Welcome to Apache Animal Hospital!

COVID-19 Update May 15, 2020

We are pleased to announce that we are now able to schedule spay and neuter surgeries, dental procedures and all  routine wellness exams. Please note, if your pet had pre-surgical bloodwork performed prior to the COVID-19 shut down, your pet's case will need to be reviewed by a doctor to determine if any additional testing is needed prior to surgery.

We are still practicing social distancing methods which means our lobby is still closed. When you bring your pet in for an appointment, clients will stay in their car, in our parking lot for the duration of the appointment and we will communicate by phone. Please plan on your pet's appointment taking approximately 1 hour to complete. Due to the need for longer appointments, we are seeing fewer patients each day. Appointments for vaccines and wellness exams are booking out approximately 3-4 weeks so we can try to accommodate patients coming in for non-wellness visits.

At this  time we are NOT scheduling technician appointments for grooming services such as nail trims or anal gland expressions. Due to COVID-19, we had to lay off 25% of our staff due to decreased work. We are working on getting the staff back to work, however, several staff members have young children that are doing schoolwork at home so they won't be able to return until the school year is done. We are hoping, barring any new developments, to be full-staffed by the end of June.

We understand a lot of our clients count on our staff to trim their pet's nails and perform anal gland expressions. However, please keep in mind, our staff are trained MEDICAL professionals. 99% of our job is either working with sick pets or keeping pets from getting sick, 1% of our jobs is nail trimming and anal glands. These are technically grooming services that can be performed by groomers. We are keeping our medical staff performing medical functions at this time. If your pet needs a nail trim or anal gland expression, please try calling a groomer. However, remember they too, were shut down for several weeks so are now likely just trying to catch up.

Please be patient and understanding during this time. We DO value all of our clients and patients, but due to the global pandemic, things are changing and we may not be able to accommodate every client need, every day. We are doing the best that we can with the situation we are in. We are just pleased to be able to remain open and to provide much needed care for our patients.

Feel free to contact us with any questions that you have. Email would be the preferred method as the phones are currently very busy as this is how we are communicating with our clients when their pet is receiving care at the hospital.  Send your questions to ApacheAnimalHospital@yahoo.com and we will get back to you within 1-2 business days.


Dr. Terry Rapacz, DVM - Owner

Brenda Butler - Practice Manager

Your Veterinarian in Minneapolis, MN

Pet Emergency? Read no further and call us right away! 

In case of an after hours emergency, please call the Emergency Veterinarians listed below:


Oakdale 651-501-3766    St.Paul  651-293-1800


Blaine 763-754-5000      Golden Valley  763-529-6560

Suspect your pet may have ingested poison? Please click on the logo below for more information:


Apache Animal Hospital has been serving the needs of pets and their owners since 1974! Located in Northeast Minneapolis between 35W and Stinson Boulevard, we are convenient to animal owners in New Brighton, Roseville, Columbia Heights, St. Anthony and Fridley. Our veterinary clinic is run by Dr.Terry Rapacz, who has been practicing veterinary medicine since 1969.

The team at Apache Animal Hospital believes that communication and education are the foundation for successful veterinary care. The doctors and staff stay on top of the latest advances in veterinary technology and above all, we remember that all pets need to be treated with loving care during every check-up, procedure or surgery. 


Your time is valuable, that's why our doctors work by appointment. That specific time is set aside for you and your pet. Appointments can be made online using our Make An Appointment link that is found on each page of our website. 

Emergencies can and do happen, and we accept emergency appointments any time our clinic is open. Please see below for more information. 


Apache Animal Hospital accepts payment via cash, check, debit, credit (MasterCard, Visa, American Express), and Care Credit.  So that we can continue to provide your pet with high-quality services utilizing the best medical technologies, we request that payment be made at the time services are rendered.

We provide estimates for all same day services, surgeries and hospitalizations. If you have not received an estimate, you are welcome to request one at any time for your expected charges.

