Judy Batker, DVM
I grew up in Verona and graduated from the UW Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in 1995. In 1999, I founded Country View Veterinary Service in 1999 with Dr. Larry Mahr and now I am transitioning to Country View Equine Clinic with excitement!
Since childhood I have been devoted to horses and truly love spending every day outside with horses and horse people. Reproduction, senior horse care and wellness care are my favorite areas in practice. I also enjoy working on all farm animals and the variety of care that can be provided to them.
In recent years I have become very involved with the Equitarian Initiative through teaching a yearly workshop in Costa Rica as well as organizing and leading projects annually in Haiti and South Dakota on the Pine Ridge Reservation. This nonprofit provides sustainable care to working equids and training for their owners.
Outside of work and volunteerism, I love riding, hiking and most of all spending time with my husband and two sons.
Stephanie Miesen, DVM
Do you know that slightly awkward, horse-crazy kid that is in every class in every school across the country? Well that would be me! I grew up riding and competing in the Wisconsin Little Britches and High School rodeos. To this day I am horse crazy! How lucky am I to have a job that allows me to work with not only a wide variety of horses, but goats, sheep, llamas, alpacas, cattle and chickens to keep things spiced up?!
Upon graduating high school, I attended UW-River Falls where I majored in Animal Science and competed for the collegiate rodeo team. During this time, I worked at veterinary clinics, horse boarding facilities and trained horses. After my time at River Falls I relocated to attend the UW Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, where I continued to train horses and barrel race in my spare time.
Upon graduation in 2008 I was lucky enough to be hired by Country View Veterinary Service, which has now transitioned to Country View Equine Clinic. I am so fortunate to be practicing in an area with so many conscientious owners and amazing animals. I particularly enjoy working with animals that require special health care needs, such as geriatric, neonatal and those with chronic diseases. I try to educate the owners so they can better help their animals remain healthy for as long as possible.
Outside of work I continue to enjoy training horses and barrel racing- especially on my heart horse, Red. I look forward to seeing if my two children, Emil and Rosie, enjoy horses as much as I do. Or maybe they will prefer cows like my husband Mike!
Laura Anderson, DVM, CVSMT, CVA
I grew up on a small hobby farm in Platteville, WI. Like many other equine enthusiasts, my love of horses started at a very young age. My grandpa surprised me with a very naughty pony when I was around six years old, much to my parents’ dismay! I’ve known many good horses since then, but it was the eventual passing of her first foal a few years later that sealed the deal on my decision to become a veterinarian one day.
During the course of my journey to become a veterinarian, I was lucky enough to spend a significant amount of time in both Texas and Colorado where I met many good friends and mentors in the equine industry. I graduated from Colorado State University with special interests in sports medicine and rehabilitation and podiatry, although I enjoy all aspects of being an equine veterinarian. My husband Jake is a farrier and we continually push each other to be better on our respective sides of the equine foot.
I will be forever fascinated with how horses move and the importance of good biomechanics. It was this interest that led me into veterinary spinal manipulation therapy, which has been part of how I practice for a few years now. I am passionate about combining both traditional lameness therapies, VSMT and acupuncture in a way that makes the most sense for the horse and whatever challenge they may be faced with. I love continuing my education so I can better the life of the horse.
Outside of work I enjoy life with my family which consists of my husband Jake, our two children Eli and Lexi, our three dogs, and a questionable number of horses - including the famous Truffles! We have a strong passion in furthering our horsemanship education and compete in Versatility Ranch Horse competitions
Mary Galle, DVM, CVA
I am from Menomonee Falls, WI and attended UW-Madison for both undergraduate and veterinary medical school, earning my BS in Animal Science in 2014, and DVM in 2018. During my third and fourth years of veterinary school, I was also enrolled in a veterinary acupuncture program at Chi Institute in Reddick, FL and received my CVA in 2018.
