Our Veterinary Team
Dr. Steve Schuder
Veterinarian and Owner
Dr. Steven Schuder grew up in Grand Rapids, MN and attended Montana State University for undergraduate studies in Animal Science. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota and has been at Duluth Veterinary Hospital since 1995. His professional interests include long-term human-animal bonds, surgery and medical orthopedics, and end of life care. Dr. Schuder belongs to the American Animal Hospital Association, the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association, and the Arrowhead Veterinary Medical Association. He enjoys fishing, running, cross country skiing, hiking and biking with his wife, Karen, and their three children – Josh, Caleb, and Sophia. His four-legged family members include Mindy, a Golden Retriever rescue, and a longhaired cat named Kikkan.
Dr. Kristin Dank
Veterinarian and Owner
Dr. Kristin Dank was born into a military family and has lived all over the country, but she considers Duluth her true home. 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. 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 a lasting relationship with the animals and people who come to Duluth Veterinary Hospital. Her pet family includes 4 dogs, 3 cats, and an occasional foster cat. In her free time, Dr. Dank enjoys spending time with her 3 children, husband, and four-legged family members. Outside of veterinary medicine, she also loves traveling, skiing, hiking, and camping.
Dr. Scott Beeman
Dr. Scott Beeman grew up in West Des Moines, Iowa. He graduated from Dordt College with a B.A. in Business Administration. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University in 2010 and spent the first decade of his career practicing in Adel, Iowa before joining Duluth Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Beeman’s professional interests include acupuncture, pain management, internal medicine, and surgery. He is also dedicated to serving the human-animal bond. Dr. Beeman is a certified veterinary medical acupuncturist with additional training in medical massage and laser therapy. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, hiking, camping, and playing music on a variety of instruments. His pets include 2 dogs (Rushy and Roo), 4 cats (Ginny, Walter, Layla, and Molly), a rabbit (Phillip), and a ball python (Baz).
Denise 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 a 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 graduated from the 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 2 Jack Russells named Clara and Charlotte. Away from the hospital Joanne enjoys spending time with her husband, son, dogs, and fishing.
Certified Veterinary Technician
Jodi 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 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 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, and crafts, and spoiling her 2 cats, Barty and Benny.
Kayla 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, her dogs Buddy and Chico, and cat, Milosh.
Veterinary Assistant and Receptionist
Lauren graduated from the University of Wisconsin Superior in 2017. She then went off to UW-Stout to pursue Communications and photography, as photography has always been her favorite hobby. After some career changes, 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 backyard! She now has an adorable cat of her own, Arthur.
Kari was born and raised in Duluth, MN, and graduated from Duluth Business University’s veterinary technician program in late 2014. Kari started working at Duluth Veterinary Hospital in early 2015. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband Eric, going for walks, and reading.
Elinor is originally from Austin, MN. She has a bachelor’s degree in music business from North Central University. Elinor moved to Duluth with her husband and three sons in 2019. She loves doing a variety of things outdoors and being near Lake Superior. Her furry family members include cats named Bruce and Leo.
Maggie moved to Duluth in 2010. Her hobbies include keeping various plants and animals. She has been breeding and showing Fancy Mice and Rats for over 12 years! She has 3 birds, some reptiles and amphibians, insects, a rabbit, a cat, and a dog. Maggie loves spending time with her family and going on adventures.
Rebecca moved to northern Wisconsin when she was a child and graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at Duluth Business University in 2014. She lived on a farm growing up and has worked with animals her whole life. Rebecca has 3 dogs, 3 cats, 2 bearded dragons, and 2 chinchillas. She loves hiking with her son, Fiancé, and dogs, and fishing/camping on her time off.
Helena is originally from Wausau, Wi, and moved to Duluth in 2018. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin River Falls with a B.S. in animal science. She has 3 cats named Lexi, Peep, and Polly. In her free time, Helena likes to adventure outside with Polly and go camping with her family.
Josie is from Glyndon, MN, and moved to Duluth in 2023. She graduated from North Dakota State University with a degree in Veterinary Technology in December of 2022. She has two dogs and a cat back home, and in her free time, she enjoys hiking/camping, reading, and hanging out with friends and family.