Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Our Veterinarians

Megan Larson </br> DVM photo

Megan Larson

Dr. Larson graduated with a B.S in Zoology from North Dakota State University in 2008, received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Ross University and completed her clinical year at the University of WI School of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. Before joining the Ark Animal Hospital, Dr Larson spent four years working at the North Dakota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Fargo, ND and completed externships with the Spay Me Clinic in Madison, WI, Blue Pearl Veterinary Specialists in Minneapolis, MN and an exotic animal focus with the Cedar Animal Hospital in Minneapolis, MN. Dr. Larson’s professional interests include geriatric medicine, internal medicine, exotic medicine and soft tissue surgery Megan’s family consists of two very spoiled cats, Henry and Bruno. Dr. Larson grew up in Grand Rapids, MN and as a northern MN native enjoys spending free time outdoors; camping, fishing (especially for walleye) and hiking.

Mia Long </br> DVM photo

Mia Long

Dr. Long grew up in Minneapolis, MN and graduated from West High. Weekends were spent horse back riding and hunting on their farm in Mendota and summers at the cabin in northern MN, developing her interest in animals and the out of doors. Dr. Long received her BS with honors in Biology from Earlham College and her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the U of MN College of Veterinary Medicine. 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. Areas of professional interest include Dentistry, Dermatology and Soft Tissue Surgery. Dr. Long was a founding member of the Headwaters Animal Shelter and has been a Kinship mentor for 14 years. She enjoys spending time outdoors- hunting, fishing, horseback riding, bike riding, skiing and swimming. Dr. Long has a Brittany spaniel, Ripley, a horse, Tory, and last but not least, a husband Steve.

Certified Veterinary Technicians

Carrie Hensel </br>CVT photo

Carrie Hensel

Carrie has been a veterinary technician at the Ark Animal Hospital for 15 years. Carrie is native to the Park Rapids area and graduated from Park Rapids High School in 1995. Carrie attended Ridgewater College in Willmar and received a degree in Veterinary Technology. Carrie has two boys and lives on a small farm raising beef cattle. Carrie enjoys hunting, ice fishing and spending time with family and of course taking care of animals.

Chris Hoffman </br>CVT photo

Chris Hoffman

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.

Gail Vetter </br> CVT photo

Gail Vetter

Gail has been working for the Ark Animal Hospital for almost 2 years now. She graduated from Ridgewater College with a degree in Veterinary Technology. She grew up in Osakis (near Alexandria) on a farm. She has always enjoyed being around animals, both small and large. During her free time she enjoys riding horses, playing basketball and spending time with her family and friends.

Joe Haen </br> CVT photo

Joe Haen

Joe is a veterinary technician who recently graduated from school at Globe University- Moorhead. He was also 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, hiking, fishing, and spending time with his cat, Rogue.

Practice Manager

Client Services / Office Manager

Client Services / Veterinary Assistant

Tricia Hase  photo

Tricia Hase

Tricia has been a Veterinary Assistant/Client Services for 14 years and has worked at the Ark for 9 ½ 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, a cat, a parakeet, and hermit crabs. Tricia and her husband Mike live in Park Rapids and have two children, Owen and Kinley. Tricia enjoys music, camping, reading and spending time with family and friends.

Client Services

Klare Coborn  photo

Klare Coborn

Klare grew up in the Park Rapids area, graduating from Park Rapids High School in 2014. She is currently taking classes at MState in Detroit Lakes for her Business Entrepreneurship degree. Klare has been a Veterinary Assistant here at the Ark Animal Hospital since the fall of 2016. Klare has a quarter horse named Rafiki. She rides both Western and English, with interest in both barrel racing and show jumping.

Kennel Assistant

Dani Pederson  photo

Dani Pederson

Dani has been working at the Ark for about 2 years now. She graduated from Menahga High School and will be working on a degree in business and marketing to help build her Photography business. She has always lived around  Park Rapids area and ever since she was little she’s always loved animals. Dani enjoys riding horses, photography, traveling and taking her two Australian Shepherds, Holly and Juneau, wherever she goes.

The Ark Animal Hospital

19626 County 4

Park Rapid, MN 56470

The Ark is located 1 and 1/2 miles east of Park Rapids on Hwy. 34, then 1 and ½ mi. north on County 4.
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Sunday Closed

Monday 7:30am - 5:00pm

Tuesday 7:30am - 5:00pm

Wednesday 7:30am - 5:00pm

Thursday 7:30am - 5:00pm

Friday 7:30am - 5:00pm

Saturday 9:00am - 12:00pm