Emergency and Urgent Care

Our staff is trained and equipped to handle any emergency your pet has. Emergencies can be things such  as eating, rat/mouse poison, being hit by a car, or ingesting chocolate. If  you ever feel that your pet needs emergency treatment, it is best to call before coming in if possible, so that a team member can advise you on your particular emergency, and so that we can prepare for your arrival. 

We are also available for urgent  care when the condition is not life-threatening, but you feel your pet needs to be seen before you are able to get an appointment. Our veterinarians will do their best to accommodate you in between scheduled appointments. When you arrive,  our receptionists will be able to give you an estimate on how long you may have to wait in order to be seen.

Browse through our website and check out the pet articles in the Veterinary Topics area. There are even videos available to view on our Educational Videos tab. If you have any questions, please call 612-781-2734  or email us and we will promptly get back to you. Our office is conveniently located off 35W and Stinson Blvd; you can find directions on our Contact Us page. You can also subscribe to our newsletter which is created especially for Minneapolis pet owners. 

At Apache Animal Hospital, we treat your pets like the valued family members they are.                                                                                                       

Minneapolis Veterinarian | Apache Animal Hospital 

2503 37th Avenue NE Minneapolis MN 55421

Phone: 612-781-2734

Fax:      612-789-2499

Email:  apacheanimalhospital@gmail.com



New clients receive $20 off first veterinary visit!

Simply click the "Make An Appointment" tab below, or call us at 612-781-2734 to take advantage of this exclusive offer. Discount valid until December 31, 2019. Offer for new clients only. (Offer not valid for emergency appointments.)

Meet Our Doctors

Learn Who We Are

  • Dr. Terry Rapacz

    Dr. Terry Rapacz grew up in Northeast Minneapolis, about 8 blocks from Apache Animal Hospital. He attended St. Charles grade school and De La Salle high school. Dr.Rapacz graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1965 with a degree in microbiology and in 1969 with his degree in veterinary medicine.

    Dr. Rapacz married his wife, Carol, between his junior and senior years of veterinary school. After graduation, he practiced in Madison, WI for a year then moved to California and practiced there for 4 years. After returning to Minneapolis, he worked as a Relief Veterinarian for 12 years, during which time he started the first emergency veterinary service which grew into the Affiliated Emergency Veterinary Service.

    Dr. Rapacz became a partner at Apache in 1989 and after Dr. Hilgren retired in 1994, he became the sole owner.  In 2002, he expanded the hospital and also added boarding and grooming services. He currently works part-time as he looks toward retirement.

  • Dr. Kathy Cleary

    Dr. Cleary graduated from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996. She is married and has 2 daughters plus a menagerie of pets including: Pickle, a Quaker parakeet; Abbikadabbi, a guinea pig; Gesundheit (Guzy) an orange tabby cat; and Cupcake a yellow lab.

  • Dr. Sean Ross

    Dr. Sean Ross has been a member of the Apache Animal Hospital team  since March 2019. He is originally from New York, where he graduated from The State University of New York College at Geneseo with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. Knowing that helping animals was his true passion, he moved to St. Paul in 2012 to continue his education at the University of Minnesota, where he received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2016.

    Dr. Ross’s clinical interests include preventative care, radiology, and internal medicine. While he loves working with all of his furry patients, he also enjoys being part of the community and getting to know each and every one of his clients on a personal level as well.

    When not practicing medicine, Dr. Ross can be found in his yard playing with his one and a half cats, Richard Parker and Achmed, trying all of the awesome restaurants and breweries the Twin Cities has to offer, and participating in any sport or physical activity—he was the captain of the varsity wrestling team in high school, and played rugby in college. He also enjoys working on his car and keeping in touch with his friends and family back east– including his identical twin brother, who is also a veterinarian!

