Dr. Hagen grew up with two brothers and two sisters on a farm north of Bismarck, ND. She always wanted to be a veterinarian, and remembers the time when her father knew she was going to become one. It was early one morning, in early spring, and Dr. Hagen
was up to her elbows in mess helping her father work on one of their cows with a uterine prolapse. With that desire and dedication, he knew she would enter veterinary medicine. She joined the U.S. Army out of high school and then attended North Dakota State University. She received her Bachelor of Science at NDSU in 1983, and graduated with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University in 1987. During her years at KSU, she joined the Kansas Air National Guard. Dr. Hagen returned to North Dakota to work at a private practice in Bismarck for three years, where she also transferred to the North Dakota Army National Guard. She then returned to active duty for four years as a Captain in the Army. During this time, she was a veterinarian for two years at the Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City, SD and another two years at the Grand Forks Air Force Base in Grand Forks, ND. In 1994, Dr. Hagen bought Riverside Animal Clinic in Grand Forks and changed its name to Petcetera Animal Clinic. Since the flood of ’97 destroyed the building on S 3rd St., Petcetera was temporarily moved to Dr. Hagen’s garage. A new building was constructed at 40th Ave. S., and in July 1998, Dr. Hagen and her staff returned to a veterinary setting in the new building. Dr. Hagen is licensed in the state of North Dakota and is a member of the AVMA and NDVMA. She currently has four dogs and three cats (most of them acquired from Petcetera), and when a spare moment exists, enjoys taking care of children, golf, and other outdoor activities – if the weather permits!
Dr. Gigstad had always wanted to be a doctor, although it was late in high school that he decided that being an animal doctor was the way to go. Dr. Gigstad worked at Rugby Veterinary Clinic every afternoon his senior year in high school through a Vocational Agriculture program. Dr. John Molesworth was his mentor at Rugby Veterinary Clinic and Dr. Gigstad owes him a debt of gratitude for showing him that although being a veterinarian can be hard work, if done with the right attitude, can be really fun and fulfilling. Dr. Gigstad joined the U.S. Army for four years right out of high school, and during his 4 years of active duty in the infantry, he decided that he had better work really hard to get into veterinary school. He started college at NDSU and was accepted after 3 years to Kansas State University where he graduated in 1985. He then worked at Kindness Animal Hospital for 13 years doing mixed animal practice before coming to Petcetera Animal Clinic to work with his wife, Dr. Hagen. He is licensed in North Dakota and Minnesota and a member of the AVMA and NDVMA. Dr. Gigstad has an interest in veterinary dentistry, behavior and more exotic animals like pocket pets, reptiles and birds.
Christina Zolondek, DVM grew up on a farm near Ardoch, ND. During her childhood, she helped with the cattle, bison and horses on the farm. It was the work with these animals and her dogs and cats that made her want to become a veterinarian.
Dr. Zolondek graduated from Midway High School and completed undergraduate courses in microbiology at North Dakota State University. She graduated from Iowa State University in 2004 with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Her first job after veterinary school was at a rural mixed animal practice in North Dakota. Due to her need to focus on individual animals instead of a herd health mentality, she began her career at Petcetera Animal Clinic in May 2005.
Dr. Zolondek enjoys working with all dogs and cats, but has a special place in her heart for Labrador retrievers. She also has an interest in soft tissue surgery. When not in the clinic, she enjoys outdoor activities including horseback riding, hiking and cross country skiing.
Dr. Zolondek is the proud parent to two black labs, one yellow lab, one crazy black cat and seven horses. She currently resides in Grand Forks, ND with her boyfriend, Dever.
Dr. Stacy Lord is a Grand Forks native and graduated from Grand Forks Central in 1999. She went on to college, where she received a B.S. Degree in Biology from Bemidji State University in 2003 and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree in 2007 from Iowa State University. Dr. Lord is a member of the North Dakota Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association.
After working at small animal practices in Minot, ND and Ames, IA, she finally made her way back home to be near family and friends in June of 2011. She has a strong interest in small animal internal medicine and dermatology. She has background in large animal medicine (swine in particular), but has enjoyed the indoor comforts of working in a small animal practice and focusing on the human/animal bond.
She lives in Grand Forks with her husband, Nathan, and their 2 children, Nicholas and Nora Jo. They have a Golden Retriever “Pike”. She enjoys spending precious time with her family, listening to music, dancing, spending time outdoors, and reading.
Bobbie, Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT)
Growing up in Grand Forks County, Bobbie always had several animals. She graduated from North Dakota State University, which at that time had a two year Veterinary Technician Program. She is licensed in the state of North Dakota and a member of the NDVTA. Bobbie has been a LVT since ’81, and has been employed by Petcetera for seven years, where she enjoys performing dentals on small animals.
Judy, Veterinary Technician (VT)
Judy grew up in Grand Forks, ND. She attended school in Minneapolis, which was then called the Medical Institute of Minnesota (the name has since changed). Since graduating in 1981, she has been working in Grand Forks, first at Forks Vet Clinic, then Riverside Animal Clinic which became Petcetera Animal Clinic in 1994. Judy does most of the ordering and keeping track of inventory in the clinic.
Judy and her husband farm North of Grand Forks, they have two grow children.
Lindsey is from Minot, ND and has been a Vet Tech at Petcetera Animal Clinic since May 2010. She graduated from North Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology. She enjoys spending time with animals of all sorts and seeing them be healthy and happy. Lindsey was not always interested in Veterinary Medicine, but one fateful day while watching Animal Planet (Emergency Vets to be exact), she noticed the people in the background performing certain tasks and began wondering who/what/where/how/etc. It was that day that she learned about Veterinary Technology and from that point on, the rest is history. She enjoys living in Grand Forks with her boyfriend Ryan and Charlie, a cat she gave a home to after he was surrendered to the clinic. Lindsey also enjoys interacting with both the clients and their pets and seeing the bond that exists between them. Working at Petcetera Animal Clinic has been an experience of a lifetime for Lindsey and she has learned that “Pets are not our whole lives, but they make our lives whole.”
