Jacci Fedeler, DVM


Dr. Jacci Fedeler was raised in rural western Wisconsin, where she loved and learned to care for a variety of animals including dogs, cats, riding horses, draft horses, longhorns, and a few others.  Jacci attended Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) in 2010.  She worked for one year just outside of Chicago at Merritt and Associates Equine Hospital, a state-of-the-art equine facility.  Here she focused mainly on lameness, but also received experience with equine medicine and surgery. She has two years of additional experience in a mixed animal practice. Jacci and Ryan are new parents to a beautiful little boy, Jaxon.  Jacci enjoys the outdoors and is an accomplished water skier and snow skier.  Her areas of veterinary concentration include small animals and horses.

Ryan Fedeler, DVM


Dr. Ryan Fedeler grew up in Madison, South Dakota, just 45 minutes SW of Brookings, on a family farm raising sheep and cattle.  He was actively involved in 4-H and FFA.  Ryan attended South Dakota State University where he received a BS in Microbiology and minors in Animal Science and Chemistry.  He then graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010.  Ryan worked at Tyndall Vet Clinic in Tyndall, SD for three years.  This was a mixed animal practice where he gained experience in all species, both in the clinic and on the farm.  Ryan spends most of his free time with Jaxon and fills in with hunting, playing softball, and caring for his sheep.  His areas of veterinary concentration are small animals and livestock, including cattle, sheep, and goats.


Lorien Sopchak, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Lori joined our team in January of 2016. She is a New York State native and attended the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Biology in 2008 and a Master’s degree in Ecology in 2010. She then attended Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2015. In her free time she enjoys reading, canoeing, and spending time with her cats (Sachi, Xena, and Arthur). She also has an Arabian gelding that she shows in the Country English Pleasure and Show Hack divisions and a half-Arabian gelding that shows in Hunter and Western Pleasure. She is a competing member of the United States Equestrian Federation and the Arabian Horse Association. She is a professional member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the South Dakota Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Association of Feline Practitioners. Her professional interests include veterinary ophthalmology, feline medicine, and exotic animal medicine.


Laura Hojer

Certified Veterinary Technician

Laura joined our team in September 2015. She graduated from Ridgewater College with an AAS degree in Veterinary Technology. Laura grew up on a farm in the Oldham area, where they run a cow-calf operation. She is a graduate of Lake Preston High School, where she was involved in FFA. She participated in 4-H for 11 years, where she enjoyed showing dairy cattle and dogs. In her free time, she enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with family, friends, and her French Bulldog, Theo.


Erin Gilpatrick

Certified Veterinary Technician

Erin joined our team in September 2016 after graduating with an AAS degree in Veterinary Technology from Globe University. She grew up in central Minnesota but moved to Brookings in 2011. She enjoys spending time outdoors, reading, and hanging out with friends but her favorite thing to do is cuddle with Bane, her Great Dane and her cat, Chloe.


Devan Schomp

Certified Veterinary Technician

Devan joined our team in November of 2015. She graduated from Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis, Nebraska with an Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology in 2003. Devan has both Clinical and Research experience. She is married to Thad with three children, Dailynn, Josclynn, and Hayes. Devan lives on an acreage with 3 horses (Bud, Chevy, and Baxter), barn cats (Kitters and Dinosaur TT Elephant), chickens, and 3 chocolate labs (Red, Tea, and Star). She enjoys camping, fishing, running, and spending time with her family.


Bailey Rathbun

Veterinary Assistant

Bailey joined our team in October of 2015. She is currently a junior studying Early Childhood Education at South Dakota State University. Bailey is a competing member of the SDSU Rodeo Team and also had the honor to represent SDSU as the 2016 Jackrabbit Stampede Ambassador. In her free time she enjoys taking in and caring for all kinds of wildlife, barrel racing, fishing, going to rodeos, and spending time with her family. Bailey lives with her boyfriend Cory on an acreage in White, South Dakota where they are blessed with many furry friends. Their furry family consists of two dogs, Wrigley and Haley, Quarter Horses Dualin and Dazzle, two indoor cats, Smoke and Dash, and seven barn cats.