John Merz DVM, Practice Co-Owner
One year after graduating from Iowa State University in 1989, Dr. Merz joined the Buffalo clinic. Born and raised in Dubuque, IA, Dr. Merz spent summers at his uncle’s farm. His lifelong dream of being a veterinarian had already taken shape but working on the farm cemented his dream forever.
At the time he joined the Buffalo practice, it still addressed the health needs of both large and small animals. He liked working with dairy animals and intended to focus his practice on them. But he soon discovered that serving the health needs of small, companion animals was even more interesting and gratifying. To Dr. Merz, restoring an injured or ill animal to health and happiness, watching young companion animals grow into healthy adults and helping people understand their pets' needs is what being a veterinarian is all about.
The Buffalo Companion Animal Clinic continues to grow and incorporate new technologies, treatments and services. That progressive approach is what first attracted Dr. Merz to the practice. Most recently, we’ve added veterinary dental services, an aspect of general health that is often given scarce attention but that is of paramount importance to the quality of your companion animal’s life.
Fishing, camping and other family activities keep Dr. Merz busy when he's not working at the clinic.
Ron Moore DVM, Practice Co-Owner
Dr. Moore has been with the BCAC since 1985. After graduating from the University of Minnesota, he interned at what was then the Buffalo Veterinary Clinic, and never left. Growing up on a dairy farm in Clear Lake, South Dakota, Dr. Moore’s early experiences cultivated an interest in animal health and fostered an enduring love and respect for animals.
What Dr. Moore finds rewarding about the art and science of veterinary medicine is the problem-solving involved in keeping animals in good health or returning them to it. He is also fascinated with the complex bond that exists between people and their companion animals. Understanding the dynamic between them and communicating that understanding, helps people and their animals form a healthy relationship that meets not just the animal's physical needs, but the emotional needs of both owner and pet.
Dr. Moore enjoys sharing his knowledge, educating clients and working with them to enhance communication and maximize the rewards of the human-animal bond. Clear communication and attentive listening are part of the Buffalo Companion Animal Clinic’s philosophy of how to practice medicine.
When he’s not working, Dr. Moore enjoys spending time with his family and friends, traveling, canoeing, camping, and hiking. He volunteers in church groups and takes great pleasure in restoring his family’s vintage 1920’s era home.
Jim St.Amant DVM, Practice Co-Owner
Although Dr. St.Amant originated in Gary, Indiana, he has lived throughout the Midwest, mostly in small towns and communities not unlike Buffalo. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with an undergraduate degree in zoology. He considered an academic career or a career in zoological research but wanted to put his knowledge and skill to a more immediate and practical use. Plus, he wanted daily interaction with animals and their owners — becoming a veterinarian was the perfect solution.
After graduating in 1988 from the University of Minnesota, Dr. St.Amant worked part-time for several metropolitan area veterinarians before joining the Buffalo clinic full time in 1993.
As with the other doctors of the Buffalo Companion Animal Clinic, Dr. St.Amant is a skilled veterinary surgeon. For him, surgery of the knee is particularly interesting. Before surgery, animals with a torn cruciate ligament, a common cause for knee surgery, display marked discomfort and their mobility is restricted. Restoring an animal to an active lifestyle and seeing the owner’s joy at getting their pet back on track is one of the huge rewards of being a surgeon.
Dr. St.Amant is an avid hobby horticulturist. From “common” houseplants to various species of exotic orchids, Dr. St.Amant’s knowledge of plants and careful nurturing results in beautiful, healthy plants. His success is evident throughout the clinic where it is common to see plants blooming all seasons of the year. When he’s not at the clinic, Dr. St.Amant enjoys camping with his wife and two children and tending his own companion animals.
Ashley E. Mattson DVM
Dr. Mattson grew up in Watertown, MN. She was involved in FFA and 4-H. Her family raised and showed sheep and through raising lambs each spring, Dr. Mattson gained an interest in veterinary medicine. While going to veterinary school, Dr. Mattson worked at Buffalo Companion Animal. After graduating from the University of Minnesota, Dr. Mattson found Buffalo Companion Animal Clinic to be perfect clinic for her.
Dr. Mattson has a strong interest in internal medicine, and especially feline internal medicine. She enjoys educating clients about disease processes in their companion animals. She understands that client education and communication about a companion animal can strengthen the human-animal bond and ensure the best healing of a sick animal.
When not at the clinic, Dr. Mattson enjoys spending time with her husband and chasing around their young son. Dr. Mattson has a dog and cat at home.
Alyssa Erlandson DVM
Certified in Veterinary Acupuncture
Dr. Erlandson grew up in Monticello, MN. She knew from a very young age she wanted to become a veterinarian. She started working as a kennel assistant at a local pet hospital during high school. She received her Bachelor's degree in Animal Science from the University of Minnesota and continued her studies at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. She graduated in 2002 and spent 11 years practicing at a small animal clinic in St. Cloud before joining BCAC.
Dr. Erlandson is certified in Veterinary Acupuncture. She received her training from the Chi Institute in Florida in 2005. Acupuncture is an exciting alternative therapy that can be used as a solo treatment or in conjunction with an established care plan. It is effective in the treatment of many diseases, including arthritis and other causes of chronic pain, back disease, urinary incontinence, seizures, and chronic GI disease.
Dr. Erlandson and her husband are kept busy with their son and twin daughters. They share their home with a border collie named J.J., cats Potter and Chip, and three guinea pigs. Dr. Erlandson enjoys teaching her kids about nature through camping, hiking, and making s'mores around the campfire. Someday when there is time, she will once again enjoy reading a good novel.
