The Team

Our team members work to ensure that your pet’s needs are heard and addressed in the best way possible. Our technicians are board certified and our veterinarians participate in continuing their education by attending conferences that address current issues. We make sure that our staff stay up-to-date on the latest health problems that your pet might face and the technology that can help your pet regain health.

Meet the team:

Dr. Thyra Bernaciak


Dr. Thyra Bernaciak is a 2015 graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. She grew up outside of Cannon Falls, MN on a hobby farm with a variety of animals. She attended the University of Minnesota: Twin Cities for her undergraduate degree and is also pursuing a Master of Public Health. Her professional interests include preventative medicine, zoonotic disease, and internal medicine.

She lives outside of Willmar with her husband, dog (Vixen the australian shepherd), and cat (Virginia the siamese-mix). In her free time, she enjoys activities such as backpacking, camping, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

Angie Metteer

Veterinary Technician

Angie has been with Willmar Pet Hospital for 27 years. Her favorite part of the job is seeing the difference made in the lives of pets and their owners. She has seen many pets over the years starting as puppies throughout their lives to their final days. Although this is hard, it is very rewarding. Angie is well known and very loved by our clients!

Angie grew up in Olivia, MN and attended the University of Minnesota: Waseca. She now lives in Willmar with her two Lovebirds, Kiwi and Pebbles.

Sheena Rudenick

Certified Veterinary Technician

Sheena has been a Certified Veterinary Technician for seven years since graduating from Ridgewater College. She works part time at Willmar Pet Hospital and part time at Green Lake Pet Hospital in Spicer, MN.

Sheena grew up in Redwood Falls, MN and currently lives in Willmar with her husband Clayton, children Ayla and Nolan, and their four cats Bazel, Neeker, Siah, and Tigz. Her professional interests include assisting with surgeries and laboratory work. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors.

Katie Rathmann

Certified Veterinary Technician

Katie joined Willmar Pet Hospital in 2013. She is a graduate of Ridgewater College’s Veterinary Technology Program. She lives in Willmar with her husband and young son, and enjoys fishing and spending time with her family.

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