Meet Our Doctors

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A Happy Client Review

This is a very caring place. The atmosphere is calm, and the doctor very knowledgeable. She will go above and beyond what would be considered very professional in treating your pet and thinking of new ways to help if the first treatment doesn't work. I adopted a rescue dog with a very difficult to treat ear infection, and Dr. Gerds' persistence and research helped us find a solution!

Deborah Forstner, Google+ Review


Doctor Pamela Gerds

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Dr. Pamela Gerds with "Scout"

After a career, working for others, Dr. Pamela Gerds dreamed of a pet hospital which "Practiced Pet Medicine Right," offering state-of-the-art veterinary pet health care and where clients were treated with honor, integrity and kindness.

Her vision became Advanced Care Pet Hospital, devoted to practicing advanced veterinary medicine, where pets find health care comparable to their human companions.

Pamela, a lifelong Minnesotan, received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from the University of Minnesota and she's practiced small animal veterinary medicine ever since.

Dr. Gerds career began in Fergus Falls, MN. She was regularly on-call, frequently responding to emergencies day and night. She went on to manage a multi-doctor practice in Plymouth, MN.

A career long member of both the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA), Dr. Gerds regularly attends national conferences to bring new technologies into her practice. In 2016 she attended NAVC in San Diego, the AVMA 2014 Denver convention and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) 2013 convention in Phoenix.

Dr. Pamela Gerds' husband Tom staffed the front desk for 7 years. Recently he launched Yupik Studios a marketing and web design firm to help other small business owners achieve a comparable level of success achieved by Advanced Care Pet Hospital.



Doctor Amanda Poepke

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Dr. Amanda Poepke with Morgan

Dr. Amanda Poepke (pronounced Pep-Key), joined Advanced Care in 2015.

We were very impressed with Amanda's surgical and client service skills during her extern rotation here. Amanda received glowing compliments from the Tri-County Humane Society where she served in many roles for 5 years.

Amanda grew up on a Little Falls, MN beef farm. While working as a Certified Veterinary Technician, she received her associate degree in veterinary technology from Ridgewater College.

She went on to receive an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences from Saint Cloud State University and she completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from the University of Minnesota.

Her professional interests include small animal internal medicine and surgery, as well as veterinary nutrition. In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors, hunting, fishing, and camping, and spending quality time with her husband, Jeremiah.

Dr. Poepke has a German Shepherd, Morgan, and three cats, Kylee, Kyra, and Tank.



Doctor Amanda Craft

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Dr. Amanda Poepke

Dr. Amanda Craft, joined Advanced Care in 2017.

Amanda Craft, DVM grew up in Little Falls, MN. She earned her degree in 2004 from the University of Minnesota.

After working in the Twin Cities for 6 years she returned to Little Falls to care for pets until she joined Advanced Care Pet Hospital in June 2007.

Amanda enjoys helping clients enjoy their pets and keeping them healthy.

Her personal interests are knitting, quilting and spending time with her family - Randy and their 2 children.





Google Uptick Award Video - 2011

Advanced Care Pet Hospital received this video from Google to help other business owners recognize the assistance provided by our local Small Business Development Center when launching our new business back in 2009.

The Nat. Assoc. of Small Business Development Centers and Google co-sponsored the 350 word essay contest in 2011.

Tom Gerds wrote and submitted an entry which was one of 5 entries selected by Google to receive a video. The video was produced by Snippies in NYC.



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