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We are committed to working with you to provide medical solutions for your pet.

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OUR PURPOSE

We deliver state-of-the-art veterinary care to your doorstep because patient comfort and client satisfaction are our highest priorities.

OUR CORE VALUES

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solutions.
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experts at what we do.
+ We are part of the
community.
+ We are here for the
long haul.

Christa Williams 
DVM, DABVP (canine/feline)

I grew up in Michigan but came to call the Twin Cities home after graduating from Carleton College with a B.A. in Religious Studies in 1992. After a year or two of  post-graduate soul-searching, I realized that I wanted to pursue my childhood  dream of becoming a  veterinarian. I spent the next several years fulfilling the pre-vet math  and science requirements and in 1997 I was accepted to the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota; I can still remember screaming as I ran all over my house waving the acceptance letter in the air!

I received my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2001 and have spent the last two decades deepening my passion for my  profession and discovering  what kind of veterinarian I want to be. 

 

In order to delve more deeply into the science of my practice, in 2010 I completed the rigorous certification process to become a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. This organization is authorized by the American Veterinary Medical Association to confer “Specialist” status on General Practitioners who successfully complete the certification process. Today I am one of a handful of veterinarians in Minnesota who have completed this process in the canine/feline category. (www.abvp.com)

As a clinician, I have a special passion for all aspects of veterinary dentistry—there are few things more satisfying than making an infected, painful mouth healthy and comfortable for a patient. I also take deep satisfaction from helping clients with geriatric pets manage chronic diseases to maximize quality of life.

Although I love solving the puzzles that sick pets can present with, my interactions with clients are really what bring me the most job satisfaction. I started Caravan Vet in order to provide exceptional veterinary care in a way that would minimize stress for my patients and maximize my ability to connect with my clients. I love helping people take the best possible care of their beloved family members!

My own pets have been my most important teachers in both life and veterinary medicine. My cat Piggy was the reason I decided to become a veterinarian. My Standard Poodle Fia gave me the strength and support I needed to make Caravan Vet a success. I currently live with two cats: Wander Lee and Frida. Wander is the living embodiment of love (and poor decision making). Frida’s calm presence is a comfort at the end of every day.

 

When I am not seeing patients, I love working out at The Firm, doing yoga and cooking elaborate vegan meals. It is an honor and a privilege to be a veterinarian and I am sincerely grateful for the trust that my clients place in me every day!

 
Elizabeth Parks 
DVM

Originally from Los Angeles, I now call Minneapolis my home. I fell in love with Minnesota after Sula, my three-legged cat, and I moved to the Midwest in 2010 so I could attend the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2014, I leaped at the opportunity to practice in South Minneapolis at a neighborhood dog and cat veterinary practice. That rewarding experience shaped my future professional goals and belief in the practice philosophy of Caravan Vet. I believe it is important to be able to provide high quality veterinary services to dogs and cats who find car rides to the vet and other animals at the clinic stressful. I love being part of a practice where the animals are more at ease when receiving care. I also recognize that not everyone has the ability to transport their pet to a veterinary clinic. To provide care to all pets regardless of their human companion’s access or ableism cannot be taken lightly.

 

My areas of interest continue to evolve through experience and staying current on research. I love developing care plans for geriatric dogs and cats who are in pain. It warms my heart to receive a phone call or email from a client that their pet is now moving with greater ease. Additionally, I have extensive experience with treating gastrointestinal dysfunctions and formulating nutrition plans for both weight loss and sick pets. My interest in dermatology stems from excellent mentors and the fact that many dogs and cats experience skin imbalances. Resolving skin infections and the itch sensation is a relief for both the patient and the client. I also enjoy the challenge of providing veterinary care for animals with chronic diseases.

 

I’ve loved making Minneapolis my home both professionally and personally.  In one of those serendipitous love stories, I met my wife Maggie here and we were married in 2013. I now find the robust four seasons, including the serenity of a snow-covered city in the winter, the leaves dramatically changing color in the fall, and the endless possibilities of the spring energizing and comforting. In 2018, my cat Sula sadly passed away too soon and three weeks later, our child Juna was born, deepening my joy and awe in the seasons of life. Our family also includes two cats, Nigel and George, and a Corgi-German Shepherd mix, Tinker, who came from the Standing Rock Reservation where I did volunteer veterinary work as a student.

 

In my spare time, I enjoy planting and gardening to support the bird, bee, and butterfly populations at our South Minneapolis home. Creating a spiral herb garden using permaculture principles has enhanced many of our meals. Bird watching and getting to know the winged creatures I share space with is also important to me. I find meaning as an active member in my neighborhood community. Empty Bowls is one example of an event I look forward to each year. Empty Bowls is an international project put on by neighborhoods and organized by local artists to raise money for hunger in our communities.  

