Julie Sweers, Practice Manager
Julie’s love of animals came from growing up on a farm in Wisconsin along the bank of the Mississippi River. It wasn’t until she was an adult that her veterinary career began. She is a graduate from The Medical Institute of Minnesota now known as Argosy University located in Eagan, MN. Her background includes many years as a day practice technician, 7 years as an Emergency Facility On-site Practice Manager and Emergency Technician and 1 year as an adjunct instructor at Argosy University. Although comfortable in the office her main love has always been the clients and their furry companions. Julie enjoys doing community service and regularly helps with vaccination and microchip clinics for rescue organizations. She feels that it’s her way of giving back for all their support given to her. When not working Julie enjoys gardening, hobby raising chickens and ducks, Girl Scouts, genealogy, reading and spending quieter moments with her husband, Dr. Sweers, and their 2 children, Jadyn and Tyler and family cat Blackberry.
Julie is a member of:
Veterinary Practice Manager’s Network Southern Chapter.
Jen came to Scott Lake Vet with a love of surgical monitoring and dental procedures; both requiring patience, attention to detail, and technical knowledge. Her passion for helping animals stay healthy is one reason she graduated from Argosy University with her Associates in Veterinary Technology and went on to gain her certification. She loves to work hand-in-hand with our doctors, patients, and their owners by using her extensive knowledge in veterinary dentistry. Teaching our clients about the many long-term benefits of having a clean healthy smile for their pets has been a passion for Jen. It’s one of her favorite things to do. When not working Jen spends time with her husband, Bryan, doing everything sports from watching the Vikings, to fantasy football to being on the softball field herself. Jen’s 3 pitbulls, Nismo, Phoebe, and Bogey are her constant companions and faithful fans!
Tara, Veterinary Technician
The resident “Lab Whisperer” dubbed by one of our veterinarians. Tara has a way about which she handles dogs, not only the fearful and aggressive ones, but all dogs, even the lovers and smoochers. It comes from her deep love of nature and the great outdoors. Tara graduated from the Minnesota School of Business – Rochester and earned her AAS degree in Veterinary Technology. Following her internship she started her career here at Scott Lake Veterinary Center with a passion for all things animal. She is one of our warrior huntresses and loves to share her skill of cooking. Tara makes the best venison chili. When Tara isn’t helping a client in need or assisting in surgery she is spending family time with husband Jarod, and sons Jonas and Bryce. A full house awaits her after a day at work including 3 dogs, Avery, Hoyt, Willow; 2 cats, Bagheera her most recent rescue, Patrick; and a rat named Itty Bitty.
Rachel, Veterinary Technician
Rachel is a new addition to our crew from the referral side of veterinary medicine. She is a graduate of Ridgewater College in Willmar and passed her VTNE boards on her first attempt! After completing her internship and a round at a specialty referral hospital Rachel knew she had a preference for high quality care with the ability to make an impact in the lives of her patients. She joins us with the knowledge and passion to provide the best care possible. Her background came from growing up on a cattle farm in a small community and her love and experience has blossomed from there. She looks forward to each new patient and their owner! When Rachel isn’t working she has a number of interesting hobbies including baking, watching the NBA, wake boarding in the summer and snowboarding in the winter and reading the Harry Potter series of books. Rachel shares her home life with Dolce a crazy mix of Labrador, husky, and Border collie.
Viviana Bustillos, Veterinary Technician
Viviana began working as a veterinary assistant in Arizona after graduating from the vet assistant program at Pima Medical Institute in 2014, where she was hired by her externship clinic. Viviana showed great enthusiasm for learning and a passion for animals and was eventually trained as a veterinary technician. In the fall of 2015, Viviana packed up her life and moved with her boyfriend, and her dog and cat, to beautiful Minnesota.
Viviana is very happy to be at home with SLVC. One of Viviana’s great attributes is that she is fluent in Spanish. She enjoys not only helping the pets, but helping pet parents understand what is going on with their furry family members. While at SLVC, she has also gotten drawn into the delightful life of being a foster mom to the rescue pups that pass through the clinic. Her furry family currently consists of Toffee (Chihuahua), Lucy (Pitbull terrier), and Ember (Calico cat).
Viviana dreams of one day owning a hobby farm with goats, and horses, and chickens, as well as a place for animals to have a second chance at finding their perfect fur-ever home!
Liz, Veterinary Technician
Bio coming soon.
Oni, Technician Assistant
There is nothing ordinary about Oni. From her nickname to how she spends her free time, Oni is one of a kind. After attending Minnesota School of Business Oni jumped right into the veterinary field. You’ll likely find her talking on the phone or checking a client in to be seen from our reception desk. She’s a people person and has loved pets since growing up on a local farm. She greatly enjoys her daily interactions with clients and loves to call out their pets by name! Her hobbies include being outside; hunting, fishing and time “up North”. Oni spends her time away from the clinic with feline friends Kittens and Lady, and her dog Shadow.
Bio coming soon.