Dr. Ernest Drager
“In loving memory, we carry on Dr. Drager’s legacy.”
Dr. Ernest Drager graduated from the University of Minnesota Veterinary College in 1983. He opened Bush Lake Pet Hospital in 1984 and France Avenue Pet Hospital in 2004. Dr. Drager was a member of the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association and the Minnesota Veterinary Hospital Association. Dr. Drager served the Bloomington-Eden Prairie area for more than 32 years. Dr. Drager retired from Bush Lake Pet Hospital on February 15, 2022. Dr. Drager devoted his life to helping clients and their pets.
In Dr. Drager’s own words:
“I am very grateful for the confidence that you, my wonderful friends and clients, have placed in me. We have faced the highs and lows of pet ownership and care together. From the time that I started Bush Lake in 1984 and then opened France Avenue Pet Hospital in 2004, my job has been exciting, and satisfying, but never, never dull. I will take wonderful memories of the pets, owners, and friends that I have come to know over these many years. Again, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. “
Dr. Ernest Drager passed on April 8, 2022, and will be missed by all.
Dr. Alyssa LaSart
Dr. Douglas Gates
Dr. Gates was born and raised in Minnesota and graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2019. He has a passion for exotic animal medicine, surgery, dentistry, preventive care, and teaching. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his dogs, going up north, and taking care of his reptiles, fish, and arachnids. He can’t wait to meet you and your furry or scaly friends.
Practice Manager and Certified Veterinary Technician
Cindy has been with our company since 2015. She lives in the south metro with her husband. She has 3 adult children living close to home. Her family owns 4 dogs and enjoys fostering dogs for Minnesota Greyhound Rescue. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, camping, yoga and spending time with her family. Cindy works out of both Bush Lake Pet Hospital and France Avenue Pet Hospital.
Certified Veterinary Technician
Hello! My name is Kyla and I have been a Veterinary Technician for 6 years! I graduated from Globe University in Woodbury. I’ve worked at 2 previous clinics before landing at France Ave. Pet Hospital. I’ve dabbled in all different things such as Wildlife and Exotics. I currently still work part-time with exotics when I can! Animals are my passion, and I will always be an advocate for their well-being. I currently have 1 cat at home. Bones! She definitely keeps me on my toes as her personality knows no bounds! I would love to have a dog someday; with my current crazy schedule, I don’t feel I would be able to give a dog the time and attention it fully needs. I don’t have much downtime, but when I do I’m relaxing at home with Bones or traveling north to spend time in the country with my family. I love to go fishing, boating, hiking, camping, anything outdoors! Here’s to Someday!
Certified Veterinary Technician
Jaxon joined us in May of 2022. He Grew up in Rosemount, showing rabbits and goats in 4H. He graduated from Dakota County Technical College Veterinary Technician program in 2021. In his free time, he fishes bass tournaments and spends time with his family and pets.
Lisa has been a valued part of our team since 2004. She was hired as our receptionist and through the years has gained experience assisting our doctors in many aspects of our clinic. She provides loving care to all of our clients that come through our doors. She is highly revered by our pet owners as well as our staff. Lisa lives in the community and enjoys running into our clients outside of the office. Her three adult children come to visit as often as they can.
Megan returned to France Avenue Pet Hospital in 2022. She was employed with us in 2019 & 2020. She has been a vet assistant for 3 years. She hopes to finish her vet tech degree soon. She enjoys hanging with her family, friends, and her 2 cats, Astro and Luna. She also enjoys being the best auntie to a black labs.
Lexi joined the team in 2022, she is currently enrolled in a veterinary technician program. She always had family dogs and cats during her childhood. She currently has a total of 15 pets including 2 dogs, 5 rabbits, 3 gerbils, 2 hamsters, 2 geckos and a Pac-Man frog. She enjoys biking and hiking with her dogs in the summer. She is excited to be working in the veterinary industry and is looking forward to meeting you and your furry companions.