Michele
Certified Veterinary Technician

 

I was the child who was always trying to bring home any animal that I found. We had cats for my younger years, but then it was discovered that my sister was allergic to them. Watching someone who answered the ad for a “free cat” in the local paper take my cat away was the worst day of my life at 6 years old. I then had to settle for rabbits and guinea pigs as my furry companions but I realized that they made great pets!! I even took to showing them at the county fair. You can see some of my blue ribbons on display at our garage. My sister eventually outgrew her

allergy and we adopted cats while I was in high school. I still wasn’t convinced that animals should be part of my future career so I headed off to the University of Minnesota – Duluth where I changed my major about 12 times. I then transferred to Argosy University and obtained an A.A.S. degree in Veterinary Technology. After many long hours of studying, I successfully passed the certification exam in 2005.

 

I thoroughly enjoy meeting all the new puppies and kittens that our clients are adding to their families. I have a special interest in dentistry and cats, especially cats who have behavior issues and cats who are in their golden years of life.

 

My husband and I recently adopted two of the cutest little kittens named Mallory and Stephanie Tanner. We are looking forward to watching them grow and become the best lap warmers. So far they are keeping us and each other very entertained!! They have some big paws to fill as we lost our first two cats in the last couple of years.

 

When not working, I enjoy reading, taking walks with my husband, travelling the Caribbean and running in local road races.

Nancy 
Certified Veterinary Technician

 

After working a few administrative assistant jobs, I finally decided that I WAS capable of being a veterinary technician, so I went back to school with the support of my husband Andy.  I graduated from Argosy, formerly known as Medical Institute of Minnesota, in 1998 and passed my certification exam.  The rest is history!


I met and worked with Dr. Williams and Michele through our previous place of employment.  I have watched them make Caravan Vet what it is today, along with their amazing clients!  I am happy to be part of that!

As a veterinary technician, I love being able to educate clients, getting to know their pets, and playing a part in helping to make their relationship with their animals even better. I really enjoy dentistry and always find it very rewarding to hear from a client regarding how much better their pet feels after a dental procedure. I enjoy continuing education, especially learning how to make the environment and interaction less fearful for our furry friends!

Boo Too came into my life when he was abandoned at the front door of my previous clinic and if it had not been my opening day and me finding him first with bright blue eyes and white fur, like my last cat to pass Blue, I do not think I would have looked at the beautiful boy because I was not really ready.   I said I would “foster” him.  He does have a few issues, but prescription food is helping his urinary tract and bladder.  He is in his forever home!  In Spring of 2018 I brought Luna Mae home because I wanted another cat AND she was white and blue eyed. Now I have two!

With the passing of my two dogs within a year, my husband and I thought we should wait awhile to start looking to adopt another dog.  My heart was missing a dog so much that in August 2018, we adopted Jasper from the MN Doberman Rescue.  We were not really looking for a puppy and we were looking to “down size” in weight.  However, when you know…you know!

 

My husband Andy and I have lived in Apple Valley for 28 years. We really enjoy spending time with family and friends, going for motorcycle rides and camping. Of course, I also love to spend time with my pets!

ANNa 
Certified Veterinary Technician

 

From a young age, I knew I wanted to help animals and make the world a

better place. My first step in pursuing that dream was to obtain a bachelor’s

degree in Biology and Psychology with an emphasis on animal behavior from

Northland College. After working at the front desk of an animal hospital for

about a year, I wasn’t satisfied, so I decided to return to school to get my

degree in Veterinary Technology. I graduated from Globe University and

became a certified veterinary technician in 2010. Throughout my schooling I

worked and volunteered at animal shelters. After spending two years as a

CVT in a small animal practice, I decided to pursue my passion for shelter

medicine and move to the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I spent the majority of

my time in Oregon working at a feline-only limited admission shelter as a CVT

and eventually Hospital Manager. I loved working with cats of all ages and

attitudes to provide needed medical care and help them find forever homes.

 

I am pleased to be a part of the Caravan Vet team after returning to my roots

in the Midwest. I love the niche that we are able to fill for cats and dogs that

prefer to not visit traditional vet offices. I have a particular fondness for

geriatric cats and dogs and helping them maintain a good quality of life

through their golden years. I also like talking with and educating clients about

various medical and behavioral issues.

 

I share my life with two furry family members. Sadie is a scruffy pooch with

short legs whose DNA test revealed that she is 25% Tibetan Terrier, 25%

Labrador Retriever, and 50% a mishmash of other breeds. I adopted my black

short-haired kitty, Autumn, from a shelter I worked at in college. She despises

other cats and enjoys teaching dogs how to behave around felines. My

husband, Jon, and I recently welcomed a baby girl, Miriam, to our family.