    Dr. Ross truly enjoys being a part of the team at Apache Animal Hospital and looks forward to working with all of our clients with the ultimate goal of making animals healthy again and strengthening the human-animal bond.

  • Dr. Cherie Igielski

    Dr. Cherie grew up in Woodbury, Minnesota and graduated with an undergraduate degree in biology from the College of St. Catherine. She spent the following years attending vet school and obtaining a Masters in Public Health at the University of Minnesota graduating in the class of 2008. Afterwards she joined a clinic in the northern suburbs for a few years and then served as a missionary in Ethiopia for three years. She returned to the United States in 2016 working back at her first clinic, then joined the team at Apache in June 2019. 

    Cherie spends most of her time with her family and friends and reading books. Her interests include traveling, knitting, and serving in her church.


Read What Our Clients Say

  • "Great staff, very friendly, and they know how to really work with animals and their owner(s). Very welcoming and quiet environment. Our dog kodita loved their treats :) will go back again"
    Kayla Meany
  • "Extremely caring for their patients and owners. Ongoing medical problem for cat requires overall health care questions and they are able and willing to give help and discussions to help me understand. All the staff is excellent."
    Karen S.
  • "Great staff! Always friendly and my pup loves going to get treats! They make shots less scary and always give him so much love. He’s actually excited to go to the vet!"
    Shelley Olson
  • "Great staff! Always friendly and my pup loves going to get treats! They make shots less scary and always give him so much love. He’s actually excited to go to the vet!"
    Kathy Nimmo
  • "We had a very sick pup and Apache fit us in same day without the extra fees our first vet wanted to charge. They were thorough, gave a good referral, followed up with us multiple times, and even made time for a phone consult days later. We should have brought our pup to Apache from the start! We will definitely switch here for our long-term vet."
    Katherine Anderson
  • "Best kitty clinic in NE! We have been living in St Anthony now for 17 years and we highly recommend Apache Animal Hospital. We just met Dr. Ross and he is the best. A kind, loving vet who cares about his patients. Our kitty Tucker loves all the staff and Dr. Ross. I was amazed at how good our kitty behaved with Dr. Ross. Thanks for taking the stress off the owners and making my kitty well again. Highly recommend everyone!
    Patty Calguire
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    Great, friendly service! It was my first time with my first dog ever, and they were very helpful and made me feel welcome :)"
    John Hanson
  • "I love this place. My cat, Gus... well... he tolerates it :)

    We’ve been here for regular check ups, blockages, and separation anxiety issues. The team has always been so helpful and kind. They really do care about your pets."
    Josette NIchole
  • "Great staff, very friendly, and they know how to really work with animals and their owner(s). Very welcoming and quiet environment. Our dog kodita loved their treats :) will go back again"
    Kayla Meany
  • "Extremely caring for their patients and owners. Ongoing medical problem for cat requires overall health care questions and they are able and willing to give help and discussions to help me understand. All the staff is excellent."
    Kelly S.
  • "We have an 18-year-old cat with kidney problems; my daughter has 2 dogs and 2 cats. We both use Apache Animal Hospital and we think they’re fabulous. They're knowledgeable, and take time to educate you on how to keep your pets in top health. They clearly care about the animals they treat, and were respectful of my decisions on my cat’s treatment plan. I highly recommend."
    Shelley Olson
  • "We came to Apache because all 6 of our pets were with Dr Ross at a different clinic. When we learned he joined Apache, we followed. He is not only a caring, compassionate vet, he is ethical and extremely good at his practice. We drive now 30 min to this vet vs 2 min to our local vet. We were also very impressed with how clean and spacious the rooms were. All staff knowledgeable and friendly."
    Cheri Ambrose

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In case of an after hours emergency, please call the Emergency Veterinarians listed below:

Oakdale: 651-501-3766 | St. Paul: 651-293-1800

Blaine: 763-754-5000 | Golden Valley: 763-529-6560
Suspect your pet may have ingested poison? Please click on the logo below for more information.