Apple Lake Animal Hospital

16065 Glacier Avenue
Rosemount, MN 55068


  Our Doctors:

John G. Petran, DVM:

A 1989 graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Petran's special interests in dogs and cats are General Surgery, Gastroenterology, Dermatology and allergies. 

He is a lifetime member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association, and has advanced training in GI Endoscopy, Laparoscopy and Practice Management. 

He founded Apple Lake Animal Hospital in 1992, and is currently the hospital director. 

Dr. Petran and his wife, Elizabeth, have four children and make their home in Cannon Falls along with their pooch, Tovah, and their cat, Schmutz.

In his spare time her enjoys gardening, reading, beekeeping and spending time with his family. Each year he sponsors the Dakota County 4-H canine events at the Dakota County Fair. He is a board member of South Metro Animal Emergency Care.



Anna Robinson, DVM

(bio pending)



  Our Specialists: 

Dr. Scott Murphy:

We are very proud to have Dr. Murphy on our team at Apple Lake. He is the owner of Twin Cities Veterinary Surgery. He is a specialist in small animal surgery, having achieved board certification from the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1998. To achieve this level of expertise requires completion of an internship and surgical residency followed by passing a rigorous certification examination.

Dr. Murphy had been working in a specialty surgical practice in Minnesota since 1998 until forming Twin Cities Veterinary Surgery in 2007.   He comes to Apple Lake when we need him for specialty surgeries.  This makes it very convenient for our clients should their pet need a specialist.



Dr. Melissa Weisman:

Dr. Melissa Weisman of Minnesota Veterinary Ultrasound provides on-site diagnostic ultrasound services including abdominal exams, echocardiograms, and ultrasound guided biopsies. 

She is a long time native of Minnesota, having earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota.  This was followed by an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Illinois.  She has worked for over 20 years as a small animal practitioner in the Twin Cities, caring for companion animals and exotics. 

She established Minnesota Veterinary Ultrasound in 2010 after completing over 200 education credits in ultrasound classes and additional one-on-one training with multiple ultrasound specialists. 

By combining her experience as a small animal practitioner with her ultrasound skills, Dr. Weisman helps the veterinary team at Apple Lake Animal hospital provide the best care possible for your pet!

  Our Veterinary Technicians:

Katy Pickerign, CVT:

Katy is a Certified Veterinary Technician. She graduated from Argosy University where she developed a specific interest in Microbiology. She was born and raised in Burnsville, Minnesota and graduated from Apple Valley High School.

For several years, Katy had also fine tuned her skills by working a monthly shift at South Metro Animal Emergency Clinic in Apple Valley. She found many opportunities to care for critically ill patients and update her emergency medicine skills. She has since moved on to spend more time at home with her family.

Needless to say, Katy loves animals. She is especially crazy about cats, dogs, and exotic pets. While in Tech School she got to care for a sweet little hedgehog, named Kirby. She has a pug, Monkey, and three cats named Ren, Skinny and Floyd. In her free time she takes care of her vegetable garden, enjoys reading a good novel, and spends time with her husband and son.

Katy has been a part of the Apple Lake team for 11 years!




Jessica Fearing, CVT:

Jessica is a Certified Veterinary Technician and has been working in the veterinary field since 1997.  She graduated from Medical Institute of MN (now called Argosy University) with an Associates of Applied  Science Degree.  She grew up here in Rosemount where her parents still reside. 

She has a 16 year old mixed breed rescue dog named Xena Princess Warrior.  Jessica, her husband and children enjoy camping, boating, four wheeling, swimming and gardening.  They also enjoy getting together with family and friends.

Jessica is always cheerful and great to have around.  Her special interests in veterinary medicine include; radiography, dental cleaning, anesthesiology, and surgical assisting.

Jessica has been a part of the Apple Lake team for 8 years!




Jessica Peine, VT:

Jessica initially received her AA degree in Social Services & Paralegal before deciding to pursue her love of animals by working at an animal hospital. Some years have passed and we are still so grateful for the kindness and compassion that she shows to animals (and people, too!).

Jessica has two cats named Lucy and Simone. She enjoys hiking, gardening, camping, and spending time with her two sons and wonderful husband.

She loves being a part of our veterinary team, and we are so happy to have her with us! 

Jessica has been a part of the Apple Lake team for 8 years!




Jennifer Ruddle, CVT:

Jenny lives in Elko-New Market with her husband, Andrew and daughters Gabbie and Alissa. She was born in Lakeville, graduated from LHS in 2004, and had many unusual pets as a youngster.  She loves spending time with her large extended family including her 3 young nephews.  She loves to grill, sit around a bonfire, and is a league player every summer on women’s and co-ed slow pitch softball teams. 

She received her degree in Veterinary Technology in 2009 from the Minnesota School of Business, and is a Certified Vet Tech.  Jenny has a lab/bassett mix named Alice and a black cat named Sumo. 

Jenny is very organized and brings that desire to work with her.  She is smart with an amazing memory, always ready to smile and is a great asset to our team.

Jenny has been a part of the Apple Lake team for 5 1/2 years!




Hannah Gytri, CVT:

Hannah graduated from Northfield High School in 2008 and then attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where she received her Bachelor's of Science in Kinesiology.  She decided to pursue her love for animals at the Minnesota School of Business where she graduated with her Associates of Applied Science Degree in June 2016.  Hannah just recently passed the VTNE and is now a Certified Veterinary Technician!

Hannah enjoys camping, hiking, fishing, boating, and reading in her spare time.  She has a 3 year old cat named Pumpkin, but hopes to live in the country with many more animals in the future.

Hannah has been a part of the Apple Lake team for 1 year!