Truesdell Animal Care Hospital and Clinic
4214 Milwaukee Street | Madison, WI 53714Call 608-535-5302
|Monday||7:30am - 6:00pm|
|Tuesday||7:30am - 6:00pm|
|Wednesday||7:30am - 6:00pm|
|Thursday||7:30am - 6:00pm|
|Friday||7:30am - 5:30pm|
|Saturday||8:00am - 12:00pm|
- Full-Service Medicine
- Preventive Care
- Pet Dentistry
- Experienced Groomers
- Adoptions On-Site!
- Animal Flea Control
- Animal Grooming
- Animal Microchipping
- Exotic Animal Vet
- Reptile Vet
- Small Animal Vet
- Veterinary Dentistry
- Veterinary Euthanasia
- Veterinary Surgery
- Veterinary Vaccinations
- New Pet Initial Visit
- Physical Exam
Welcome to Truesdell Animal Care Hospital and Clinic!
When it comes to your family members, nothing but the best will do. The same can be said for those who happen to be covered in fur, feathers or scales. Your pet is more than just an animal that lives in your home. He or she holds a special place in your heart. At Truesdell Animal Care Hospital and Clinic, we want to help strengthen that bond you share in everything we do.
Our approach to veterinary care is quite different from other practices in the Madison and Sun Prairie area. While we offer top-notch medical services in a state-of-the-art facility, it's how we deliver our care that sets us apart. We believe that bedside manner isn't something only reserved for human patients. That's why cuddles, snuggles, chin scratches and treats are part of our everyday interactions.
Heidi Meier, DVM | Medical Director, Veterinarian
Dr. Heide Meier has known that she would become a veterinarian since she was very young - in the first grade, she wrote an autobiography for a class assignment that proclaimed she would be an animal doctor when she grew up! Dr. Meier always had a natural kinship with pets, and she feels that her work as a veterinarian is much more than a job. It's truly her calling!
Dr. Meier is from Palatine, Illinois and began her veterinary career at the age of 15, when she signed up as a kennel worker at a local animal hospital. After a year, she became a Veterinary Assistant at another clinic, where she would remain throughout her undergraduate collegiate years at the University of Illinois. Dr. Meier stayed at the university to receive her DVM degree, and started practicing veterinary medicine professionally in the summer of 1993.
After working in Oklahoma, Dr. Meier and her husband wanted to move back to the Midwest. They came to Madison, and Dr. Meier was offered an Associate Veterinarian position here at Truesdell Animal Care Hospital and Clinic in August of 2004. She particularly enjoys the fast-paced environment of her work; one minute she's administering a vaccine, and the next she's being called in for an emergency consult! Her absolute favorite part of the job is getting to know clients and their pets over the years.
Dr. Meier lives with her husband Bill, their son Christian, her mother-in-law Janet, and several pets. The Meiers have two giant schnauzers, Angus and Merida; an elderly cat named P.R.R.S.; three rescued long-haired cats named Hans, Frans, and Tag-A-Long; a betta named Shredder and his pal Gary, the plecostomus fish; and a stray African Grey parrot named Boo Boo who will only say the first three numbers of her former owner's phone number.
Outside of work, Dr. Meier enjoys spending time with her family, outdoor activities, cooking, walking and grooming her dogs, listening to Rush, watching the Badgers, Brewers, and Packers, and reading the Bible.
As a child, Dr. Brittany White felt most whole when she was having a one-on-one experience with an animal. It didn't take long for her to realize that a career in veterinary medicine was perfect for her! Dr. Brittany followed her dream and is now an Associate Veterinarian here at Truesdell Animal Care Hospital and Clinic.
A native of the Madison area, Dr. Brittany began practicing veterinary medicine in Galena, Illinois after graduating from veterinary school. When the opportunity arose for her to move back to Madison, she was thrilled; after all, Dr. Brittany considers Madison her true home. In early 2008, she joined the Truesdell Animal Care Hospital and Clinic team, bringing special passions for clinical pathology and first-time pet owner education along with her.
Outside of her work in the veterinary field, Dr. Brittany enjoys knitting, crocheting, cross-stitching, working on puzzles, and gardening. She and her husband Bob share their lives with two cats, Lester and Max, Roy the guinea pig, and two spoiled dogs named Elvis and Anthony.
Dr. Susan Jeffrey's father was a pathologist and the county coroner, and her mother was a nurse. She's been exposed to the medical field since she was a little girl! As Dr. Jeffrey got older, she started to realize something: becoming a veterinarian was the perfect way to combine her medical interests with her adoration of animals.
Born in Pennsylvania, Dr. Jeffrey grew up in Ohio with her parents and a wide assortment of pets. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for her undergraduate studies and her veterinary degree. Dr. Jeffrey also holds a Master's of Science degree.
In 2013, Dr. Jeffrey and her family moved from Buffalo, New York to the Madison area, where Dr. Jeffrey began searching for an AAHA-accredited animal hospital. Truesdell Animal Care Hospital and Clinic was the perfect fit! Dr. Jeffrey's professional interests include feline medicine, dentistry, and preventative care.
Dr. Jeffrey and her husband have a young daughter and share their home with three cats: Elvis, Daisy, and Chubbs. When she isn't spending time with her family or tending to the needs of pets around the clinic, Dr. Jeffrey is a passionate Scottish Highland dancer. She's won many awards, is a member of the British Association of Teachers of Dancing, and even performed at Disney World's Epcot Center!
Dr. Jackie Koepke joined Truesdell Animal Care Hospital and Clinic as an Associate Veterinarian in February 2017. Dr. Jackie has a gift for high-quality veterinary medicine, and has a special place in her heart for felines. Recently, Dr. Jackie also began expanding her expertise to pocket pets.
