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 Lucy Hancock

Lucy joined St Francis Animal & Bird Hospital in 2012 as a Veterinary Assistant. She received her Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Bio-Medical Science with an emphasis in Pre-Veterinary Medicine from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, and is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine (Class of 2018).

She has taken care of animals throughout her life through her own pet ownership and pet sitting for friends, neighbors, and relatives. Lucy lives with her fiancé, Jared, and two dogs, a French Mastiff, Roxy, and a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Mika. She is also a proud owner of two Miniature Pot Bellied pigs, Petey and Sebastian, and a goat, Nibbles. In her free time she enjoys the outdoors, watching movies, and spending time with friends and family.

Allison Gedstad

Allison began working as a Veterinary Assistant at St. Francis Animal & Bird Hospital following her junior year at Roseville Area High School. She is currently an undergraduate student pursuing her Bachelor of Science (BS) degree at the University of Minnesota. She is a dedicated student and hopes to pursue her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree in the future.

Allison has enjoyed learning about veterinary medicine and loves working with the animals every day at the clinic. Outside of work, Allison spends her free time running, reading, fostering dogs, and of course, playing with her dog, Roxy.

Katarina Ziegler

Katarina joined St. Francis Animal & Bird Hospital as a Veterinary Assistant in the summer of 2012. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior with a minor in Anthropology. In the future, she plans to continue her education and earn her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree.

In addition to her role at St. Francis, she enjoys working as a dog trainer and has a special interest in animal behavior. She lives in Minneapolis with her energetic dog, Arrow, and two playful ferrets, Wally and Liesel. Outside of the clinic, she enjoys spending time outdoors, reading, and traveling.

Sarah Knowles

Sarah joined St Francis Animal & Bird Hospital as a Veterinary Assistant in 2012. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science (BS) degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2010 and has worked at aquariums in Minnesota, Miami and New Orleans caring for many animals including fish, sharks, sea turtles, corals and jellyfish. Currently, she is a veterinary student at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine (UMN) earning her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree (Class of 2017). Sarah is involved in many organizations including the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA), World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association (WAVMA), UMN Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA), UMN Surgery Club, and UMN Small Ruminant and Camelid Club. She also holds leadership positions in the UMN Student Chapter of American Veterinary Medical Association (SCAVMA) and UMN Zoological, Exotic, Avian and Wildlife Club (ZEAW). Sarah hopes to work in Minnesota with small animals, exotics and aquatic animals after finishing her DVM degree.

Outside of work, Sarah likes to spend time with her family, friends, and saltwater fish. Some of her favorite hobbies include being outdoors, playing soccer, doing arts and crafts, and experiencing new things. She looks forward to adding a new cat to her family in the near future and finishing her DVM degree.

Hannah Hodnefield

Hannah joined St Francis Animal & Bird Hospital as a Veterinary Assistant in the summer of 2014. She is currently an undergraduate student earning her Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Biology at the University of Northwestern St. Paul. She intends to continue her education and earn her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree in the future.

When she is not working or studying, she enjoys reading, being outdoors, and spending time with friends and family, which of course, includes her two Labrador Retrievers, Ellie and Annie.

Anastasia Johns

Annie joined St Francis Animal & Bird Hospital in 2014 as a Veterinary Assistant. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, receiving a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in music. She is currently a veterinary student at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine earning her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree (Class of 2017).

Outside of work Annie enjoys spending time with her cat, Joule; horse, Medora; and her new puppy, Briar.

Audrey Ruddy

Audrey joined St Francis Animal & Bird Hospital in 2014 as a Veterinary Assistant. She is currently finishing her senior year at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee where she will earn her Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Biology. After graduation, she intends to continue her education and earn her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree. She has a true passion for all animals and has been the owner of several different species, ranging from ducks to dogs.

Audrey is originally from Aurora, IL but currently lives in Milwaukee, WI, where she lives with her two rats, Basil and Tilly, and her betta fish, Kaishi. She is also the proud owner of two cats, Stormy and Opie, and her dog, Bentley, all of which she misses greatly while at school. In her very little free time between studying and working, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, running along the lake, and reading.

Abigail Onofrey

Abigail joined St. Francis Animal & Bird Hospital in 2014 as a Veterinary Assistant. She is currently enrolled at Globe University pursuing her Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Veterinary Technology. In addition to her work at St. Francis, she works as a dog walker in the Minneapolis area.

Abigail lives in St. Paul with her boyfriend; four dogs, Toto, Bella, Chloe, and Molly, and an English Spot rabbit, Penelope. When she is not working or in school, she enjoys walking around Lake Como with her dogs, working on crafts, watching Minnesota Wild hockey, and relaxing and watching Netflix.

Ellyn Harris

Ellyn began working at St. Francis Animal & Bird Hospital in February of 2015 as a Veterinary Assistant. She is an undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota and will graduate in the fall with a Bachelor of Science degree. She plans to pursue her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in the near future.

Outside of work, she enjoys showing her Arabian horses, Andy and Diddy, spending time with her mini Australian Shepherd, Chase, reading, and traveling.