Dr. DeJaynes was born and raised in Burlington, Iowa, and from an early age knew that he wanted to be a veterinarian. He studied biology at Iowa State University as an undergraduate prior to being accepted into their veterinary medicine program in 2004. He graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008.
Following graduation, Dr. DeJaynes spent two years as a small animal general practitioner in Iowa prior to pursuing advanced training. He completed a small animal surgery and medicine internship at a large referral hospital in Denver, Colorado in 2011. After finishing his rotating internship, Dr. DeJaynes then completed a year-long, intense small animal surgical internship at a large specialty hospital in New York where he gained invaluable knowledge and training in emergency and elective surgery.
When Dr. DeJaynes is not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife Hadley and their Boston Terrier “Herbie.” His hobbies include any type of fitness activity and numerous outdoor activities including running, hiking, biking, riding motorcycles, and sports.
His professional interests lie in dentistry, internal medicine, and reproduction, with a strong passion for soft tissue and orthopedic surgery.
Dr. DeJaynes is originally from the Madison, Wisconsin area. She graduated cum laude from UW-Stevens Point with Biology and Chemistry majors. She attended veterinary school at Iowa State University graduating in 2010.
Dr. DeJaynes has been a small animal general practitioner since graduation. She has had the opportunity to work in many types of hospitals as she traveled the country with her husband Joel for his veterinary internships and training. Her professional interests are in holistic medicine and acupuncture, internal medicine, rehabilitation, and practice management.
Outside of work, Dr. DeJaynes is an outdoor enthusiast. She enjoys hiking, running, and taking walks with her Boston Terrier, Herbie.
Jill has been a loyal member of the Companion Animal Care team since 2002. Her areas of expertise are practice management, teaching Behavior Training classes and overseeing Companion Animal Care’s Better Companion Dog Day Care. Jill is also a certified AKC Canine Good Citizen instructor. Since 2005, she has enjoyed teaching puppies and young dogs basic obedience and confidence building exercises utilizing positive reinforcement. During Daycare hours you can find Jill exercising dogs using fun games and honing polite leash walking etiquette. Jill, her husband and two children share their home with their playful dog – a golden retriever, Cubby.
Letti is a WI State Licensed Certified Veterinary Technician and has been a loyal member of the Companion Animal Care team since 1997. Letti’s areas of special interests are in anesthesia, dentistry and safety. She has many hours of continuing education in advanced dentistry and hematology. Letti lives with her husband, their two daughters, and their Golden Retriever, Achilles. As a family they enjoy watching and cheering on the Milwaukee Brewers, Timber Rattlers, and the Green Bay Packers.
Alecia is a WI State Licensed Certified Veterinary Technician and has been a member of the Companion Animal Care team since 2003. Her special interest is Canine Behavior Training. Alecia holds a certification as an AKC Canine Good Citizen Instructor and is an energetic teacher for Companion Animal Care’s canine Adult Basic Training Class, Masters Training and Topics Training classes. Alecia lives with her husband, baby girl Julia, two playful kitties- Emma and Baloo, and their beautiful dog, Gus.
Heather joined the Companion Animal Care team in 2012 as a Certified Veterinary Technician after many years of working at the Fox Valley Animal Referral Center as an ICU and emergency technician. Her areas of interest are in dentistry and educating clients about the care of their pets. She shares her home with her husband and son Parker along with their chocolate Labrador Retriever, Summer, and two cats Venus and Sparky.
Erin originally joined our team through the School-to-Work program while in high school. Having completed her Veterinary Technician education and certification, she chose to re-join our team in the spring of 2012. Erin can be seen at the front desk and in exams rooms. She is very passionate in what she does as well as the animals she cares for. She enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and her two dogs, Sadie and Kuzo. Both Sadie and Kuzo are Australian shepherds and have lots of energy. They most definitely keep her on her toes!
Amani has joined our team through the School-to-Work program at Fond du Lac High School and is a part of our Dog daycare. She shares her home with her parents, five year-old brother and two adopted cats; Spooky and Barnabas. Amani has a passion for working with animals and plans on attending UW River Falls for their Pre-Veterinary program then continuing on to UW Madison and would like to open her own animal sanctuary in the future.
Terri joined the Companion Animal Care team in August 2012. She is a transplant from sunny Florida where she was employed as a Customer Service Representative and Veterinary Assistant for a small animal and exotics veterinary practice. Her experiences ranged from working with cats and dogs to birds, ferrets, reptiles and various wild animals of Florida. Terri shares her home with her fiancee and three rescue cats; Smudge, Pixie and Milo. She enjoys hearing our clients tell interesting pet stories and enjoys helping their furry family members.
Elizabeth joined the Companion Animal Care during the spring of 2016. With extensive experience in both customer service and animal care, you can find Elizabeth helping out up front or lending a hand with Better Companion Care Daycare. Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her husband Dustin and their two rescues, Griffon and Clover. When she’s not working Elizabeth likes to explore the Kettle Moraine State Park and getting ice cream at Kelley’s Creamery in Eden.
Day Care Staff:
Emily, Assistant Day Care Manager
Emily started working at Companion Animal Care during high school in 2009, and continued in the summers throughout college. She began as a kennel assistant and moved on to work in the daycare and as a customer service representative. In May 2013, Emily graduated UW-Madison with a degree in Zoology. Her favorite classes were those in animal behavior and environmental and wildlife conservation. Now, you can find Emily in the Daycare, in Puppy Playtime and Canine Behavior classes, and at the front desk. When Emily is not working or spending time with her six nieces and nephews, she can most likely be found re-reading one of the books in the Harry Potter series, watching TV shows on Netflix while cuddling with her three rat terriers, or baking for her family, friends, and co-workers.
My name is Abigail Baumann. I have two year old son named Connor and a lab-mix that we call Murphy. These two boys are my pride and joy. They’re the two most important things that have pushed me to start doing something I love by helping animals. I’ve always been intrigued by dogs and why they behave the way they do. I will be going to Madison- Tech to start schooling to be a Veterinary Technician in spring and hopefully take part in some animal behavior classes.
Megan has joined our team through the School-to-Work program at the Fond du Lac High School and is part of our Doggy Daycare. She shares her home with her parents, brother, three cats, bunny, and three dogs; Bella, Kasey, and Josey. She wants to go to Ripon College for Biology and Chemistry, and later to UW River Falls to become a horse trainer.