Our Team

Dr. Eric Hawksford

Dr. Hawksford is a 1987 graduate of UW-River Falls and a 1992 graduate of UW-Madison Veterinary School. He has owned and operated Hudson Pet Hospital since April of 2008. Eric has been practicing veterinary medicine in Wisconsin and Minnesota for 30+ years, focusing mainly on small animals. Eric has a special interest in internal medicine, surgery, dentistry, and allergy issues. He has 17+ years of experience in emergency medicine. He and his wife live in Hudson.

Laurie Hawksford

Laurie Hawksford is a UW-River Falls graduate with a degree in Elementary Education. She taught in Minnesota and Wisconsin before joining Eric at the pet hospital in 2008. She enjoys spending time with their family, reading, hiking, and gardening.

The Hawksford’s have four children: Sean, daughter-in-law Jess, grandson Gilson (and another on the way), Drew, Jack, and Chloe. As a family, they enjoy camping, hiking, skiing, and canoeing. They attend church in Minneapolis. They have two Black Labrador Retrievers, Lochlan and Oban.


Jen grew up in New Richmond, WI. She has 3 children and a daughter-in-law; she lives in Hudson with Troy (her significant other), Finnley (a golden retriever), Foster (a boxer) and Pearl (a boxer). Jen has an Associate Degree in Business Administration from WITC-New Richmond; and has 25+ years’ experience providing customer service and office management in other industries. Jen joined our team in November of 2010; she feels very fortunate to have found a position that blends her business experience with her love of animals. In her free time, she enjoys downhill skiing, gardening, camping and just about any other outdoor activity.


Sandy grew up in St. Paul, MN but has been a resident of Hudson, WI for 20+ years; along with her husband Ron and two children. Sandy lives on a hobby farm with her dog Kola; two cats and four horses. Sandy is a Certified Veterinary Technician who graduated from the Medical Institute of MN, in 1984. Sandy began her career working at Hudson Road Animal Hospital in Woodbury, MN for 14 years before moving to Armstrong Vet Clinic in Star Prairie, WI where she spent 12 years. Sandy joined our team at Hudson Pet Hospital in June of 2011. In Sandy’s off time, she enjoys riding and camping with her horses and spending family time at their cabin up north.


Jon grew up in Burnsville, MN. He has two boys and lives in River Falls with his wife Amy and two dogs, Bear (Border Collie mix) and Badger (Lab mix). He has been a Certified Veterinary Technician for 11+ years. Jon graduated from Argosy University in 2010. He previously worked at Pierce Veterinary Clinic and Hillcrest Animal Hospital before joining Hudson Pet Hospital in June of 2021. In Jon’s off time, he spends his time coaching his boys in football, wrestling and baseball every chance he can get. He also loves chasing pheasants when the opportunity presents itself and really just about anything that involves being outdoors.


Cheryl was born in St. Paul but spent 8 years in Europe growing up. Now she resides in Hudson, WI with her husband; two children; her two dogs Selous and Ajax along with her cat Loki. She graduated from Globe in 2010 as a Certified Veterinary Technician and has worked at Banfield and Maplebrook Pet Care before joining Hudson Pet Hospital in October of 2017. She enjoys spending her free time with her family.


Ashley grew up in Roberts, Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wyoming in May of 2020 with a degree in Zoology. She spent one year in Orange Beach, Alabama before joining us here in April of 2021. She currently resides in Baldwin with her husband, Trevor, and corgi, Sven. In her free time, she loves to travel, SCUBA dive with Trevor, and spend a lot of time outdoors.