Welcome To Prior Lake Pet Hospital
For more than 30 years, Prior Lake Pet Hospital has been serving the veterinary care needs of the dogs and cats of Prior Lake, MN and surrounding communities, providing top-notch medical care and exceptional client service. We are a full service animal health care facility offering a broad range of medical, surgical and boarding services to meet the pet care needs of our valued clients and their beloved animal companions.
At Prior Lake Pet Hospital, we know it can be a challenge to find a caring, professional, and experienced veterinarian for your pets. That’s why we work so hard to provide your pet with the best available care and to exceed your expectations in each and every interaction you have with us. We are honored to be a trusted resource for the Prior Lake community, and we look forward to serving you and your pet for many years to come!
At Prior Lake Pet Hospital, you can expect state of the art medical care for your pet. We believe in nurturing the human-pet bond and creating a harmonious relationship between people and pets. You can expect to be greeted by a courteous receptionist, clean exam rooms, friendly doctors, and caring technicians. We appreciate the role we get to play in your pets’ health care.
If you have any questions or comments about how we can care for your pet, please contact us today at (952) 447-2855 .
Services We Offer
Dr. Joshua Albright
Dr. Joshua Albright started at the Prior Lake Pet Hospital cleaning kennels while attending Prior Lake High School and has continued to work here ever since. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Minnesota, attended the College of Veterinary Medicine and received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2008.
Dr. Albright enjoys all aspects of canine and feline medicine, surgery and dentistry. He is fond of developing long-term relationships with his patients and their owners. Dr. Albright is an active member of the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association.Dr. Albright and his wife, Abby, who is also a veterinarian, share their home with their son Simon and their two daughters Hadley and Audrey; two cats, Ted and Rosie; and three dogs, Gertrude, a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon and Olivia, a Goldendoodle and Gladys, a French Bulldog. In his free time, Dr. Albright spends as much time as possible outdoors enjoying hunting, fishing, and exploring back roads on his Harley.
Dr. Nichole Tubman
Dr. Nichole Tubman graduated in 1995 from the University of St. Thomas with a Bachelor’s of Art degree with a major concentration in Biology, and minor concentrations in both chemistry and psychology. She attended the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine and was awarded her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1999. Since graduation, Dr. Tubman has been working at the Prior Lake Pet Hospital.
Dr. Tubman enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine but holds a special interest in feline medicine. Dr. Tubman is an active member in the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Academy of Feline Practitioners.Outside of her profession, Dr. Tubman shares her home with her husband, Tim, her stepson, Joey, her twin boys, Grayson and Henry. She currently has three cats, her Ragdoll named Boxer and Bob and Sally who are both Domestic Short Hairs. She enjoys finding new places to travel and the adventures that come along with doing so. At home, Dr. Tubman enjoys keeping up with our local Wild hockey team. When at their cabin she enjoys many outdoor activities such as hiking, swimming, biking, and kayaking. Aside from being a vet, Dr. Tubman’s dream job would be being a florist.
Dr. Charles Schwantes
Dr. Charles Schwantes has been in practice in the Prior Lake area since 1981. His undergraduate studies were completed at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where he majored in microbiology. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary Science in 1979. Dr. Schwantes attended veterinary school at the University of Minnesota and received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree in 1981.
Dr. Schwantes is an active member in the local veterinary community and has served on the Board of Directors of the Veterinary Hospital Association and Fundraising committee for the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Foundation. His professional interests include general medicine and surgery, as well as orthopedic surgery in dogs and cats.Dr. Schwantes is married to Jill, a Marshall, Minnesota native who grew up in Des Moines, Iowa. Dr. Schwantes and his wife enjoy Big Ten sports, riding their mules, gardening and caring for their four-legged family members. They have a German Shorthaired Pointer, Huppert; an English Setter, Blue; two cats, Gracie and Victoria; two mules, Mattie and Snooks; and several ducks. Dr. Schwantes enjoys many outdoor activities, including fly fishing, and is involved in several conservation groups, such as Ducks Unlimited, Trout Unlimited, and Pheasants Forever.
