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 yard work. His pets include 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. He has lived in Wisconsin for his entire life. 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 at the clinic, he spends most of his time working or playing outside and partaking in various activities such as hiking, running, biking, and also traveling when possible. He enjoys any outside physical labor but especially appreciates vegetable gardening. Dr. Kyle lives with three cats (Clover, Cora, and Ganzo), and one dog, Gunner, who are all rescues.
I started here at Wolf River Veterinary Hospital in May 2017; my primary title is Inventory Manager though you will often see me buzzing around the clinic performing technician duties as well. I have a B.A. in Biology from Lawrence University, Appleton, WI and an A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology from Argosy University, Eagan, MN. I am licensed in both Wisconsin and Minnesota as a Certified Veterinary Technician. I have been working in veterinary medicine since October 1998 with experience in companion animal medicine, reproductive medicine, emergency medicine, exotics, wildlife, and behavior. I have also taught as a full-time veterinary technician instructor. I enjoy attending continuing education events to stay up to date on current trends and products for use in the clinic. Medicine is always changing and I find that it’s best to stay current so that we can provide the best options to patients and current information to clients.
When I’m not at work (or attending CE events) I have quite the pack at home to keep an eye on. I have two daughters at Appleton West High School/Renaissance High School, one dog, three cats, a bearded dragon, and a crayfish under my roof. My eldest daughter is very into music; she plays viola & ukulele at school and is in Lawrence University Girl Choir on the weekends. My younger daughter is a competition dancer at a local studio where she also assistant teaches, her favorite styles are: ballet & contemporary but she also does lyrical, jazz, & pointe. I myself have several years of both dance & music training under my belt so it’s no surprise that my girls enjoy those as well. If I can find any time outside of chauffeuring the girls around I enjoy travel, waterfall hikes, and attending concerts.
Ashley, CVT/Lead Technician
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 future husband, 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.
Chandell graduated from Globe University in the Veterinary Technology program in 2016 and officially became a CVT in March 2017. Chandell also graduated in 2011 from 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 in a career she really loves. Chandell was in the social work field for 4 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 watching the Packers among many other things. Chandell is also a member of the S.A.F.E program and enjoys helping stray pets find new homes. She is always finding new things to do and continues her education any way she can. Chandell feels very fortunate to be a part of the Wolf River Veterinary team!
Callie started at Wolf River Veterinary Clinic in 2015 as a Kennel Assistant and has since become a Veterinary Assistant. Callie enjoys rescuing animals and nursing them back to health and is an active member of our S.A.F.E. program. Outside of the clinic, you can find Callie doing just about anything outdoors like boating, fishing, hiking and soaking up the sun. She also likes to propagate succulents and give them as gifts to family and friends.
Savannah joined the Wolf River Veterinary Clinic in September of 2017 as a veterinary assistant after graduating from Broadview University. She grew up loving animals which included dogs, cats, rabbits and lizards and knew she wanted to work with animals. Born and raised in Hortonville, she has recently moved to New London.
In her free time you’ll find her outdoors riding four-wheelers, shooting her bow, fishing, hiking, hunting, camping and spending time with family and friends.
She has two dogs (Hunter and Lola) and two rescue cats (Cleo and Reed).
Nikki joined our clinic in September of 2018. She grew up in Weyauwega and still resides in the area with her son Aries and a 1 year old rescue pup named Oliver. Nikki graduated from Fox Valley Technical College in 2006. She has an extensive background in Emergency Medical Services, Quality Management and LEAN business practices. In her free time, she enjoys kayaking, shooting bow, camping, live music & festivals, cooking and grilling out with friends and family at the lake. She also volunteers year round as a board member for Fire on Ice, Inc. which is a race event that benefits local youth groups.
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 enjoys spending lots of time with her son. When she's away from the clinic, Ariana enjoys road trips, fishing , family vacations, and boating. You'll also find her up north during the summer months visiting family and hanging out on the lake!
Cheryl joined the Wolf River Veterinary Clinic as a receptionist in March of 2018. With the passion for customer service and fur babies, she really enjoys making people smile. Cheryl is a proud mom of three daughters and one son-in-law, and enjoys spending time with them whenever possible. In her free time Cheryl enjoys being outside in the sun, gardening, floating on the river, bonfires, snowmobiling and most often spending time with family and friends.
Shalon joined the team at Wolf River Veterinary Clinic in April 2019 as a receptionist. She has over 10 years in the medical field and customer service. She has always had a love for animals, and helping others. She was born and raised in New London and shares her home with her two Fur babies Ella (Springer Spaniel) and Rylee (Yorkie)
Outside the clinic Shalon enjoys being among family and friends, enjoying the outdoors, and crafting.
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 one rescue dog and adopted 2 kittens from our SAFE Program. 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.
Jonathan joined the Wolf River Veterinary Clinic in August of 2018. Jonathan grew up in Florida but has been a resident of New London for the past eight years. He and his family have housed numerous dogs and cats and currently have two cats, Emily and Zoey, and a husky named Luke. Jonathan currently attends an online high school and is preparing to graduate in June 2019. In his spare time he enjoys writing, animating, playing hockey, and exercising.
Jacob, Kennel Assistant