Barron Veterinary Clinic

Large and Small Animal Veterinary Services
Providing comprehensive and compassionate care for all of the animals in your life.
The outside of our vet clinic
  • Mon-Fri: 7:30am - 5:30pm
  • Sat: 7:30am - 12:30pm
  • 24 hour Emergency Service for established clients
  • Dr. Helene Keily

    Dr. Helene Keily

    Small Animal Veterinarian
    Dr. Helene Keily graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1986. Dr. Keily worked in western Canada in equine, beef and companion animal practices, where she discovered a heartfelt committment to helping pets and their people. She moved to Wisconsin in 1993 and worked in Menomonie and Rice Lake before joining the small animal practice at the Barron Veterinary Clinic in 2001.

    Dr. Keily's work is focused specifically on pet practice. She regards patients as part of her extended family and finds it is very rewarding to care for them at all life stages while sharing in the lives of both pets and their families. Dr. Keily’s energy is concentrated on small animal anesthesia, surgery and dental procedures. She also has a keen interest in endocrine diseases like diabetes, as well as the health and wellness of senior pets.  Dr. Keily is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association, the Northwest Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Feline Practitioners and the Veterinary Information Network

    Dr. Keily lives with her husband, George and son, Jackson (away at college) and their many pets in rural Hillsdale. Six cats keep them busy, while Misty and Chili remain forever in their hearts. Dr. Keily is a member of First Lutheran Church, enjoys working out at the Barron Area Community Center, playing racquetball, walking, biking, and swimming. Quiet time is spent reading, watching hockey and visiting.

    Dr. Keily is pictured with Misty and Chili.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1986
    Education:
    Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the Western College of Veterinary Medicaine, Saskatchewan
  • Dr. Brooke Wehr

    Small Animal Veterinarian
    Dr. Wehr graduated from Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine in May of 2016 before joining the team at the Barron Veterinary Clinic in August.  Dr. Wehr's primary responsibilities at the Barron Veterinary Clinic revolve around the small animal portion of the practice, dividing her time between the companion animal outpatient and surgery services.

    Currently, Dr. Wehr lives near Chetek.  She has many hobbies including relaxing with her dog, "Maggie", cooking, reading, baking and spending time with family and friends.  Dr. Wehr has a particular fondness for the many small lakes in northwest Wisconsin and enjoys boating and relaxing on the water when ever possible.
    Years in Practice:
    Sep 25, 2016
    Education:
    Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Dr. Nate Carlsen

    Dr. Nate Carlsen

    Small & Large Animal Veterinarian
    While Dr. Nate Carlsen divides his time between pet and farm practice, his primary professional interest and focus is surgery of all types. His companion animal case load includes all small animal soft tissue procedures from routine spay and neuter procedures to c-sections and abdominal exploratory surgery. He also enjoys orthopedics and is skilled in laser surgery. Large animal surgery is another major area of responsibility for Dr. Carlsen.

    Dr. Nate Carlsen graduated with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota in 1982.  He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, The Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association, the Northwest Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Bovine Practitioners.

    Dr. Carlsen lives just outside of Barron with his wife Nan and two rescued dogs , "Little Guy", a Chihuahua x, and  "Little Girl", a Japanese Chin cross. Dr. Carlsen has three adult children, Nathan, Elizabeth and Hannah. In his free time, Dr. Carlsen is an avid hiker/backpacker, racquetball player and golfer. He is also recognized state wide as a birding authority.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1982
    Education:
    Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Dr. Donald Peterson

    Dr. Donald Peterson

    Large Animal Veterinarian
    Dr. Donald Peterson earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1972 and joined the Barron Veterinary Clinic upon graduation. Dr. Peterson is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association, the Northwest Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Bovine Practitioners. Dr. Peterson was the District Representative for the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association for 6 years. He also sat on the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Examining Board for 7 years and was a member of the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Legislative Committee.

    Dr. Peterson works with several large animal species, but his area of special interest and his passion is working with dairy cows. Preventative medicine and production medicine are the essence of the dairy business and Dr. Peterson enjoys working with the dairy producers and helping them achieve their production goals. He is a strong advocate of ultrasound as an aid in reproductive evaluations.