Dr. Sarah Clements
Dr. Clements joined Prior Lake Pet Hospital in June of 2013. She enjoys all aspects of small animal veterinary medicine with a special interest in surgery. Dr. Clements is an active member in the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association, and American Veterinary Medical Association.Outside of her profession, Dr. Clements shares her home with her husband, Devin; and their four-legged friends Kaenga, a Husky mix and Rue, an orange tabby. In her spare time she enjoys quilting, many outdoor activities including hiking and camping, and exploring Minnesota.
Dr. Thyra Bernaciak
Dr. Thyra Bernaciak completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Animal Science. She continued on to the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine and was awarded her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2015. Dr. Bernaciak holds a Master’s Degree in of Public Health which she completed in 2018.
Dr. Bernaciak enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine but is especially interested in geriatric care and ultrasound. Dr. Bernaciak is an active member in the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association and American Veterinary Medical Association. Outside of her profession, Dr. Bernaciak shares her home with her husband and their young daughters, as well as two cats, Virgie the tortie and Trike the tripod.
In her spare time she enjoys being active outside by camping, backpacking, and running.
Miranda, Customer Service Representative
You might recognize Miranda if you have a Pug – because she’s a crazy-pug-loving lady who is the first to jump in for anything Pug related! Miranda joined the Prior Lake Pet Hospital team in 2016. Miranda has the unique ability to calm both pets and people in the most chaotic times, which helps to make her an exceptional Urgent Care Technician. Outside of work Miranda enjoys spending time painting, bonfires and spending time with her own fur babies.
Gina, Customer Service Representative
Gina started at PLPH in March of 2021, shortly after moving to Minnesota from Waukesha, WI. She currently lives in Apple Valley with her boyfriend, Blake, and their baby, Bennett.
In her free time she enjoys reading, spending time with family, and being outside— if the weather cooperates. She is a dog lover at heart, and will happily accept any and all forms of doggy love!
Rachael, Customer Service Representative
Rachael joined the Prior Lake Pet Hospital Team in 2021. She grew up in a small town up north with her family and many pets. Her passion has been caring for and spending times with animals ever since. In her downtime, she loves hanging out with her cats Scooby, Shaggy, and Lewis and her German Shephard Velma. Other than that, she’s hard at work restoring her new fixer-upper home in Savage.
Lisa graduated from Minneapolis School of Business. She has worked at the Prior Lake Pet Hospital since 1994 as a Veterinary Technician. In addition to working as a Technician, Lisa is our supply ordering manager and she makes sure we have all the supplies we need in order to care for your pets and keep this place running! It’s a big job, and she knows how to rock it! Lisa enjoys reading, gardening, and being with her family. She shares her home with Mickey, a Lesser Sulfur Crested Cockatoo, and Bandit who is a Rottweiler.
Andrea graduated from Ridgewater College in 2000 and has been a proud member of the Prior Lake Pet Hospital team ever since. She grew up on a farm, so her passion for animals started early in life. Andrea lives in Belle Plaine with her husband, 3 kids, and 5 furry felines. In her spare time, she loves cooking with her kids, exploring new cuisines with her husband, and spending time outdoors.
Teresa started at the Prior Lake Pet Hospital in 1998 as a Kennel Assistant. She went on to school and in 2003, graduated from Argosy University as a Certified Veterinary Technician. She enjoys the outdoors, reading, volleyball, and spending time with her family and friends. Teresa’s furry felines are Pumpkin and Butternut.
Nadine graduated from Minnesota School of Business Shakopee in September 2010 as a Certified Veterinary Technician. She joined our staff in February of 2011. Nadine has four, four-legged children; Elsie and Vincent who are both Terrier mixes, and two cats; Henry and Marvin. In her spare time, Nadine enjoys doing yard work, gardening, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends.
