Dr. Anderson was fortunate enough to receive veterinary training from both Oregon State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and from Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from both WSU and OSU.
Dr. Anderson also feels blessed to have a wonderful husband, Jeff, who was able and willing to pack up and move with her 4 times in 4 years so that she could follow her dream of becoming a veterinarian! Luckily his career as an auto mechanic allowed for this!
After finishing veterinary school Dr. Anderson could not wait to get back to the sun and her family in Arizona and began her career back in her hometown of Gilbert in June 2005. She has been practicing in Gilbert and Chandler ever since and is looking forward to growing her new practice closer to her Queen Creek home.
Connie and her husband live in Queen Creek and share their home with many animals. She enjoys spending her free time with her family and her dogs, cats, birds, goats (20!), tortoises, geese, ducks, chickens, snake, and Holly the pot belly pig.
AAS Agronomy from MCC - May 1997
AAS Plant Science from MCC - May 1997
AAS Agribusiness from MCC - May 1997
BS Agribusiness from ASU - Dec 2002
DVM Washington State University - May 2005
DVM Oregon State University - May 2005
Member of Arizona Veterinary Medical Association
Member of American Veterinary Medical Association
Member of Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association
Dr. Oetke received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University in 2008. After graduation she completed a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Animal Referral and Emergency Center of Arizona (ARECA) in Mesa and has practiced veterinary medicine around the Valley every since.
She has indulged her passion for exotic animals and wildlife by spending two summers in Alaska working with stranded marine mammals at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward and one summer in England. Over the years Dr. Oetke has been adopted by several furry friends of the feline persuasion, while volunteering for animal shelters locally and abroad.
After moving around a lot Dr. Oetke has finally made Chandler, Arizona her home which she shares with her husband, Scott, their four cats Don Juan de Gato, Penguino (both rescued while volunteering at a shelter in Mexico), Puca, and Aiden. Two chinchillas, Dustin and Nibbler, complete the family.
Outside of work, Dr. Oetke enjoys spending time with her hubby and her pets, as well as playing the piano and the violin, hiking, traveling and exploring the outdoors. She also tries to go scuba diving whenever possible.
Jeni is our Senior Veterinary Technician that is a native to Arizona. Born and raised in Tucson and then moved to the Chandler area with her husband. She studied cosmetology and has been a licensed stylist for sixteen years. She joined our team because of her love for animals. With more than 14 years experience she enjoys seeing all the pets come into the clinic and educating owners on how to best care for for them.
Jeni lives with her husband of 17 years, she has two children, Sheyanna 16 and Dakota 12. She also shares her life with four dogs, Mocha, a pit mix, China and Kahlua, both chihuahuas and Danno (pictured) her new labrador retriever puppy. Outside of work, she enjoys going to the lake and spending time with her family and friends.
Lauren is originally from Ohio. She moved to Arizona with her family when she was 14, and attended Desert Ridge High School. After high school she started attending Pima Medical Institute for the Veterinary Technician Program. Lauren first started at Animal House Veterinary Clinic through an externship with Pima; where she is currently working full time while finishing school.
Lauren lives in Mesa with her three cats; (Kiara, RiffRaff, and Tucker) In her spare time she loves to read, bake and enjoys camping up North. Eventually she would like to own enough land to have her own garden, chickens, cow, and pigs.
I am an Arizona native who recently moved back to the East Valley after being transplanted in Missouri for fifteen years. My husband and I have seven children ranging in age from 27-6, a grand daughter who just turned one and another grandchild expected in April 2013. My three older children are attending college, two here in Arizona at ASU and another one in California at SDSU. Two of them are in their first years of their Master's program.
While living in Missouri I worked at two different Veterinary clinics, I am very happy to have found Dr. Anderson and her wonderful staff. It's a great team to be a part of.
Our family also includes three dogs: Macy (my grand dog) is a Lab-Blue Tick mix who is always trying to talk someone into believing she's starving to death, which she is not. She came to us from a daughter's friend whose dog had an unexpected outing with the neighbor dog. Olivia is a mix of some sort and the sweetest girl in the world. She came to us from a rescue group. Vick (grand dog also) is a Lab –Pitt mix who with his goofy personality brings laughter to our house on a daily basis. He was rescued in Joplin, MO shortly after the tornado.
Weekends are spent with family and friends sharing food and laughter and of course my dogs are there too.
Melissa is originally from Vermont. She spent many years in the hospitality industry traveling all around the United States, Canada and Mexico. She relocated from Wasilla, Alaska to Phoenix in July of 2011 to pursue a career as a Veterinary Technician. She attended the Anthem College Veterinary Technology program and began her employment here with a student externship.
Melissa graduated in June of 2013, with honors in both academic achievement and the National Technical Honors award. She will sit for the Arizona state examining board and National Veterinary Technician Exam in December of 2013 to become a Certified Veterinary Technician.
Melissa lives in Mesa with her two large dogs Hank and Honey and one calico cat named Lucy. In her spare time she enjoys volunteering for the Arizona Animal Welfare League, hiking or biking with her dogs, and occasional trips back east to spend time with her family.
Melissa (Aka Mickey) graduated in Veterinary Technology at DMACC in 2010. She has been a Vet Tech in Iowa for 5. Melissa also majored in fisheries science at Iowa State University where she worked in a water chem lab. While there she also worked on developing ISU's first Aquaponics research project. Melissa recently moved to San Tan Valley, Arizona with her many pets!
Cindy is our Animal House Pet Groomer. She is passionate about her work and specializes in being patient and caring for all the animals she grooms. Born in Michigan, she moved to Arizona with her family when she was 6 years old. Cindy is also a police sergeant of 24 years in law enforcement. She has one son who is 29 years old and works for a fire department as a paramedic. Cindy lives in Queen Creek, Arizona with her three dogs, Jack, Sugar, and Rachel. Outside of work, she enjoys trips to northern Arizona and spending time with her family, friends, and pets.
I am an Arizona native raised in Chandler, I graduated from Chandler High School and worked as a veterinary technician for 10 years. I always wanted to go back to school and in December 2009 I graduated from Scottsdale Community College with my ASN. Because of my love of animals I could not resist returning to work as a vet tech part-time while still working full-time as a RN in oncology.
I have a wonderful husband, Todd, which I have been married to for 14 years. He has proudly served in the Army 28 years and counting. I have 2 stepsons; Michael 24 and Justin 22. I also have a granddaughter from Michael, Skye age 3. Our daughter, Kalee, 13 will be attending Basha High as a freshman next year. I have 3 dogs, 2 cats, 6 chickens and a growing menagerie which will include dairy goats for our self-sustaining hobby farm.