Our Mission Statement
The Commitment of the Doctors and Staff of the Country Veterinary Clinic to our Clients and Patients...
For those of us who work here at the Country Veterinary Clinic, our duties are more than just a job...this is our passion. We love all animals, and we love the people who love animals. Each day we come to work with the goal of offering our clients and patients the best veterinary care we can provide. We value your dedication to your pet and your commitment to his or her health, and we feel fortunate that you have selected us to provide that crucial health care. For this great honor, we make you the following promises:
We promise...that as long as your pet is our patient, we will do our best to meet the health care needs and provide you with all the information necessary to make the best decisions for your animal friend.
We promise...to treat your beloved pet as if he/she is our own, with the same respect and compassion, and to treat you with the respect we show our friends and family.
We promise...that our Doctors and staff will treat clients, patients, and one another in a courteous and professional manner under every circumstance. We will employ only qualified doctors and staff, and will maintain the hygienic environment of our hospital, grounds, and equipment for our benefit of your animal.
We promise...to be available whenever possible to help your pet in the event of an emergency, during or after regular office hours. We will offer the best emergency and critical care our hospital has available if your pet has an emergency.
We promise...to answer any questions you may have to the best of our knowledge and to seek answers or provide references if we are unable to offer you a solution.
We promise...to offer fair prices that reflect the quality of the care we provide. We will inform you of your charges, obtain your permission before adding additional charges for optional services, and provide an approximate estimate of costs upon request for any procedure performed in our hospital.
Since 2013, at Country Veterinary Clinic alone, over 645 NEW cases of Lyme infection have been diagnosed.
Rex Payne, DVM
Dr. Payne earned his B.A. in Animal Husbandry from Michigan State University in 1968, and graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine in 1972. He is a member of the AVMA, MVMA, and AAEP. Rex has too many animals to count and enjoys farming, hunting, and horses. He has beautiful Quarterhorses and two impressive Belgian draft horses at the Country Equine Center who enjoy giving winter rides on a giant bob-sled. Rex has a special fondness for large animal medicine and equine reproduction.
When horses look like they are laughing and showing their teeth, they are actually performing a special nose-enhancing technique known as "flehmen." This is determining whether or not a smell is bad or good.
Stacy Fournier, BVM&S
Dr. Fournier graduated from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland veterinary school in 2006 after undergraduate studies in biomedical science at Texas A&M University led her to a study-abroad year in the United Kingdom; thus one year studying abroad ended up as six instead! During veterinary school, Stacy worked and studied with Drs. Payne, Waldo, and Walquist while visiting her parents and relatives in Mason and Oceana Counties. She returned to work full-time with Country Veterinary Clinic following graduation for three years, and enjoyed the teaching environment provided there, especially development within the fields of internal medicine, preventive medicine, nutrition, ultrasound, and surgery under the excellent guidance of her experienced colleagues. Marriage, a five-year stint as a small-animal veterinarian in North Muskegon, and two children later, Stacy is delighted to be back at Country Veterinary Clinic for good! Stacy and her husband Matt enjoy spending their time outside of work with their young children Claire and Ben, along with their extended family in the local area. Stacy also enjoys home-improvement projects, various activities and exercise outside year-round, and local events/entertainment, cooking, and reading. The Fourniers have a sweet and loving English Labrador Retriever named Gordy and two cats named Jojo and Mitt.
Ticks have adapted to have an antifreeze-like substance within them, making them less vulnerable to cold and freezing temperatures.
Laura Waldo, DVM
Dr. Waldo graduated from the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988 and is a member of the AVMA, MVMA, and Phi Zeta Veterinary Honor Society. She and her husband, Dr. Walquist, have been at the Country Veterinary Clinic since June of 2003. They have two incredible sons named Barrett and Ryan whom they love dearly. Laura and Glenn currently have multiple pets: Lucie a playful Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Izak a sweet and handsome Pitbull mix, Mumford a snuggly cat, and their newest addition Frankie, a Cockatiel full of personality. Laura enjoys training for and running the occasional Ultramarathon, 50 and 100 mile races (yes, all at once without stopping!), running normal marathons as "fun runs" for the ultras, hanging out at Lake Michigan with family and friends, and pretty much anything involving moving your body long distances in the out-of-doors! She likes teaching clients about their pet's health and working with them to understand and manage physical illness. Dr. Waldo is very interested in continuing education, especially internal medicine and surgery, small animal ultrasound and integrating traditional Chinese medicine with Western medicine for optimizing patients' health.
