3070 Michigan Ave West, Battle Creek, MI 49037

Meet Our Veterinary Team

Dr. Benjamin Huelsbergen 

Dr. Ben earned a BA in Biology from The University of Chicago in 1991, followed by his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996. He purchased Turner Veterinary Clinic from Dr. Sally Turner in 1998 and has been the sole Veterinarian at Turner Vet Clinic since 2000. Dr. Ben has had a lifelong passion for animals and always knew he wanted become a veterinarian from a young age. Dr Ben is married to Sara Huelsbergen, LVT — who also works at Turner Vet Clinic.  Dr Ben is also Co-Founder (with his wife, Sara) of Froggie's Pond (froggiespond.org) a Non Profit cat sanctuary for cats with FeLV & FIV.


Sara Huelsbergen , LVT 

Sara graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002 with a BS in Veterinary Technology. She has been the Licensed Veterinary Technician at Turner Veterinary Clinic since 2002. She has been a part of the clinic team since 1998.  Sara has always been a passionate  advocate for the well being of all animals. She vividly recalls organizing the “Oak Park Animal Club” in grade school with a few friends, helping the stray animals of the neighborhood.  This animal advocacy continues to this day in her daily management of Froggie's Pond  (froggiespond.org) — a cat sanctuary for cats with Feline Leukemia (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV). Sara and Dr. Ben have two daughters — Olivia & Amelia — and a large collection of pets — dogs, cats, horses, birds, tortoises, and fish.


Teresa Washburn — Receptionist/Veterinary Assistant

Teresa has been with Turner Veterinary Clinic since 2004. She feels that working at Turner Vet is a perfect job since she has always loved animals (especially cats), getting to work around and with animals every day is a blessing. Teresa also works at Kellogg Community College; she has been there since 1991. She feels very lucky to be able to work in two very different jobs, both of which she loves. Teresa has also been an active supporter and volunteer for Froggie's Pond — always helping with their annual Garage Sale. She feels honored to get to know and love all the cats that have come through Froggie's Pond — past, present and future. Teresa currently has 2 dogs and only 13 cats (all of which are rescue cats). She is also the proud Grandmother of 10 beautiful grandchildren — 2 boys and 8 girls.


Laura VanOrsdal, Office Manager

Laura started with Turner Veterinary Clinic in February of 2018.  She is also the face behind Turner Clinic's Facebook page and enjoys all the comments and pictures from everyone.  Laura has been involved in TNR and Rescue for over 10 years.  She also fosters for Froggie's Pond when needed.  Laura has 2 dogs - an adopted 3-legged Chow from Tennessee and a Husky mix that she adopted from a local rescue.  She also has 10 cats as a result of years of rescue. 

Amanda Eichelberger, Veterinary Assistant

Amanda started working at Turner Vet Clinic in November 2018.  However, she has been job shadowing and volunteering here since 2010.  Amanda will be headed to Northern Michigan University this fall and will be in the pre-vet program for 2 years.  She plans to transfer to MSU to get her veterinary degree and then set up practice in this area.  Amanda currently has 7 cats and 2 dogs. 


LeAnne Hoyt, Veterinary Assistant

LeAnne is the newest team member at Turner Vet Clinic.  She has been involved in veterinary medicine for over 18 years.  LeAnne's passion is thoroughbred race horses.  In her spare time she enjoys being outside on the farm with her best pal, Tali, and two retired thoroughbreds.

Recent Blog Posts

Getting Ahead of Fleas: Your Fall Guide to Parasite Prevention

As pet owners, we can attest that flea infestation can not only be annoying but also extremely dangerous to our pets. Fleas can cause severe skin irritation, anemia, and even transmit deadly diseases. As we approach the fall season, it's essential to be proactive in preventing fleas before they become a problem. In this article, we will discuss the flea life cycle, the dangers of fleas infesting your pet, signs to look out for, the benefits of flea prevention, and why you should purchase flea prevention medication from us, your trusted veterinarian.

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Back to School Blues: Helping Your Pet Adjust to a Quieter House

Back to school season is an exciting time for kids, but for pets, it can be the source of anxiety and stress. After a summer filled with playtime, cuddles, and attention, the sudden decrease in activity can have a profound impact on our pets. It's common for pets to experience separation anxiety when their families head back to work and school, and it's important for pet owners to recognize the signs and take steps to help their pets adjust. In this blog post, we will discuss some strategies to help your pets ease into a quieter home.

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Recognizing Signs of Fear in Pets During Summer Months

As pet owners, it's crucial to prioritize the mental and physical health of our beloved companions. One of the most common causes of stress in pets is summer thunderstorms and fireworks. During these events, pets exhibit various behaviors that indicate fear and stress.When experiencing a thunderstorm or fireworks, pets may pant excessively, bark or howl, tremble, hide, or even become destructive. These behaviors can be alarming and cause stress to both the pet and the owner.So what can you do to help alleviate your furry friend's stress during these situations?

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