Veterinary Partnerships

Dr. Melissa Weisman, DVM

Akin Hills Pet Hospital partners with Dr. Melissa Weisman owner of Minnesota Veterinary Ultrasound for our advanced diagnostics and specialized ultrasound services. Minnesota Veterinary Ultrasound provides on-site diagnostic ultrasound services including abdominal exams, musculoskeletal exams, echocardiograms, ultrasound-guided biopsies as well as many other services.

Dr. Weisman is a long-time native of Minnesota, having earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota. She has worked for over 25 years as a small animal practitioner in the Twin Cities with more than 10 years of performing thousands of diagnostic ultrasounds.

To say Dr. Weisman is an expert is an understatement. She has completed over 300 continuing education credits in small animal diagnostic ultrasound imaging in addition to one-on-one mentoring with a veterinary radiologist and other boarded specialists. Her ultrasound training and education courses have been taught by nationally and internationally known veterinary-boarded radiologists, cardiologists, internists, and other boarded specialists who are at the top of their field.

Akin Hills partners with Dr. Dane Tatarniuk, DVM and Dr. Casey Rabbe, DVM owners of Highline Veterinary Care PLLC, for specialty surgeries. Their main surgery performed for Akin Hills Pet Hospital is Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy or TPLO surgery. This is the repairing of the cruciate ligament.

Dr. Dane Tatarniuk, DVM MS DACVS LA

Dr. Tatarniuk is originally from Saskatchewan, Canada. He graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. This was followed by a surgical residency & Masters of Science degree in comparative orthopedics from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Tatarniuk became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2015.  From 2016-2021, Dr. Tatarniuk was a faculty member in surgery at Iowa State University – College of Veterinary Medicine. His professional interests include veterinary orthopedics & sports medicine.

Dr. Casey Rabbe, DVM

Dr. Casey Rabbe is originally from Fairmont, MN; she graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2014. Her professional interests include business management & advanced soft tissue surgery.

In 2021, Dr. Tatarniuk & Dr. Rabbe founded HIGHLINE Veterinary Orthopedics to offer specialty veterinary surgery across Minnesota to companion animals & pet owners in the comfort of their primary veterinarian’s office.

What our clients say about us....


I can’t say enough great things about Akin Hills. They are always easy to schedule with and the care that the staff and Dr. Leslie gives to our pets has been amazing! We had to put our our dog down this last year and even though it was a very sad time for our family Akin Hills was so comforting and made the experience peaceful for not only my husband and I but our children as well. We now have a new puppy that we have been bringing here. They are always so responsive to our questions and you can feel that the safety of their customers and staff has been their top concern during the pandemic. I can’t recommend Akin Hills enough!!


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