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(763) 420-9711

Dr. Robert P. Melco, DVM



Dr. Robert Melco has been practicing veterinary  medicine in the north metro for over 20 years.  He purchased Maple Grove Pet Hospital in 2013 and renamed the hospital Paws and Claws Pet Hospital of Maple Grove.  He has been updating the practice to    provide the best care possible ever since.  Dr. Melco grew up in West St. Paul, MN and graduated from the University of Minnesota's College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. His professional interests are small animal medicine, pocket pets, exotics as well as Laser Surgery.  Dr. Melco married his wife, Lynn, in 1992 and they have 3 kids. They currently live in Elk River, MN and have 4 dogs, 3 cats, and several chickens. In his free time Dr. Melco enjoys cooking,  gardening, canning, fishing and spending time with his wife and kids.


Samantha Kaufman, CVT

Certified Veterinary Technician/Office Manager

Samantha joined the staff of Paws and Claws Pet Hospital in December 2016. She worked at East Lake Animal Clinic and Heartland Animal Hospital before joining our team. She graduated with honors from Minnesota School of Business in Lakeville in 2012 and passed her certification exam in December 2012. She has re-certified twice since then and has brought a wealth of knowledge to the clinic to help train other technicians. Samantha grew up in Medford, MN and has lived in several places throughout the state. She currently lives in Zimmerman, MN with her boyfriend Dustin, their daughters Lilly, and Charli. She enjoys spending time with her family (especially outside), singing/music, going to the gym, and trying new food/recipes.


Danielle Young

Veterinary Technician Assistant

Danielle joined the Paws and Claws team in May of 2018. She has had a passion for working with animals since childhood and decided to pursue that passion. Danielle attended Minnesota School of Business and previously
worked at Ham Lake Vet Hospital. Danielle has lived many places throughout MN, Montana, and even spent a summer in Colorado. Danielle currently resides in Monticello with her daughter, Madison. Danielle has two dogs, Lucy and Odin, and two cats, Ronies and Batman. In her free time, Danielle enjoys going on adventures with her daughter, spending time with her friends, camping, fishing, going on walks, and doing other outdoor activities.

Karen Jensen, CVT

Certified Veterinary Technician

Karen joined the Paws and Claws team in August 2018. She has been a CVT for more than 30 years and brings an interest in client education, preventive care and care of senior pets to the practice. She discovered her passion for helping animals at a young age and is grateful that she has been able to live that passion every day. She is a graduate of The Medical Institute of MN and has been Certified since 1987. She is a resident of Maple Grove along with her husband and sons and two very loved cats- Joe Meower and Snuggles. Outside of work, you can find her in the garden tending to the flowers or with a hammer or paintbrush in hand doing home improvement projects.


Courtney Schut

Veterinary Assistant/ Receptionist

Courtney Schut has been working here at Paws and Claws since July 12, 2018 as a Veterinary Assistant. She received her Veterinary Assistant Certificate through Stratford Online College. Courtney is married and has 2 children. She also has three cats named Princess, Cheeto, and Rio and a Springer Spaniel mix named Piper. She fosters for the rescue group ‘The Rescue Crew’, and is a volunteer Crew Member Coordinator for the rescue group as well. Courtney is a huge animal lover. She enjoys spending her free time reading, watching movies and spending quality time with her kids.

Exclusive Offer

New clients receive $40 off initial exam OR 10% OFF first visit services.*

Call us at (763) 420-9711 to take advantage of this exclusive offer. 

* Excludes medications or products. New clients only, 1 per household.

Office Hours

Day Morning Afternoon
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
8:30AM 8:30AM 8:30AM 8:30AM 8:30AM 8:30AM Closed
8:00PM 6:00PM 6:00PM 6:00PM 6:00PM 1:30PM Closed

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