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Dr. Julie Gauthier

Dr. Julie Gauthier


I grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska, and obtained my bachelors in biology at the University of Alaska. I then moved to the Twin Cities and went to the U of M’s College of Veterinary Medicine, where I earned my DVM degree in 1992. I met my husband in 1995, and we welcomed our son in 2002. We have one dog, a Husky named Willow, and an orange tabby cat that came to us at age 6 with the name u201cBuster.u201d

I joined the wonderful team at Countryside at the end of 2018. The most enjoyable parts of veterinary medicine for me are working with our team to educate people about how best to care for their pets’ health needs, doing surgery, and seeing happy pets, especially when I know we’ve done our part to keep or make them happy and healthy.

My favorite free time activities over the years have been acting, stand-up comedy, singing, and improv. I also enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and container gardening.



Lead Customer Service Representative

I have been with Countryside for nearly two years as the Lead Customer Service Representative. In my life before joining Countryside, I was a Store Manager for 12 years at several large pet supply companies. I have been in the animal business for 17 years because of my love for pets of all kinds.

My life at home is busy with four daughters, Isabelle, Amelia, Ellie, and Penelope, and my 3 year old Boxer mix, Willow, whom I adopted from Countryside in early 2019. Willow blended in with my daughters seamlessly, and is now like my fifth child. We spend our time outside, enjoying the weather while we can.

My goal as the Lead Customer Service Representative is to make you and your pets time here at Countryside as smooth and pleasant as possible, from greeting you when checking in, to taking care of your needs at check out. I am always here to answer any questions you may have! I’ve loved getting to know all of our clients and their pets.



I graduated from Ridgewater college in 2012 and began a career that I am passionate about. As a certified veterinary technician, I get to advocate for patients that can’t speak for themselves and every patient leaves a mark on my heart. I learn new things every day and enjoy watching our patients and their families grow over the years.

In my spare time in enjoy scuba diving, paddle boarding, and watching movies with my son Nathan.



Veterinary Assistant

Bio coming soon!


Receptionist and on staff trainer

I have many years of experience training dogs I’m certified with Companion Animal Sciences Institute a school that is widely recognized to have academically advanced science based curriculum. I believe training can and should be a fun activity that will benefit both you and your dog. I believe a strong relationship is built with mutual respect that can be gained using scientific force free principles of behavior and learning based on reward and reinforcement. I will help you and your dog become successful and live together as a team. I promote responsible dog ownership and strive to provide a professional service to my clients and the community.

My position as receptionist is the perfect fit to help promote how to be your dog’s advocate and assist with any behavior questions that come my way. I enjoy meeting and becoming friends with every patient that comes through our door.

I am the proud guardian of two dogs Sophie and Jasmine along with my sweet cat and Kit Kat. In my spare time I enjoy gardening, my photography passion and enjoying my family and grandchildren.

Countryside Veterinary Clinic is dedicated to providing you with high-quality and cost-effective veterinary services in Waconia, MN and its surrounding areas.

We invite you to contact us anytime with questions, comments, requests or suggestions. We will respond to you as soon as possible.


13950 MN-5
Waconia, MN 55397
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Contact Info

Phone: 952-442-4200
Fax: 952-442-4220


Monday – Friday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday: 8:00AM – 12:00 PM
Sunday: Closed

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