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A Happy Pet Owner Review

As a dog lover and owner for all of my life, I've brought my pets to numerous vet clinics and without a doubt, this clinic is the best that I've found. Anyone can say they are kind and compassionate, but this group of professionals show it.

I knew I had the right vet for "my girls" when I walked in and saw that someone from the Tri County Humane Society was there to pick up a sweet little cocker spaniel that was being treated by Dr. Gerds; that little guy was treated with as much care and compassion as my dog and every other dog I saw coming and going the time I was there. They proved their concern by taking about 1.5 hours in looking over my Maggie and then really talking to me about her diabetes and what food she should be on, home monitoring, plan of care; something the clinic I have just left failed to do.

I cannot recommend them higher. Anyone who knows me says that they want to come back as one of my dogs; that's how much I love my dogs and they will only be seen by Advanced Care and their wonderful, caring team. Thank you!

Barb Becker, Google+ Review


Heidi - CVT

Heidi joined us after a heartfelt career with the Tri-County Humane Society. She frequently picked up and dropped off pets here for Tri-County Humane Society and liked the vibe.

Heidi received her degree at Ridgewater Technical and was with TCHS for 5+ years.

She is a true asset here at Advanced Care. Her experience at the shelter gives her an extensive depth of experience with a vast range of companion animals.


Nichole - CVT

Nichole received her AA degree at St. Cloud State University. She went for biology and had always wanted to work with animals. She took a year long break to work with horses.

Nichole returned to school and attended Argosy University where she received an Associate of Applied Science Degree in veterinary technology.

Nichole has been working in the veterinary field for 13 years and is still loving it. She has worked with Dr. Gerds for over eight years.

Her 13 year old cat is named Earnhardt after the late Dale Earnhardt senior.

She cares for numerous barn cats on her boyfriend Jason’s dairy farm in Clearwater. Her interests include travel and trucking to Texas with Jason.



Chelsea and Doctor Gerds have worked together many years prior to Advanced Care's opening.

In 2017 she returned to us after devoting some time raising her children. Chelsea attended the Minnesota School of Business for her Vet Tech Degree after attending Monticello High School.

In Chelsea's own words, "I enjoy making a difference in the lives of every animal I meet. I also enjoy the impact each one of them makes on my life in return."

Melissas Puppies


Melissa works at Advanced Care primarily on weekends, she and Doctor Gerds share a long work history going back nine plus years.

She has a daughter Abby a bulldog named Edna, which makes Melissa the resident expert on food and skin allergies in the breed.



Ashley joined Advanced Care in October of 2015. She graduated from Ridgewater College with an A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology. Ashley and her husband live in St. Cloud. They have a dog and a cat.

Her outside interests include hunting fishing and reading.


Shanna - CVT

Shanna joined Advanced Care June of 2017, she graduated with her AAS. of Veterinary Technology and became certified in 2013.

Shanna has working in grooming and pet boarding for 12 years prior.

Her outside hobbies include, reading, riding her motorcycle, hunting, home brewing, and most of all Australian Shepherds and training and competing in dog sports, Agility, Obedience and Rally.

Shanna lives in St. Cloud with her pets, snakes, cats, dogs and rabbits and her husband, and 2 daughters.


Amanda - CVT

Amanda graduated Ridgewater College with an AAS in Veterinary Technology in 2006.

Before returning home to Minnesota, Amanda worked at Mizzou in Columbia, MO, a large equine hospital in Kansas City MO, and several other clinics in MO and IA.

She did a 6 year stint with the MO National Guard as a combat medic.

She currently lives in Sartell with her boyfriend, son, 2 German Shepherds, 1 Beagle mix, 2 cats, and a bearded dragon.


Cathy - Client Service

Cathy joined Advanced Care Pet as a receptionist, working Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays.

She is also a Certified Nursing Assistant and cares for Dr. Gerd's mother, on Thursdays.

Cathy is an avid horse rider, she both shows and trail rides.


Nicole - Client Service

Nicole is an animal lover who has fostered many animals over the past five years.

She is passionate about raising awareness and caring for animals with special needs. She is a proud Fur Mom to many rescue animals including a wobbly kitty and a blind kitty.

Nicole comes to us via the Tri-County Humane Society and Wales.


Salle - Client Service

Salle returned home to Minnesota in 1986.

She is a mom with 2 daughters and a horse, 4 grandsons, a grand pup and a great grand mom.

She is one of Advanced Care's early clients, bringing her pets here since 2010.

Prior joining us, Salle held previous posts including Financial Aid Director, Minnesota School of Business and the Assistant Financial Aid Director St. Cloud Technical and Community College.

She grew up in Greenwich, CT, and received a degree from Chapman University, Orange, CA.

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