Welcome to Van Loon Animal Hospital
Welcome to our website! Our task is to provide excellent quality, compassionate care, and life-long health for your pet. We look forward to welcoming you and your four legged friends to our animal family. We have an exceptional staff of talented doctors and support technicians with particular interests in all aspects of animal care.
Our family-oriented staff is committed to providing you with state-of-the-art veterinary care while maintaining an atmosphere of respect, support, and continued education. We offer a complete range of veterinary services including routine vaccinations, major and minor surgeries, and dental procedures. We have an on-call veterinarian at all times that is available to see during emergencies. We also have hospitalization, critical care, grooming, and boarding services as well.
At Van Loon Animal Hospital, we treat your pets like the valued family members they are.
Meet Our Team
Mark Hein, DVM
University of Madison School of Veterinary Medicine Charter Class 1987
Dr. Mark Hein is a graduate of the “Charter Class” of University-Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine and works closely with this group on referrals in chemotherapy, orthopedics and ophthalmology. He was the first veterinarian to offer laser surgery to pet owners in the La Crosse area as an alternative to more painful conventional surgeries. Dr. Hein also founded the Onalaska-based PETCO walk-in clinics in 1995, where clients may see a veterinarian during evening hours without an appointment. He enjoys orthopedics, archery and organic farming.
A native of Ettrick, Wisconsin, Dr. Hein is proud of his dog Sam, 4 children, Max the African Grey Parrot, and three horses, Rogue, Sunny and Cisco. Dr. Hein married classmate Anne-Marie Karwoski 25 years ago, and they now reside in Trempealeau. Together they farm 10 farms in Trempealeau and LaCrosse County.
Sarah has been with our hospital for the past 5 years and works as our Office Manager. She has two Labrador Retrievers, Buddy & Moose, one Bengal cat, Brasco, and a red devil cichlid fish, Hector. In her free time she enjoys all types of fishing, ranging from catfish to ice fishing.
Heidi is a Certified Veterinary Technician who moved here from Washington State in 2010 with her husband, who served in the army for 8 1/2 years. He is now an EMT and firefighter for Onalaska. Since moving to Wisconsin, Heidi has been a die-hard Packer fan. She has never missed watching a game and has been to one game at Lambeau Field, with hopes of attending many more. She has three dogs, Buddy, Cheeto, Burt, and one cat, Toby.
Emily started at Van Loon Animal Hospital in early Spring of 2015. She earned her Certified Veterinary Technician degree after graduating from Globe University with high honors. Emily grew up on a small hobby farm with 600 rabbits, 4 horses and numerous other farm animals. She is also a die-hard Packer fan who does not miss a game. When Emily is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends and pets Odie & Pearl (dogs), Fat Bob, Fireball, & Smokey (cats), and two parakeets named Larry & Lexi.
Techician Assistant/Kennel Attendant
Lizzie works with us as a kennel attendant/veterinary assistant who is currently attending Globe University to become a certified veterinary technician. She grew up in the Melrose area and graduated from Melrose-Mindoro High School. Lizzie has three dogs, Charlie, Phoebe & Ellie. During her summer free time she enjoys swimming.
Kennel Attendant/Technician Assistant
Leah works as a kennel attendant/veterinary assistant at our hospital. She is currently attending high school at GET and has a passion for animals. When not at school or work, she enjoys hunting and spending time with her black lab Abby.
Kennel Attendant/Technician Assisant
Kendre is one of our Kennel Attendant/Veterinary Assistants. She grew up in the Melrose area and has always had a passion for animals. Her interests include dog training and binge watching television with her favorite shows including Scandal and Empire. She also enjoys spending time with her Fiance Ed, her two dogs- Nas & Kylie and her two cats- Mouse & Little Man. Kendre aspires to someday continue her education to become a CVT.
Chris has been grooming at our facility since 2001. Prior to grooming she worked with us as a doctor assistant. She grew up in Holmen and comes all the way from Rushford to join us. Chris enjoys grooming her own pets when she is not attending to her three beautiful children.