About VRC

The VRC team will work with their colleagues at the Veterinary Medical Center to provide access to the most comprehensive specialty care in the region. 

The VRC is located in the same facility as South Metro Animal Emergency Care (SMAEC), an after hours emergency care clinic. The relationship between VRC and SMAEC offers our patients opportunities for continued care and overnight hospitalization.

Services provided

We provide a range of services in internal medicine and surgery. If you do not see a service listed below, please call to consult and determine if we can still provide assistance.

NEW! Dermatology

NEW! Dermatology

  • Treatment plans for patients with skin problems
  • Acute and chronic ear problems
  • Skin biopsies, skin scrapings, and cytology
  • Trichograms and fungal cultures
  • Allergy testing (intradermal skin tests, blood/serum tests)

Internal medicine

Internal medicine

  • Metabolic or endocrine disease
  • Auto-immune disease
  • Infectious disease
  • Respiratory disease
  • Gastrointestinal disease
  • Urinary tract disease
  • Bone marrow disease
  • Long-term feeding options with feeding tube placement
  • Management of cases with multiple co-morbidities
  • Oncology diagnostics/staging (we do not have chemotherapy capabilities)

Surgery

Surgery

  • Abdominal
  • Oncologic
  • Head and neck
  • Thoracic
  • Fracture repair
  • Stifle and other joint surgeries
  • Orthopedic

Our team

Jenny Cho, DVM, DACVIM

Internal Medicine

Jenny ChoDr. Jenny Cho obtained her undergraduate degree in Biology from St. Olaf College. She went on to receive a Master of Science degree from the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine, with her research focus being on the aerosol transmission of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV).  After being awarded an MS degree, she obtained a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota. She completed a small animal rotating internship at Iowa State University and then worked for 1 year as a small animal practitioner in Stillwater, Minnesota. She completed a small animal internal medicine residency at the University of Minnesota in 2014 during which time she was awarded the Veterinary Clinical Sciences Resident Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching. Dr. Cho’s research interest was in the use of probiotic bacteria to degrade oxalate as a potential treatment for calcium oxalate urolithiasis.

After finishing her residency, Dr. Cho worked at a large multi-specialty hospital in the Milwaukee area before returning to the Twin Cities.

Dr. Cho’s sees cases pertaining to all aspects of internal medicine but her areas of interest include complex metabolic and endocrine disorders, gastrointestinal disease and lower urinary tract/stone disease.  She has extensive training in and enjoys ultrasound and endoscopy.

In her personal life, Dr. Cho enjoys long-distance running, cross-country skiing, traveling and cooking.

Liz LaFond, DVM, DACVS, DACVSMR, CCRP

Surgery

LaFond_LizDr. Liz LaFond received her veterinary degree from the University of Minnesota in 1992. She completed a small animal internship at Rowley Memorial Animal Hospital in Massachusetts and worked for 3 years in private practice before accepting a 2 year research fellowship with the PennHIP lab at the University of Pennsylvania studying canine hip dysplasia. Following her fellowship, she completed a surgery residency at Purdue University and in 2001 became board certified in small animal surgery. Dr. LaFond returned to the University of Pennsylvania for the first 3 years after her residency as surgery instructor. In 2003, she returned to her roots in Minnesota and joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. During her tenure at the U of M, she has served as director of rehabilitation services, director of the small animal internship program, and associate medical director. She obtained board certification with the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation through the alternative track in 2013. 

In January 2017, Dr. LaFond became full-time specialty surgeon at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Referral Center. Dr. LaFond and her staff provide surgical consultations and are equipped to offer a broad spectrum of elective soft tissue and orthopedic procedures, including stifle surgery, fracture repair, oncologic staging and surgery, GI surgery, thoracic surgery, and more. 

Dr. Amanda Young, DVM

Dermatology

Amanda YoungDr. Amanda Young is a 2011 graduate from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She spent 4 years in a small animal general practice in a suburb of Chicago before completing a year-long internship in specialty dermatology at the University of Illinois. She recently finished her residency in comparative dermatology at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Young’s interests are allergic skin disease, treatment of methicillin resistant staphylococcal infections, chronic otitis, and parasitic skin diseases.  

When she is not busy reading and learning everything she can about dermatology, she enjoys spending time with her partner Nick, who share 1 dog and 2 cats. Her most passionate hobby is cheering on the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team but she also loves spending time outdoors camping, fishing, and hiking.

Technicians

Rachel Bolle, BA, AAS, CVT

Bolle_RachelRachel graduated from Hamline University with a BA in Biology in 2007. She graduated from Argosy University and became a certified veterinary technician in 2009. She worked in specialty, emergency and general practice in south eastern Wisconsin for 7 years until moving back to Minnesota in 2016 to be closer to family. She is hoping to get a veterinary technician specialty in surgery soon. Rachel lives with her husband, daughter, dog and cat in Cottage Grove, MN. In her spare time she loves to swim, hike with her family, and watch her daughter perform with her Irish Dance School. 

 

Jenny Glock, AAS, CVT

Jenny GlockJen graduated from Argosy in 2002 and has worked full-time in emergency medicine and critical care since. Jen was the Operations Supervisor at SMAEC from the fall of 2011 to May 2016 and has been one of the coordinators with the Twin Cities Animal Blood Bank from 2005 to 2017. Despite her love of emergency medicine, Jen took a career change to help open the University of Minnesota Veterinary Referral Center in May 2016 and works closely with Dr. Jenny Cho in the Internal Medicine Department. Jen possesses a strong passion for Emergency and Internal medicine and takes special interest in feline medicine, metabolic emergencies, nutrition in the critically ill, fluid therapy, and transfusion medicine. Some of Jen’s favorite activities outside of work include volunteering, yoga, and exploring Minnesota’s beautiful running and hiking trails. She also enjoys watching & attending football and baseball games, local theater and live music events / festivals. Jen shares her home with her senior Siamese cat Charlie.

Kim Horne, AAS, CVT, VTS (Dermatology)

Practice Manager

Kim Horne

Kim graduated from the University of Minnesota, Technical College of Waseca.  After working in a few private practices, she joined the Veterinary Teaching Hospital in 1987, and found her career passion in Dermatology. Recently, she has spent the majority of her time in a supervisory position and started at the Veterinary Referral Center in August 2016, shortly after it opened.  Kim is active in her state and national vet tech associations. She is a Charter Member and the first President of the Academy of Dermatology Veterinary Technicians (ADVT) and is currently serving as Past-President. She has lectured nationally and authored journal articles as well as being co-editor of Small Animal Dermatology for Technicians and Nurses.

Siri Rea, AAS, CVT, CCRP, VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia)

Siri ReaSiri Rea graduated from the Medical Institute of Minnesota and became a certified veterinary technician in 2000. She has been with the University ever since. She attained her veterinary technical specialty certification in anesthesia and analgesia in 2005, became a certified rehabilitation practitioner in 2013 and a veterinarian pain practitioner in 2017. She lives with her husband, daughter, dog, cat and pig in Eagan, MN.

Laurel Zastrow, BA, MA, AAS, CVT

Laurel ZastrowLaurel Zastrow graduated from Minnesota School of Business with an AAS in Veterinary Technology and became a CVT in 2015.  She worked for humane societies in New York and Minnesota prior to joining the University in 2014. She shares her vintage condo with two foster failures and is a huge fan of farm animal sanctuaries.