Humpback whales can create the loudest sound of any animal on earth.
Glenn Walquist, DVM
Dr. Walquist earned a B.A. in chemistry from Michigan State University in 1983 and graduated from the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988. He and his wife Dr. Waldo have been at the Country Veterinary Clinic since June of 2003. Glenn and Laura have two wonderful sons whom they love very much. Glenn is interested in all areas of general medicine and has special interests in certain aspects of orthopedic surgery. He is a member of the AVMA, MVMA, and the Michigan Canoe Race Association. Glenn thoroughly enjoys maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle, particularly Crossfit, running, swimming, and canoeing. He also enjoys watering and growing plants and trees.
Every dog has a unique nose print, just as each human has a unique finger print.
Crystal McConnell, DVM
Dr. McConnell graduated veterinary school from Michigan State University in 2012 after finishing her B.A. in mathematics from Albion College in 2007. Since graduation, Dr. McConnell has worked in both private practice and emergency medicine. She joined Country Veterinary Clinic in June of 2018. She has a general love of the diversity of veterinary medicine, however, she particularly enjoys soft tissue surgery and emergency/critical care. Crystal has two beautiful boys, Charlie and Theodore. She also has three dogs: a Golden Retriever named Probert and two Pugs named Gertrude and Turtle. Crystal has four indoor cats: Bear, Hobo, Razzmatazz, and Trixie. Dr. McConnell enjoys being in the outdoors, running, biking, gardening, and chasing after her boys.
A group of pugs is called a "grumble" because in the Netherlands, the word for pugs is mopshond, which in Dutch means "to grumble."
Betty, Office Manager
Betty grew up in Ludington and has been married to her high school sweetheart since 1989. They have two grown children and a bolognese/havanese mix dog named Abby. She enjoys many outdoor activities such as tennis, golf, kayaking, roller-blading, and walking. Betty also likes to travel and spend time with her family and friends.
Fleas can jump 200 times their height, which is the equivalent to a human jumping over the Empire State Building in New York.
Heather, Technician Assistant
Heather joined our team in spring 2012. She attended the University of Michigan (we try not to hold that against her) and majored in Music Education studying Oboe Performance and Dance. She has been practicing veterinary medicine for over a decade and is currently a veterinary nursing student in the Purdue University Distance Learning Program. She and her husband Jason spend lots of time hanging out with their family and friends. They have two adopted kitties, who are brother and sister, named Victor Frankenstein and Furiosa. In her spare time, Heather's interests are running, reading, amassing a large vinyl record collection, and enjoying life. She loves working with animals and feels that her experiences in the veterinary field have been very rewarding.
Cats have 32 muscles in each ear. Even though they might appear to be ignoring you, they are probably aware of all sounds around them.
Tangella, Licensed Veterinary Technician
Tangella graduated from Baker College of Muskegon in June 2014 with a degree in Veterinary Technology and joined our team at that time. She has numerous pets including six horses: a paint named Sinatra, an Arabian named Tara, two Quarter Horses named Kachica and Kahlua, and two miniatures named Komande and Kazahr. Tangella also has two Nigerian Dwarf goats named Lattae and Shastah. She has three cats named Kahkasha, Sasha, and Leara. Three dogs currently round out her crew: a Pekingese mix named Lashae, a Shih-Tzu named Tia, and a miniature Australian Shepherd named Rahshi. Tangella enjoys being outdoors whenever possible doing activities like bow hunting, snowmobiling, horseback riding in the National Forest, and working with the horses. She also enjoys working with her sweetie, Jeremy, around their new home.
Normally, the direction a horse's ear is pointing is where the horse is looking with the eye on the same side. If the ears are pointing in different directions, the horse is looking at two different things at the same time. They can see almost 360 degrees at once.
Shelly, Client Care
Shelly joined our veterinary team during the summer of 2015. She and her husband Kevin have three awesome kids: Kelly, Ian, and Colin. Shelly loves spending time with her family and participating with them in their many activities which includes caring for a Hedgehog named Sonic! Shelly is also a part-time secretary for her church. This leaves little time for hobbies, but in her spare time, Shelly enjoys gardening, reading, scrapbooking, and watching movies.
A cat's purr is thought to be a form of self-healing. The frequency of a domestic cat's purr is the same at which muscles and bones repair themselves. Adult cats only meow to communicate with humans.
