Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Countryside Animal Hospital in Dundas, MN! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at 507-645-4522 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Dr. Caitlin Trebelhorn

Veterinarian

Caitlin Trebelhorn, DVM graduated from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in Auburn, Alabama in 2015. A Northfield native and 2006 graduate from Northfield High School, Dr. Trebelhorn completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2010.

A Life of Veterinary Medicine
Before she became a veterinarian, Dr. Trebelhorn worked at or shadowed with veterinary clinics since she was 16 years old. She was a kennel manager in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin while in undergrad, and undertook a job as a lab chemist in 2010 prior to her acceptance into Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine.

During her veterinary training, Dr. Trebelhorn enjoyed working with both large and small animals. She also completed an internship at the Minnesota Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Roseville, Minnesota, where she treated small mammals, turtles, song birds, raptors, corvids.

Dr. Trebelhorn enjoys the daily challenge and variety of cases she encounters in veterinary medicine. Her primary interests include preventative medicine, internal medicine, and emergency care. She is passionate about client communication and enjoys working with families and their pets through all life stages.

Owns Three Cats and One Dog
Dr. Trebelhorn has quite an animal menagerie at home. Rory, Hattie, and Meredith are domestic shorthair cats who love to sit by a warm fireplace, cuddling on the couch, and watching the birds and squirrels outside their windows. Annie is an American Pit Bull Terrier Mix who loves to hike, sunbathe, and to wear her assortment of knit sweaters.

Prevention is Key In Helping Pets Live Longer and Healthier Lives
As Dr. Trebelhorn says, “I’m a strong believer in preventative medicine as the best medicine. Physical examinations, vaccinations and preventative dentistry are the backbone of keeping our pets happy and healthy. I firmly believe that through preventative care I can offer my patients the very best in medicine while saving my clients cost and heartache. Many of the chronic diseases that we encounter in veterinary medicine may not show symptoms until the disease is quite progressed. Routine physical examinations and preventative testing can help us identify diseases early on and lead to better treatment options before symptoms become debilitating or life threatening.”

A Little About Her ‘Off’ Time
When not working as a veterinarian, Dr. Trebelhorn hiking, gardening, reading, and spending time with husband Brendon. She is a self-proclaimed friend to pollinators and a fan of rain gardens. She loves the ocean and the mountains, traveling with her husband, and spending time with her large family, especially her niece and nephews. She enjoys being part of the Northfield and Dundas communities and looks forward to taking care of your loved one!

Dr. Richard Lorang

Veterinarian

Rich was born in Spokane, Washington and has lived in Illinois and Wisconsin (where he attended school) before finally settling in Minnesota. He is proud of his 31 years of residency in our great state.

Wildlife Management Experience

Rich completed his undergraduate education at the University of Wisconsin, Steven’s Point, where he learned a lot about handling wildlife and laboratory animals. He graduated with a bachelors degree in wildlife management and forestry with a minor in environmental education. He was accepted to the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated with his doctorate in veterinary medicine.

Drawn To Explore the Natural World

Rich doesn’t just like what he does, he loves it. He feels as though veterinary medicine completes himself as a person. As he says, ” My most important education began early and has not stopped. I have a curiosity about the world, about nature and science. A hundred lifetimes would not satisfy my curiosity in watching nature. It is the root of my education.

Works with Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

“I love my profession. There are so many hats to wear. I miss all the farm species that I worked on in my first six years as a vet. There is something romantic and freeing about farm calls in the truck. The dogs and cats and their families are challenging and fun. We are all fortunate to work with some of the great rescue groups in and around the Northfield area along with the raptor center and the wildlife rehab center. It’s an amazing opportunity for me to practice my skills as a veterinarian on all kinds of animals, to make a difference, to help the community, and to learn and grow.”

Home Life

Rich is enormously fulfilled in his marriage and friendship to his wife Virginia who he met when he was only 18 years old. Together they have three great, adult children, Zach, Sam and Mary.

