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!)