Fox River Animal Hospital - Appleton, WI - Our Team

Fox River Animal Hospital

2021 East Calumet Street
Appleton, WI 54915


Our Team

The team at FRAH has been selected not only for their excellence in veterinary medicine but also for their true love of animals and a passion for helping pets and people. Kindness is the most important trait of each of our team members. We love our patients and it shows!

We are proud that our staff and facility are Feline Friendly certified and our team are all Fear Free Certified. These certifications are not just certificates on the wall, they are evidence of our passion for our profession and commitment to treating our patients in the most relaxed and low-stress environment possible.

Dan Shepherd, DVM

Dr. Shepherd opened Fox River Animal Hospital in July 2001, he had previously been a veterinarian in a small animal practice in Moline, Illinois for 7 years. Dr. Shepherd is a 1991 graduate of the Iowa State University School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Shepherd has a particular interest in senior wellness and preventive medicine. To keep on top of current therapies and topics in Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Shepherd attends conferences, and seminars frequently.When not at the practice, Dr. Shepherd enjoys spending time with his three children and enjoying the outdoors! Dr. Shepherd has several kitties who are all FRAH alumni who came to the clinic in various states of distress. They are all very lucky kitties! Dr. Shepherd is an avid runner and cyclist taking part in marathons, half marathons and triathlons around the area. Say hi if you see him out and about!

Dr. Shepherd is a member of the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Feline Practitioners, the Northeast Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Veterinary Information Network.



Amy, CVT (Certified Veterinary Technician) and Practice Manager

Amy has been with FRAH since it’s opening in July 2001. She is a native of central Illinois and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Augustana College. Amy received her state and national certification as a veterinary technician in 2004. In her spare time Amy enjoys spending time with her husband, Bryan and their four children, Ava, Matthew, Joey and Evan, enjoying the outdoors and starting craft projects that never seem to get completed. In addition to her four two-legged children, Amy also shares her home with three spirited kitties named Puddaletta and Wicket and Lando, a Golden Retriever named Bodhi, a bird named Nana, and a turtle named Homer (Amy has had her turtle since 1992!)

Amy is a member of the Wisconsin Veterinary Technician Association, the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America and the Wisconsin Veterinary Practice Managers Association and is Fear Free Certified.


Crystal, Veterinary Assistant

Crystal was the first employee we ever hired at FRAH back in 2001. She worked with us for over 4 years before moving out of the area. We are excited to have her back as a Veterinary Assistant as of October 2015.

Crystal and her husband, Joe have three children who keep them very busy. When not watching the kids on the ice playing hockey, Crystal likes to get outdoors and enjoy the warm weather activities Wisconsin has to offer. Crystal’s family share their full house with a Golden Retriever, three sweet cats and a bunny.

Crystal is pictured here with Francis who was a clinic kitty at FRAH from 2002 to 2019!


Veronica, CVT (Certified Veterinary Technician)

I love being able to create a relationship with clients and their pets. Caring for animals can be a challenge mentally and physically, and I am always up for a new challenge. I love that I learn something new everyday and I know that I will be able to apply that knowledge again in the future. I really enjoy lab work and all of the hands-on aspects of being a CVT. Though I love small animal practice, I find large animal medicine very interesting.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family (Cody, Bentley, Amelia, and our two dogs Tyson - pictured here, and Gigi and our two cats) We enjoy camping, volleyball, snowboarding in the winter and enjoying most summer activities offered in Wisconsin. We just love being outside!


Jon, CVT (Certified Veterinary Technician)

I love building relationships with our pet owners so that I can help them to provide the best care for their pets. I believe strongly in preventive medicine and enjoy helping owners to enjoy long lives with their pets with the aid of early disease intervention. Sharing my knowledge with pet owners so that they can make informed decisions about the care of their pets is very rewarding.

In my free time I like playing board games and going to the dog park with my Boxers, Kalder and Mayday.


Our Cats and FRAHgs

Did you catch a glimpse of a rogue kitty while visiting FRAH? Did a cat try to get into your purse? Never fear, they are not escaped patients, it's just Arika (Fuzz pants) Edie and Archie, our resident cats. They are professional chair occupiers, snack stealers, stress relievers and comic relief!

If you take a peek into the large terrarium in the reception area you may catch a glimpse of our FRAHgs. They are poison dart frogs but no, they're not poisonous. Our frogs are all captive bred and they eat wingless fruit flies. Had they been born in the rainforest they would have eaten a variety of bugs that would have caused them to be poisonous. We don't handle them as the oils in our skin are actually hard on them but they can't hurt us:)