Dr. Signe Wass

Veterinarian

Born in Fargo and Raised in Underwood

Signe Wass, DVM has been practicing at Countryside since 2004. Born in Fargo and subsequently raised on a farm in Underwood, MN, Dr. Wass completed her undergraduate degree at the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul. She obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota in 2001. She loves veterinary medicine and hopes to practice it her entire life.

Sheep, Chickens, Cats, Oh My!

Dr. Wass and her husband raise commercial sheep and Buff Orpington and Black Wyandotte layer hens. She also owns two indoor cats, Willie and Kate (great at catching mice, btw) and a Ragdoll cat named Oscar who is a beauty.

Customized Veterinary Care

Dr. Wass especially enjoys practicing feline and preventative medicine at Countryside Animal Hospital. One of her favorite parts of her job is customizing her medical approach to the individual animal and their environment. Whether it is a working/hunting dog, a therapy dog, an outdoor-always-mousing cat, Dr. Wass can tailor a medical treatment plan that meets everyone’s needs.

Fear Free Veterinary Visits are a Specialty

Dr. Wass is our go-to expert on how to keep cats calm during their veterinary visit, feline diabetes and dental disease in all pets. With the working dogs she sees at the practice, she focuses on affordable, smart ways to keep them healthy, feeling great and parasite free.

Additional Information

Dr. Wass enjoys her life on her hobby farm with her husband, Tim, who is also a veterinarian and professor at the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Wass has two daughters, Solveigh and Svea.

Extracurricular activities include running, reading, gardening, and playing the piano. She also enjoys attending her daughters’ dance performances and watching them show sheep and chickens in 4H.

Jess

Practice Manager - Veterinary Technician

She is a graduate of Northfield High School and the Minnesota School of Business in Shakopee where she graduated with an associate’s degree in veterinary technology.

Jess has been with the practice Since 2010 and loves it. She enjoys the ability to float between many jobs at Countryside…from her role as manager, to client care specialist, to her favorite, a certified nurse for the patients at Countryside.

Owns an American Eskimo, Shih Tzu mix, and Chihuahua

Jess owns an 14 year old American Eskimo, a 10 year old Shih Tzu poodle mix and Lilo, a 15 year old chihuahua. Those of you that have senior pets should reach out to Jess for thoughts on senior wellness care, of which she is a big fan. She’s also a huge advocate for preventative dentistry.

All of Jess’s pets were rescued from the local impound, which is located at Countryside Animal Hospital. Beau only has 7 teeth left because upon rescue he had stage 4 dental disease (the worst possible grade) and needed to have 17 teeth extracted during his first dental procedure.

Bella was diagnosed with urinary stones, which are currently managed with Royal Canin SO, a prescription diet formulated specifically for that medical condition.

When Lilo was first rescued, she suffered from a serious infection called a pyometra, a condition typically seen in dogs that are not spayed.

The good news is that under Jess’s supervision and Countryside’s care all of her pets are doing great.

Jess married her high school sweetheart and has 3 beautiful kids. She enjoys camping, spending quiet time in nature, and going on adventures with her family!

Michelle

Receptionist

Lived in Bloomington and Randolph

Originally from Bloomington, Michelle now lives in Randolph.  She has been doing customer service for more than 15 years and loves it.  As a receptionist at Countryside, Michelle gets a chance to be the first point of contact with every client that walks in the door.  She enjoys this opportunity to be the first face that everyone sees and being in a position to help so many people.

Chesapeake Bay Retrievers!

Michelle and her family have three Chesapeake Bay Retrievers.  Twister is 11 and is currently under medical management for his chronic arthritis.  Riley is an 8 year old rescue that was brought into her family when she was only 2. Riley had some behavioral anxiety when she joined Michelle’s household.  She didn’t like kids!  It was a full year of training before Riley was fully integrated into the household.  Last is Kain.  He’s 4. Kain is the son of Twister and Riley.
Kain is a healthy, rambunctious youth.

Three Cats and Snake

Then we have the cats.  There are three total…all rescues.  Spooke (8), Hemi (4) and Lulu (10).  Oh, and a snake, Diamond.  Diamond is a California King Snake.  He’s been in the family for 11 years!

