Our Veterinary Team
Veterinarian and Owner
Dr. Steven Schuder is the owner of Duluth Veterinary Hospital. He grew up in Grand Rapids, MN. Steve attended Montana State University for his undergraduate studies in Animal Science. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota in 1990. He belongs to the American Animal Hospital Association, the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association, and the Arrowhead Veterinary Medical Association. He is also a member of Hillside Methodist Church. He enjoys running, cross country skiing and rowing which he shares with his wife, Karen, and their three children – Josh, Caleb, and Sophia.
They have two dogs -Toivo and Speckles, and a longhaired cat named Kikkan.
Recent Continuing Education
- American Animal Hospital Association – Annual meeting Los Angeles 30 hours of continuing education of recent topics in veterinary medicine.
- Lymes Disease Update.
- Arrowhead Veterinary Medical Association Recent advances in veterinary dentistry.
- Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association Veterinary Digital Radiography.
- North American Veterinary Conference in Orlando – 30 hours of Recent Topics in Veterinary Medicine.
- AAHA annual conference in Phoenix, AZ. Thirty hours of continuing education on recent ordinances in care and treatment of animals
- Fall meeting – orthopedics.
- Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association Fall Conference – New methods of pain management.
Veterinarian and Owner
Dr. Kristin Dank was born into a military family and has lived throughout the United States as a result. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.S. in Genetics, Cell biology and Development. She graduated from the University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014, and has been practicing in Minnesota since. Her professional interests include small animal dentistry and internal medicine, and she enjoys the challenge of working with patients who can’t tell you what is wrong. Dr. Dank looks forward to building lasting relationship with the animals and people who come to Duluth Veterinary Hospital. Her pet family includes four rescue dogs: a Jack Russell/Beagle mix named Lady, a Pit Bull/German Shorthair mix named Jax, a Labrador/Dachshund mix named Benelli and a Pit Bull mix named Angus. Even with 4 dogs, Dr. Dank’s cats Marshmallow, Batman and Edgar, are the ones who are truly in charge. In her free time, Dr. Dank enjoys spending time with her sons, husband, and four legged family members. Outside of veterinary medicine, she also loves traveling, skiing, hiking, and camping.
Denise, our office manager, has been with us working hard since 1987. She graduated from UMD with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry. She started working at Duluth Veterinary Hospital when we were still in the old building where Freeway 35 meets London Road. Denise remembers painting the boards on our present building and spending a long weekend moving everything in to start business on Monday. She has had many beloved cats and dogs over the years, and used to show her French Bulldog and several Great Danes in conformation and agility. Her Frenchie even went to the Westminster dog show one year!
Licensed Veterinary Technician
Joanne, LVT, graduated from NDSU Veterinary Technology program in 1989 and has been with the Duluth Veterinary Hospital since the spring of 1995. She has a huge love for Terriers and has 1 Jack Russell named Clara. Away from the hospital Joanne enjoys family time with her husband and son, fishing, snowmobiling, and being her son’s #1 fan at all his sporting events.
Certified Veterinary Technician
Jodi C is one of our longest serving veterinary technicians and has been with us since 2003. She is a life-long animal lover who attended Ridgewater College in Willmar, MN for her CVT degree. While not at work, she loves spending time with her family, helping others find lost pets and spending time with her two wonderful rescue dogs. Tizzy, a not-so-smart but lovable lab mix and Pixie, a sweet, old lady lab mix!
Jodi F. is a veterinary assistant who has over 30 years in the rescue/veterinary world. She is married and has 3 grown children and 2 grandchildren. Jodi has a Dobie mix named Bailey, Cooper, a rescue dog from South Korea, Tessa, a terrier mix she adopted from HSDC, a cat named Sophie, and an African Grey parrot named Gonzo! She loves spending time with her family, especially her grandkids. Jodi also enjoys reading and golfing in her spare time.
Certified Veterinary Technician
Amy, a Certified Veterinary Technician, graduated from UMD in 2010 with a biology degree and completed the Veterinary Technician program at the Minnesota School of Business in 2012. She has worked in veterinary medicine since 2011 and loves it! Amy enjoys spending time outside with Samson, her dachshund mix, as well as reading, music, arts, crafts and spoiling her two cats, Barty & Benny.
Nicole, one of our receptionists, grew up in the Twin Cities and lived in Germany for 4 ½ years volunteering as a church youth worker, helping homeless youth, and teaching English in schools. When she moved back the U.S. she decided to make Duluth her home and earned a B.S. in Social Work from U.W.S.. For more than 10 years Nicole worked in social services and youth-serving agencies. She eventually decided to pursue a career where her love for animals could be used. Of her work at DVH, Nicole says, “I enjoy every day meeting owners and their pets, and helping everyone have the best experience possible at the clinic.” She has a toddler, as well as 2 adored (and spoiled) cats Carmen and Kale Tutti (proudly named by her son). In her time she loves spending time with family and friends, cooking, reading, watching movies, and being outdoors.
Rachel, a Veterinary Technician, moved to Duluth after growing up in the Twin Cities. In 2012 Rachel was diagnosed with Hip Dysplasia and took time off from her education at UMD to have corrective hip surgeries. When it was time to resume studies, she chose to change directions and pursue a degree in veterinary technology. Rachel has three dogs (Isla, Jade and Lieutenant Dan), a wonderful fiance and a little blind kitty named Smokey Joe. She enjoys hiking, camping, quilting and knitting.
Kayla, Veterinary Assistant, is a lifelong Duluth resident. She graduated from East High School in 2016 and from Itasca Community College in 2018 with an A.S. Degree in Engineering. After changing career paths, she began working for DVH and is attending an online Veterinary Technician program through St. Petersburg College. In her free time, she enjoys running, spending time by the lake, and hanging out with friends, family, and her dog Buddy.
Veterinary Assistant and Receptionist
Lauren, Veterinary assistant and Receptionist, graduated from Superior in 2017. She then went off to UW-Stout to pursue Communications and photography, as photography has always been her favorite hobby. When career changes were made she realized she wanted to come home. Lauren grew up on a hobby farm and her first job was being a pooper scooper at dog shows. She loved growing up with more than 15 different species of animals in her back yard! She now has an adorable cat of her own, Arthur.
Brianna, Veterinary Assistant, moved to Superior, Wi from Carlton, Mn where she attended school. She has been working at DVH since 2009 helping us in a variety of ways. In her free time she enjoys hiking, painting, being by the lake, and spending time with family. She loves her three cats; Kalika, Peeve, and Jiji, and her Dog, Luna.
Kari, a Veterinary Technician, was born and raised in Duluth, MN, and graduated from DBU from the Veterinary Technician program in late 2014. Kari started working at Duluth Veterinary Hospital in early 2015. She loves cats and has one of her own, Abby. Kari married her husband, Eric, in July 2019 and moved to Mankato, MN. After much discussion they both decided that it was best for them to move back to Duluth. Kari is thrilled to now be back at DVH!