About Us

It’s our goal to get to know each of our clients and their pets personally.  We keep a small staff with very little turnover so that you can develop long lasting relationships and strong communication with every staff member in our clinic.  Our regular appointments are scheduled for 30 minutes so that we can each take the time to address your questions and concerns.

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Dr. Claudia Meyers, Owner

Dr. Meyers graduated with her DVM from Cornell in 1981.  She is the practice’s main orthopedic veterinarian and surgeon.  Outside of work she enjoys many outdoor activities and exciting travel adventures.  One of her more recent adventures included ascending Mt. Ranier.


Dr. Kate Washabaugh, Owner

Dr. Washabaugh earned her DVM from the University of Wisconsin in 2007 after working as a non-vet in the practice for several years.  Outside of work she has fun running after her young children.  When she can,  she likes to play outside (with and without them).


Dr. Karen Vanderloo, Associate

Dr. Vanderloo is a University of Wisconsin classmate of Dr. Washabaugh’s and joined the practice in 2017.  She’s kept busy with her two young kids, two busy dogs, and tries to find time for triathlons and knitting.



Katie Tschanz, Certified Veterinary Technician

Katie joined the practice in 2007.  She DJs in her spare time and also enjoys horseback riding and spending time with her husband  in the outdoors.  Her little red lab, Ruby, keeps her busy learning how to hunt (and chasing her down after escapes through the neighborhood!) and her lab Lady keeps her cozy on cold cabin nights.


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Melissa Crook, Certified Veterinary Technician

Melissa joined the practice in 2010.  She enjoys spending time outside with her husband and daughter Lily when not working hard at the clinic.  She is also the lucky mommy of Catticus, the beautiful Ragdoll kitten many of you fell for when he stayed with us at the clinic.  And  a goofy lab named Stout.



Julie Jerdee, Certified Veterinary Technician

Julie joined us in early 2015 and fit right into our ABA family.  She shares a life in the country with Mike and her four legged kids including quarter horses Scooter & Josie, miniature horse Tucker, pygmy goat Dewey, yellow lab Gracie, and cats Freddie & Stella (a polydactyl princess). She has three adult kids, Ben (daughter-in-law, Kathryn), Britta & Bubba. She’s a lifelong animal lover and graduated with honors in December 2014, from Globe University.



Chris Evers, Certified Veterinary Technician

Chris joined A Breed Apart in 2005.  She enjoys spending time with her family and friends and building lasting memories with her kids Brody and Ella with her husband.  They share their home Jack the Cat, a wonderful cat friend.


Liz Mitchell, Office Assistant

Liz is finishing her Junior year at Middleton High School.  She is learning all the behind-the-scenes challenges of veterinary life as she helps us out at the front desk.