Joy Schlichting developed a love for animals growing up on the family farm in Illinois, where life revolved around 4-H projects and livestock shows. Always dedicated to helping people, Joy’s first career was as a special education teacher. Joy taught students at the Iowa School for the Deaf as well as in California before her love for animals drew her back to school to pursue her degree in veterinary medicine. Since graduating from Iowa State University in 1986, Joy practiced in Florida before moving to Wisconsin. She has been in small animal practice in St. Croix county since 1989.
Joy has a special interest in animal behavior, nutrition counseling, and internal medicine. She enjoys meeting clients and helping strengthen the bond between families and their pets. Her hobbies include gardening, travel and riding her bike. With more than 26 years experience in veterinary practice, Joy still loves to meet new puppies and kittens, helping new pet owners get off to a great start with their new family member. As a former teacher, Dr. Joy looks at her role as family vet to be focused educating families and pet owners about how to keep their pets healthy and happy.
Dr. Schlichting joined New Richmond Veterinary Clinic in 2010 when the practice founder, Dr. Austin was ready to transition into retirement. As practice owner and medical director since 2011, Joy has brought her passion for quality veterinary care and her love for animals to our practice. She lives in Hudson with her husband, Dean, and has two children, a precocious yorkshire terrier and a cat that enjoys naps in the sun.