Get to Know Our Veterinarian and Staff in Round Lake
When you're looking for a veterinarian, your goal is to find one who can help you manage your pet's healthcare for life. You want a team that you can trust with all of your pet's needs, whether it's a simple exam or a complex surgery. Our veterinarian and staff in Round Lake would love to learn more about you and we'd love for you to learn more about us! Read their bios below and make an appointment today!
Dr. Christine Tuma
What is your educational and veterinary medicine background?
I graduated from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, MN with a BA in Biochemistry and a minor in Psychology. I then graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine located in the West Indies in 2007 after completing my clinical rotations at Michigan State University. Following graduation, I worked at Finger Lakes Racetrack in upstate New York for a couple of seasons prior to starting my own equine ambulatory practice in 2008. Since then, I have divided my time between sole proprietorship and companion animal practice; first working at a small animal referral practice for a number of years while I grew my equine caseload and then later providing locum and relief support to my fellow local practitioners in need.
What made you decide to become a veterinarian?
My aunt is a veterinarian back home in Minnesota, so the seed was planted early for me to pursue a veterinary career path. In addition, my family used to breed Appaloosa and Percheron horses on a small hobby farm, which only further fueled the fire.
Why did you decide to join the Companion team?
I joined the Companion Animal team mostly because the quality and scope of the practice was aligned with my ideals. Additionally, the Companion Animal team recognizes the importance of fostering the human-animal bond.
What is the best thing about being a vet?
The best part of being a vet is definitely improving the lives of our pets, nurturing the human-animal bond and making a small difference in the world every day.
What is one of the most common problems you’ve encountered in pets you treat?
One of the most common problems I've encountered in veterinary medicine is motivating owners to take a proactive approach to their pet's healthcare and wellbeing, rather than a reactive approach. Prevention is key!
Do you have any special interests in veterinary medicine?
My special interests in veterinary medicine include (but are not limited to) nutrition, ultrasonography, feline medicine, and the Fear Free approach.
What are some of your favorite activities outside of work?
My favorite thing to do outside of work is hang out with my daughter and be silly! Some of my other favorite activities include pursuing my equine ambulatory practice, running, horseback riding, gardening and anything else outdoors (camping, fishing, hiking), and reading. I have a variety of pets of my own at home: a horse, a donkey, 4 cats and 2 dogs, so they tend to take up a lot of my time as well!
What is your biggest pet peeve?
Favorite place to eat?
Anyplace that has a patio and live music in the summer!
Favorite place to visit?
Home in Minnesota.
Anything with Markie Mark and/or Will Ferrell
What are your favorite sports teams?
None, although I do still follow horse racing quite a bit since it was a big part of my life for quite some time and I still have some residual professional connections. I'll also sit through some MSU basketball (Go State!) to make my significant other happy!
Name 3 things people might be surprised to learn about you.
- I was a thoroughbred groom on the racetrack and traveled across the country for 4 years prior to gaining entrance into veterinary school.
- I like to give back to the community and volunteer when I can.
- Cookies and candy are always a good way to start off on the right foot!
Jaclyn, Hospital Manager
Hi! My name is Jaclyn and I joined the Companion Animal Hospital Team in 2010 working as a vet tech and have managed a handful of our locations since then! I went to Southern Illinois University Carbondale and received a B.S. in Animal Science. I have been working in animal hospitals since 2001 and can’t picture myself doing anything else!
I currently have 3 dogs of my own. Julie and George are both Chihuahuas and Cinnamon is a Chihuahua/Dachshund mix. I also have a snake named Sam, and she is a Colombian Red Tail Boa. In my free time, I love to play pool and currently play in a few leagues. I also like to bake, knit and crochet, and spend time with friends and family. I look forward to meeting you and your pets at Companion Animal Hospital!
Jessica, Veterinary Assistant
Hi! My name is Jessica and I joined Companion Animal Hospital as a veterinary assistant, and have been working at Round Lake since we opened in 2018! I decided I wanted to work with animals after seeing firsthand how therapeutic it can be. I have been a VA for a little over a year and am currently enrolled at Penn Foster to become certified. I love coming to work and learning something new every single day! I enjoy working with clients just as much as I enjoy working with their pets. I also have a dog of my own named Zeke, a very energetic and intelligent Australian Cattle Dog!
Paige, Veterinary Assistant
Hi! My name is Paige and I've been with Companion Animal Hospital in Round Lake as a Vet Assistant since October of 2018. I've been working with animals for 7 years now, including working in Pet Hotels and Doggy Day Cares, but primarily in Veterinary Hospitals. I've wanted to work with animals since I was little and I love being able to help client's pets in any way that I can! I love both dogs and cats, but I am definitely a cat lady! I also have two cats (or as I refer to them- my kids), Luna and Jax.
Jacie, Veterinary Assistant
Hi, my name is Jacie! I've been a Vet Tech for 12 years now and couldn't picture myself doing anything else. I love meeting new people and their fur babies! When I'm not at work my cat and two dogs keep me pretty busy. Opie is a 4 year old Pit Bull, Darla is a 1 year old hound mix, and Guiness is my poor, long haired kitty that has to put up with all of the doggy shenanigans! I also have a passion for art, history and traveling. When I'm not making friends with four legged creatures you can usually find me drawing, painting or flying to a different part of the country for adventures! Although, nothing beats the sense of pride I get from helping pets and their families. I can't wait to meet you and yours!