Clinics.  Nicole currently lives in Annandale with her husband Scott and two Yellow Labradors, Laney and Paisley.  In her spare time she enjoys running, softball, hunting, and spending time with family and friends.

Kenzie Ergen-Certified Veterinary Technician-Kimball 

Kenzie graduated from Ridgewater College with her A.A.S in Veterinary Technology in May of 2012. She has been working for Animals Inc. since March 2014. She loves volunteering her time for wildlife rehabilitation. Kenzie has 2 dogs, Chevy, a black lab, and Berkley, a Pembroke welsh corgi. Her hobbies include hunting, fishing, four wheeling, and canoeing

Trasi Ergen-Veterinary Technician-All Locations-info and pic coming soon!

Kelly Hoffman-Veterinary Technician-Watkins & Kimball

Kelly Hoffman grew up in Elbow Lake, Minnesota.  She graduated from Minnesota School of Business in 2012 and immediately started working for the Kimball and Watkins Veterinary Clinics.  She and her husband Matt live in Hutchinson, Minnesota.  They have 3 dogs including a Golden Retriever, Black Lab, and Jack Russell Terrier that she adopted from Homeward Bound Dog Rescue.  In her spare time she likes bike riding, snowboarding, and going to concerts.

Ashley Kunkel-Veterinary Technician-All Locations

Ashley grew up in Marty, MN and attended high school in Kimball, MN.  She attended Minnesota School of Business for Veterinary Technology and attained her AAS degree in 2009.  Ashley started her career at the Watkins Veterinary Clinic in the summer of 2009.  She has 3 furry children; Saydee & Zek both Labrador Retrievers, and Kaylee, a French bulldog. In her spare time she enjoys volleyball, basketball, any activities in the sun and water, and spending time with her family and friends.

Jen Kuseske-Veterinary Technician-Kimball & Watkins

Jen has been working at the Watkins Veterinary Clinic since 2008, and Kimball Veterinary Clinic since 2010. She graduated from Minnesota School of Business in 2008 with a Veterinary Technology degree. She and her husband Josh have 2 boys Logan and Isaac. In her spare time she enjoys walking her dogs, horse back riding, spending time on the lake, 4-wheeling, camping, and most importantly spending time with my family and friends.

Raelyn (Rae) Manthey-Certified Veterinary Technician-All Three Locations-info and pic coming soon!

Joleen Rettmann-Certified Veterinary Technician-Watkins

I have been working as a certified veterinary technician at the Watkins Veterinary Clinic since 2004.  I ventured south from Ely to go to college and have been here ever since.  I am a proud mother of 2 beautiful girls.  We also have our share of pets; a golden retriever named Charlie, a border collie cross named Alphy, and a cat named Daphne.  When not working, I enjoy being on the pontoon boat fishing, quilting, camping and spending time with family and friends.

Tammy Schackmann-Veterinary Technician-Watkins & Kimball-info and pic coming soon!

Heidi Schoenecker-Certified Veterinary Technician-Maple Lake

I have over 20 years of experience in the veterinary field with most of those years working for the owners of Animals Inc Vet. I graduated with an AAS degree in Veterinary Technology from Ridgewater College and shortly thereafter passed both the state and national exams to become certified.  I am very passionate about the field of veterinary medicine.  Every day is an adventure and I feel very lucky to be one of those few people who truly love their job!  I live in Watkins with my husband Jay, two daughters Lexie and Kennedy, and two Wheaten Terriers, Taz and Cooper.  In my spare time I enjoy reading, fishing, spending time with family, volunteering, and supporting my community and church.

Kari Spike-Certified Veterinary Technician-Watkins & Kimball

Kari graduated from Ridgewater College in 2004 with an AAS degree in Veterinary Technology.  She started working for Animals Inc Vet in March of 2014.  She lives in Litchfield with her daughter Ava, her 2 dogs Odin & Oliver and her cat Belle.  In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends and volunteering in her church.

Heidi Steinke-Certified Veterinary Technician-Maple Lake & Watkins

I grew up in Otsego, Mn and attended High school in Rogers, Mn. I graduated from Minnesota School of Business in Waite Park in 2014 with an AAS degree in Veterinary Technology. I started working at the Watkins/Kimball/Maple Lake clinics in April 2014.  I currently live in St. Augusta.  I have two cats Oliver and Mittzy, two rabbits Benny and Fritzy and 7 goats. I like to work on my friend's dairy farm in Pierz. I enjoy spending time with my family, and sitting around a bonfire with friends.

Choose Animals Inc Vet  because if your animal isn't as healthy as a horse, we'll work like a dog until the cows come home to get them purring like a kitten again! 

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Contact Us

Watkins Vet Clinic
415 School Ave. S
P.O. Box 189
Watkins, MN 55389
Get Directions
  • Phone: 320-764-7400
  • Fax: 320-764-7401

Kimball Vet Clinic
581 Linden Ave. E

P.O. Box 358

Kimball, MN 55353
Get Directions

  • Phone: 320-398-3600
  • Fax: 320-398-3601

Maple Lake Veterinary Clinic
500 East State Hwy 55

P.O. Box 340

Maple Lake, MN 55358

Get Directions

  • Phone: 320-401-1300
  • Fax: 320-401-1505


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Mission Statement

Our goal and policy is to treat our clients as we would treat our families, and to treat our client’s animals as though they were our own.

Our patients are the heart of our practice and the reason we are here. At all times our clients and patients will be treated with respect, dignity and compassion.

Being of service to our clients and patients is the purpose and mission of our practice.

We pledge and guarantee that we will always do our very best to serve you and to provide your animals with the care they deserve.

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