Dr. Megan "Larson" Hockenson grew up in Grand Rapids, MN, attended North Dakota State University for her bachelors in Zoology and completed her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in the Caribbean along with her clinical training at University of Madison Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine. Her professional interests include soft tissue surgery, geriatric medicine, pain management, and dental/oral surgery. When she’s not at the clinic working you can find her outside hiking, on the lake in the summer fishing or enjoying water sports, and snowmobiling in the winter. Her fur family consists of 2 rescue dogs; Annie and Wally, 3 rescued cats; Henry, Bruno and Al, and 1 dwarf angora rabbit, George. When asked what she loves most about practicing at The Ark Animal Hospital she responds: “The clients and my patients obviously! I love the Park Rapids community. It is truly a special place to call home with so many wonderful people in our community and we are able to enjoy such a beautiful environment full of nature.”
Mia is a city girl turned northwoods woman. Dr. Long graduated from West High in Mpls and received her BS with honors in Biology from Earlham College. Dr. Long spent six fun years working as a wildlife technician for the MN DNR and USFWS and several summers studying biology at Itasca Park. Changing course, she then attended the U of MN College of Veterinary Medicine receiving her Doctorate. Dr. Long spent a year in the Peace Corps as a veterinarian and seven years in mixed animal practice in Alexandria and Perham. In 1994 Dr.Long purchased the Nevis Veterinary Clinic, moved it to Park Rapids and renamed it the Ark Animal Hospital. Dr. Long finds veterinary practice rewarding and challenging.” I celebrate the human-animal bond every day. Pets enrich our lives and improve our mental and physical health. Our job is to help our clients keep their pets healthy!” Dr. Long was a founding member of the Headwaters Animal Shelter and has been a Kinship mentor. In her spare time enjoys spending time outdoors- hiking, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, bike riding, skiing and participates in an occasional fun run or Triathalon. Dr. Long has a Brittany spaniel, Ripley, and a horse Tory.
Chris has been a Veterinary Technician since 1989 and has worked at the Ark since 1997. She has lived in Park Rapids since 1996 after having moved from her home town Mankato, Minnesota. She enjoys all animals and small critters. Her hobbies include cooking, crafting and bird watching. She has been happily married for 27 years and has 2 wonderful children.
Carrie Hensel has been a Certified Veterinary Technician at the Ark since 1999. Carrie is native to the Park Rapids area. Carrie, her husband and her two son’s live on a small farm where they raise beef cattle and some small crops. Carrie enjoys spending time with family and being
outdoors with hobbies including hunting, ice fishing, and horseback riding.
Briana graduated in 2010 from Minnesota School of Business in Moorhead MN, with a degree in Veterinary Technology. She has several years of experience in small animal and large animal medicine. Briana enjoys spending time with her son, 3 legged dog Penny, and a cat named Khloe. Briana’s hobbies include kayaking, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, and camping.
Gail Weygandt has been working at the Ark Animal Hospital since November 2012. She graduated from Ridgewater College with a degree in Veterinary Technology. Gail grew up in Osakis (near Alexandria) on a farm. She has always enjoyed being around animals, both small and large. Gail and her husband live on a small farm near Sebeka. She is enjoying all the animals on their farm, which include: beef cattle, horses, dogs, and fainting goats. During Gail’s free time she enjoys riding horse, camping, and spending time with family and friends.
Joe is a certified veterinary technician who graduated from Globe University- Moorhead in 2017. He was born and raised in Fargo, ND where his family and other animals reside. Joe is a big animal lover whether it’s cats, dogs, or small critters. Joe is quite the sports fan as well, especially when it comes to hockey. He also loves to go camping, disc golfing, hiking, fishing, and spending time with his cats Mavis, Wednesday, and Rogue.
Tricia has been a Veterinary Assistant/Client Services for 16 years and has worked at the Ark for 11 years. Tricia was born and raised in the area and graduated from Menahga High School in 1998. Tricia has always had a love for animals, and currently has 3 dogs, two cats, an earned dragon. Tricia and her husband Mike have lived in Park Rapids for 14 years and have two children, Owen and Kinley. Tricia enjoys music, amping, reading and spending time with family and friends.
Tonya has lived in the Park Rapids area all her life. She graduated from Park Rapids High School in 2013. She has been working with dogs for the past 5 years and is working towards getting her dog training certification. Her animal family consists of her 3 boys, Soldier (Lab/Shepherd mix) Knox (Pointer/Heeler mix) and Major (Vizsla). Her hobbies include: hunting, fishing, art and crafts, evening walks with her dogs and also competing with her pets in canine agility and dock diving.
Hannah grew up in the St. Cloud area and moved to Menahga in March 2019 after spending four years in the mountains of Colorado. She is new to veterinary medicine, and is enjoying getting to know the animals and people of the Park Rapids community. She previously worked as a medical esthetician and chiropractic assistant. Her fur family consists of her blue heeler mix, Demi, and a cat named Bug. She enjoys trail running and competing in marathons, cooking, camping, live music and spending time with friends and family.
Brynn grew up in Menahga and she graduates from Menahga High School in the year 2020. Brynn has loved animals ever since she was little, she isn't quite sure what she wants to do after school but definitely going to include animals. She has 2 pets, her dog Rowdy, and her cat Ty. Brynn’s hobbies are hunting, fishing, and driving everywhere with her dog Rowdy. Brynn’s other interests include training her dog Rowdy, photography, and riding horses.
Joy graduated from Park Rapids High School in 2015. She has been working with the Ark Animal Hospital since 2014. Her family consists of her beautiful daughter, Ella, and fiancé, Aaron. She also has 4 wonderful pets, Ainsley (cat), Karl (cat), Copper (dog), and Buck (dog). In her spear time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and enjoys being a part of such a great community.
The Ark Animal Hospital
17261 State Hwy 34
Park Rapids MN 56470
For general information, questions, appointment requests, call us at:
Monday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday 9:00am - 12:00pm