• Fear Free Veterinary Stillwater

    Fear Free Veterinarian in Stillwater, MN

  • Dog & Cat

    Compassionate, exceptional care for your pets.

  • Building Exterior

    Voted Best Veterinary Clinic


7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Tuesday – Friday:
7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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After-hours emergency care:
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Cat Friendly Practice

We love cats as much as you do and that is why we are a Gold-Certified Cat Friendly Practice. We earned this certification from the American Association of Feline Practitioners by meeting their comprehensive performance criteria.

Gold-Certified Cat Friendly Practice

Exceptional Veterinary Care

Rivertown Animal Hospital is the premier veterinary clinic in Stillwater, Minnesota, delivering comprehensive treatment and services to cats and dogs in the greater Twin Cities metro. We are committed to providing compassionate, exceptional care for your pets and place a premium on patient safety, pain management and overall comfort. After all, your pet is a member of your family and deserves our very best.

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General Care

Vaccinations, spay/neuter, flea and tick prevention

Wellness Care

Wellness exams, surgical services, diet and nutrition, dental care

Cat Friendly Services

We love cats as much as you do and that is why we are a Gold-Certified Cat Friendly Practice.

  • I have been in healthcare 45 years and I was very impressed with Dr Howe and staff. Everyone was very helpful caring considerate and extremely knowledgeable. I am very grateful for the high standard of care. I loved the report card concept and the follow up. Thank you so much. And all of this in my back yard??

  • The Vet was very good with my kitties. I haven’t had a vet suggest anything about diagnosing the lump on Nigel’s neck. It was nice to have her go the extra step to ensure nothing serious is wrong with my kitty!

  • I really appreciate the attentive and friendly atmosphere!! I feel the care and love for animals they have. I know my cat is in great hands with them.
  • I thought the care Sophie received was very thorough and professional. Everyone I encountered was friendly and compassionate.

  • I have a cat who is quite anxious going to the vet and the staff (Sheila) were expert with my stressed out cat. Dr. Thorson was patient and calming, and was able to do some evaluation that I ve not been able to have without my cat being sedated. Very happy with their teamwork and calm, quiet, soothing voices when interacting with my cat. Thank you!

  • What a great place! This was our first experience using Rivertown. We chose them based on the large number of positive reviews, and are happy to add one more! We were able to make our appointment quickly and easily. When we got there, we didn t have to wait and everyone was very friendly, knowledgeable, and professional. We felt that our cat was in good hands for his procedure. They took good care of him, surgery went well, communication was great. The facility is nice and the prices are reasonable as well. Every aspect of our experience was positive–we re on post-surgery day 2 and our young boy is doing great! I would highly recommend Rivertown Animal Hospital and am happy to be able to rate them (a well-deserved) excellent in every way!
  • I have been taking my cats to Dr. Garlie for many years. She is a highly talented veterinarian and always has her clients best interest at heart. They have a friendly top notch support and tech staff. I highly recommend Dr. Garlie and the Rivertown Animal Hospital team!

  • Dr Thorson, Camille and Carrie were very compassionate, professional and caring with Birdie and I on our visit last Friday. Everyone we ve encountered at the clinic for the past 7 years has treated us with kindness and respect. Thanks to all!
  • It was our first visit to Rivertown after our vet retired, and I was very impressed and happy with Dr. Strupp and the whole visit.

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Experienced Staff

Rivertown’s team of veterinarians, and certified veterinary technicians, work together to provide your pet with the best quality of care. Our doctors focus on wellness, prevention, nutrition and client education. Services include medical care, pain management, cold laser therapy, veterinary dentistry and surgery. When your pet is sick, Rivertown’s diagnostic ultrasound, digital radiology, endoscopy and comprehensive in-house lab are available for a diagnosis.
Rivertown’s network of visiting specialists are also available to treat patients in our hospital.

Meet Our Staff

Dr. Ginger Garlie

Dr. Ginger Garlie

Dr. Ginger Garlie

Dr. Carrie Thorson

Dr. Kathy Strupp

Dr. Kathy Strupp

Dr. Carrie V. Howe

Rivertown Animal Hospital is a certified Cat Friendly Practice. A visit to the veterinarian is often stressful for cats and their owners. Cat Friendly Practices have developed skills to reduce the stress of the visit and increase the quality of care, and are aware of cats’ distinct needs, behavior and body language.

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Our Facility

Take a look around at the top-of-the-line features at our hospital. Our welcoming and friendly setting will help put both you and your pet at ease when you come to visit.


135 New England Place
Stillwater, MN 55082

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  • exterior

    Our state-of-the-art facility was designed with you and your pet in mind.

  • exam room

    Exam rooms provide a comfortable space for you and your pet during routine care.

  • work-area

    The main treatment area provides ample space for a variety of procedures.

  • surgery

    The latest equipment and technology enable us to give your pet the best possible care.

  • comfort room

    When it’s time to say goodbye to your beloved pet, our comfort room offers a homelike setting and privacy.