Hi! I'm Dr. Janet Gildner, one of the small animal veterinarians here at Whitewater Veterinary Hospital. I have practiced for 31 years now, after attending the University of Wisconsin Madison for both undergrad and veterinary school. I am a native Wisconsinite and enjoy animals (big surprise there!), plants, kayaking, camping, bicycling, and spending time with my three grown kids and friends. I share my home with lots of pets, large and small, and still learn something from them everyday. I feel fortunate to have the best patients in the world, and always look forward to trying to improve their lives as much as they improve ours.
Hello! My name is Dr. Lauren Schneider and I joined the WVH team in June of 2012 as a small animal veterinarian. I grew up near the small town of Kewaskum, Wisconsin and earned my veterinary degree from the University of Wisconsin Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. I live outside of Whitewater with my husband, two boys, two dogs and our pet Vietnamese walking sticks. In my free time I love to camp, bike, hike, travel and watch wildlife. I enjoy working with small animals of every sort, from the furry to the feathered and scaled. I am thrilled to get to know each of you and your delightful animal companions!
Dr. Tom Smithyman is a 1990 graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine. Originally from Hartford, WI, he has practiced large animal medicine here since his graduation. Tom is a vet credentialed in the monitoring of CWD in the deer and elk herds in our area. He and his wife, Jennifer, have been married since 1988 and live in rural Fort Atkinson. They have five adult children and three grandchildren. Tom likes to hunt, make things with his hands, and loves a good joke.
Dr. Matt is a graduate of Iowa State University. Our horse clients like Matt's quiet confidence and patience around the horses, and he is equally at home in dairy practice. He and his wife, Dixie (one of our CVTs), live in rural Elkhorn with their sons. In their spare time they love to ride their Harley's! Matt is quite the beer connoisseur and likes to make his own, too.
Dr. Michael Miesen is a 2007 graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine. He hails from a dairy/beef farm near Platteville and was captain of a collegiate soil judging team that won the national contest, twice. He and his wife, Stephanie, have one son, Emil, and one daughter, Rosie. Mike is a hunter-fisher-gatherer sort of guy who loves the practical joke!
Dr. Alex Gander graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in 2018. He is dedicated to working closely with our clients to realize their goals for their operation. Alex's special interests are cattle lameness work-ups, milk quality, and implementing proper records for the optimization of on-farm protocols. He and his wife, Jenn, live in Janesville while Jenn finishes up Veterinary School in Madison. They have one daughter, Everly. Alex likes to spend his spare time outdoors with family.
Dr. Allenstein started the practice in 1955 when he purchased it from Dr. Marsh. He is known throughout the dairy industry as a doctor specializing in foot health, as the first veterinarian serving the World Dairy Expo, as a regular contributor to Cowside Practice in the Hoards Dairyman magazine, and as a professor of dairy medicine at UW School of Veterinary Medicine. He also instructed several of our large animal veterinarians at WVH. The dairy herd at the University of Wisconsin is funded by a foundation in Doc's name to train today's and tomorrow's dairy practitioners. Dr. A passed away in October, 2011.
Dr. Fritz Engel joined Dr. Allenstein in 1958 and retired in 2000. He enjoyed general practice, and thought veterinarians should be able to care for any animal in need. While those days have been replaced by more intensive and specialized care by today's veterinarians, it is that James Herriott philosophy that endeared Dr. Engel to so many clients. Fritz and his dogs were inseparable. Besides making good cribbage board holders, they also helped him write his bills!
Dr. Rick Halvorson joined WVH in 1978 and retired in 2018. He is a graduate of Oklahoma State and grew up in Rugby, North Dakota. Most notably, he had the honor of being the official veterinarian for the World Dairy Expo in Madison each October, inheriting that honor from Dr. Allenstein. Dr. Rick always had a smile on his face, a pep in his step, and was always eager to strike up a conversation. Rick lives in rural Whitewater and has three grown children and several grandchildren.