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Following graduation from Kansas State University in May of 1994, Dr. Ken Chaffin and his wife, Lela, moved to Winona, MN. Dr. Chaffin began employment with Town and Country Veterinary Hospital on Mankato Avenue as a mixed animal Associate Veterinarian servicing both large and small animals. Dr. Chaffin enjoyed his position with TCVH, travelling the bluff country and becoming acquainted with great people in the rural agricultural setting as well as residents of the Winona community. As the need for more pet care increased, Dr. Chaffin’s time was dedicated more to servicing the small animal clients and patients. In February of 2000, Dr. Chaffin purchased the small animal part of Town and Country Veterinary Hospital from Dr. John Bengfort and started Companion Animal Care Center, a family pet care center. As the business grew, Dr. Chaffin felt the need to expand and broke ground on a new veterinary facility in December 2007. Companion Animal Care Center moved to its current location at 640 Innovation Drive in November of 2008 and continues to service the veterinary needs of the Winona community.



Dr. Ken Chaffin

Dr. Ken Chaffin, Owner Veterinarian

Dr. Ken Chaffin is Companion Animal Care Center’s owner. He earned his undergraduate degree from MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, KS and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from Kansas State University in May of 1994. Dr. Chaffin has developed several interests which include orthopedics, hydrotherapy/sports medicine and reproduction. As the visionary of the business, Dr. Chaffin has many career and business-related goals such as developing breeding programs and holding educational seminars for the community. Dr. Chaffin serves on his local church board and enjoys leading a weekly small group Bible Study. As a Minnesota native, his personal interests include fishing, hiking, building campfires, and traveling to the North Shore with his wife, Lela. He also enjoys spending time with his English Springer Spaniel, Timber and cat, Dottie.

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Dr. Lindsay Tucker, Associate Veterinarian

Our Associate Veterinarian, Dr. Lindsay Tucker began practicing at Companion Animal Care Center in November of 2009. She earned her undergraduate degree from Simpson College in Iowa and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from Iowa State University in 2008. After graduation, Dr. Tucker completed an internship at Carolina Veterinary Specialists in Greensboro, NC. Dr. Tucker specifically enjoys the challenges of Internal Medicine and Dermatology and looks forward to contributing her knowledge and skills to Companion Animal Care Center’s medical team. At home she has an English Springer Spaniel named Popeye and a cat named Layla. In her free time she enjoys fishing, camping, playing soccer and watching college basketball.



Lela Chaffin

Lela Chaffin, Hospital Administrator

Lela has been Companion Animal Care Center’s Hospital Administrator since February of 2000. She received her Associate of Arts degree in Secretarial Science/Business from MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, KS and has over 20 years of business office experience. In addition to all of the administrative responsibilities at CACC, Lela is also the worship leader in her local church. Lela thoroughly enjoys music, cooking, country decorating, and hiking with her husband, Dr. Ken Chaffin and her energetic English Springer Spaniel, Timber. Lela also enjoys reading and spending quiet time at home with her cat, Dottie




Michelle, Certified Veterinary Technician

Michelle takes the cake on being the one employee who has been at Companion Animal Care Center the longest. She began working as a Veterinary Assistant at Companion Animal Care Center in February of 2000. After graduating from the distance learning program through Cedar Valley College in Lancaster, TX in 2005 she received her Certified Veterinary Technician designation and was promoted to Veterinary Technician. In addition to Michelle’s responsibility with food inventory management, Michelle has an interest in lab-related testing and hopes to improve her laboratory skills and expand her animal nutrition knowledge. She is a first-time mom to Damian and when she is not working, one can usually find her with her nose in a book, watching movies, or hanging out with her family and friends.


Michele, Certified Veterinary Technician

Certified Veterinary Technician, Michele, began working at Companion Animal Care Center in February of 2000. After taking a hiatus from CACC in 2003, she returned in October of 2005. Michele graduated from the Medical Institute of Minnesota as a Veterinary Technician and received her Certified Veterinary Technician designation in 1999. In addition to her responsibility with pharmaceutical Inventory management, her interests include ultrasound technology and canine reproduction. At home she has a son named Peyton who is a big brother to sister Sydnee. Michele likes to spend time with her family and friends as well as her cat, Indigo and her 3-legged Rottweiler, Josie.


Audra, Certified Veterinary Technician

Audra has been with Companion Animal Care Center as a Certified Veterinary Technician since October of 2003. She is an alumnus from the Medical Institute of Minnesota and received her Certified Veterinary Technician designation in 1998. Audra’s career-related goals focus mainly on Hydrotherapy and advancing her knowledge in hydrotherapy/rehabilitation so she can help develop an even more successful rehab program at Companion Animal Care Center. Audra’s hobbies include running and hiking with her dog Lexie, camping, cross country skiing and watching black and white movies.


Deanna, CVT, Client/Patient Care Coordinator

Our own version of Cat Woman, Deanna, is our Client/Patient Care Coordinator. She has been working here since June of 2008, and thoroughly enjoys anything feline-related. Deanna has been very instrumental in the development and organization of Timber’s Lodge and lodge reservations. She graduated from Winona State University with a B.A. in music and from Rochester Community Technical College as a Veterinary Technician and received her Certified Veterinary Technician designation in 2007. Aside from playing with her 3 kitties, Deanna also has an interest in musical theatre, traveling, canoeing, and identifying wild flowers and edible plants.




Emily, Veterinary Assistant

Emily has been working here since December 2011. She is a student at Winona State University and is working toward a degree in Ecology as well as a minor in Studio Art. Emily is interested in a career involving animal behavior. In addition to her responsibilities as a Veterinary Assistant, she can be found caring for our lodge guests in Timber’s Lodge. Some of her hobbies include photography, drawing, pottery, exercising and spending time with her four horses and German Shepherd, Shadow.


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Leslie, Client Service Representative

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Rachael, Client Service Representative

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Ronda, Office Assistant

Ronda is Companion Animal Care Center’s Office Assistant and has been working here since March of 2010. She and her husband, Richard, recently retired from 40 years of active ministry, but after several months of retirement Ronda realized she loved and missed working in a busy office. Needless to say she was thrilled to join our team here at CACC! Ronda loves her two granddogs, Ladie and Lucky, her grandcat, Jewel, and her grandhamster, DJ. Some of her hobbies include gardening, motorcycling with her husband, and entertaining in her home.


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