Tammy

Kennel Manager

A Kennel Manager and Dog Trainer

Tammy has moved from our reception desk at the hospital to be our new kennel manager at Countryside Kennels.  She holds a degree in business management, is a horseback rider and enjoys training dogs.

She is a big animal health advocate and enjoys helping clients understand and access valuable health care services and products at Countryside.

In her spare time, Tammy enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.  Her family’s favorite activities include hiking, biking, camping and nature walks in the Northfield area.

Cindy

Veterinary Technician

A Graduate of the Veterinary Technology Program at Rochester Community

Cindy, CVT,  officially joined our team in September 2014. Many of you may know her from being our intern or from our kennel. She attended Rochester Community & Technical College where she graduated in May 2013 with an associates degree in veterinary technology.  She passed her boards and became certified in July 2013.

While Cindy really likes her work at Countryside, she has her long term sights on a owning a cattle farm and further indulging her interest in owning a variety of animals.

Two Dogs: German Shepherd Mix and English Labrador Mix

She already has the beginnings of a great collection started.  There’s Ace, a Labrador-German Shepherd mix and Frank, an English Labrador- Golden Retriever mix, both are adorable, well behaved dogs.

Why You Should Have Your Pet’s Stool Tested For Parasites

Cindy is a big promoter of annual parasite testing.  She reminds clients that parasites are easily transmitted in areas like public trails, back yards, dog parks and so forth.  Families with young children should be especially careful to keep their dogs and cats on year-round parasite prevention.

Cindy grew up on a farm with two older siblings and two terrific parents.  She enjoys giving her free time over to her family to help out with chores on the farm or simply reading or watching movies.

Keri

Veterinary Technician

Keri is a certified veterinary technician that was born and raised in Minnesota.  As a young(er) adult, she spent time living and working in Arizona and Massachusetts, but she believes that her home here in Northfield is where she’ll remain for the rest of her life.

Keri received her associate’s degree of applied science in veterinary technology from Argosy University in 2011.  Immediately upon graduation, she sat for her boards, passed, and has been working as a CVT in small animal clinics ever since.

A Lab Mix and A Rat Terrier

Keri has a few pets.  Lily is a 4 year old Labrador-Golden Retriever mix.  Lily and Keri actually met at Countryside Animal Hopitalc when she and her other siblings came in for their puppy vaccines.  Lucy is an 8-year old rat terrier mix that has a history of pretty bad dental disease and other oral issues.  Lucy was a surrendered dog that Keri met during her last semester of tech school.

Booger the Cat

Keri also owns a cat, named (she’s embarrassed to admit), Booger.  Keri met Booger at the first clinic she ever worked at.  He arrived as a tiny, sick, weak…and…very ‘boogery’ kitten.  Against the odds, he survived and after he spent several months living at the clinic, Keri finally caved and took him home. He’s been healthy and happy ever since.

Why Flea Prevention is Important

Keri thinks that flea prevention is very important for all pets.  She’s seen too many cases where pet owners discover that their pet is infested and then realize that the whole house…not just the pet…has to be treated for the infestation.  Additionally, Keri doesn’t think that enough people know that fleas carry parasites like tapeworms, that compound the infection in all pets.

Healthy Pets and a Healthy Community

Keri enjoys her role as a certified technician because of the care that she can provide pets, but also because she looks at herself as a kind of public health advocate.  She believes that prevention keeps pets living longer healthier lives and keeps the society in which they live protected and healthy as well.

Brehanna

Veterinary Technician

Born in Duluth, Now Lives in Faribault

Brehanna, CVT, joined Countryside in February 2012.   Born in Duluth, she and her family moved to Faribault when she was 7.

A Graduate of Globe University

Brehanna graduated from Globe University with an associate’s degree of applied sciences- veterinary technician. She is proud of the fact (and we are too) that she worked full time during her education and covered the cost of her schooling entirely by herself.  It’s that kind of attitude that makes Brehanna a joy to know and to be around. She is a regular source of inspiration for our entire team.

After earning her degree in 2010, Brehanna worked briefly for Banfield before joining the Countryside team.  Now, with more experience under her belt, she is considering certification in a specialty like physical therapy and rehabilitation for dogs and cats.

