A Word from Our Vets
Read the stories of the vets who staff our clinic and oversee daily care of our animals.
Denise Dietsch, DVM Director of Veterinary Services
I’m a grad of the University of Missouri Veterinary College (Class of ’76) and a native St. Louisan who’s proud to have grown up on the South Side.
My first experience out of vet school was working in a private practice owned by one of the St. Louis Zoo veterinarians. Though I didn’t work at the zoo, his expertise with “exotics” attracted an unusual variety of animal clients. While I treated mostly cats and dogs, my daily routine during those seven years often included mountain lions, monkeys, birds and reptiles.
From there, I was on staff at another local private veterinary hospital. About 8 years ago I joined the staff of the APA Adoption Center. Here I am in charge of our outpatient clinic that is open to the public. I also oversee the healthcare of the dogs and cats that are housed in our shelter.
Outside the APA Adoption Center, I’m the mother of one lovely daughter, Alexandra, and 3 dogs and 2 cats. My free time is spent on remodeling and decorating my house or crafting miniatures. (Ask me about the guitars I’ve built!)
Jennifer Marquardt, DVM
I grew up across the river in Edwardsville, Illinois. From a young age I always wanted to be a veterinarian so I was thrilled to be accepted to the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine class of 2002.
After graduation, I moved to Chicago and worked in private practice until I moved back to the St. Louis area in 2007. I joined the APA team in the fall of 2017 after 15 years in private practice. I work in the wellness clinic and help with the treatment and care of the shelter animals.
When not at the APA, I enjoy spending time with my husband, 2 daughters, 2 dogs and 2 cats. We like traveling, frequent visits to the zoo, gardening and spending time outside with the dogs.
I also love spending time at a local craft studio making metal creations (jewelry and sculpture).
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