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316 W Highway 14 Spearfish, SD 57783
605-722-5600
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Dr. Whalen and Molly Warren Whalen DVM

Dr. Warren Whalen was born and raised in Bowman North Dakota.  He graduated with honors from North Dakota State University with a degree in microbiology.  He received his doctorate in veterinary medicine from Iowa State University.  Dr. Whalen spent 22 years practicing small and exotic animal medicine and surgery on the west coast.  He was the owner and medical director of an attentive four doctor small and exotic animal practice. His special interests are in diagnostic imaging of the thoracic and abdominal cavities with ultrasonography as well as non-invasive scoping techniques using both flexible and rigid endoscopy.  In 2006 with his past experience and passion for high quality veterinary medical care he relocated to Spearfish and established the Animal Care Center. 


Jessica Czerny DVM, OD

Jessica is excited to be back in Spearfish, where she graduated from Spearfish High School and attended Black Hills State for her undergraduate work. She is proud to say she is both a Spartan and a Yellow Jacket. She graduated from the Michigan College of Optometry with highest distinction as Valedictorian, and now Dr. Jess also recently finished her second degree in veterinary medicine from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine where she graduated Summa Cum Laude! As a dual doctor in veterinary medicine and optometry, her impressive background gives her a strong understanding of how the body works. She enjoys human and animal health care and plans to use both back grounds for the rest of her career. In her free time she loves two-stepping, cooking, and enjoying the outdoors with her husband Dave and their dog Elly, including hiking, wake-boarding, mountain biking and snowboarding. She also enjoys visiting the many coffee houses in Spearfish and catching up with friends.

Diane and Howie Diane - Veterinary Technician

Diane has worked alongside Dr Whalen since the opening of the Animal Care Center in 2006. She has a Veterinary Technician degree from the University of Minnesota and a biology degree from Black Hills State University. She manages the office along with her technician duties and has a special interest in surgery. She spends her free time with family and friends, her 3 horses, 3 dogs and 2 cats.

Mika and Diesel Mika - Veterinary Technician

Mika was born right here in Spearfish. After a job shadow in high school, she became very interested in working in the veterinary field. She attended National American University for her degree in Veterinary Technology, and did her internship here at the Animal Care Center. She has been working for Dr. Whalen ever since. Mika enjoys doing lab work and discussing nutrition with clients. Mika spends her free time playing with her newfoundland Hector, kayaking with her family, and riding motorcycle with her husband.

Alexis and BlizzardAlexis - Veterinary Assistant
Alexis was born and raised in Sundance, Wyoming. She studied veterinary technology at Eastern Wyoming College for a year, and now she attends BHSU. During her time off, Alexis also enjoys reading, traveling, chocolate, and spending time with her many animals.


Lisa and RoxanneLisa - Veterinary Assistant

Lisa grew up right here in Spearfish. She graduated from Spearfish High School and attended Black Hills State University. Lisa has been volunteering at the Western Hills Humane Society for over a decade. She is an avid hiker and loves the outdoors. In her spare time, she can be found all over the Black Hills with her best pal Roxanne the boxer.


Brittany- Veterinary Technician

Brittany grew up in Spearfish. She graduated from Spearfish High School and attained her Associates of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology from Eastern Wyoming College. Brittany did her internship with us in June of 2017, and was asked to stay on after graduation. Her areas of interest are dentistry, radiology, and helping during surgery. Growing up, Brittany had experience with exotics, small animals, and large animals. Rodeo has played a major role in Brittany's life, and she plans on continuing to ride horses. In her spare time, Brittany likes to paint, draw and hang out with her four little dogs Tank, Tess, Mary and Malibu.

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