Best Friends Veterinary Center
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Meet our Team of Veterinarians

Dr. Nan Boss, DVM

Owner, Veterinarian


Dr. Boss' Video Resume

Dr. Nan Boss graduated from the University of Illinois School of Veterinary Medicine in 1985, and has owned Best Friends Veterinary Center since 1993. At that time it was called Grafton Small Animal Hospital and it was in a different building than the one we are in now. We moved into our current building in 2003. 

Dr. Boss started writing handouts and newsletters shortly after graduating from veterinary school. She eventually put them together into sets for puppies, kittens, adult dogs and cats and senior pets. Her notebook system is now used by practices all over the United States, Canada and Europe. Her strong interest in client education also led to writing her book for veterinary staff members, “Educating Your Clients from A to Z: What to Say and How to Say it.” This book is currently in its second edition and is a top seller for the American Animal Hospital Association. It is also required reading for AVMA accredited technician training programs.  Her breed-specific wellness materials are also published, as are the training materials used to train the BFVC team. The training program here at Best Friends Veterinary Center is the envy of clinics across the U.S. and results in staff members who are willing and able to answer just about any question a pet owner may have.

Dr. Boss is actively involved in several veterinary organizations and also does a lot of writing and speaking for the veterinary profession, on topics such as client education, team training and medical record keeping. She is the author of four veterinary books, as well as several volumes of handouts on wellness and medical topics for clients, which are used in practices all over the U.S. and in several other countries. She believes that these extracurricular activities helps keep her, and everyone else in the practice, up to date in the medical care we offer.

Dr. Boss has served on numerous boards and committees at local, state and national levels.  She has done consulting for veterinary-related corporations and has worked with the veterinary students at UWM in Madison for both AAHA and Vet Partners, a veterinary professional organization. 

One of Dr. Boss’s special interests is canine rehabilitation.  She attended the first training program in the country for rehabilitation in pets, through the veterinary college at the University of Tennessee.  Her training makes her one of the first veterinarians in the state to provide this special care.

Throughout her career, Dr. Boss has maintained a strong focus on customer service and excellence in patient care. Always willing to go the extra mile for her patients, she’ll consult with a specialist or research difficult cases and likes to do second opinion consultations, work up challenging medical cases and tackle new surgical techniques. She works very hard to continuously improve the quality of care delivered to both clients and patients in the hospital.

Dr. Boss also enjoys gardening both at home and at the practice, working on her retirement property near Baraboo and spending time with her dog, Shea.  She and her husband, Bob, also have three cats.

 Best Friends Veterinary Clinic accepts new patients from Grafton, Saukville, Port Washington, Cedarburg and Thiensville, WI including all surrounding communities.

Dr. Paige Wilder, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Wilder's Video Resume

Dr. Wilder, who usually goes by Dr. Paige, graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. She joined the BFVC team in March of 2015. Her special Interests are client education, behavior, internal medicine and preventative care.

Paige's personal interests include vegetable and perennial gardening, sports and exercise (roller derby, kettlebell workouts), reading historical fiction and thrillers, traveling overseas (future destinations include New Zealand and Iceland) and geeking out over geology and social/cultural criticism. (The rest of us aren't really sure what that is.) She and her long-time partner, Markus, split their time between her home in Port Washington and his in Madison.

Dr. Alexandra Ripperger, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

It was clear early on to Dr. Ripperger’s family her career path was set when her elementary school teachers commented that all she wrote about was animals. Dr. Ripperger grew up on the East Coast and spent her childhood riding horses and caring for goats on a friend’s farm before her family moved to Wisconsin. Dr. Ripperger is a proud Cedarburg High School graduate! She received her degree in biology from St. Olaf College in Minnesota where she played on the volleyball team, was the President of the Pre-Vet Club, and wrote for the college newspaper. She attended the University of Minnesota for her DVM degree. In vet school, she had amazing opportunities to learn about and work with animals of all kinds- everything from sled dogs to sea lions! Her clinical interests include dentistry and ophthalmology.

After graduation, Dr. Ripperger took a position at a busy clinic in the West Loop of downtown Chicago. Living and working in Chicago was a wonderful experience, but she decided she was a cheesehead at heart, and came back to Ozaukee County to work at Best Friends. You might see her walking her dogs, Koosa the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier and Macy the Sheltie-Poodle mix to the Cedarburg Coffee Roastery on the Interurban Trail or playing sand volleyball in a local league. When not caring for her patients, Dr. Ripperger also enjoys reading and traveling.


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