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Meet Dr. Abby Coodin...
Dr. Abby originally hails from Lansing Michigan. Since childhood she always knew she wanted to work with animals and once she decided on a career path veterinary medicine she relocated to attend the University of Minnesota. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science she pursued an Associate in Applied Sciences degree in Veterinary Technology and completed her doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota in 2010.
Dr. Abby loves all animals but is especially fond of dogs, cats and horses. Her first childhood pets were mostly cats due to her horrible childhood allergies that forced her first dog to be re-homed. Dr. Abby became very fond of horses as an avid 4H member and purchased her very own horse Leo in 2008. Dr. Abby currently has five pets at home; a horse named Leo, a Bichon named Kirby, a Lhachon named Blizzy (she was adopted during the huge blizzard in December of 2011, hence her name) and Emma a Miniature Schnauzer. Dr. Abby would love to have cats too but her husband Steve is horribly allergic so she enjoys getting her “cat fix” with her four clinic kitties at work.
Dr. Abby has been happily married to her wonderful hubby Steve since September of 2003. He has been ever supportive of her crazy dreams of becoming a veterinarian and tolerates their home becoming the local animal shelter. They welcomed their first daughter Isabella into the world in March of 2011 and their second daughter Morgan was born in August of 2013. They have enjoyed every minute of having them and look forward to watching them grow!
Dr. Abby's first love (outside of her family of course) is animals and medicine. She had always wanted to become a veterinarian but her dream was solidified when she battled leukemia in her teens. Through some tumultuous experiences with medical procedures and professionals she vowed she would always treat each beloved pet as if they were her own and have empathy and compassion for the owners of those animals. As that is what she feels every pet deserves and every owner is entitled to. Outside of her practice she also enjoys reading, knitting, needlepoint, horseback riding, skiing, and spending any time she can with her family.
Dr. Abby founded Painted Sky Veterinary Services in October of 2013 and has never looked back. She loves her clients, her patients and the town of Amery! She hopes to be here for many years to come.
Delainey grew up in Brooklyn Park Minnesota. As part of a blended family, she is the oldest of eleven children (eight girls and three boys). She moved to Balsam Lake Wisconsin shortly before marrying her Wisconsinite husband in the fall of 2014.
At age six Delainey knew she wanted to be in the veterinary field. She used her toy stethoscope to listen to any animal that she could catch. She graduated from the Minnesota School of Business in the spring of 2015 with an Associate in Veterinary Technology and a Bachelor degree in Veterinary Management in December of 2015. In her free time she enjoys gardening, hunting, cooking, baking, crocheting, and spending time with her family. She has one fur baby who is an Australian Shepherd/Black Lab mix named Meeko. He definitely keeps life at their house interesting.
Kristi Hart, CVT
A native a Polk County, Kristi has always had a passion for animals. At the age of 8, she began working at a boarding kennel that obedience trained and worked with behavior dogs, kickstarting her love of dog training. After graduating from high school, she followed that love of dog to southern Utah where she worked with aggressive dogs at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.
A horseback rider from day one, Kristi acquired her first horse at the age of 10 and started training in her teens. She has been active in everything from being a rider for Apple River Riders and Menomonie Saddle Club drill teams to a judge for the Extreme Cowboy Racing North Central Region to a founder of Quarter Moon Acres Equine Assisted Therapy Center. Kristi has been a vet tech since 2004, where she has worked with large, small and exotic animals.
After spending 10 years in Menomonie, she moved back to Polk County and currently resides in Amery with her husband, son and daughter. Together, their household includes numerous dogs, cats, fish, horses and a bird. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, camping, listening to music, singing, swimming, playing volleyball and reading.
Felix and his brother Fred were rescued after being victims of a domestic violence in which they were shot. Felix is missing a toe on his left front foot that was too damaged to be repaired. Felix is the front office greeter at the clinic. You can find him either in the reception area, walking on the phone (trying to call his girlfriend) or in the office water fountain waiting for someone with opposable thumbs to get him a drink.
Fred came to us the same time as his brother Felix. He also was injured in the incident, losing almost his entire front right leg. Don’t let his disability fool you though, Fred can race down the hallway at the speed of a cheetah if he hears a can of food being opened. Fred is our nurse assistant at the clinic. You can usually find Fred in back laying with the surgery patients in recovery to keep them warm (or steal their blankets).
Tootsie came to the clinic during a particularly harsh winter when she wandered into a client’s home to find warmth. After he tried to surrender her to a full humane society (they had just seized a bunch of animals from a hoarding situation) he brought her to us hoping that we could help. Dr. Abby agreed to foster her and take care of all her veterinary needs in the hopes that she would soon find a forever home and find a home she did – right here at Painted Sky. Tootsie can often be found in the big dog room as she loves hanging out with the large dogs that come in to the clinic.
Gandolph is our latest rescue case. Gandolph was given to a rescue group that we work with as his previous owner had lost her home and couldn’t take him with her. The rescue group was very concerned that if he went into their foster system that he would not do well, as he was very anxious and agitated when he came in. After completing his examination and determining that he needed quiet time to decompress from his upheaval Dr. Abby agreed to foster him for a few days. Once decompressed it was very obvious he was a sweetheart with the personality of a dog and fit in well with the Painted Sky crew! Gandolph can usually be found following his mom (Dr. Abby) around or “helping” in the office.