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Our Services

Watford City Veterinary Center is a contemporary veterinary health system comprised of educated industry professionals who collaborate with field experts to maximize the standard and quality of animal health care while managing and strengthening the unique human-animal bond.

Our Facility

As unique and contemporary veterinary health care providers, we have a mission to elevate the standard and quality of animal health care. Watford City Veterinary Center helps us to achieve and expand these goals. Our Center is a 30,000 square foot mixed use animal hospital that blends modern medicine & technology with old fashioned care. The Veterinary Center is a three level entity carefully designed to optimally serve your needs and provide excellent care to the animals you love.

Blending modern medicine & technology with old fashioned love and compassionate care.

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    State of the art facility

    STATE-OF-THE-ART FACILITY:  Encompassing the purpose of a veterinary Center with the environment of your favorite local hang-out, we have designed the Veterinary Center


In response Ray Kroc’s statement, “none of us is as good as all of us”, we are committed to educating pet owners as well as learning from them in an effort to collaboratively care for the animals we love..


Watford City Veterinary Center is a full-service veterinary facility providing the Greater McKenzie County area with medical, surgical, behavioral and other veterinary related care for both large and small animals since 1967. Originally founded by Dr. Robert Nelson then transferred to Dr. Bruce Pedersen in 2012, the “Clinic” turned to “Center” when the brand new facility was built in 2014.  He and the staff continuously strive to maintain an unbeatable standard of care and are continuously growing as professional caregivers.


To provide the pet and livestock community with a superior level of veterinary care, we place great importance on using the latest technology and diagnostic tools. We hand pick our staff based on their excellent qualifications, high levels of compassion and skillset within the veterinary profession. Our exceptional team has a wide array of advanced skills and is dedicated to bettering the lives of the people and animals they serve by utilizing their education and expertise.  With an open invitation to stop by, we hope that you feel like you’re home every time you visit.


Our professional staff provides the highest quality veterinary care with a passion to match.  We love what we do and appreciate you trusting us with the care of your pet.

The Doctors

Our professional staff has extensive experience in small and large animal care, surgery, emergency medicine, dermatology, oncology, internal medicine and advanced procedures. All of our specialists provide the highest quality care for patients with complicated or specific diseases.

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    Dr. Bruce Pedersen

    Chief of Staff

    Growing up in Nebraska with a veterinarian father, Bruce complements his veterinary background with a proven and successful track record in technology and real estate. Dr. Pedersen received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University in 1992 and has special interest in bovine reproduction and medicine. An innovator in veterinary software (the first with his vet school partner to develop software that incorporated pet pictures on invoices), Bruce pursued his vision by pairing his diverse experience and passion for Veterinary medicine to design and build the “Mayo Clinic of Veterinary Medicine”.


    For more than 20 years, Heather has held the role as both Dr. Bruce’s wife and entrepreneurial business partner. Together they started their first veterinary practice in 1994 which rewarded them with the coveted Veterinary Economics Practice of Excellence Award. As a licensed stockbroker, money manager, author, sign language interpreter, lodging business owner and mother of 3 teenagers, Heather brings her talents to the table by giving her “all” in both Idaho and North Dakota.

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    Dr. Seth Nienhueser

    Associate Veterinarian

    Dr. Nienhueser was born and raised in Gunnison, Colorado where his love for animals started when he was old enough to hold a puppy.  He attended Colorado State University and graduated with his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. Dr. Seth brings his “can do” midwestern work ethic and best-of-the-best veterinary aptitude to enhance and progress WCVC. He loves the variety of cases that he gets to see as a true mixed animal practitioner and has a special interests in orthopedic surgery and bovine reproduction. In his spare time, he and his wife Vanissa, and their beautiful baby girl, Gracelyn can be found outdoors fishing, hiking or hunting with their two dogs, Rally and Talia.

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    Dr. Megan Viniard

    Associate Veterinarian

    Dr. Viniard joined us in summer of 2014 and has brought enthusiasm and balance to our team of doctors.  Dr. Viniard graduated from Ohio State University with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine successfully fulfilling a lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian.  As a child and adolescent, Dr. Viniard was active in her community 4-H and FFA programs where she showed horses, lambs, and market rabbits.  Her passion for animals began with her first rabbit, Floppy, and has expanded to encompass her passion for agriculture.  Dr. Viniard enjoys working in a farming and ranching community as she greatly supports and appreciates the great people and animals that put food on our tables. Dr. Viniard has joined our community with her husband, Jeff and their animal companions.  (Great Dane – Zebulon and horse – Cody) Jeff and Megan were looking for adventure and wanted to experience what the Bakken has to offer, so when time allows they are exploring the area by means of hiking, camping and horseback riding.