Sandra, Licensed Veterinary Technician
Sandra grew up in Manistee and graduated from Michigan State University in 2005. She joined our team in 2016. She and her awesome husband have three kiddos, Hailey, Lexi, and Lucas. Rounding out her family are two dogs named Ty and Dyson, a cat named Elsa, and seven chickens. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, camping, and spending quality time with her family. Sandra is also very involved with her church.
Scientists believe that chickens are capable of experiencing REM sleep, which means they have the ability to dream.
Jessica, Technician Assistant
Jessica joined our team in the Fall of 2015. She has has two beautiful daughters; Cassidy and Trinity. Jessica also has a few fur babies: a yorkipoo named Gracie, a cockapoo named Emerson, a pitbull named Zoela Noel, and a Pocket Bully named Bentley, seven cats; Simon, Sophie, Franklin, Beatrice, Billie, Tidbit, and Ed. She also has two Red Eared Sliders; Pickles and Buttons, a Cherry Red Footed Tortoise Remnar, three chinchillas and six goats. In her free time, Jessica loves to go camping with her family, kayaking, and hanging out at Silver Lake Sand Dunes. She is very passionate about animals and she loves pursuing a career where she is able to help them everyday!
Rabbits are actually meticulously clean animals. They are easy to house break and train, and can be taught to come to his/her name, sit in your lap, and perform tricks.
Mandi, Technician Assistant
Mandi has lived in Ludington her entire life and has always had a strong love and passion for animals. She joined the Country Vet team in March of 2017, but has been working in the veterinary field for the past eleven years. Recently, Mandi has started working towards becoming a Licensed Veterinary Technician and is currently enrolled in online classes through Penn Foster. Mandi married her high school sweetheart and best friend, Joel, and together they have four dogs: two gordon setters named Finn and Gill and two chihuahuas named Bruno and Bella. They also have two cats, Brooke and Salem. Mandi enjoys being in nature, hiking, going to the beach, camping, and attending concerts.
Gordon Setters have been in America since 1842 when Daniel Webster received two that were purchased directly from the Duke of Gordon in England.
Tami, Client Care
Tami joined our team in the Spring of 2017. She is originally from the Cleveland area and moved to Michigan in 1990 with her husband. She has been happily married for 28 years to her high school sweetheart. Tami and Jeff have two grown children who are the center of their lives. She has 3 quarter horses: Timmy a sorrel, Simon a palomino, and her best friend Lucy a tobiano bay. Tami has four awesome dogs: Reggie, a border collie, Colby and Frank who are beagle/spaniel mixes, and their newest addtion Lincoln, a border collie puppy. Her hobbies are gardening, taking care of her horses, skiing, snowmobiling, going for long walks, and mowing the grass. She loves spending time with her adult kids, dinners, holidays, and cookouts. Tami enjoys talking with people and absolutely loves animals!!
A horse's teeth never actually stop growing!
Amanda, Technician Assistant
Amanda joined our team in 2018 as one of our veterinary technician assistants. She is a native to Ludington and has had a love for animals since day one. One of Amanda's goals is to create a bond with every animal she meets and this is evident every day at work. When not working at CVC, you can find Amanda managing and bartending at The Mitten Bar in downtown Ludington. She recently purchased a new home with her boyfriend Kevin and they stay very busy remodeling. Together Amanda and Kevin have two dogs: Khaleesi, an American Staffordshire Terrier who lives up to her name of being a queen and chief, and a Bloodhound who does the hound dog bark perfectly. Amanda recently adopted a Quarterhorse named Mr. T and she is very excited to connect with him. She loves to travel and even went on a six-week road trip with her human best friend and her dog best friend, Khaleesi. Amanda also enjoys hiking, kayaking, being outdoors, and spending time with Kevin, her family, and friends.
American Staffordshire Terriers were first brought over from England in the late 1800s as working farm dogs. They tend to be slightly larger than their English counterparts.
Linda, Client Care
Linda joined the Country Vet Clinic team in the fall of 2019. She grew up in Manistee and has been working in the veterinary field for 8 years now. There are many reasons Linda loves working at a veterinary clinic, but she especially enoys looking at cytologies under the microscope and client education. Linda has three fur babies at home that are all rescues; two cats named Kolohe and George, and a boxer named Stitch. Outside of work Linda loves cooking and baking, swimming in the summer time, spending time with family and friends, anything Tim Burton, and her favorite holiday is Halloween.