Rita Sarvie CVT, Practice Manager
Rita joined the BCAC in 1987. She attended St. Cloud State University and the Medical Institute of Minnesota. Rita believes learning is a lifelong process and continues to attend classes and work towards a certification is practice management. She grew up in Buffalo and feels a strong tie to the community, which she has seen many changes in over the years. Rita is proud of the BCAC in their growth and continued commitment to high quality, progressive medicine. Rita and her husband have 2 cats, 2 dogs and 2 teenage children, all of which keep them very busy! When not at work Rita enjoys gardening, fishing and attending youth sporting events.
The Staff: Veterinary Technicians
The Buffalo Companion Animal Clinic excels in many areas, one of the areas we are most proud of are our Certified Veterinary Technicians.
Our Certified Veterinary Technicians all have two years of advanced training that allows them to wear many hats. If we look at their equivalents in the human medical field they perform the same duties as:
- Laboratory technician
- Radiography technician (x-ray tech)
- Anesthesiology technician
- Dental hygienist
- Pharmacy technician
- Surgical assistant
- Nutrition consultants
- Customer care specialists
Kelly had the unique experience of growing up on an exotic animal farm. She worked at Zoological Gardens and worked with a traveling petting zoo that traveled to daycare facilities, nursing homes, and city events. Kelly attended Willmar Technical College where she earned a AAS degree in Veterinary Technology. Kelly loves dentistry and hopes to achieve her veterinary technician dental specialty. When away from work Kelly enjoys photography/videos, tractor pulls, and spending time with her family. (Kelly is pictured with our clinic cat, Carlos)
Heather went to the Minnesota School of Business where she earned her Veterinary Technology degree. Heather has donated many hours to helping homeless pets through local shelters. Her interest s are educating clients in pain management and pets with allergy issues. On her off time Heather enjoys photography, gardening and throwing Frisbee for her dog Zion. She also has two tabby cats that keep her busy, Tibus and Skywalker.
Erica received her degree in Veterinary Technology from the Medical Institute of Minnesota. Erica has an avid interest in animal behavior. She enjoys learning as much as she can about the subject and sharing that information with clients. Erica has 2 young boys who enjoy playing with their animals and karate. When not at work, Erica also enjoys walking her dogs, spending time with her horses and reading novels.
Bobbi received her degree from Ridgewater in 2000. She brings years of experience of veterinary trauma and emergency to the BCAC. Bobbi also enjoys the study of ophthalmology and educating clients about obesity in pets. When away from work Bobbi enjoys getting outdoors to fish, snowmobile, garden and spend time with her family. She has a Cockapoo named Winnie and a Golden Retriever named Malcom. Bobbi is also an avid Minnesota sports enthusiast and follows the Vikings, Twins and Timberwolves organizations.
Kim’s love for animals was apparent while working for several years at a dog boarding facility. It was there that she was encouraged to take her care for animals a step further by enrolling in the Veterinary Technology program. After having graduated from the Minnesota School of Business in 2006 she has been a part of the BCAC team ever since. Kim has always had a love for art and has created a few different pieces to help promote animal wellness throughout the clinic. Other than a love of art she also enjoys music, bon fires, four-wheeling and spending time with her family, friends and neighbors.
Erin graduated from Ridgewater College with a degree in Veterinary Technology. Erin has years of experience in small animal clinics. She has an interest in orthopedics and enjoys helping educate clients about pain management. In her free time Erin enjoys golfing, camping, attending sporting events and spending time with family. Erin and her husband share their home with 2 very energetic lab mixes, Keegan and Kira.
Mandy received her degree from Argosy University in veterinary technology. Mandy started with the BCAC as an assistant and has grown into a dedicated, hard working technician. Mandy is interested in client education, anesthesia, and surgical procedures. When Mandy is not at work she spends her time with her husband and 3 children riding their ATVs, having bonfires and hanging out with family and friends. Mandy has a French Bulldog named Gurt and Vinnie, an Old English Bulldog. Both dogs also enjoy bonfires and hanging out with their puppy buddies!
Kaitlin worked as an assistant at BCAC while attending Ridewater College for her degree in Veterinary Technology. After graduating she joined the team as a technician and will be taking her certification exam soon. Kaitlin grew up on a dairy farm where she gained her love for helping and caring for animals. Outside of the clinic Kaitlin enjoys helping on the dairy farm and spending time with family and friends.
Shelby received her Veterinary Technician degree from Ridgewater College in Willmer, MN in 2013. Shelby is interested in animal nutrition, physical therapy and dentistry. During her free time she enjoys taking her chocolate lab Mocha for walks to the lake. Shelby likes to spend as much time as she can outdoors in the sun!
Emily received her degree from Minnesota School of Business in veterinary technology. Emily has years of shelter, small animal, and emergency medicine. She has an interest in client communication and education, something she feels is incredibly important in the veterinary world, and feels BCAC does an amazing job at it. In her free time Emily enjoys spending her time with her husband, 2 children and their 4 fur-babies, along with photography, gardening and camping. She has 3 cats named Stewey, Montana and Corwin and a Border Collie named Harlow.
Melissa, Kennel Manager
Melissa came to Minnesota from Los Angeles where she owned and operated an in-home animal care business. The experience she gained is put to good use as our kennel manager and assistant to our CVTs. Melissa moved to Buffalo 15 years ago to raise her family and enjoy all Buffalo has to offer. Her passions are her family, nature, photography and her 4 cats.
Carlos El Gato, Clinic Cat
Carlos' charm and captivating appeal with the patients and clients have made him a favorite around BCAC. Carlos has been featured in our holiday card and has been inspiration to a local artist. Carlos outgoing personality and genuine concern of his fellow fur friends has inspired many new friendships. His FACEBOOK account is a always a great resource for his humor, love, and general shenanigans around the office.