The owner of Sauk Prairie Small Animal Hospital, Dr. Joseph Kelley is a native of Sauk City. Dr. Kelley has practiced medicine at the hospital since 1990. Prior to practicing at Sauk-Prairie, Dr. Kelley practiced medicine as an associate veterinarian at Gateway Animal Hospital in Illinois.
Dr. Kelley attended the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry in 1984. He went on to attend the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine and was awarded his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1989. Dr. Kelley’s professional interests include surgery, exotics and wildlife and orthopedic and soft tissue surgery. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association and the Dane County Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Kelley and his wife, Jodi, the hospital’s administrator, have two children, Morgan and Brenna. They share their home with a number of pets, including two Jack Russell Terriers and one cat. They also care for a boa constrictor, an iguana and two other cats, all of whom live at the clinic. His hobbies include biking, hunting, hiking and boating.
Associate veterinarian Dr. Abigail M. Clepper is a native of Athens, Ohio and has been working in the animal related field for over 16 years. She earned her bachelor’s degrees in zoology and education from The Ohio State University before earning her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary School in 1993.
“Sauk-Prairie Small Animal Hospital is a friendly, supportive place to work,” says Dr. Clepper. “I enjoy working with the skilled support staff and appreciate that we offer state of the art care with a home town attitude.”
At home, Dr. Clepper cares for her own pets, three dogs and a cat named Parton.
In her spare time, Dr. Clepper attempts to keep up with all of her kids’ activities. She personally enjoys outdoor activities, boating, hiking, camping and gardening.
With its daily challenges, veterinary medicine inspires Dr. Erica Schorr-Evans to continuously learn in order to provide pets with the very best possible care. Dr. Schorr-Evans grew up in Mexico and attended The American High School in Mexico City. She then moved to the United States and earned her bachelor’s degree in animal science (with distinction) from Cornell University in 1990. She still remains a member of the Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network (CAAAN) where she educates prospective students on the university’s opportunities.
After college, she went on to earn her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Wisconsin- Madison in 1994. While there, Dr. Schorr-Evans was recognized with the American Breeders Society Award and the Student Research Award. She was also the recipient of the Smith-Kilborne Foreign Animal Disease Scholarship and a Student Merit Scholarship. We were pleased to welcome her to our veterinary staff in July 2013.
Veterinary medicine combined all of Dr. Schorr-Evans’ interests (science, nature, surgery, medicine, and helping people) and made it the optimal career choice. Her particular professional interests lie in dermatology, endocrinology, dentistry and veterinary acupuncture. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Veterinary Acupuncture, and the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. In addition to working at veterinary hospitals, she has also spent time working at the Buffalo Zoo, the Cornell University Research Laboratory on Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and as an intern at the William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute.
And as a veterinarian, she is never short on stories. “My first pet was a cat named Cleopatra that climbed through the wheel well onto the engine of our car,” she says. “We opened the hood when we heard her crying. After we cleaned the engine oil off of her, we took her home.”
When not at the hospital, Dr. Schorr-Evans may be found with her husband, David, daughter, Abigail, and cat, Mariposa. She also stays active with Zumba, running, quilting and making stained glass crafts.
Please welcome our newest Associate Veterinarian, Dr. Kelly Pertzborn. Originally a native of the area, Dr. Pertzborn grew up on a small family dairy farm. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Biology from UW Madison and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University.
Dr. Kelly brings a unique perspective coming from a mixed practice of both large and small animals, but prefers caring for dogs, cats and some exotic species. She enjoys the range of what our hospital sees on a daily basis from regular appointments, vaccines, skin issues to emergent care and dental surgery. She’s an experienced surgeon and is very interested in orthopedic surgery, already benefiting from Dr. Joe’s instruction and reports he’s an excellent teacher.
Dr. Kelly’s favorite part of being a veterinarian is forming relationships with clients and being able to watch their pets grow. She enjoys possessing the ability to help people through difficult or scary times with their pets.
She shares her home with two dogs, Bucky, a 5yr old Lab mix; and Sawyer, a 2 yr old English Llewellyn Setter.
In her spare time, Dr. Pertzborn enjoys any outside activity from hiking, skiing, grilling or relaxing around a campfire but also loves reading and watching movies.