Meet Our Team

  • Carla Christman DVM
    Owner

    Dr. Christman is a 1996 graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine and is the owner of Healthy Pet Veterinary Clinic. While she started her veterinary career at a large animal practice where she took care of horses and all types of farm animals, Dr. Christman opened the doors at Healthy Pet Veterinary Clinic in 2001 and hasn't looked back since.  Carla loves Madison with it's the eclectic people and never ending list of things to do out on the town.

    Dr. Christman is a member of the following organizations:


    When Dr. Christman is away from the clinic, she enjoys spending time in her garden or camping and hiking.    She also shares her home with several pets: Including dogs, cats and ferrets.  Dr. Christman's passion for exemplary care of small mammals and is why Healthy Pet has become a premier facility in the care of small mammal pets in the Madison area.

  • Jenny Pfendner DVM

    Dr. Jenny is a 2011 graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine and spent the 10 years after school living in Columbus, Ohio working both as a private practitioner and a shelter veterinarian before moving back home in 2022.  Dr. Jenny started at Healthy Pet in 2022 once moving back to Madison and is so happy to have found her home at this wonderful practice.

    Dr. Jenny is a member of the following organizations:

    American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)

    Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA)

    Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV)

    Dr. Jenny is passionate about animal rescue and often is fostering at least one animal in her home at any given time.  At home Dr. Jenny enjoys reading, computer gaming, and especially playing D&D with her friends.  She enjoys spending time walking her dogs with her husband, Carl and finding new restaurants to try in the Madison area.  She is a self proclaimed 'cat lady' and shares her home with several pets: Including two dogs, five cats, and a corn snake. 


  • Amber
    Certified Veterinary Technician

    Amber grew up in Johnson Creek and studied in Lake Mills. Amber has many pets of her own; 4 dogs, 2 cats, 4 chinchillas, and 24 (yes, 24!) rabbits. Amber spends most of her free time outdoors doing activities such as skeet shooting and outdoor sports. 

  • Arianna
    Certified Veterinary Technician

    Arianna graduated from MATC and became a CVT in the summer of 2022 and began working at Healthy Pet in October 2022. In her free time she enjoys spending time outdoors with her cat Milo, and caring for her ducks.

  • Kelsey
    Certified Veterinary Assistant

    Kelsey is one of our amazing veterinary assistants who is currently in school to become a State Certified Veterinary Technician. Kelsey grew up in Johnson Creek and has studied at UW Platteville and she is currently attending Madison College.  Kelsey has gone from living in the country to life in Madison with her rambunctious dogs Cleo & Millie who she describes as 'her children'.  Kelsey enjoys art, the outdoors, and hanging out with her friends.  

  • Katelyn
    Certified Veterinary Assistant

    Katelyn was born and raised in Taiwan. She moved to Madison when she turned 18 and recently graduated from UW-Madison, majoring in Microbiology. She is currently enrolled in the Veterinary Technician Program at Madison College. Her ultimate goal is to become a Veterinarian. During her free time, she enjoys hiking and visiting wineries. Katelyn has four cats and their names are Hana, Kazu, Yuka, and Haru.

  • Lauryn
    Veterinary Assistant

    Lauryn has a degree in biology from UW-Milwaukee. On the weekends, she is an animal care intern with the big cats at the Milwaukee County Zoo. She intends to become a zoo and wildlife veterinarian. In her free time, she loves baking and spending time with her two dogs, Rufus and Archduke Franz Ferdinand.

  • Allie
    Veterinary Assistant

    Allie is originally from California and is a pre vet student studying at UW-Madison. She has been drawn to animals since she was little and has wanted to go into the veterinary field for as long as she can remember. Outside of work and school I enjoy reading, cooking, and hanging out with my friends.

  • Tia
    Customer Service Representative

    Tia is one of the Customer Service Representatives who, if not at the front desk, you will often find petting and talking to any cat staying in the clinic for boarding.  

    Outside of the clinic, Tia is a UW Madison Psychology and Theatre and Drama graduate who teaches acting and voice to kids and teens at Forte Studios in Mt Horeb. In her free time, she enjoys crafting while listening to podcasts, hanging out with friends, and snuggling her cat, Artemis.

  • Nicole
    Customer Service Representative

    Nicole recently graduated from UW-Whitewater with a Bachelor of Science Degree.  She enjoys being outside and on adventures with her dog Wolfie.  Nicole also has a one eyed cat named Odin.

  • Autum
    Boarding Attendant

    Autum is currently enrolled at MATC to become either a Vet Tech or a Veterinarian. She has two guinea pigs and three cats. She likes to enjoy her free time with her family and friends, and with her animals. Autum also likes to draw and sing.

  • Amanda
    Boarding Attendant

    Amanda moved to Madison from Des Moines, Iowa with her husband and three cats; Momo, Marvin, and Fievel (pictured). Growing up, she was the one in my family to always bring home surprise pets (the zebra finches really threw her mom off)! In her spare time she likes to play video games, read, cook, and cross stitch.

  • Eliza
    Boarding Attendant

    Eliza Williams is currently a senior in High School, a lifelong Madisonian, and is one of the people who takes care of the animals staying in boarding. When they’re not at school or work, Eliza’s usually hanging out with friends, listening to music, or practicing creativity in one way or another. They have a dog named Minny, and two cats, Jasmine and Poe, all of whom have very large personalities.

Location

Our location and directions to our clinic

Office Hours

Due to staffing shortages, medical questions and prescription refills called in after 12pm on Friday cannot be processed until the following Monday.

Healthy Pet Veterinary Clinic

Monday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Tuesday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Wednesday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Thursday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Friday:

8am-Noon Open As Normal / Noon-4p No doctor in the clinic, but we are open for boarding admits and previously processed medication refill pickup.

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed

Testimonials

Read What Our Clients Say

  • "This clinic is very clean, friendly, and gentle. My Guinea Pig Bear had a tumor and they have worked hard to care for him and follow up to be sure he is healing well from surgery removal as well as be available to answer any questions I have.I was even able to set up an affordable payment plan for his medical bills. All in all a very trustworthy Vet Clinic."
    Kaija Swift
  • "Very nice and clean clinic with helpful staff. We used them to board our rabbit while we were on vacation. They have a dedicated rabbit room with multiple large cages. Rabbits get daily individual 'out-of-cage' exercise time."
    Tim Goihl
  • "Fantastic clinic..everyone there ..they take the best care of princess my cat lol.highly recommend."
    mr potato head