I enjoy all aspects of ambulatory practice, but I am especially interested in sports medicine, reproduction and ophthalmology. I have such an appreciation for the equine athlete and its human teammate, and I love seeing a well deserving pair make their goals a reality. I hope to aid in that process where I am able, and I look forward to celebrating all of your successes in and outside of the arena.
While completing veterinary school, I found myself dissatisfied with how few options there are for safe and effective pain management in horses affected with chronic pain. Looking for another option that I could provide to my patients, I decided to study acupuncture while I was still in veterinary school. I am excited to begin my career with this as an option immediately available to me, combining eastern and western medicine to achieve the highest level of comfort and health for my patients.
Since I was a child, I have enjoyed riding and competing in eventing and dressage. Most recently, I have been focusing solely on dressage, and am working towards earning my Bronze medal on the most handsome little Andalusian cross that I lease. When not spending my time with horses, you’ll find me with my family and friends, enjoying one of Wisconsin’s beautiful lakes, or training for half marathons.
Rachelle Eugster, CVT
I have been a part of the Country View Family since 2005 as a large animal vet tech. I have a B.S. in Animal Science with an Equine emphasis from UW River Falls and I am also a graduate of MATC’s Veterinary Technician Program. With 17 years of experience of giving riding lessons and working with people, I love client communications and caring for hospitalized patients.
For the last 20 years I have been a co-owner and operator of my family’s seasonal produce farm in Brooklyn. Outside of work I enjoy outdoor activities with my 11 year-old daughter and 2 year-old son such as fishing, stand up paddle boarding, cross country skiing and playing with the horses
Ashley Larsen, CVT
I was born and raised on a family farm in Verona, Wisconsin. At age 4 I began showing horses. Throughout my childhood, most of my weekends were spent at horse shows. After turning 15 I joined the Country View family, knowing that someday I wanted to work in the veterinary field.
In 2009 I graduated from MATC’s Veterinary Technician Program. My primary veterinary medicine interests include lameness and radiology.
My husband Evan and I live on a 10 acre farmette in Evansville, along with my sons Sean , Levi and Steele. We share our farm with a border collie and our three horses. I now spend my weekends with my family and friends, horseback riding, working on home improvement projects and attending the occasional Wisconsin Paint Horse Club (WPHC) show.
Emily Gefke, CVT
I have worked at Country view since I was 17, and in May of 2018 I graduated from the Veterinary Technician Program at MATC. I love my role as a large animal technician, in which I get to work with horses, other farm animals, and awesome people!
I live in Oregon with my two goats, two dogs, one cat and two horses. In my free time I love to ride my horses Ginger and Rusty.
Sandy Stark, Practice Manager
I have worked for Country View since 1999, when the practice was still on Main Street in Oregon. I am from Superior, WI but have lived in Southern Wisconsin for over 20 years. Before joining Country View’s team I worked as a geriatric and hospice nurse.
I live on a small farm in Oregon with my husband a healthy mix of horses, dogs, cats along with a yellow collar macaw. In my spare time I love to spend time with my animals, hike the Appalachian trail, and canoe camp in the Canadian wilderness. Because of my love for the outdoors, the vast majority of my time with horses has been spent trail riding. My son Ryan is also passionate about horses and is a local dressage trainer.
Libby Kiesow, Office Manager
I grew up in the Madison area and began working for Country View when I was 16. After working as kennel staff, a receptionist and both a small animal and large animal assistant, I took a break from veterinary medicine to attend UW-Milwaukee’s Lubar School of Business. I returned to CVEC in 2017 with a Bachelors in Business Administration.
My interest in horses and their care was sparked at age 4 when my family purchased our first horse. Ever since then, I’ve spent my free time riding, grooming, training horses along with getting really good at using a pitchfork! Prior to attending UW-Milwaukee I completed courses in equine bodywork, which includes massage, myofascial release and reiki. When I’m not working at CVEC, I do bodywork sessions for horses of all ages, breeds and disciplines.
I currently live on the East side of Madison and have one geriatric horse named Chance, who is boarded on my mom’s farm in Mt. Vernon. I spend my free time with him, riding my motorcycle and with friends and family.