Veterinarians of Cottage Grove Animal Hospital

Sarah Whatley, DVM, Owner

Dr. Sarah Whatley joined Cottage Grove Animal Hospital in January 2006 as an associate veterinarian and became one of the practice's owners in October 2014.

Originally from LaCrosse, Wisconsin, Dr. Whatley moved to Chanhassen, Minnesota when she was 11 and spent much of her teenage years obsessed with horses. It was when her quarter horse, Classy Chassis, developed colic and was treated at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Hospital that she got an in-depth look into veterinary medicine and was "hooked."

"The most satisfying part of being a veterinarian is getting to know my clients and their families," she says. "I love helping my clients learn how to care for their dogs and cats and support them through the good and the bad times. The best cases are those in which I know I can make a huge difference in the life of my patients. Educating my clients and supporting them by finding treatment options that they can afford and can administer at home are two of the things I spend most of my time doing."

Dr. Whatley attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Zoology. She went on to the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in St. Paul, where she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine with a concentration in small animal medicine and surgery. She also won the Dr. J.E. Salsbury Foundation Veterinary Medicine Award and the Veterinary Student Council Award. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association and the Veterinary Hospitals Association. Her professional interests include internal medicine, preventive medicine, dermatology, dentistry and surgery for dogs and cats.

At home Dr. Whatley cares for her mixed-breed dog Maggie, who is half Treeing Walker Coon Hound and part Boxer, among other breeds. She also has a cat named Sophie. Dr. Whatley enjoys spending her time outside the practice going to movies, dining with friends, visiting family, traveling, reading and walking around lakes with Maggie. She is also a newly minted Louisiana Tech Basketball fan because her brother-in-law is their head coach.

Margaret (Peg) Frank, DVM, Owner

When it comes to veterinary medicine, Dr. Peg Frank most enjoys "the challenge and detective work of properly diagnosing and treating someone's beloved family member while staying within their financial means." She joined her husband, Dr. Thrasher, as owner of Cottage Grove Animal Hospital in March 2001.

Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Dr. Frank earned her Bachelor's degree in Zoology and Horticulture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She graduated with Distinction on the Dean's Honor List. She went on to earn her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, and while there was the recipient of the J.E. Salsbury Foundation Veterinary Medicine Fellowship Award. Along with her husband, Dr. Frank completed advanced training in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Prince Edward Island's Atlantic Veterinary College.

Dr. Frank is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association and the Veterinary Hospitals Association. Her professional interests include internal medicine, dermatology, general and oral surgery and behavior. She also has a special interest in the treatment of rabbits and guinea pigs. When not practicing veterinary medicine, Dr. Frank enjoys trail running, spin class, biking and camping. She and Dr. Thrasher have a daughter named Grace, as well as two dogs named Eatie and Sadie.

Michael Thrasher, DVM, Owner

Dr. Michael Thrasher opened Cottage Grove Animal Hospital in March 2000. Although he wanted to be a veterinarian since elementary school, Dr. Thrasher cites his internship in Nairobi, Kenya while an undergraduate as the experience that solidified his career choice. Before attending veterinary school, he spent two years working at a veterinary clinic in his hometown of Buffalo, NY.

"I find my clients to be the most satisfying aspect of my job," he says. "While I enjoy diagnosing and treating pets, especially the chance to "cut and cure" soft tissue surgical patients, I believe the bonds I've formed with many of my clients over the past 25 years have kept my love of my job alive."

Dr. Thrasher graduated magna cum laude from St. Lawrence University with a Bachelor's degree in Biology, and earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. Following veterinary school, Dr. Thrasher completed advanced training in medicine and surgery at the University of Prince Edward Island's Atlantic Veterinary College.

Dr. Thrasher is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association and the Veterinary Hospitals Association, where he is a past board member. He has also served as a board member and past president of the Animal Emergency and Referral Center of Minnesota. His professional interests include soft tissue surgery, medicine and reproduction.

Outside his work at Cottage Grove Animal Hospital, Dr. Thrasher enjoys running, physical fitness, reading, travel and all outdoor activities. He trains regularly with a local masters swim team. He and Dr. Frank have a daughter named Grace. Their family also includes a Chocolate Labrador Retriever named Eatie and a Pekingese named Sadie.