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 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.
No office call or exam fee with any vaccine.
Meet Our Team
Mark Hein, DVM [President]
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. Dr. Hein 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. Dr. Hein enjoys orthopedics, archery and organic farming.
Dr. Hein, a native of Ettrick, WI is proud of his dog, “Sam,” 4 children, “Max” the African Grey Parrot, and three horses, “Rogue, Sunny and Cisco. Dr. Hein married Anne- Marie Karwoski, a class mate 25 years ago, resides in Trempealeau and 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, 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, and is now an EMT and aspiring firefighter (which he bought an $800 suit for his interview even though his wife said NO). 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 2 dogs, Buddy & Cheeto and 1 cat, Toby.
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.
Lizzie works with us as a kennel attendant/veterinary assistant who is currently attending Globe University to become a CVT. She grew up in the Melrose area and graduated from the Melrose-Mindoro high school. Lizzie has three dogs, Charlie, Pheobe & Ellie. During the summer in her free time she enjoys swimming.
Chris has been grooming at our facility for the past 18 years. Prior to grooming she worked with us a doctor assistant. She grew up in holmen and comes all the way from Rushford to join us. Chris enjoys grooming her poodle, boxer & chinese crested powder puff when she is not attending to her three beautiful children, Ricky, Grace & Jonah.
April is a student at Globe University studying to become a boarded Veterinary Technician. She is always cheerful and a very solid doctor assistant for our practice. April was previously in the National Guard and we are proud to have her in our practice.
Emily is a board certified technician with roots in the Melrose area. She handles the stress of our high case load easily and keeps everyone smiling. We’ve never seen Emily have a bad day.