Dr. Randy Ellis

I am Dr. Randy Ellis. I graduated from the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical School in 1998. I remained at the University for a 1 year rotating small animal internship, and then practiced in White Bear Lake at a small animal hospital. In 2001 I moved to the St. James Veterinary Clinic, which I purchased in 2007. I just recently sold the practice to Dr. Hirsch in April of 2020.

I have a special interest in orthopedics, neurology, and a growing interest in Hospice and end of life care, but have really enjoyed the daily interaction with clients and patients that I have been able to watch grow over my time here.

Although my training has been mostly involved in small animal, I do enjoy doing large animal work, and any time I can spend on farms makes my day a little better.

I am married with two beautiful daughters (you have probably seen their pictures in the office). We live in St. James and have a young energetic Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named “Charlie”.
I would like to invite everyone to come see us and it is my goal to have every visit with us to be comfortable and enjoyable from the moment you bring in a new puppy to allowing us to help with end-of-life.

Years in Practice: 23

Education:
University of Minnesota

Specialties:
Mixed animal, PQA advisor


Dr. Dana Hirsch (formerly Cannon)

My name is Dr. Dana Hirsch and I graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, located in St. Kitts, West Indies. For my last year of vet school, I was placed at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul. I focused my studies on the production of animal medicine, though I love to work with any animal that comes my way. As the clinic grows, I have become more focused on Equine Medicine to cater to the large horse population in Southwestern Minnesota.

I’m originally from Maryland but have moved around a lot since high school. I fell in love with the Midwest during my clinical year at the U, so naturally, I wanted to stay here. I live in St. James with my husband, daughter, 2 dogs, 2 horses, and 2 cats. On the weekends, I get to ride my horses, or I get to go hiking to breathe some fresh air.

I recently purchased the vet clinic from Dr. Ellis and I’m excited to help the business grow and continue to be the practice that our clients enjoy. I hope you will come to see me at the St. James Vet Clinic, so I can assist you and your pet in whatever way I can.

Years in Practice: 8

Education:
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine

Specialties:
Mixed animal with a focus on Equine. Large Animal Ultrasound. Bovine AI certified.


Dr. Jacob Baker

I am Dr. Jake Baker and I’m a native of Sherburn, Minnesota. I went to Iowa State University for my undergraduate degree and completed veterinary school there as well in 2020. I couldn’t be more excited to return to this region to serve and care for pets and their owners in the St. James and surrounding areas. I look forward to providing quality care, compassion, and creating a trustworthy relationship with my clients. I love working with all creatures great and small.

In my spare time, I enjoy camping on the North Shore with my lovely wife and 2 boys. I also love water skiing and pheasant hunting.

Years in Practice: 1

Education:
Iowa State University


Anthony Cowell

My name is Anthony Cowell and I’m a Certified Veterinary Technician at the Saint James Veterinary Clinic.
I graduated from Mountain Lake High School in 2008. I then attended Rochester Community and Technical College from 2008-2010 where I graduated with my Associates in Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology. I then passed my board exam in November 2010 and became certified. I started working Saturdays and filling in at the Saint James Veterinary Clinic in January of 2011. I then took the full time Vet Tech position in November 2011.

I live on a farm south of Mountain Lake where I have my 3 mares, 3 dogs, and 1 cat.

Years in Practice: 9

Education:
Rochester Community and Technical College

Specialties:
Certified Veterinary Technician


Casey Eckstein

My name is Casey and I’m the Office Manager and a Certified Veterinary Technician at the St. James Veterinary Clinic. I attained my Veterinary Technician certification from Argosy University in Eagan, MN in 2013. I also attended a Large Animal technician speciality program in Lexington, KY at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital for a year. St James Vet hired me in July 2018 and I’m excited to be their main equine hospital technician when it opens in the future.

I live on a farm in New Ulm with my daughter, horses, dog and goat. In my spare time, I like to go to my daughter’s hockey games to cheer her on and ride my horses. You’ll see me at the clinic and out on farm calls with Dr. Dana! I’m here to keep you and your horse happy and safe during their visits with us!

Years in Practice: 7

Education:
Argosy University

Specialties:
Horses


Morgan Meyer

My name is Morgan Meyer and I’m a Veterinary Technician at the Saint James Veterinary Clinic. I graduated from Iowa Lakes Community College in 2015 with an Associates in Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology. I then worked at Schwartz Sow Farm as a Day One Specialist for a year before deciding that I wanted to use my Vet Tech degree to work with other animals.

I started working at St James Vet in September of 2016. I currently live in Butterfield with my 3 dogs, Weslie, Trone, and Rooney. Please let me know if there’s anything I can do to make your visit with us smooth and enjoyable, and I’m very excited to help you in any way I can.

Years in Practice: 5

Education:
Iowa Lakes Community College

Specialties:
Day One Specialist- Swine


Maddy Ebeling

My name is Maddy Ebeling and I’m a Veterinary Technician at the Saint James Veterinary Clinic. I’m currently in my final year of the Veterinary Technology program at Iowa Lakes Community College.

I started my internship in May 2018 at St James Vet and was hired as a part time technician in July 2018. I currently live in Trimont and love to ride horses in my free time.

Years in Practice: 1

Education:
Iowa Lakes Community College


Jeni Sieg

My name is Jeni Sieg and I am the receptionist at the St. James Veterinary Clinic. I graduated from Martin Luther High School in Northrop, MN and then went on to attend Minnesota State University, Mankato. I lived and worked in Mankato for a number of years before returning to the St. James area in 2012.

I am very passionate about animals and enjoy my time on the farm with my 5 horses, 4 dogs, 1 cat, and various ducks and geese.

Education:
Minnesota State University- Mankato

Specialties:
Receptionist


Keslie Thompson

My name is Keslie Thompson and I’m a full time veterinary assistant at the Saint James Veterinary Clinic. I am very excited for this opportunity to work with animals because I love to help them in whatever way I can. 

I live in St James with my daughter, Maliah, and my cat, Lux! I’m sure our animal family will continue to grow the longer I work at the vet clinic! Haha

Education:
St James High School

Specialties: Day One Specialist- Swine