She’s the most adorable baby in the world, but of course I might be a little

biased. When I'm not spending time with them, I also like to hike, read books

(mostly novels), cheer on the Green Bay Packers, and bake delightful vegan

desserts.

Kari
Client Services Representative

 

I was that kid that tried to bring home animals all the time, from abandoned birds and bunnies to stray cats. I did everything from begging my parents to keep them to sneaking them in (I was always caught). I never thought of a career in the veterinary field until after I obtained my degree in Psychology and Communications from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. I spent a couple of years working for a temp agency while I tried to figure out what I really wanted to do. A job opening at a vet clinic was my answer and I spent 12 years there as a client services representative before joining the team at Caravan Vet. I love communicating with clients and making sure all their (and their 4- legged friends) needs are met.

 

I have 2 dogs, Holly is a Longhair Dachshund with back issues, she runs like a rabbit and will still jump on everything, even when we tell her no. Archie is a Beagle/Dachshund mix who loves to give hugs and always has a toy in his mouth when he greets you. I also have 1 cat, Hef, who thinks he’s a dog as well, when he’s not snuggling with Holly or chasing Archie, you’ll find him in front of the nearest vent either warming up or cooling off. 

 

My husband Bill and I are huge Disney fans, we’re always planning our next trip to Disneyworld or our next Disney Cruise. I also enjoy reading books, watching movies and spending time with my friends and family. 
    
    

Amy 
Veterinary Assistant
Low Stress Handling® Certified – Silver level

 

Some of my earliest childhood memories are of playing "doctor" on my stuffed animals-I always knew I wanted to help innocent creatures who didn't have a voice. My original plan was to major in pre-veterinary studies right out of high school, and pursue veterinary school, however, I took a few detours along my educational path. I decided to take a break from university and work full time. My previous employment includes extensive animal care positions, such as kennel manager at a small veterinary clinic, animal caretaker at a humane association, kennel attendant at a boarding facility and veterinary assistant.

 

Moving from Wisconsin to the Twin Cities in 2013, I spent the next several years working as a veterinary assistant while slowly, but surely, finishing my undergraduate degree. I left the veterinary industry while finishing my last few semesters in school, and worked in the insurance field. In 2016, I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology with an emphasis in Field Biology from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. I have a strong passion for wildlife, ecology and conservation; I prefer to spend as much time as possible outdoors! After graduating, I kept feeling a pull towards veterinary medicine, and decided to enter back into the exciting animal world. I am interested in the possibility of pursuing veterinary school, and am in the process of completing a few prerequisite courses needed before applying.

 

I am very excited to be joining the Caravan Vet team and experiencing the low-stress environment home visits provide! I am constantly learning new things from the team, and look forward to getting to know Caravan's amazing clients and patients.

 

My very best friend is my little beagle, Bella. She is always getting into mischief with her nose and beagly antics, which provide a constant form of entertainment. In my free time, I enjoy going on adventures with my pup, such as hiking, camping, bird watching (I am a huge bird nerd!), and visiting many of the great breweries in the Twin Cities. Hailing from Wisconsin, I am very passionate about the Green Bay Packers and the Badgers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


    
    

Ashley 
Veterinary Assistant
Low Stress Handling® Certified – Silver level

 

My life with pets began long ago;  growing up we almost always had a home full of furry, feathered, and scaled pets. My passion for working with animals started at the age of 14, when I worked at a dog and cat boarding kennel. I learned then how much joy it brought me to care for the furry members of the family. In the early 2000s, I began a career as a pet sitter.  During this time, I also worked at several animal hospitals where I wore many hats: veterinary assistant, customer service representative and PlayCare coordinator.  In 2015, I began working for a company providing end-of-life care in the home for pets. 

 

I am happy to be part of such an experienced team and to help pets where I know they are most comfortable, at home! I especially enjoy visiting and caring for senior pets and helping them anyway I can!

 

At home, I currently have a small, but spoiled crew. Luna is our long-haired chihuahua who is 15 years young- she still leads the way on our hiking adventures. Cinder, our adopted American Staffordshire Terrier, lives to give kisses, sit on people, and eat-she makes the best couch potato! Additionally, we are also servants to our sassy rabbit, MayBelle. In my free time, I enjoy anything that gets me outdoors with my husband and son- especially hiking, camping, canoeing and fishing. We also love cooking, road trips, visiting historical sites and festivals. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


    
    

In Memoriam

Fiona Lucille Anne Williams

6.12.2005 - 2.23.2019

We Miss You, Fia!