Care Small Animal Hospital

Care Small Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinary medical facility, located in Watertown, SD. The professional and courteous staff at Care Small Animal Hospital seeks to provide the best possible medical care, surgical care and dental care for their highly-valued patients. Care Small Animal Hospital first received accreditation from the American Animal Hospital Association in 1996 and is one of only three in South Dakota. We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and health-related educational opportunities for our clients. Care Small Animal Hospital strives to offer excellence in veterinary care to Watertown, SD 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 Care Small Animal Hospital can serve the needs of you and your cherished pet.
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  • Mon-Wed: 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • Thu: 8:00am - 7:00pm
  • Fri: 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • Sat: 8:00am - 12:00pm
  • Sun: Closed
  • Mark Rieb

    Mark Rieb, DVM

    Veterinarian
    Hi, my name is Mark Rieb.  I have been practicing veterinary medicine since I graduated from Kansas State University in 1982.  For ten years I was involved in treating both livestock and pet.  The longer I was in the profession I became more interested in small animal medicine -- dogs, cats, all pets.  In 1992, my wife and I decided to start Care Small Animal Hospital to help care for the pets of this area.  Care was the first all pet hospital in Watertown.

    My family has always been pet owners including dogs, cats, horses, guinea pigs, fish -- most of whom have been rescue cases.  Currently, my wife and I have a cat named 'DQ'  a Sheltie cross named 'Lacey,' a Labrador named 'Scooby' both adopted from the Humane Society in Watertown and a Sheltie named 'Dolly.'

    I am a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, South Dakota Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association, and veterinary representative to the Animal Control Board for Watertown.
  • Heidi Sorensen

    Heidi Sorensen, DVM

    Veterinarian
    I grew up on a farm about 25 miles from Sioux Falls, SD.  We milked dairy cows, raised sheep and had one dog and many, many cats.  After finishing high school, I attended the University of Sioux Falls and majored in biology and chemistry.  I obtained my DVM at Iowa State University in Ames, IA.  After spending a year practicing in Iowa while my husband finished his degree, we moved to central Minnesota and I worked in a mixed animal practice for several years.  After my two boys (now ages 13 and 11) were born, I began practicing part time and doing relief work.  The last four years I have been concentrating on companion animal medicine.  Which brings me to practice with Dr. Rieb.  I am very excited to join Dr. Rieb and his excellent support staff.  Currently I see appointments on Wednesday afternoons and Thursdays and I look forward to meeting the new and existing clients at Care Small Animal Hospital.
  • Marsha Ellingson

    Marsha Dargatz

    Management
    Just a little bit about myself...  I grew up in Lake Preston, SD where I helped out on my parents' dairy farm (Unless you ask my older siblings.  They would say that I didn't have to help out much because I am the 'baby' of the family)

    I attended Dakota State University in Madison, SD where I received an associate degree in Business Management.   I spent a few years in the hotel industry, and now have been a part of the Care Small Animal Hospital team since July 1997.  My job as the Practice Manager keeps me busy all of the time.

    Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my husband, family and friends.  I also enjoy baking (come in at Christmas time and you can sample some of my baked goods and candies.)  You can almost always count on me watching about every NASCAR race on TV, and I also enjoy many other sports including football, TWINS baseball and playing golf.
  • Angie Birney

    Angie Birney, RVT

    Technician
    I grew up in Wahpeton, ND, the oldest of 3 kids.  After high school, I attended NDSCS in Wahpeton for 2 years, and then North Dakota State University in Fargo, where I received a Bachelor of Science degree in veterinary technology in 2001.  I started at Care Small Animal Hospital in October 2001.

    My husband, Scott, and I got married in September of 2004, and we were blessed with our daughter, Rachel, in June of 2009. 

    In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and pets, gardening, reading, playing card and board games and cross stitch.
  • Carey Ziegler

    Carey Ziegler, RVT

    Technician
    I have had the pleasure of being part of the Care team since December 2003.  I graduated from North Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in veterinary technology and a minor in microbiology.  I have taught a puppy preschool, and been part of the 4-H dog project for well - - - forever.  I am currently the leader of the Codington County dog project.  I am also available to help our clients with behavior issues that may arise.

    As for my home life - BUSY is the word.  I have a wonderful husband, Mark, and I spend lots of time chasing our three kids, Brooke, Faith and Tristan.  We have 3 family dogs Gracie, Max & Falkor.

    When I find the time, I am in the garden - trying to keep the dogs away from the tomatoes.  I also love being at the lake in the summer, enjoy baking and playing volleyball in the winter months.
  • Scorch

    Scorch

    Clinic Pet
    Scorch was rescued from a burn barrel.  (That's how he got his name)  He was burned pretty badly when we first found him, but since he has a full coat and is very healthy.  He is probably one of the neediest cats that we know.  For the most part cats are pretty independent.  Not Scorch!  When he is out you better be ready for some lap time.  He is very loving and wants to have attention all the time.  For some reason he and DQ do not get along so they cannot be wandering around together or we may have to break up a fight. 
  • Marti

    I was born and raised in Watertown, SD.  I am the youngest in my family, 1 brother and 1 sister.   I graduated from Globe University in Sioux Falls, SD, where I received my associates degree in Veterinary Technology.  I recently joined the team at Care Small Animal Hospital in June of 2015.

    My fiance, Ryan and I are getting married in June 2016.  We have a beautiful daughter, Rylie Ann, who is 2 years old and definitely keeps us busy.  We also have a Siberian Husky, Skye.  She is now 1 year old.

    In our spare time we like to go fishing, hang out at the lake and also ice fishing.  I enjoy doing DIY projects from Pinterest, reading and playing softball in the summer.  Watching NFL is also a great time to get family and friends together and relax, GO BRONCOS!  I love traveling to new places and seeing the world in all different perspectives.