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    Dr. Charlie Noland

    Relief Veterinarian

    Currently a staff member of Western Veterinary Clinic, we enjoy the relief of Dr. Charles Noland. We are grateful for this  inspiring man to lend his expertise when we need veterinary relief. Dr. Noland has a B.S. in Chemistry from Montana State University in addition to his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University. He is a seasoned veterinarian with a reputation of being an “awesome equine vet”. He claims his hometown as Worden, Montana where he resides with his wife Laurel, his two daughters and three canine companions, Dak, Ice, and Deuce. He spends his free time enjoying outdoor sports and especially horseback riding.


Support Staff

Our extensive office staff is here to provide excellent customer service while we cater to the needs of your pet.

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    Vanissa Nienhueser

    Practice Manager

    Vanissa is the glue that keeps it all together. A magnet for organizing people and projects, her keen eye for detail and communication skills set coupled with a B.S in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University and Registered Nursing degree from Front Range Community College make her a terrific asset to the team incorporating her knowledge of human relations and medicine. Vanissa enjoys gardening, photography, and spending time outdoors with Dr. Seth, their beautiful daughter Gracelyn, and pups Rally and Talia.  We are happy to have Vanissa on our team as she offers balance where the chaos tries to take over and she helps bring rhyme and reason to the in’s and out’s of clinic’s operations.


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    Karen Pace


    Karen joined our team when we were still crammed into tiny office spaces and sharing computers.  She has seen the evolution and been a great part of our growth.  Karen cares for each client with her big heart and loves to make people smile.  Karen has a special appreciation for the human-animal bond and easily identifies with our clients as they go through the ups and downs of caring for a 4-legged companion.  Karen has 2 grown children and lives here in Watford City with her husband John.  She enjoy baking and crafts in her spare time.  We are so thankful to have such Karen on our team as she brings compassion and love to everything she does!

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    Desirae Cool-Fender


    In spring of 2015 Desirae joined our team as she was looking for career fulfillment and had a desire to continue with her experience of working in customer service.  Working with animals is a bonus as she has great compassion for them, especially her 2 dogs; Hoss and Keria. Originally from Montana, Desirae and her husband, TJ now call Watford City home.  In her downtime Desirae seeks out activities where she and her husband can enjoy the outdoors.   Desirae is all smiles and works to satisfy our clients needs, she balances our receptionist team with her sweet genuine character.

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    Michelle Strubberg


     Michelle comes to us from Missouri with her husband Will.  Michelle has been a Licensed Veterinary Technician since 2010 and has broad experiences in her time with other veterinary practices.  She has joined our team as a receptionist where she combines her education and experience to serve as an informed medical professional for our clients.    Michelle brings wonderful organizational skills to the practice and has a great “get it done” attitude!  When not working, Michelle enjoys spending her days with her husband and 3 dogs as they enjoy getting outdoors to hike, horseback ride, or playing softball.  We are so happy to have Michelle’s skills and smile on our team!

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    Georgea Thompson


    Georgea joined our team in the summer of 2015 after being a client as she identified with the concepts of WCVC.  Georgea moved to Watford City 2 years ago with her husband and son after moving from Oregon to the Mandan area.  Georgea comes to us with over 16 years of customer service experience and has a true love of animals, especially her 2 dogs and 5 horses.  When possible Georgea and her family enjoy traveling and spending time together.  It’s great to have someone on our team who understands how to meet the client on their level and is always thinking of ways to make the WCVC experience even better!

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    Diana Johnson

    Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Our home-grown Watford City High School graduate, Diana pursued her passion for veterinary medicine by earning her B.S in Veterinary Technology from NDSU. Before coming home, Diana had spent the beginning of her career in New Mexico and Montana. She is a super mom with 3 kids, a supportive hubby, and has a plethora of pets including 4 dogs, 6 cats, 4 horses, 2 goats and an ever changing population of chickens and rabbits. She is a passionate fan of her kids hockey teams and the Denver Broncos, but her first love is horseback riding. We are so grateful for Diana, as her adept ability and professional veterinary knowledge makes behind the scenes patient treatment safe, gentle, and competent.

