Maria Burger, Jennifer Rausch, Abbey Frye & Rebecca Hopkins

Robert C. Krueger, DVM – Owner/Veterinarian

Years in Practice: 13
Education: The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Rob was raised locally in Utica, OH. Growing up he enjoyed working with his grandfather on the dairy farm and raising various types of livestock from llamas, to rabbits, to beef cattle. He was also quite competitive in cross country and track & field. After high school he attended Wilmington College and graduated in 2001. He then went on to The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine where he finished in 2005. Dr. Rob started practice in a mixed animal practice in Loudonville, OH for nearly 2 years before coming to purchase Mount Vernon Animal Hospital and moving back home to Knox/Licking County. Dr. Rob’s professional areas of interest include equine and bovine reproduction and embryo transfer, large animal field surgery, small animal orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, nutrition as well as comprehensive herd health care. Dr. Rob also serves as the Managing Veterinarian and Business Manager at Mount Vernon Animal Hospital.

In his spare time Dr. Rob enjoys spending time with his family and friends, managing a small herd of beef cattle and working on his antique tractor and 1950 Buick.

Jessica R. Krueger, DVM – Owner/Veterinarian

Years in Practice: 12
Education: The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Jessica was raised in Columbiana County, OH and went to Leetonia High School. Growing up she was passionate about horseback riding and showing and very active in sports and music. After high school Dr. Jessica attended The University of Findlay majoring in Pre-Veterinary Medicine/Biology-Life Sciences. At UF she was a member of the Western Equestrian team. She graduated in 2002 and moved on to veterinary school at The Ohio State University. She completed her externship with Dr. Ron Genovese at Cleveland Equine studying equine sports medicine. Dr. Jessica graduated in 2006 and went back home to work for her mentor at a mixed animal practice in Lisbon, OH for near a year before moving on to work with Dr. Rob here in Mount Vernon. Dr. Jessica’s main professional areas of interest include small animal internal medicine, indoor cat behavior and health, weight control nutrition, preventative health care planning, parasitology and zoonoses, and procuring the human animal bond. She also still works with Dr. Rob from time to time as well working through cases in equine lameness and sports medicine.

In her spare time, Dr. Jessica enjoys spending time with friends and family, working with her old mare “April” and her gelding “Roscoe”, as well as painting and going to concerts.

Dr. Rob and Dr. Jessica, together live on a small farm and have 2 children Samuel & Lily. As well as five legged family members; 3 dogs; a rascally Australian Cattle Dog named “Fancy”, a Cairn Terrier puppy named Bolt and a zany Australian Shepherd named “Muddy”, 1 very ornery cat named “Mater”, and a guinea pig named “Happy Happy”.

Stephanie Vijan, DVM

Dr. Stephanie was raised in Johnstown, Ohio. She grew up on her family’s farm, where she spent most of her time in the barn. She helped raise foals and start young horses, and competed in the hunter jumpers.

After high school, Dr. Stephanie attended The Ohio State University, where she majored in Animal Science. During her undergraduate career, she spent four months working with beef cattle in Montana for the USDA, and worked at a horse barn and small animal clinic. Dr. Stephanie graduated in 2015 and continued at Ohio State for veterinary school. During this time she worked in the large animal intensive care unit, was vice president of the Theriogenology Club, and presented her research on neonatal foals at the 2018 American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine conference in Seattle. Dr. Stephanie graduated from veterinary school in May of 2019. Her professional interests include equine lameness and sports medicine, farm animal production and surgery, reproductive work, and small animal surgery.

In her spare time, Dr. Stephanie enjoys working with her horses, going hiking, watching OSU football, and spending time with her friends and family. Dr. Stephanie and her fiancé live in Newark, Ohio. They have 3 four-legged children: “Hank”, a pit bull mix, and horses “Kenny” and “Kallie”.

Abbey V. Frye, RVT

Abbey has worked at MVAH initially joining us through a mentorship program in high school and being hired on as an assistant. She attended the Vet Tech Institute at the Bradford School and received her degree as a Registered Veterinary Technician. Abbey also works in emergency medicine at MedVet in Columbus and is in school to gain her degree as a Registered Nurse! She’s a busy lady! Abbey enjoys surgery and patient care.