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Kelsey, Technician Assistant
Kelsey joined the CVC team in November of 2019. Kelsey was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and lived there until she was 12 years old when her family moved to a farm in Missouri. She has always had a love for animals, but her truest connection is with horses. Kelsey was on an Equestrian Drill team and participated in rodeos throughout high school. After graduating high school, Kelsey went to Parelli Natural Horsemenship School in 2015 where she furthered her connection and bond with horses. Following school, Kelsey took an internship with Natural Horsemenship instructors gaining even more knowledge and experience. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2016 and moved to Michigan in 2018. Kelsey has a Quarterhorse named Flame, a rescue Malinois mix named Avery, and a chiweenie named L.B. Her animals are her absolute world. Outside of work Kelsey enjoys playing with her animals, trail riding her horse, hiking, crossfit, volleyball, spending time with family and staying active outdoors.
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Lori, Client Care
Lori moved to this area in the Spring of 2017 and joined the CVC team in February 2020. She married her husband Tim in 1987 and they have two adult children named Nicholas and Marie whom she loves to brag about any chance she has. Lori and Tim have a Mini Australian Shepherd named Tessa who outsmarts them on a regular basis. Lori absolutely loves entertaining visiting family and friends. In her spare time, you can find Lori outside hiking in her woods or the Ludington State Park trails, kayaking, or working in her garden.
Savannah, Technician Assistant
Savannah joined our team in March 2020. She has always had a love and passion for animals. Savannah's stepmom is a veterinarian, so growing up she has had an array of different animals ranging from horses to guinea pigs. She moved to Pentwater when she was 14 years old and attended Ludington High School. After high school, Savannah moved to Florida where she attended Santa Fe College and worked at Santa Fe teaching zoo while obtaining a degree in Zoo Animal Technology. Savannah worked with many different animals while at school, but her favorites were Jay and Makara (Asian Small Clawed Otters), whom she did husbandry training with for two and a half semesters. After college, Savannah moved back to Michigan and worked at Binder Park Zoo for one season as an education interpretor, where she ran day camps and overnight stays, as well as "animal encounters" with animals from the education area of the zoo. Her favorite animal at Binder Park Zoo was Herman, an Eastern Box Turtle. Savannah has a black cat named Radagast and a light orange cat named Dolphin, who goes by "Phin". In Savannah's spare time she enjoys going to the beach, kayaking, hiking, being outdoors in general, and spending time with her family.
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Paige, Technician Assistant
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Mary Emma, Technician Assistant
Mary Emma joined the Country Veterinary Clinic team in July of 2020. She grew up in a Coast Guard family and therefore moved around the country often. She has always had a passion for animals and has been involved with veterinary medicine since she was a junior in high school. Mary Emma was a pre-veterinary student at Grand Valley State University and graduated in the spring of 2020 with a degree in Biology and Chemistry. She is patiently waiting to be admitted into veterinary school so that she may obtain her DVM. Mary Emma has two rescue dogs; a German Shepherd mix named "Cobo" and an ornery Shepherd/Collie mix named "Flinn". Outside of work, Mary Emma enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, reading, photography, and staying active outdoors.
Jonathan, Practice Manager
Jonathan graduated from Calvin College in 2000 with degrees in History, English Literature, and Secondary Education. After teaching and coaching for seven years, he began working at the Country Veterinary Clinic in 2008. He and his wife Shannon have three dogs: Fiona an Australian Cattle Dog who herds everything, Mattilda a blue merle Border Collie who stares down the other pets into submission, and another border collie named Brunnhilde who is constantly "working." They have two premium Ster Friesian geldings named Titan and Kerrick who drive carts, trail ride, and do dressage; they are also very snuggly and make googly eyes at their mommy. Finally, there are ten rescue cats, Cleo, Syndr, Caesar, Princess Toni, Mufasa, Simba, Charlotte, Tommi, Gwynn, and Binx, and each of them are funny and unique in their own ways. Jonathan enjoys being home putzing around their small hobby farm, cycling, hunting, kayaking, planting and watering trees, gardening, outdoor cooking, smoking meat, reading, splitting firewood, campfires, target shooting with pistols, rifles, bow and arrow, throwing knives and axes, and tapping trees to boil maple syrup. There never seems to be enough time to do all of the fun things in life.
Border Collies have a space between their shoulders which allow its body to stay low to the ground, in a cat-like, crouched position. They stare intensely at the eyes of other animals in the herd when they want to force them to move in a certain direction.
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