Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Cats / Preferred Veterinary Hospital in Plymouth, MN! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at (763) 383-8865 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Dr. Anne Sassen

Dr. Anne Sassen is a 1990 graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. She practiced Feline Exclusive and Emergency Medicine in the suburbs of Detroit, MI for 5 years before returning to Minnesota. Dr. Sassen opened Cats Preferred in April 1999.

She is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, a Certified Cat-Friendly Veterinarian and Past President of the Metropolitan Animal Hospital Association.

She and her husband Kevin, also a veterinarian, share their home with their 3 cats-Squirrel, Marvin & Teddy.

Dr. Lori Boettcher

Dr. Lori Boettcher, a Minnesota native, graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. She has worked in companion animal practices in Minnesota and Florida for several years and a cat exclusive clinic in North Central Florida for 4 years. After returning to Minnesota, she joined Cats Preferred Veterinary Hospital in 2001.

She is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, American Veterinary Medical Association and a Certified Cat-Friendly Veterinarian.

She lives with her husband and their 5 cats- Coconut, Scooter, Simon, Mr. Grey, Big Orange Kitty and a Labrador retriever – Maui.

Dr. Ellen Buckley

Dr. Ellen Buckley graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. She completed her undergraduate training in animal science at the University of New Hampshire.

Dr. Buckley has worked at feline-only practices since 1994 and joined Cats Preferred in 2001. She is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners and is a Certified Cat-Friendly Veterinarian.

Her husband, Robert, owns a floor covering/furniture business in Northfield, MN.

They live in Apple Valley with their cat Count Lukas, and one dog-Mya.

Dr. Robert Schmitt

Dr. Robert Schmitt graduated with a Bachelor of Music from Berklee College of Music. After working in the music business in New York, he moved to the Twin Cities where he obtained his veterinary degree from the University of Minnesota. Since graduating, he has worked exclusively with cats in the Twin Cities and most recently in the Boston area. He first became familiar with Cats Preferred while doing a two week externship during his clinical year in school and then later doing relief work for our vacationing veterinarians.

He was happy to return to the Twin Cities and join our staff as an associate veterinarian when the opportunity presented itself.  Dr. Schmitt is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners and has contributed to their online educational materials. He lives with his wife, their 2 sons and their 2 kitties – Bijou and Bonkers.

Certified Veterinary Technician

Jill graduated from the medical Institute of Minnesota in 2001.  You may recognize her as she was previously a member of our staff until 2012 when she stepped back to be a stay at home mom.  She rejoined our team in the fall of 2021. Her passions are animals and gardening.  She lives in Maple Grove with her 9yr old son and dog Millie.

Certified Veterinary Technician

Terri graduated from the Medical Institute of Minnesota in 1990 and has been dedicated to caring for all animals for 24 years. She has always been extremely passionate about cats and is thriving in a feline exclusive setting. She shares her home with her husband and her cat Manfred.

Lead Certified Veterinary Technician

Trisha graduated from Globe College in December 2003. She has worked as a veterinary technician since that time and joined Cats Preferred in December 2009. She lives with her husband, cat-Nala and dogs-Harper, Charlie and Jade.

Certified Veterinary Technician

Heather graduated from the Minnesota School of Business in 2009. In addition to caring for our patients, in her spare time she also cares for the feral cat colony near her home. She lives with her spouse and 4 cats Quince, Puck, Prayers and Mogwai.

Veterinary Technician

Ashley graduated from Ridgewater College and joined our team in 2018.  Besides cats, her passions include working with plants and flowers.  She shares her home with her 3 cats-Buster, Gyspy and Schafer

Veterinary Assistant

Kelsey joined Cats Preferred in September 2015 as an intern. She graduated from Minnesota State University Mankato with a bachelor’s degree in Zoology in December 2015. After completing her internship, she accepted a position at Cats Preferred as a veterinary assistant. She lives with her boyfriend and cat Edgar.

Veterinary Receptionist

Jess graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology in 2011. Since then she has volunteered/interned for the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, interned at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo rehabilitating manatees, and volunteered at the Minnesota Zoo connecting the public to wildlife. Following her passion to work with animals, she has worked in the pet care and veterinary fields as a Boarding Facility Supervisor and Veterinary Receptionist since 2013. Jess joined Cats Preferred in May of 2015 and loves contributing to the focus on high quality feline care and being part of our team! She has no pets of her own for now, but loves her spunky four-legged sister Sophie, a Choodle (Chihuahua Poodle mix).