LaRhea, Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT)
LaRhea is a native of Grand Forks, ND. After graduating from the University of North Dakota with her BA in Sociology, LaRhea moved to Fort Collin, CO. There, she discovered the Veterinary Technician program at Front Range Community College. She decided to purse this field as supporting animals, both spiritually and medically, has always been a strong pillar of interest. After completing her internship at Colorado State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital, LaRhea received a managerial job opportunity in Plymouth, Massachusetts. There, she spent two years as Director of PetNursing, Office Manager and CVT in a small animal practice. LaRhea moved back to her home state in 2010. She is a LVT, a member of NDVTA and is certified as a Companion Therapy Laser practitioner. She is pleased to have become a team member at Petcetera Animal Clinic
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains un-awakened.” ~Anatole France
Ellie, Veterinary Assistant
Ellie’s love of animals started at a young age as her mother was a Veterinary Technician. Growing up she always had two Labrador Retrievers and at least one cat. She currently has one black lab “Storm”, Storm is a lab that would prefer to be on the couch next to you then outdoors playing (although she does enjoy rolling in the grass/snow).
Ellie’s passion for animals continued on after graduating high school. In the fall of 2007 she was accepted to the University of Minnesota Crookston where she studied Animal Science, in May 2010 she graduated with her Bachelor’s in Animal Science. Ellie started as a Client Relations Specialist at Petcetera in December 2010, she has since been trained as a Veterinary Assistant, Ellie very much enjoys working with all types patients from cats and dogs to snakes and ferrets!
Carly, Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT)
Growing up in a dairy farm, Carly was always working with animals. In the time she spent working with the families cows, cats and dogs, she knew she was meant to work in the Veterinary Medicine field. Carly graduated from North Dakota State University in 2014 with a Bachelors degree in Veterinary Technology.
Cary started working at Petcetera Animal Clinic in August 2014 and became a Licensed Veterinary Technician of North Dakota shortly after.
Carly enjoys going to the lakes with her husband and visiting her two Labradors on the weekends. They also have a house rabbit “Winston”, who keeps them entertained through out the week.
Lindsey Q, Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT)
Lindsey, a graduate of North Dakota State University Veterinary Technologist Program, was born and raised in Chanhassen, MN. She started her career at Petcetera Animal Clinic in June 2014 and became licensed shortly after.
In her free time she enjoys riding dirt bike, hunting and fishing at her family farm in Lancaster, MN. She owns a small, mixed breed dog “Penny” and a Giant Horned Mountain Dragon “Rex”.
Heather, Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT)
Heather grew up in the Minneapolis area and has always had a passion for helping animals. Her dad was constantly bringing animals home. Growing up she had hamsters, gerbils, dogs, anoles, turtles, bearded dragons, ferrets, mice, leopard geckos, scorpions, a love bird, a rabbit, tarantulas and several tanks of fish. Occasionally a critter that got into trouble in their yard came in for a bit to recover before being released again. Heather moved to Crookston, MN in 2006 and got her Bachelor’s degree in Equine Science/pre-vet in 2009. After that she stayed in the area working retail until she decided to go back to school in 2013. She graduated with an Associates in Veterinary Technology from Globe University in Moorhead, MN after 2 years of crazy hours commuting to Fargo for school while living and working in Grand Forks with her husband, his cat “Pounce” and her dog “Tessa” and a rabbit named Peter, with plans to add another dog in the near future.
Brittany, Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT)
Brittany grew up in Grand Forks and from a young age she knew that she wanted to work in the veterinary field. After helping with the animals on the family farm and discovering her love of travel, she decided to move to Colorado to learn more about animal nursing. Brittany graduated from Front Range Community College in Fort Collins, CO after completing her internship at Colorado State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital. She moved back to Grand Forks to be closer to her family in 2015, began working at Petcetera in September, and became a Licensed Veterinary Technician shortly afterward.
Brittany has a Cockapoo named Pepper who has traveled with her on many adventures and they hope to have many more in the future. Along with exploring the great outdoors, she is grateful to be able to spend time with her family and friends back in her home state. She is pleased to help the patients and clients that come to Petcetera.
Heidi, Client Relation Specialist
Born and raised in Grand Forks, Heidi has always loved animals – especially cats. It started at a young age with her family’s cat “Chelsie”. Heidi and her husband then adopted two kittens, “Tigger” and “Supp?”. They are trained to sit, stay, shake, lay down and “get out”. “Honey” came into the family a few years later and her training is still a work in progress…. Heidi has also adopted an Affenpinscher from Petcetera Animal Clinic they named Rocky.
Along with a house full of animals, she has three children, Devon, Brooklyn and Lukas, who share their parents’ love for cats! Thank goodness “Tigger” doesn’t mind the love!
Heidi has been working at Petcetera Animal Clinic as a Client Relations Specialist since 2004. Over the years, her love for animals has grown from cats to include dogs and some of the exotics that come to the clinic.
Kassie, Client Relation Specialist
Born and raised in Grand Forks, Kassie always had a passion for animals, growing up she had a cat named Rufus and a rabbit named “Hopper”.
Kassie had a busy year in 2015, she had a baby in February 2015 as well as got married in August 2015 to her high school sweetheart, Kyle. They currently have a beagle named Riley, who thinks he is a lap dog and enjoys spending time with his new “human” sister. In her free time Kassie enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors and shopping.
Kassie plans on going back to school for Dental Hygienist. She has been a Client Relations Specialist at Petcetera since August of 2012.