About Us

From the moment you enter the Pierce Veterinary Clinic, you and your pet will receive quality care. We help care for your pet by offering quality health services through a responsive, professional team of friendly, knowledgeable, caring individuals. Your pet will receive personal attention in a state-of-the-art facility from a team that is genuinely commited to helping them live a long and healthy life.

Our Team


Frank During, DVM and Clinic Owner
Dr. During grew up on a small farm in northern Germany and came to the USA in 1988 where he worked on a dairy farm in southern Minnesota. He spent one semester at the University of Minnesota where he met his wife Linda. They moved to Hannover, Germany where Dr. During studied Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 1994. Dr. During purchased the Pierce Veterinary Clinic in 1998. The clinic outgrew it's previous facility and a new building was built in 2004. Dr. During enjoys football & is a Minnesota Vikings fan! He spends his free time with Linda, and his cats.

Becky Behrendt, DVM
Dr. Behrendt grew up in Manitowoc, WI. Growing up she had a variety of pets from ducks to ferrets. She received her undergraduate degree in Wildlife Biology from UW Stevens Point and prior to attending Veterinary School she worked on several wildlife projects. In 2003 she graduated from UW-Madison College of Veterinary Medicine. She and her husband, Dean moved to the area for a job as a small animal veterinarian in Red Wing upon graduation. She has also worked as a relief veterinarian for several years in the surrounding area. In 2006 Dr. Behrendt started working at the Pierce Vet Clinic. She practices exclusively small animal medicine and has a special interest in feline medicine. Dr. Behrendt also enjoys veterinary dentistry and surgery. She lives in Bay City with her husband, son and numerous pets. She and her family enjoy camping and                                                      outdoor activities.

Abbey Butler, DVM

Dr. Butler grew up on a family dairy farm in Amery, WI. She received her undergraduate degree in Animal Science from UW-River Falls and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from UW-Madison in 2006. She lives outside of Ellsworth with her significant other Rob and their 3 wonderful children, Will,Wyatt, and Charlotte. They have a high energy Border Collie named Rowdy that is a great help with the beef cattle they raise. Abbey joined the team at Pierce Veterinary clinic in 2016 after the birth of her second son. Abbey is a small animal practitioner who enjoys working with both cats and dogs. She has a special interest in behavior and strives to make your pet's visit as low stress as possible.


Cassie Rice, DVM

Dr. Rice grew up on a dairy farm in southwest Minnesota near the town of Edgerton. She received her undergraduate degree in Animal Science and Dairy Production from South Dakota State University. In 2018 she graduated from veterinary school at Iowa State University. Cassie and her husband Jake live near Hager City with their Aussiedoodle Cooper, and Wheaten Terrier Murphy. She started her position with Pierce Vet as a Large Animal Veterinarian in 2018, with a passion for working with dairy cattle. In her spare time Cassie enjoys quilting, reading, fishing, and attending tractor pulls with her husand.




Emily, CVT

Emily joined our practice in May 2010. She went to school at the Medical Institute of Minnesota, now known as Argosy University, and graduated in 1993 as a Certified Veterinary Technician. She lives in Ellsworth with her husband and two daughters. She also has a stepdaughter and a stepson. She has 4 wonderful cats. In her free time Emily enjoys the outdoors, four-wheeling, and spending time with family.


Janice, CVT

Janice moved to Prescott in 2015 and began working at Pierce Vet Clinic shortly before receiving her associates degree in Veterinary Technology from Globe University. Prior to working with us, she worked on her family's farm, as a kennel attendant, and a receptionist at an emergency animal hospital in Appleton, WI. In her free time Janice enjoys hiking, camping, traveling, and spending time with her pets and friends.


Shelby, CVT

Shelby has been working with animals for 7 years and she has spent the last 4 years working as a Veterinary Technician with us at Pierce Vet. After considering a career in massage therapy, she tried a job at an animal hospital and quickly realized it was her calling. Shelby lives with her husband, their son, and their dog Brodie.





Jasmine, CVT

Jasmine joined our team in 2017 shortly after receiving her associates degree from Broadview University (formally know as Globe University). In her free time she enjoys camping, kayaking, fishing, spending time with her family & friends, and caring for her many animals at home .

Miranda, VA

Miranda joined our practice in 2019 while finishing her Animal Science degree at UW-River Falls. She has since moved on to a Technical school to get her degree in Veterinary Technology. Since she cannot have pets at her current apartment, she enjoys all the pet time she gets at the clinic. Miranda is originally from Sheboygan, WI and is currently living in Hudson. In her free time she enjoys hiking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.


Support Staff


Linda During, Business Manager

Linda has been married to Dr. Frank During for over 25 wonderful years. They met at the University of Minnesota in 1989 and they moved to Germany for five years while Frank studied veterinary medicine.  Together they purchased Pierce Vet Clinic in 1998. Since then, Linda has served as the practice’s business manager. She enjoys interior decorating and has created the color palette of the clinic as well as furnishings and art work throughout the building. Linda and Dr. During surround themselves with several house cats. Linda also enjoys perennial gardening. She devotes much of her spare time to feline rescue.


Anna, Client Service Representative

Anna has worked at the Pierce Veterinary Clinic since 2005. Prior to working with us, she worked at various humane societies and as a grooming assistant. Anna grew up in Menomonie, River Falls, and Pepin. Her pets include cats, dogs, and horses. In her spare time Anna enjoys horseback riding, camping & spending time with her husband Nathan and daughter Myla. 


Stacia, Client Service Representative

Stacia joined our practice in May 2016. She lives in River Falls with her husband, and 2 fur babies. In her free time Stacia enjoys watching a Packer, Badger, or Brewer game. She enjoys interior design/ decorating shows and spending time with family, friends, and animals. 



Sami, Groomer 

Sami graduated from Ellsworth High School in 2015. Shortly after she attended Rio Grooming in Hastings, MN where she completed the 436-hour program to become a professional dog groomer. Before Sami joined the team at Pierce Vet Clinic she worked as a groomer/daycare attendant at a dog daycare/boarding facility. Sami grooms both dogs and cats. Being that Sami is a groomer it's only fitting that she has a Standard Poodle named Allis-Chalmers. In her free time she enjoys hunting, working on her friends family farms, and spending time with her pets at home. 

Our Clinic cats 


Zoey, Clinic Cat

Zoey arrived at the clinic in 2012. Zoey is currently enrolled in the Witness Protection Program. Rarely seen or heard from!


Leo "The Bad Boy", Clinic Cat

Leo has graced all of us with his presence since May of 2015. Leo is in charge of building security. He holds a black belt in karate- not a dude to mess with!


Ivan, Clinic Cat 

Ivan came to us on Christmas day 2017. He has a degree in good looks and personality. This handsome guy lives for attention and affection.  His hobbies include cuddling, playing and meal time. 

Where to Find Us:

Pierce Vet Clinic
707 N Brown St
PO box 657
Ellsworth, WI 54011

Phone: (715)-273-4632


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