    Outside of work, Dr. Peterson strongly believes in civic and church involvement. He is committed to service and enjoys these activities immensely. He is a member of the Barron Kiwanis Club, the Barron Area Community Center Board, and the Mayo Clinic Health Systems-Northland Board. Dr. Peterson and his wife, Sandi have also been very active in the First United Methodist Church of Barron. Dr. Peterson has three married children, Ben, Bonnie and John, and seven grandchildren. He has many hobbies including gardening, hunting, fishing, curling, and working out at the Barron Area Community Center. When his children were young they had house full of pets. Now, Dr. Peterson calls the "cows" that he has the privilege of working with his “pets”.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1972
    Education:
    Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Dr. Lisa Hansen

    Large Animal Veterinarian
    Dr. Hansen graduated from UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in 2003.  Prior to coming to the Barron Vet Clinic, she practiced in Pierce County Wisconsin for 13 years as a large animal veterinarian.  Her primary responsibilities are large animal production medicine and equine medicine, surgery and dentistry.  She also has a special interest in small ruminant medicine and surgery.  Dr. Hansen has received specialized training in providing care for farmed deer and elk.

    When not busy caring for animals, Dr. Hansen and her husband enjoy cycling, hiking, gardening, and fishing.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2004
    Education:
    Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Dawn Franson

    Dawn Franson

    Veterinary Practice Team Leader and Certified Veterinary Assistant
    Dawn attended college in the UW System part-time for five years taking classes towards a degree in counseling. While going to school, Dawn gained experience working with people both in the service industry and at a group home as a personal care worker. Then life led Dawn to her true passion - working with animals. Dawn was the assistant manager the Barron County Humane Society for 6 1/2 years, before she began her career as a veterinary assistant at the Barron Veterinary Clinic in 1999.

     Dawn's commitment to helping animals as well as her enjoyment in working with pets has made her a valued team member. Her genuine enthusiasm in meeting and greeting pets upon arrival at the Barron Veterinary Clinic makes it a positive experience for pets and owners alike. Dawn's education and empathy has uniquely enabled her to discuss difficult decisions with families as pets reach their golden years. She also has a personal interest in feline behavior and with 8 kitties of her own, she truly understands the issues! Dawn has also helped implement kitten kindergarten classes.

    Dawn lives in Rice Lake with her husband, Mike, and her step son, Michael. Dawn's animal family have all made their way to her home as stray, abandoned, or adopted pets. In her spare time, Dawn has served on the Board of Directors for the Humane Society of Barron County and has volunteered at the shelter the past for 20 years. Dawn also enjoys reading, gardening and loves hockey!
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2000
    Education:
    Certified Veterinary Assistant/University of Wisconsin
  • Megan Stodola

    Certified Veterinary Technician
    Megan received her Veterinary Technician degree from Globe University-Eau Claire in 2014.  During her technician training, Megan began as an intern at the Barron Veterinary Clinic and staying as a tech after graduation.  Megan has a special interest in anesthesiology, surgery and dentistry.
    Outside of work, Megan has many interests.  Her family farms in our community.  Megan still works on her family's farm, milking and caring for young stock.  She has a large and healthy barn cat collection. She enjoys playing softball, dirt biking and hiking with her German Shepard, "Roxy" and her fiance.
    Megan is a wonderful technician, and we enjoy having her at our clinic.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2013
    Education:
    Certified Veterinary Technician from Globe University-Eau Claire
  • Sarah Swan

    Certified Veterinary Technician
    Sarah graduated from the UW-River Falls and Madison Area Technical College with a Bachelor of Animal Science degree and as a Certified Veterinary Technician.  She interned at the Barron Veterinary Clinic as part of her training  and was hired as a veterinary technician after graduation in the spring of 2015.  Sarah has many gifts and excels in small animal anesthesia, dentistry and surgery as well as client communication and patient care when working in the small animal outpatient service.  
    Sarah lives in Barron with her two rescue cats, Lilly and Monster.  In her spare time, she likes to teach her cats manners and tricks.  She relaxes by reading and doing a number of outdoor activities and enjoys spending time with family and friends.