A friendly Wisconsin native, Dr. Jackie is an enthusiastic veterinary professional committed to the complete wellness of her patients. She grew up in Rosendale before attending the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh for her Bachelor's degree in Biology. Inspired to pursue a career in the veterinary field, Dr. Jackie obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014. Immediately following graduation, Dr. Jackie accepted her first full-time position as an Associate Veterinarian offering primary care and 24/7/365 emergency services in Ripon, Wisconsin.
After practicing excellent client service and high-quality patient care in Ripon, Dr. Jackie became a Small Animal General Practitioner and Urgent Care Clinician in Fitchburg, Wisconsin. Dr. Jackie enjoys the fast-paced hospital environment and the everyday interactions with her clients and their pets. Dr. Jackie's areas of professional interest include soft-tissue surgery and dentistry. Above all, she is a feline enthusiast who enjoys keeping cats happy and healthy while supporting the owners who love them.
Adopted is the best 'breed' Dr. Jackie has ever met. At home, she is the pet parent of two, long-haired cats, Foxie and Gardetto. One of her feline family members believes he is a dog, while the other has classic cattitude. They can't do any impressive tricks, but she loves them anyway!
Dr. Jackie embraces a healthy, active lifestyle philosophy. In her free time, she plays competitive volleyball and participates in a variety of workout programs. She also has been trying her hand at cooking and exploring new, delicious recipes.
Tom Truesdell, DVM | Veterinarian, Truesdell Animal Care Hospital and Clinic
Dr. Tom Truesdell grew up in the Iowa countryside, where his father raised field-trial Beagles. Young Dr. Truesdell was responsible for caring for as many as 30 dogs at one time! As he grew older and began exploring the forests and fields near his family's home, he began to realize something: nothing made him happier than being around animals. Before long, Dr. Truesdell's mind was made up - he was going to follow his dream of becoming a veterinarian!
Dr. Truesdell - or Dr. Tom, as just about everyone calls him - spent many summers in his youth shadowing his uncle, who worked as a veterinarian in Wisconsin. The work Dr. Tom did there inspired him to apply to veterinary school. He graduated from Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 1976 and took his first veterinary job at a clinic in Galesburg, Illinois.
After a year, Dr. Tom moved on to a large Omaha, Nebraska practice, where he helped treat the first severe heartworm outbreak in the area. After a year of working in Omaha, Dr. Tom started practicing in Madison and established his very own clinic in 1979 in a 500-square-foot rental space. Before long he moved the practice to the 1,000-square foot space next door to give them more room to practice. The name of the clinic at that time was Cottage Grove Road Animal Hospital. When Dr. Tom and his staff ran out of room again in 1993, they moved into the clinic's current building and renamed it Truesdell Animal Care Hospital and Clinic. They have been happily practicing there ever since.
Dr. Tom is semi-retired and focuses mainly on management duties around the clinic. He also occasionally fills in when one of the hospital's doctors is on vacation or at a veterinary conference; he still loves a challenging medical problem and feels especially fulfilled when second- and third-generation pet owners visit the clinic.
Dr. Tom and his wife Pam have two grown sons, both of whom work as professional musicians in New York City. Ryan is a jazz composer who takes his groups on tour all over the world, and Michael is currently finishing his doctorate in percussion, performing throughout the country, and teaching part-time at Rutgers University.
In his time away from the clinic, Dr. Tom enjoys photography, fishing, reading, gardening, and spending time with his family.
When she was very little, Jody lived on a farm with her family, where she helped to feed the barn cats and chickens. Even when her family moved away from the farm, Jody was surrounded by house pets and the occasional wild critter. It wasn't hard for her to develop an intense passion for animals! When she started shadowing at a veterinary clinic as a teenager, she knew instantly that the animal care field was just the place for her.
Jody grew up in central Wisconsin with her parents, two sisters, and four brothers. She attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison, graduating with her Bachelor's degree in Biology in December of 2005. She started here at the clinic right after school, eventually working her way up to a Veterinary Assistant position before passing her national exam to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. Jody's professional interests include client education, preventative medicine, surgery, and dentistry. Jody and her husband, Brett, have a son named Lennon and twins named Madeline and Jackson. They share their lives with two cats and three playful dogs named Zoey, Dexter, and Bailey. Thanks to Brett's position as the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin's Executive Director, the family often fosters litters of kittens at home as well. In her time away from the clinic, Jody enjoys baking, crafting, coaching her kids' sports teams, and spending time with
Dr. Jacy Steele always knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. Since she was a small child, she's felt a love of and natural connection to animals. Her first job at the age of 16 was working in the kennel at her local veterinary hospital, and as a young adult she developed a passion for helping animals while having the opportunity to work with cattle, monkeys, and zoo animals. Today, Dr. Steele is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Truesdell Animal Care Hospital and Clinic.
In 2010, Dr. Steele earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, as well as her Master of Public Health from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. She also completed an emergency internship program at Wisconsin Veterinary Referral Center in Waukesha, WI.
Dr. Steele has always had a growing interest in pain management, and considers veterinary surgery as her area of expertise. Since 2010, she has worked in emergency medicine, handling more urgent and critical diseases. Dr. Steele finds fulfillment in working with her clients to keep them involved in the care and medical management of their special pets, and is eager to begin forming lasting relationships with the clients and patients at Truesdell.
Originally from Rochester, MN, Dr. Steele currently resides in the Madison area with her husband Ed, two children, and black Labrador, Luna. When she is not practicing high-quality veterinary medicine, Dr. Steele enjoys doing anything outside; hiking, swimming, and chasing her kids!