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    Jeana Ceynar

    Veterinary Assistant

    Our happy-go-lucky veterinary assistant, Jeana, jumped right in to the thriving practice with both feet. She moved to North Dakota after a summer visit with her brother. After initially “trying out working at veterinary clinic” she found this is right where she belongs, as she recognizes the positive impact she has on her patients and has felt the rewards of this career.  Jeana loves horses and spent much of her childhood growing up on a ranch competitively show-jumping. She lives with her husband Marc, their German Shepherd “Trigger”, and her horse “Duke”. We love seeing Jeana’s smiling face each day and can’t wait to meet her baby in April!

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    Aaron Dennis

    Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Aaron came to us in early 2015 after graduating from the Veterinary Technician program at Pima Medical Institute in Colorado. Aaron has a desire to continue his veterinary career by advancing his education to become a Veterinarian.  Aaron loves the science of veterinary medicine because there is always something to learn and discover. He also has great relations with all species of animals adding to his value as an LVT. Aaron enjoys playing video games and spending time with his family; Mother, Step-Father and Brother.  We are so happy to have him on our team, as Aaron brings many great assets to WCVC including his unique sense of humor which offers reprieve at the moments it is most needed.

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    Amber Tveter

    Boarding Manager

    Amber is our all-star Boarding Manager – She joined us because she has a passion for animals as well as their 2-legged companions.  Along with all our boarding technicians, Amber ensures that animals staying with us enjoy their days and their nights giving them plenty of kisses, hugs, and play time with a goal to “spoil them rotten”.  Amber loves watching sports, traveling, hiking, camping and just spending time with her family; husband Roger, son Quayde and their full house of animals consisting of 4 dogs and 3 cats. Amber LOVES the Denver Broncos and Chicago Blackhawks. We are so happy to have Amber on our team as she brings a smile to the face of every animal or person around her!

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    Nicole Schwartzenberger

    Boarding Technician

    Nicole came to WCVC looking for a fulfilling job where she was able to spend time loving on animals even though it didn’t quite fit with her Philosophy degree.  Nicole has raised 3 boys; Justin, Hunter, and Jacob and is a wonderful wife to her husband, Gary.  Generally, Nicole can be found supporting her family in their ventures – sports or other activities and finding things to do together.  Although Nicole has 3 dogs at home to cuddle, she still enjoys sharing her love with our boarding guests as she states “they bring smiles to my face every day – and I hope to have the same effect on them”.  We are so happy to have Nicole here at WCVC as she truly cares for everyone around her and makes all efforts to satisfy the needs of our guests and clients alike.

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    Kami Lindsey

    Boarding Technician

    No stranger to pets, Kami loves animals and any opportunity to help them which is why she succeeds so wonderfully at her goal of keeping our guests happy and healthy during their stays.  Although her education is in Criminal Justice her true loves are the animals she owns and the ones she gets to take care of.  Kami has 3 dogs and 1 cat in addition to her family; husband Travis and 4 sons Zack, Zarret, Gage, and Zaden. After starting at WCVC, Kami has recognized the great need for shelter care in McKenzie County and has a desire to start a rescue organization for our community. We are so happy to have Kami with us as she provides great care for our guests and is always looking for ways to make our boarding facility better!


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    Missie Frick

    Boarding Technician

    Missie is a true local – born in Watford City and now is raising her family here; husband Duane, son Dakota, daughter Sierra, 2 dogs and 3 cats. Whenever possible, Missie likes to get outdoors to hunt, fish and explore otherwise she can be found supporting her kids in their activities.  Missie drives school bus for Watford City Schools and has come to WCVC for “a little something different” where she gets to spend time with her favorite beings – dogs and cats! Missie loves working in the Boarding Department because she gets to cuddle and love on all the guests.  We are so happy to have Missie on our team because she strives to meet the needs of our clients and guests to ensure true service satisfaction!


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Contact Us

701-842-4VET (4838)

We schedule our appointments between rounds and surgical procedures to ensure your visit with our doctors will be focused and uninterrupted. Please call to schedule an appointment. Of course, emergency service is handled ‘round the clock.

Hospital Hours:

Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday: 9:00 am – Noon

Emergency Hours: 24/7


More Contact Information:

PO Box 504

770 3rd Ave SW

Watford City, ND 58854

Email inquiries can be sent to: info@vetexperts.com