Animal Health Care Veterinary Hospital

     Animal Health Care Veterinary Hospital is a full-service veterinary medical facility, located in Rochester, MN. The professional and courteous staff at Animal Health Care Veterinary Hospital seeks to provide the best possible medical care, surgical care and dental care for their highly-valued patients.

     We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and health-related educational opportunities for our clients. Animal Health Care Veterinary Hospital strives to offer excellence in veterinary care to Rochester, MN and surrounding areas. Please take a moment to contact us today, to learn more about our veterinary practice and to find out more information about how Animal Health Care Veterinary Hospital can serve the needs of you and your cherished pet.

  • Mon. - Fri. 7:30am - 5:30pm (MONDAY ONLY CLOSED: 12pm-1:30pm)
  • Sat. and Sun. - CLOSED
  • After Hours ER: Affiliated Emergency Veterinary Service 121 23rd Ave. S.W., 55902 (507) 424-3976
  • Christine K Vogel, DVM

    Practice Owner/Veterinarian

    Dr. Christine Vogel grew up on a farm an hour south of Rochester in LeRoy Minnesota. Her childhood was spent "doctoring" all of the farm cats and dogs.  She was often trying to save injured wildlife, and her fondest memories are of her baby rabbits, birds, and a fawn she spent her summers rehabilitating back to health.   

    After high school, she attended Luther College in Decorah, IA and obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology with a Minor in Spanish. This is where her love of traveling began, with a short trip to Mexico followed by a summer expedition to Spain.  Knowing that the next four years would be completely focused on her studies, she decided to take on an adventure backpacking across Europe with friends before admittance to Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine.  While attending ISU she embraced the opportunity to take a trip to China to study Eastern culture, and their perception of veterinary medicine.  She also met her future husband, and started her acquisition of four-legged, furry friends while attending ISU.

    After graduating ISU with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2000, she took off in a U-Haul and headed west to work in Denver, CO where she practiced for 4 years as an Associate Veterinarian.  The travel bug continued, and she visited St. Lucia, Maui, Cabo, and Kauai during those years.  After the birth of her two children, she decided that working more flexible hours would be best, so she worked the next two years as a Relief Veterinarian throughout the Denver Metro area.  Despite the love for the scenery and the beautiful Colorado weather, the pull back to the Midwest to raise her family became very clear.

    In 2006, her family of 9 (4 humans, 2 dogs, and 3 cats) headed back to Minnesota to be closer to family, and ended up in Kasson where she practiced for just over one year at K-M Regional Veterinary Hospital. 

    In 2008, an opportunity to purchase this practice became available.  Although the transition, the hours, and the investment were daunting, this endeavor has opened up many options to her as a veterinarian that were not available as an associate.  She welcomed the opportunity to build up a practice with the vision of modern medicine, while still developing a casual and enjoyable environment to help build relationships with her clients and patients.  Being a busy mother, she understands the difficulties of juggling jobs, children, pets, and hectic schedules.  This results in an emphasis in many options for people living varied lifestyles, and how they can do the best for their pets in each individual situation.  Medicine with the assumption of realistic expectations tailored for individuals and their pets is a common theme at this practice.

    Dr. Vogel currently resides outside of Mantorville with her husband Russ, two children Adam and Paige, two dogs Mabel, a Pitbull mix and Oliver (aka Stinky Pete) a Boston Terrier, and two cats Charlie and Penne.  Her entire family loves to travel, and her children are well versed in TSA rules and regulations at the early ages of 7 and 8.  When she is not working here at AHCVH in body, she is always here in spirit. (Which the staff can fully attest to with late night or vacation text messages regarding things to do, and/or not to forget!)

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2001
    Interests:
    Her entire family loves taking trips together, camping and geo caching.
  • Beth Wohlert, DVM

    Veterinarian

    Dr. Beth Wohlert is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine who joined the team at Animal Health Care in 2012.  She grew up on a small dairy farm in NE Iowa.  With her siblings she enjoyed a menagerie of pets both indoor and outdoor.  Her best friend growing up was a black Cockapoo named Petey, who enjoyed chasing skunks, along with the baths and attention this behavior gained.  This piqued her interest in caring for animals of all sizes.  After high school she obtained her Bachelor degree in Biology in 2005 at Wartburg College in Waverly, IA.  She then pursued her DVM at Iowa State University where she graduated in 2009.

    Her favorite part of this job is getting to know the pets, and the clients who have become part of the AHCVH family.  She greatly enjoys the energy, humor of the staff, and the commitment to good quality medicine, surgery, and preventative care. 

    She currently lives in Caledonia, MN where she farms with her husband, Tyler and their soon to be 1 year old son Jonah. She is very excited to get the chance to meet you!

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2010
    Interests:
    When not occupied on the farm they enjoy spending time with their 3 horses Scout, Missy, and Ginger, camping, and going for motorcycle rides.
  • Jennifer Mittelsted, CVT

    Technician

    Jennifer is a Certified Veterinary Technician who graduated from Minnesota School of Business in 2010. She has been with Animal Health Care since June of 2011.

    She enjoys working with animals, and making a direct impact on their lives. She loves being able to help owners maintain the health of their pets, and to help enrich their lives. Her favorite part about working at AHCVH is being able to start relationships with pets and their owners while helping them build a foundation of health and well being.

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2011
    Interests:
    Jennifer likes to spend her free time camping, motorcycling, going to the lake, and spending time with friends, family, and her cat, Chipmunk, and 2 Chihuahuas, Lola and Daisy.
  • Laura Lynn Smithart, CVT

                       Technician

     

    Laura Lynn is a Certified Veterinary Technician who graduated from Minnesota School of Business in 2014, and has recently joined us in March 2015.  Prior to her career at AHCVH she worked at MSB as the weekend and emergency call animal care specialist on campus which is were she became fascinated with exotic animals. She enjoyed taking care and raising the mice, rats, and rabbits that they had on campus. She had the opportunity to adopt  2 of the rats she raised on campus, Lola and Kate. And also pet sits for several dogs, cats, a hedgehog, a mini pig and couple of goats. While pet sitting she has learned how to care for, comfort, and read animal behavior. Her future plans include; embarking on to study animal behavior, exotic pets, and possibly obedience training.

    AHCVH has been a rewarding experience for Laura Lynn working with very passionate, dedicated, and knowledgable co-workers who have taken her under their wing to help her perfect her skills, expand her knowledge in the field and become an confident and comfortable working with the great clients at AHCVH. Laura Lynn has enjoyed getting to know the clients and their furry family members, being able to help sick patients back to health, and new clients maintain a happy healthy furry family member with wellness checks and annual exams. All the employees at AHCVH, clients and furry patients have all made her feel very welcome.

    Laura Lynn is the proud mother of a 14 year-old son, 2 rats (Lola and Kate), 2 leopard geckos(Thing 1 and Thing 2), 1 ferret (Macy), a couple of goldfish, and a geriatric cat named Cosmo. She enjoys reading, music, hanging out at her pool in the summer, and spending time with her family.  

                                       
    Years in Practice:
    May 08, 2015