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2016
    Education:
    Bachelor of Animal Science with Veterinary Technology emphasis from UW-River Falls and Madison Area Technical Collage
  • Katie Link

    Certified Veterinary Technician
    Having dreamed of becoming a Veterinary Technician her whole adult life, Katie achieved her goal and graduated from Globe University - Eau Claire Veterinary Technician program in the spring of 2016.  Shortly thereafter, she joined our team at the Barron Veterinary Clinic.  Dedicated and hardworking, Katie excels at patient care and client communication as well working in our in-hospital laboratory.  Katie is truly a joy to work with and demonstrates her kindness and compassion to all of her patients.
    A resident of rural Ridgeland, Katie has many interests and hobbies, most of which revolve around raising her young children.  She also has several pets which keep her household hopping.
    Years in Practice:
    Sep 25, 2016
    Education:
    Certified Veterinary Technician from Globe University - Eau Claire
  • Courtney Scalzo

    Veterinary Technician
    Courtney graduated from Globe University in 2016 with an Associates degree in Veterinary Technology.  She has been with the Barron Vet Clinic since she started her first semester in 2015.  
    Courtney grew up on a farm in the Rice Lake area, and recently built her own home in Barron County with her fiance. They share their home with a cat, snake, and hedgehog.
    In her spare time she loves horseback riding in the summer and downhill ski in the winter.  Her devotion to her family, friends, and animals make her a caring member of our team.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2016
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology from Globe University-Eau Claire
  • Chase Trulson

    Veterinary Technician
    Chase is a recent Veterinary Technician graduate from Globe University-Eau Claire.  He joined our clinic staff in the fall of 2015 as an assistant and completed his internship at our practice.  He continues his career as a technician, specializing in preventative medicine and client communications.
    Chase resides in the Barron community and has several pets including dogs, a gecko named "Leo" and a python snake.  He has many interests including weight lifting, reading horror fiction, watching movies and hanging out with friends.  He is an avid fan of science fiction, especially Star Wars. 
    Chase is a wonderful addition to our practice. His kindness and humor will brighten your visit to our clinic.

    Years in Practice:
    May 14, 2016
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology from Globe University-Eau Claire
  • James Stark

    Veterinary Technician
    James graduated from Broadview University - Eau Claire in December 2017.  Before attending college, he spent 10 years seeing the world while serving in the Marine Corps.  James grew up in Barron, and enjoys spending time with his family and all of their dogs.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2018
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology from Broadview University-Eau Claire
  • Shandale Clark

    Veterinary Exam Room Assistant
    Shandale grew up in the Rice Lake area and has always called Barron County home.  She lives with her husband and two children on a hobby farm.  The family has various animals ranging from dogs to ducks.  Her passion for animals makes her a great addition to the Barron Veterinary Clinic family.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2018
  • Jess Rhode

    Reception
    Who is that cheerful voice on other end of the phone when you call the Barron Veterinary Clinic?  Chances are you are speaking with our wonderful receptionist, Jess.  A life long pet enthusiast , Jess loves meeting all of the companion animal patients and their families as they visit our practice.
    Jess loves to spend time with family and friends - preferably while watching a sporting event.  Jess is an avid sports fan, especially when it comes to football and hockey, and enjoys preparing tailgating culinary masterpieces.  She resides in Cumberland with her finance Dan, his son Dylan and their cat, Fatty.
    Years in Practice:
    May 14, 2016
  • Danielle Schultz

    Reception/Book Keeping
    Danielle grew up on the west coast in Washington and California before moving to Wisconsin as a young adult.  Aside from the bitter cold winters, Danielle has grown to love her home in Wisconsin.  Danielle joined the Barron Veterinary Clinic staff in March. 2016. She now coordinates the large animal reception desk and the practice's book keeping.
    Danielle's hobbies include reading, music, dirt track racing and volunteering with various non-profit organizations in our community.  Danielle and her fiance spend most of their time caring for their three children, three dogs, three cats and fish.
    Years in Practice:
    May 14, 2016
    Education:
    WITC Supervisory Management