Although born in Connecticut, Dr. Brian Hansen has considered himself a Minnesota transplant since he stepped foot in the “land of lakes” while visiting veterinary schools. After serving seven years in the United States Marine Corps, which provided a different kind of education complimented by a unique perspective, Brian graduated from the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. While Dr. Hansen’s wife, Dr. Donnell Hansen (a Roseville native and also a veterinarian) completed an internship at Oklahoma State University, he began his veterinary career in Perkins, Oklahoma where in addition to treating the typical dogs, cats, and cattle, Brian endearingly became the goat doctor by the local producers. And yes, as is rumored in Oklahoma, they indeed enjoyed many afternoons using their hands as bait while cruising Oklahoma’s stained red river banks “noodling” for catfish.
Since returning to Minnesota in 2006, Brian has worked locally and now sincerely looks forward to the opportunities and excitement associated with opening Rice Creek Animal Hospital. Despite the fact his supposedly prized chocolate lab, Cody, refuses to fetch and is afraid of the water, Dr. Hansen enjoys all the Minnesota great outdoors has to offer. Although a day spent jigging a line through a hole in the ice is ideal, Brian also enjoys hunting, archery, and his latest- practical shooting (as they say, “once a Marine, always a Marine”).
Dr. Hansen lives in Shoreview with his wife, Donnell, who is a board certified specialist in veterinary dentistry and oral surgery with BluePearl Veterinary Partners, a referral veterinary hospital in Eden Prairie and Blaine. Despite Brian’s best efforts at raising a fellow outdoorsman, their two year old son, Eli, has already deemed himself a hockey player and their second child is due to arrive in July 2011. That’s a lot of activity for a small house with two dogs and three cats (and a 21 year old snake)! Want to know more? Just ask Dr. Hansen about his days riding bulls and bucking horses with the Military Rodeo Cowboys Association and Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association or his time spent rescuing giraffes, relocating rhinos, and working on cape buffalo in South Africa!