Our Team

Dr. Jaclyn Carlson Van Lith

Owner, Veterinarian

Hello! My name is Dr. Carlson and I am excited to be the new owner of Homestead Animal Health (previously Prairie Hills Animal Clinic) as of July 2020. I have deep roots in the community here as I grew up in Milbank, SD where I was active in 4-H and FFA. Upon graduation, I attended the University of Minnesota for both undergraduate and veterinary school. 

After earning my DVM degree, I took a position with the Minnesota Racing Commission as a regulatory veterinarian for Running Aces Harness Park and Canterbury Park. Wanting to return to the prairie, I accepted a position with a mixed animal clinic in Benson, MN where I practiced for 10 years. When the opportunity to return home arose, we decided to take the leap into clinic ownership.

My favorite subject in high school was science, specifically biology. I also had many animals at home so I combined my enjoyment of science and animals into becoming a veterinarian. I was also impressed with the rapport that the veterinarians that I shadowed had with their clients. The friendly banter showed me that the human connection is just as important as the animal connection. I truly enjoy the problem-solving nature of veterinary medicine. My goal is to maximize every animal’s life so that they can enjoy it to the fullest and share that joy with their people for as long as possible. When a client thanks me for my time, effort, expertise, and help — that reaffirms the journey every time.

I am a member of the South Dakota Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Association of Equine Practitioners. I am excited to begin offering equine veterinary care through Homestead Animal Health. Additionally, I have complete the acupuncture training course through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, so we now offer veterinary acupuncture as well!

My husband, Matt, is a hoof trimmer for cattle with his own business, Wooden Shoe Hoof Care. He has a vertical hydraulic chute that he transports around the countryside performing maintenance and lame cow trims. We are blessed with three children: Madelyn, Addison, & Reese. When not performing veterinary duties or caring for my family, I also enjoy gardening, photography, reading, and horseback riding. 

I look forward to meeting you and your pets!

Team member Deb with her pet dog

Deb Buttke


Deb is our Technician at Homestead Animal Health. She grew up on a farm in Western Minnesota. As a child, she cared for a menagerie of animals including Dogs, Cats, Horses or any other animals that were on the farm.

Animals have always been a passion of Debs. Upon graduation from Wheaton High School, Deb enrolled at NDSU in Fargo, ND. She graduated with a 4 year degree in Animal Health Technology.

Deb has been a Registered Veterinary Technician in the Minlbank area for several year. Upon graduation from NDSU, Deb was hired as a Vet Tech at Milbank Veterinary Clinic. Deb stayed with, what is now, Homestead Animal Health during the Change in November of 2008.

In her down time from work, Deb enjoys spending time at the lake cabin, Gardening reading and her passion of participating in Bible Studies.

Deb’s Family

Deb has 2 adult Children Jeff and his Wife Alex, and Kristi and her soon to be Husband Scott.

She also has 2 Four Legged Children, Jet their black lab and Dream, the Diva of the family. She is a Chocolate Poodle. She enjoys spending time with all of them every chance she gets!

Erika Scoblic


Bio coming soon!

Team member Gail

Gail Wellendorf


June 1, 2014 marks the start of the 17th year of employment here for Gail. What an adventure it has been. I am the person that you talk to when you call Homestead Animal Health. I am usually the first one you see when you come in the door, the last one you see when you leave.

Some of my duties here at the clinic is answering the phone. controlling inventory, scheduling appointments for your pet.

When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my Family, Sewing, Crocheting and making doll Clothes.

I believe our pets are our family!

I live on a farm, so pets large and small are a part of our family. We have several cats and Clyde is our ‘farm’ dog. He is our ‘Mother’ on the Farm. And then there is Maddie. I am sure most of you know her. She is our Yorkie and she comes to work with me daily. She sleeps under my desks.