Dr. Jina Andrews-Neiderer
Dr. Andrews-Neiderer grew up in Spring Lake Park, Minnesota. She pursued her passion for animals at the University of Minnesota, majoring in Animal Science. She graduated from the University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. Since then she has practiced in the northern suburbs of Minneapolis, taking special interest in Small Animal, Avian and Exotic medicine and surgery. She highly values education and keeps up to date on all the latest medical and surgical practices by attending annual conferences, as well as many Small Animal medical and surgical seminars.
Dr. Andrews-Neiderer soon found that conventional medicine did not have all the solutions. That is when her interests in alternative therapies developed. She educated herself in many different modalities, including herbs, flower remedies, homeopathic therapies, essential oils
and whole food supplements. During this period of enlightenment she discovered Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs. She decided to cultivate this interest further by attending and graduating from the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in 2008. She now enjoys offering these services to the community.
Dr. Andrews Neiderer shares her life with husband Tom, 6 horses, 4 dogs (Stella the Dane, Claire the Frenchie, Tucker the Border Collie/Lab, and Rupert the Terrier Mix),
8 house cats, and 3 clinic cats.
Hospital Team Members
Dr. Cassie Murphy
Dr Cassie is the owner of River Ridge Animal Chiropractic Inc. She graduated from Northwestern Health Sciences University with a doctorate in Chiropractic. She also attended Options for Animals Chiropractic College and is certified by the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association (IVCA). Dr Cassie holds active licenses in people and animals for the state of MN. She has a passion for animals of all kind and wants to pursue that love at Animal and Exotic Wellness Center. Dr Cassie is dedicated to making her patients feel comfortable and relaxed during their adjustments. She spends her free time with her horses riding competitively in ranch rodeos and team penning.
Colleen is our Practice Manager here at Animal and Exotic, and you may see her at the reception desk or in the rooms as a technician. She has worked within the field of veterinary medicine for about 20 years. She is happily married and has 3 grown children. She now shares her home with a dog and two cats. In her free time Colleen enjoys reading and gardening.
Gabby started working here in December 2018 as a Veterinary Assistant, she got her certificate for Veterinary Assistant in April 2019. When she is not at work she loves being outside, fishing, going for walks, and she loves spending time with all her animals.
Cindy works as a receptionist. She lives here in Elk River with her husband. They are currently between pets but have had cats and a horse in the past. When she gets some spare time Cindy loves to travel. She also enjoys reading, sewing, taking long walks, and riding horses.
Brittany started here as a receptionist in November 2021. In her spare time she enjoys being up north with her dog, CJ. They enjoy hiking, paddle boarding or just going on a boat ride around the lake. She also works as a full time ball thrower for CJ.
Jill is a Veterinary Assistant and started in May 2021. She has been married for 22 years, has twin boys. She has a dog named Piper, he is a miniature Schnauzer rescue. She has always been an animal lover, enjoys walks, lake life, nature, family time, watching movies, and riding motorcycle with her husband.
Spud came to the clinic when it first opened in 2009. He loves to spend warm days in the woods behind the clinic. In winter he stays in the back. Spud is a manx cat, so he has no tail. However, he makes up for it by being polydactl, meaning he has extra toes.
Sid was found behind the clinic when he was only a kitten a few months after Spud arrived. He enjoys laying on the front desk to get attention from anyone willing to give it. He does get overstimulated and may bite. Like Spud, Sid has extra toes!
Boco joined the clinic cats as a kitten in 2010. He can usually be found lounging on one of the chairs up front or tucked away in his cat house in back.