Judy Batker, DVM
I grew up in Verona and graduated from the UW Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in 1995. In 1999, I founded Country View Veterinary Service in 1999 with Dr. Larry Mahr and now I am transitioning to Country View Equine Clinic with excitement!
Since childhood I have been devoted to horses and truly love spending every day outside with horses and horse people. Reproduction, senior horse care and wellness care are my favorite areas in practice. I also enjoy working on all farm animals and the variety of care that can be provided to them.
In recent years I have become very involved with the Equitarian Initiative through teaching a yearly workshop in Costa Rica as well as organizing and leading projects annually in Haiti and South Dakota on the Pine Ridge Reservation. This nonprofit provides sustainable care to working equids and training for their owners.
Outside of work and volunteerism, I love riding, hiking and most of all spending time with my husband and two sons.
Stephanie Miesen, DVM
Do you know that slightly awkward, horse-crazy kid that is in every class in every school across the country? Well that would be me! I grew up riding and competing in the Wisconsin Little Britches and High School rodeos. To this day I am horse crazy! How lucky am I to have a job that allows me to work with not only a wide variety of horses, but goats, sheep, llamas, alpacas, cattle and chickens to keep things spiced up?!
Upon graduating high school, I attended UW-River Falls where I majored in Animal Science and competed for the collegiate rodeo team. During this time, I worked at veterinary clinics, horse boarding facilities and trained horses. After my time at River Falls I relocated to attend the UW Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, where I continued to train horses and barrel race in my spare time.
Upon graduation in 2008 I was lucky enough to be hired by Country View Veterinary Service, which has now transitioned to Country View Equine Clinic. I am so fortunate to be practicing in an area with so many conscientious owners and amazing animals. I particularly enjoy working with animals that require special health care needs, such as geriatric, neonatal and those with chronic diseases. I try to educate the owners so they can better help their animals remain healthy for as long as possible.
Outside of work I continue to enjoy training horses and barrel racing- especially on my heart horse, Red. I look forward to seeing if my two children, Emil and Rosie, enjoy horses as much as I do. Or maybe they will prefer cows like my husband Mike!
Laura Anderson, DVM CVSMT
I grew up on a small hobby farm in Platteville, WI. Like many other equine enthusiasts, my love of horses started at a very young age. My grandpa surprised me with a very naughty pony when I was around six years old, much to my parents’ dismay! I’ve known many good horses since then, but it was the eventual passing of her first foal a few years later that sealed the deal on my decision to become a veterinarian one day.
During the course of my journey to become a veterinarian, I was lucky enough to spend a significant amount of time in both Texas and Colorado where I met many good friends and mentors in the equine industry. I graduated from Colorado State University with special interests in sports medicine and rehabilitation and podiatry, although I enjoy all aspects of being an equine veterinarian. My husband Jake is a farrier and we continually push each other to be better on our respective sides of the equine foot.
I will be forever fascinated with how horses move and the importance of good biomechanics. It was this interest that led me into veterinary spinal manipulation therapy, which has been part of how I practice for a few years now. I am passionate about combining both traditional lameness therapies and VSMT in a way that makes the most sense for the horse and whatever challenge they may be faced with. I love continuing my education so I can better the life of the horse.
Outside of work I enjoy life with my family which consists of my husband Jake, our two children Eli and Lexi, our three dogs, and a questionable number of horses - including the famous Truffles! We have a strong passion in furthering our horsemanship education and compete in Versatility Ranch Horse competitions.
Rachelle Eugster, CVT
Ashley Larsen, CVT