Jess shares her home with her husband Scott, their daughter Rhianna, and their furry family: Stoli, Australian Shepard, Leinie, Pomeranian mix, and two cats, Jada and Ivan. She graduated in 2001 from the Medical Institute of Minnesota as a Certified Veterinary Technician. She has been working at Prior Lake Pet Hospital since that time. Jess enjoys spending time with her family, playing volleyball, and does agility training with her dogs.
Amy joined Prior Lake Pet Hospital in 2017. She especially enjoys doing surgeries but also is passionate about routine and wellness care. Amy shares her home in New Prague with her husband and two kids and their 3 legged dog, Trio. In her free time, you’ll find Amy enjoying the great outdoors in her camper!
Amber J., CVT
Amber joined PLPH in 2015 as a CVT. She graduated from Colorado Mountain College in 2008 with a degree in Veterinary Technology with a certificate in Animal Shelter Management. Her passion has always been to help animals. On top of being here full time, she helps out with a couple local animal rescues. She grew up locally and is living with family, along with her 2 miniature poodles, Moka and Brody (a new puppy will be arriving shortly!). And she has a horse named Malachi.
Kari, Veterinary Assistant
Kari joined Prior Lake Pet Hospital in 2014 as a Kennel Assistant and has grown into an Veterinary Assistant In addition to her three adorable fur kids, she has a husband, four human kids and three beautiful grand babies. Kari enjoys being with her family, spending time on Prior Lake and traveling.
Kourtney, Certified Veterinary Practice Manager
Kourtney joined Prior Lake Pet Hospital in 2014. Equal parts motivator, innovator, orchestrator, and with a background in project management, she brings unique skills to Prior Lake Pet Hospital. As the Practice Manager, Kourtney ensures the clinic is running smoothly from bottom to top. She lives in Farmington with her husband, two kids, a dog, a cat, a horse, a pony, a lot of chickens, and a hive full of honey bees. She enjoys spending time with her family, riding her horses and being outdoors.
What Our Clients Are Saying
Dr. Tubman and staff are amazing. We have been taking our dogs here for 10+ years. Their expertise and compassion were really felt during a recent experience with them. With healthy dogs there may not be a lot of difference between vets, however, if you find yourself in need of urgent or critical care you want the best for your animals. Prior Lake Pet Hospital is wonderful. Would recommend to anyone.
Our hunting dog Russell, a Chesapeake Bay Retriever, had a collision with a cattail last weekend that jammed into his nose. My husband cleaned it as well as he could, but it was obvious over the next two days that Russell was NOT happy. I called PLPH during regular work hours and they were able to squeeze him in between appointments. The vet sedated him and was able to locate and remove a 3 cm stick from WAY up his nose. We were amazed and thrilled that he was able to handle a tricky situation as quickly and efficiently as he did. We have 3 dogs and we are so glad that a friend made the recommendation. Highly recommended.
Brought my dog to urgent care here for his eye. Everyone I talked with was very friendly and nice to work with. Even though they estimated a 1-2 hour wait, luckily it was faster than anticipated and the entire process was handled so smoothly. I have a vet that’s closer to me who I like working with, otherwise I’d love to use them as primary care for my dog. If an urgent care need arises again, we will come back. I want to say thank you to your team for handling my dog so well. He’s a baby when it comes to being seen at the vet but they were patient and kind with him.
12 years with PLPH and we couldn’t be happier! From brand new puppies to rainbow bridge care, they’ve taken care of our pets with kindness and compassion. Easy to book appointments, short wait times and a stellar performance through the pandemic. We’ve moved 30 minutes away and still make the trip without hesitation.
I can not say enough positive things about this facility. We ended up on their doorstep due to an urgent matter, which resulted in euthanasia of our sweet little munchkin of a dog. They were absolutely amazing at the care they provided, the explanations, the kindness to our dog in her last hours but also to us. It was so impressive how the doctor and the staff went out of their way to support us in our time of need. Honestly, I would love to tell everyone to go there, you will NOT be disappointed. We were so lucky to end up on their doorstep when it was exactly what was the absolute best place to be for us. I can not thank the hospital enough for their kindness, but the support and caring nature we received from our doctor was unbelievable. Thank you.