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Community Involvement

As a family-owned local business for more than 30 years, South Hyland has long been a cornerstone in this community.  We proudly march in the Bloomington Heritage Days Parade each year, but we do so much more!  Links to the various groups and organizations we donate and volunteer for are listed below.

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ACT V Rescue & Rehabilitation  This rescue group was founded by three of our team members; Dr. Vicki Shulz, Tara Post, Carolyn Allen, Alisa Laramy and Sandi Johnson.  We couldn’t be more proud of the work they do for sick and injured animals around the state, including Phoenix! (Read Phoenix’ story here)



Basic Animal Rescue Training [BART]
 is a nonprofit organization started in Minnesota that trains first responders how to address animals encountered in emergency situations. BART was established in 2004 in response to the tragic loss of a pet in a house fire in New Brighton, Minnesota. BART is run by volunteers and all of its trainers are in the veterinary profession.  South Hyland is a regular contributor   to this organization and is proud to support them.


27167University of Minnesota – College of Veterinary Medicine  South Hyland has provided educational opportunities to veterinary students outside of the classroom for many years. As part of their Clinical Skills course, first and second year students come to the practice to gain experience performing skills that they are initially taught in the classroom . Fourth year students have the opportunity to come out for two-week externships where they work side-by-side with the doctors in all aspects of veterinary medicine. Over the past year South Hyland has provided externship opportunities for # students.


veapVolunteers Enlisted to Assist People [VEAP]  VEAP founders believed that helping a neighbor in need ultimately strengthens the community. VEAP has been operating under this principle for over 35 years,       providing a range of services to help low-income people meet immediate needs and reach their long-term goal of stability. Today, VEAP serves the residents of Bloomington, Richfield, Edina and South Minneapolis utilizing a unique mix of professional and volunteer services.  South Hyland is a collection point for VEAP, focusing on pet food and supplies for low-income pet owners.



unnamedStop the Trafficking 5K Walk/Run for Justice  is a collaborative, community- wide event to raise awareness about human trafficking. A team comprised of representatives from local churches, businesses and the City of Eden Prairie’s Human Rights and Diversity Commission are working together to put on this event in cooperation with local anti-trafficking organizations. All proceeds from the race are used to help victims of human trafficking rescued from within our own communities. South Hyland is a major financial sponsor for this event, and Dr. Mark Lehnert is in his second year on the event’s planning committee. Several of South Hyland’s staff and family members are running this year, including Mary Cothran , Tracy Skinner, Joe Burk, and Audrey Lehnert. We invite you to join us in supporting this great cause. This year’s run/walk is held on Saturday, June 13.




Bloomington Heritage Days Parade  We proudly march in the parade each year, handing out treat for kids, cats, canines and clients (both existing and those we haven’t met yet!) We love being a part of the Bloomington Community and look forward to this fun and exiting event each year.