Animal Health Center


***Dr Anne Deppe is our Veterinarian on Mondays**

A new CAT ONLY facility next door so we can give your feline friends a more comfortable experience when they are sick or for routine care. No more noisy dogs, or the hussle and bussle of our regular clinic to upset them.
Animal Health Center was established in 1985 by Dr. Michael Pedersen. We moved to our current location in 1995. This clinic is a full-service veterinary medical facility, located in Cannon Falls, MN. Dr. Mike, Caroline, Dannette, Laura and Tracy seek to provide the best possible medical, surgical and dental care for their highly-valued patients, supporting small town community spirit.

We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and health-related educational opportunities for our clients. Animal Health Center strives to offer excellence in veterinary care to Cannon Falls , MN and surrounding areas.

Please take a moment to contact us today, to learn more about our veterinary practice and to find out more information about how we can serve the needs of you and your four legged friends.

Our Mission
To be the best we can each and everyday for you and your four legged friends. Providing high quality service and participating in our small town community. We have long standing clients and enjoy the relationship we have with them and now with their grown children.

  • 1415 Highway 20 North
  • Cannon Falls,MN 55009
  • Phone: (507) 263-3929
  • Fax: (507) 263-3920
  • We are CLOSED EVERY Saturday beginning 2019
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  • Mon-Fri: 8:00am-5:30pm
  • Saturday & Sunday-CLOSED
  • Dr. Michael R. Pedersen

    Dr. Mike received his B.S. degree in chemistry & math in 1972 from The University of Great Falls, Montana.

    He attended The College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences at Fort Collins, Colorado, receiving a D.V.M degree in June 1976.

    Attended a 1 year large animal internship at Texas A & M University in College Station.

    Moved to Minnesota in the fall of 1977 and has practiced here until this present day.

    In 1985 he founded The Animal Health Center in downtown Cannon Falls, moving to the present location in 1995.

    Dr. Mike lives on a farm with 3 horses & 2 dogs.
    In his leisure time he enjoys riding, spending time with grandchildren, camping and working around the farm.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1985
  • Caroline D. Rud

    Practice Manager / Vet Assistant
    Yes, Caroline is the one with the "accent"!!!
    Caroline is our Practice Manager and joined the team at the clinic in 1994. Semi retiring in May 2016 and just at the clinic Monday and Tuesdays

    Born in England, Caroline emigrated to Minnesota in 1991.
    She lives with her husband, Duane, on a farm in southern Minnesota, where they used to raise English Shire Horses and still raise Scottish Highland Cattle.

    They share their home with a German Wirehaired Pointer, Martin.

    The barn is down from 10 to 2 cats, Sweep & Mr Darcy who are pampered, ex strays that are now neutered. They have heated insulated igloos plus towels in every sunny barn window!

    When not at work, you can find her out and about doing chores & enjoying farm life surrounded by her hooved and pawed kids. During the winter she enjoys skiing at Welch Village and in Wyoming at Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1994
  • Dannette Lawrence

    Vet Assistant
    Dannette joined the team part time in 1994 then full time in 1995.
    She has raised her children in Cannon Falls and they are living their lives out in Seattle and Hawaii.

    A long time resident of Cannon Falls, Dannette likes this community, her friends and neighbors.

    Her adopted cat, Willie and her Dove, Crackers keep her company at home.
    You can hear them both when you call her, one cooing and the other meowing!!

    She enjoys time up at the Lake during the summer, reading books and visiting her children and grand cat, Finlay.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1995
  • Dr Anne Deppe

    I am an Iowa State graduate who moved to MN from IA to work in a mixed animal practice.  I married a client/dairy farmer near Faribault and now work part time at various practices doing small animal medicine and surgery. My children (Amelia and Anthony) are almost grown at 19 and 17.  Bernie still dairies, which is what I do on my days off from being a veterinarian.  I  have enjoyed coming to Cannon Falls to do relief and so now will help out weekly to give Dr. Mike a day off.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1991
    Iowa State University- DVM
  • Liz Jacobson

    I joined the practice in February 2019. I love working with all types of animals no matter their size, even if they are bigger than me. I currently own one dog (Otis), three cats (Marshmellow, Taz, and Angel), and two turtles (Bonnie and Clyde). I enjoy reading, doing puzzles, doing things outside at my own home, horseback riding, and playing with my cats when i am not working or studying for school.  
    Years in Practice:
    Feb 05, 2019
  • Michaela Nelson CVT

    I joined the practice in June of 2019. I graduated from college in 2019.I am from the big city of Rochester. I love large and small animals. Cows are my favorite animal, I even have one on my necklace. I have a Pembroke Welsh Corgi(Wicket) who is 11 yrs old, a 28 yr old Cockatiel (Bubbles) and 4 guinea pigs (Angus, Allister, Fergus, Ozzy) 

    Years in Practice:
    Jun 17, 2019
    Rochester Community and Technical College
    fishing, hunting and being outdoors
  • Caitlyn Jacobson

    I joined the practice in July 2020, and I'm currently going to the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. I am majoring in Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology. I enjoy working with all kinds of animals, and have owned quite the variety as well. As of right now I have a Border Collie (Vala), a little calico (Hoot), a rose hair tarantula (Marge), and the 5 birds I got in the spring - 2 brown Chinese geese, 2 ducks, and a chicken. When I am not at work, school, or tending to my animals I like to go on nature walks/rides and also spend time with family and friends.
    Years in Practice:
    Sep 15, 2020