Owns a Labrador Mix and Two Domestic Shorthair Cats

Brehanna has a Labrador mix named Raider and 2 domestic short haired cats, Nugget and Grimmalkin.  Raider recently had a cruciate repair done on his knee.  The orthopedic surgery was done by Dr. Rich Lorang, Countryside’s medical director.

The Important of Heartworm Prevention

The veterinary services at Countryside that Brehanna is most passionate about are year-round flea, tick and heartworm prevention for dogs and cats.  Brehanna has nursed several dogs with heartworm disease and witnessed first hand how hard the treatment is on everyone involved, so it’s important to her that clients understand the value of the medicine. She is also a big promoter of the vaccines we have to protect pets against leptospirosis and rabies.

When not working directly with our patients, Brehanna enjoys working in our in-house diagnostic laboratory where she tests blood samples and studies blood cell morphology.  She also enjoys testing for parasites.

Brehanna has been married since 2014.  She and her husband are expecting their first child in December of 2017.

Chrissy

Veterinary Technician

Chrissy, CVT,  has been with us since the fall of 2014 (at which time she was an intern) before she officially joined our team as a certified tech in August 2016,

Certification Through South Central College in Fairbault

In addition to being a graduate of Northfield High School, Chrissy boasts an associate’s degree from South Central College in Fairbault (class of 2008) and an associate’s degree of applied sciences-veterinary technician from the Minnesota School of Business.

Born in Edina, Now Lives In Northfield

Chrissy was born in Edina, Minnesota before spending time on the east coast (Maine and Virginia)  with her husband while he was serving in the navy.  After he completed his tour, they moved back to Northfield.

A Rescued Dog, Rescued Cat and a Domestic Medium Haired Cat

Chrissy and her husband have one dog and two cats. Astro, the dog, was rescued when they lived back in Maine. He is an 8 year old Maltese Schnauzer mix.  One of their two cats was also rescued in Maine.  As Chrissy puts it, “I walked into the Humane Society that they have there to be a volunteer. I walked out holding a cat!”  Lastly her other cat, Squirt, was born in her home 12 years ago. Squirt is a domestic medium haired cat and has moved with Chrissy and her husband many times.

Interested in Veterinary Care for Birds, Snakes and Pocket Pets

The veterinary services that Chrissy most endorses at Countryside are our cat and dog vaccines, especially the ones that protect against leptospirosis and rabies.  She’s also has a great deal of interest in exotic pets including birds, reptiles and small mammals.

Chrissy enjoys being a an advocate for excellent veterinary care  in Dundas and Northfield.   Her husband and she have been married since 2008 and have two great children.  In her spare time, the entire family enjoys snowboarding, camping and mountain biking.

Laura

Veterinary Technician

Resident of Lonsdale

Laura graduated from Minnesota State University in 1998, and then applied to and graduated from Argosy University in 2000 as a CVT.  Laura joined the Countryside team as a veterinary assistant in 2011 and has been one of our star certified veterinary nurses ever since.  She’s proud of her 19 years of experience in veterinary medicine and being considered one of the senior members of our team.  She looks forward to many years to come.  She enjoys training new team members, helping others to learn from her experience, and providing our patients with great care.  She was born in Blue Earth, lived in Mankato and Eagan and now resides in Lonsdale

Cairn Terrier, Siamese Cat, and a Guinea Pig!

Laura has one dog, Quinn, A Cairn Terrier mix, one cat, Rue, a Siamese mix, and an adorable guinea pig named Clover.  Rue, by the way, is another one of the great pets that was found and adopted out of the Countryside impound facility.

An Advocate for Affordable Veterinary Orthopedic Care

Laura enjoys being able to work with all the different types of animals, with a special interest in orthopedic and non-routine surgeries.  In fact, she shares our pride in being able to offer many specialty surgeries that most veterinary clinics do not. She believes it’s a service that our clients want and a way to keep costs low.  Laura is also a whiz at cat behavior questions, so if you have a cat that’s afraid to come to the vet or one that exhibits behavior that you are trying to understand or change, reach out to her.