Welcome! Exciting news- Lake Minnetonka Pet Wellness Center is under new ownership and currently owned by Drs. Craig and Jackie Piepkorn. The Wellness Center has four veterinarians including Drs Craig and Jackie Piepkorn, Dr Andy Collins, and Dr Shane Smith. We are located on the north shore of Lake Minnetonka on Shoreline Drive next to Dairy Queen. To help accommodate clients with busy work schedules, we are open 5 days a week (also some Saturday’s in spring, summer and fall), with late hours on Monday’s and Tuesday’s open until 8pm. Our newly renovated facility offers wellness appointments and sick visits for cats and dogs. We have a full state of the art lab and also offer dentistry. Lake Minnetonka Pet Wellness Center works cohesively with our sister clinic, Westonka Animal Hospital (located just a few miles away), where we frequently refer patients for surgeries and emergencies. All medical records for our patients are easily accessible at both locations. We are proud to offer personalized and compassionate care for each and every pet. It is our mission to advocate for Pet Wellness at every opportunity.
Dr. Craig Piepkorn grew up on a farm in North Dakota. He graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota in 1982 and from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University in 1986. Along with his wife and partner, Dr. Jackie Piepkorn, they have owned and operated Lake Minnetonka Pet Wellness Center since 2018 and Westonka Animal Hospital since 1992. He enjoys spending time with his family, including his pug "Lucy" and he is owned by a cat named "Rocky".
He is active on several committees for the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association. After hours, he enjoys walking, movies, and spending time with friends. Dr. Craig is an advocate for those without a voice, meaning our pets. He enjoys working with cats and has often been referred to as a 'cat whisperer'. A typical Dr. Craig quote often heard at the clinic is "Old Age Is Not A Disease" meaning we should not euthanize pets just because they are old.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
Clinical Rotations: University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center-2016
Shane Smith graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. His veterinary medical interests include; general health and wellness, surgery and behavior. In his free
Andy Collins graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. His veterinary professional interests include: general health and wellness, nutrition, dentistry and surgery. In his free time he enjoys hiking and camping with his family. He has one golden retriever (Sally), two house cats (Harry and Violet), and community fish (Wishy and Washy).
Dr. Collins' years of education and life experiences have made him into a caring and compassionate veterinarian. He enjoys working with both people and animals, and feels a veterinary career is a natural continuation of his lifelong passions and interests.
Hi, my name is Allina! I am the Practice Manager at Lake Minnetonka Pet Wellness Center and Westonka Animal Hospital. I have been a CVT (Certified Veterinary Technician) since 2003. I started with Westonka Animal Hospital right after graduation, but I also spent 6 years teaching in a local Veterinary Technology program. That was a wonderful experience that I have carried with me into my management role here. I live with my fiance and 3 cats: Priscilla, Taz, and Emmylou. I enjoy disc golfing and antiquing with my fiance. I also have a hobby of making jewelry. I'm excited to meet you and your pets!
Hi, my name is Marta, I have been at Lake Minnetonka Pet Wellness Center since early 2015. I grew up in northern Minnesota. I started my career working with animals at a young age. I have spent time volunteering at the Animal Humane Society and also volunteered at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center within the avian nursery. Previously, I have worked with animals in research settings (orthopedic, cancer), at a dog boarding/daycare facility, and while
Hi, my name is Jenna. I've been with Westonka Animal Hospital since early September 2016. I started my career working with animals in January 2004, and I still love it as much as the first day! I couldn't imagine choosing any other path. In my spare