Many of the same health problems that affect us, including hearing loss, also affect our pets. Fortunately, most pets adapt very well to the disability with a little help from their owners.View Article
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Sheila Mathwig has lived in the Lake Mills area her entire life. In fact, she grew up on the family dairy farm that is still operating today. After graduating from MATC in Madison and becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician in 1990, she worked in production medicine for two years. She is happy to have worked for Lake Mills Veterinary Clinic since 1991.
After 25 years, Sheila has handled just about every conceivable situation, and answered any question imaginable, but she is always up for a new challenge.
As our head technician, Sheila also keeps track of supplies and equipment, from the surgical monitors that keep your dog safe under anesthesia, to the cotton balls we use to clean your cat's ears. Around the clinic, Sheila is affectionately referred to as "The Voice of Reason".
Outside the clinic, Sheila works with cattle, tends her garden, plays fetch with her cat Stanley, and shares her wicked sense of humor with family and friends.
"I look forward to meeting you and working with your animal friends."
After attaining her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science at Iowa State University in 2008, Megan thought she would try her skills out at a sheep farm in western Iowa. However, due to economic strain the farms had to come to a close. While there, she gained an interest in medical side of animal care. This led her to getting her Associate of Applied Science Degree in Veterinary Technology from Vatterott College in Omaha, NE in 2010.
After living in 'Husker land', she grew to miss home, with its rolling hills and beautiful sunsets found only in Wisconsin. All it took was one snowstorm that snowed her in for Christmas, 500 miles from home and relatives in 2009.
Since their wedding in October 2013, Megan and her husband Matt are residents of Jefferson. Their feline friend Cubbie, named by his previous Cubs-fan owners, traveled with Megan on the 8-hour trek home. But their most recent addition, baby Liam, takes up most of their time these days!
She enjoys the events held at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, especially the County Fair and the Sheep and Wool Convention held every fall. Other interests include art, gardening, camping, fishing, and swimming.
Megan takes pride in her anesthesia and phlebotomy skills and is eager to meet you and your furry friends!
Mittsy has offered dog and puppy training classes at the clinic since 2007, and was hired as a behavioral specialist in 2008. Her role is to make sure patients (and clients) have positive, low-stress visits to our clinic.
She is passionate about shelter medicine, having worked in animal shelters since 1998, including as Animal Care Manager at Elmbrook Humane Society in Brookfield, Wisconsin.
As founder and director of Good dog!, Queensland, Australia, 2003-2007, Mittsy developed and taught classes for puppies and adult dogs, focused on understanding behavior, preventing problems such as aggression and fearfulness, and providing proper care for the lifetime of the dog.
Her specialty is canine behavior, but her training has been across many species, including cats, ferrets, chinchillas, and zoo residents including bats, parrots, wombats, chimpanzees, baboons and dingoes.
Besides Australia, her travels have taken her to New Zealand, Germany, England, Wales, Dubai, Canada, and all 50 U.S. States. Outside work, you can find her at one of Jefferson County's amazing parks with her Australian kelpie mix, Bindi, and her rat terrier, Diesel.
Current clients know Claire as the smiling face who greets everyone by name as they walk in the door, and usually knows exactly what they want before asked.
Easily balancing three ringing phone lines, a full lobby, a precarious stack of charts to be double-checked for accuracy and filed, and a tower of boxes to be unpacked and stocked, Claire is one of the most critical glues holding our clinic together every day.
Behind the scenes she manages a plethora of paperwork, staff schedules, and "other duties as required".
With a degree in Dairy Herd Management, and daily experience on the family farm, Claire is excited about both small and large animal medicine and behavior.
She shares her farmhouse with her dog, Kentucky Hillbilly Joe ("Tuck"), cats Shy Liv and Naughty Sara (full name Itter-Bitter-Kitter-Sara-Stinkypants-Scholten), and an assortment of stray cats whom she has not yet caught.
In 2010, Kelly interned with us while in school for her Associate degree, and we hired her soon after as a Veterinary Assistant. After a brief move to Alabama, where she worked as a CVT in a local veterinary clinic, Kelly missed sub-zero temperatures and decided to move home to Wisconsin. We were thrilled to welcome her back, as a newly-seasoned CVT, in 2012.
Originally from Oconomowoc, Kelly has been working in animal shelters and veterinary clinics for over eight years. While most of her work has been with cats and dogs, she is also comfortable with birds, rabbits and pocket pets.
Kelly loves helping animals and seeing how happy and grateful their owners are. She is a proficient multi-tasker, and from the lobby to the laboratory, is quick to recognize where she is needed most in the building. She is always excited to meet new patients, and likes learning about unique and unusual cat and dog breeds.
Don't fence her in! Outside work, you can find Kelly at the dog park with her yellow Labrador named Jake, running, biking, kayaking, playing volleyball, tennis, or pretty much anything outdoors. She and Jake also share their home with a black-and-white bob-tailed cat named Ava, adopted while Kelly lived in Alabama.
Kari joined our team in April 2015, and has impressed us all with her calm demeanor and keen wit. Someday she'll provide some more information for us to share with you. Or, Mittsy will just make something up!
Danielle has been teaching classes as part of our behavior team since 2014. We're excited to announce that she became part of our veterinary clinic staff in October 2016.
Elisha joined our team in 2017. A photo and biography coming soon.