She is married to Ray and at home they have 3 “nuggets”, Ayla, Cora & Leah. They share their home with several four-legged family members including 3 dogs, 2 potbelly pigs, and other assorted pocket pets including several guinea pigs.

Rebecca M. Hopkins, RVT

Rebecca “Becca” Hopkins works as a Registered Veterinary Technician and has been with MVAH since July of 2014 as she finished her education with an externship here. She completed her schooling graduating as valedictorian from the Bradford Vet Tech Institute with a degree in Applied Science/Veterinary Technology, and was hired on as an RVT.

Becca’s passion for working in the veterinary field sprouted as a 12 year old girl when she began to volunteer at her local veterinary hospital.

Jennifer D. Rausch, RVT/Large Animal Coordinator

Jen has worked as a Registered Veterinary Technician for 6 years. She is a graduate of Otterbein College with a degree in Equine Science and then completed her training at Columbus State Community College as a Registered Veterinary Technician. Jen grew up on a farm, showing hogs, beef cattle and riding horses. She was active in FFA, completing an American Degree.

Jen is married to Brian, a dairy farmer. Together they have one son Luke and one baby on the way due in the fall. In her spare time Jen enjoys barrel racing and is an active member of the International Barrel Horse Association and Ohio Girls Barrel Racing Association.

Alice Cline – Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist

**Over 20 years at Mount Vernon Animal Hospital!!

Alice has said “Not many people can say that they learn something new every day, but I can!” Alice started here at MVAH in May of 1995 working for the late Dr. Charles White, and has been here ever since!! She feels that it is the most wonderful feeling to enjoy going to work & having a great working relationship with all of the staff, in and out of work. “It is very rewarding & I feel every day here at MVAH we strive to make positive improvements in care and compassion for each animal and client,” she says. She currently shares her home with 9 furry family members including 7 kitties and 2 dogs. Her 2 dogs are “Mackenzie” the yellow lab and “Ginger” the zany Pomeranian who was rescued from the Knox County Dog Shelter. She says, “They keep me very busy and I wouldn’t trade it for the world!”

Alice also enjoys working at her other job as a Managing Manicurist at Liberated Salon. In her spare time she enjoys working at home in the yard and spending a day in the sun at the local water park!

Jill Haught – Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist

Jill came to MVAH in Jan. of 2012. She formerly worked in Marietta, Ohio at a veterinary hospital and also worked in the Horse Health Industry here in the central Ohio area. Jill’s husband and herself just celebrated 25 years of marriage and have 4 boys. Her family and her are very active in their church and community. Jill has 3 dogs, 1 cat, 20 chickens, 2 roosters and 2 donkeys named Jed and Ruby.

Brandi Schillinger – Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist

Brandi has been with Mount Vernon Animal Hospital since 2009. She attended The Ohio State University-ATI and studied equine science. She was very active in 4-H showing both sheep and hogs. Brandi began showing draft horses at age 6 and then began to western pleasure and hunter under saddle on the APHA Circuit. Today she lives in Gambier with her husband and 2 children. Oh and don’t forget her furry children “Rose” the English Mastiff and “Jake” the Great Dane.

Natasha Johnson – Certified Professional Groomer

Natasha joined our practice in early summer of 2016. She has over 9 years of experience working with pets. She has run a mobile pet sitting service for 2 years and during that time completed her pet grooming certification through the Central Ohio Dog Grooming Academy. She also has experience in obedience showmanship and agility training with dogs.

Natasha loves working with animals and looks forward to getting to know our clients and their pets individually!

Jessie Smith – Certified Professional Groomer

Jessie joins our practice in late 2016 as part of our pet grooming team. Jessie grew up in Ashland and got her first dog at the age of six and has had multiple pets every since! Her career in grooming began as a certified bather while living for a short time in SC. When she returned to Ohio in 2011 she began an apprenticeship to learn to groom as an independent professional. During this experience she realized that grooming was her calling and hopes it to be her lifelong career!! Her favorite part about grooming is the relationships built with clients and the amazing bonds she builds with the pets she grooms. She has said, “I truly love them as my own!”

With her husband Zach they now call Knox County home along with their dogs Ella Mae, Cheesecake, Zsa Zsa and cat Sweet Pea.