Airport Animal Hospital was founded and opened by Dr. Tom Hohl in 1978. Dr. Hohl worked long and hard to build a quality veterinary practice and was effective in earning the trust of a loyal client base. Dr. Paul Fitzgerald joined the practice as an associate in July, 2000. The practice grew quickly, and only two years later, in June 2002, Dr. Christine Wickenheiser was hired. In July, 2003, an ownership transition was made when Dr. Fitzgerald purchased the practice.

Dr. Leslie Clapper-Rentz joined in August, 2005, and together this group of capable and knowledgable veterinarians, along with our wonderful staff, have helped Airport Animal Hospital grow into the busy and reputable veterinary practice that it is today. Look around our website and if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact us. Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to serving your needs.

Professional Associations & Certifications

  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association
  • Arrowhead Veterinary Medical Association

Serviced Areas

  • Duluth, Hermantown, Esko, Pike Lake, Cloquet, Superior

Payment Options

  • Discover, MasterCard, Personal Checks, VISA, CareCredit

Contact Details

  Website
  Person Paul Fitzgerald DVM
  City Duluth, MN
  Zip Code 55811
  Address 4259 Haines Rd
  Phone Number (218) 727-0128

Business Representative

Paul Fitzgerald DVM

CEO

Dr. Paul Fitzgerald grew up in Rochester, Minnesota. He attended St. Cloud State University for his undergraduate work and University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine for his veterinary training. Upon completion of veterinary school in 2000, Paul accepted a position as an associate at Airport Animal Hospital and moved to Duluth. In July, 2003, Dr. Fitzgerald became owner of the practice.

Dr. Fitzgerald and his wife stay very busy raising their family of five young children. He enjoys many outdoor activities including fishing and hunting, camping, and golf. He is very involved in the community serving on the Animal Allies Humane Society board of directors, Dravet.org board of directors, the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota northern regional advisory committee, the St. John's School Commission, and is a member of the St. Benedict's Knights of Columbus.

DVM - University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine
B.A. Biomedical Science - St. Cloud State University

Products & Services

Home Again Microchipping

Home Again Microchipping

Airport Animal Hospital currently uses Home Again microchipping as our preferred form of permanent pet identification.

Dog and cat microchipping is a simple procedure. A veterinarian simply injects a microchip for pets, about the size of a grain of rice (12mm) , beneath the surface of your pets skin between the shoulder blades. The process is similar to a routine shot, takes only a few seconds, and your pet will not likely react any more than he would to a vaccination. Anesthetic is usually not required.


Vaccination

Vaccinations are an important and powerful tool used to help protect animals from infectious diseases. Call or email us to find out more!


Digital X-Ray

Digital X-Ray

Digital Radiography. Airport Animal Hospital invested in a Fuji digital X-ray system in September of 2009. Digital radiography is superior to traditional X-ray systems in many ways.

Images created with digital systems show more contrast than film based X-rays, offering much higher diagnostic accuracy and value. If the original image appears too dark or too light we often have the ability to adjust and correct the image contrast without having to retake the X-ray. Digital images can be zoomed in on and adjusted in other ways to reveal more detail. The image is quickly available for viewing and can even be sent to specialists for consultation, should the need arise.


Wellness and Preventative Care

Wellness and Preventative Care

The Importance of Flea and Tick Prevention. Now that summer is fast approaching, your pets have a greater probability of becoming infested with ticks and fleas. These parasites thrive in warmer weather although they may go dormant during the winter in colder regions. Our early onset of spring in MN this year has greatly increased this probability.

In addition to the discomfort and sometimes misery that these parasites can bring to your pet, you and other members of your family may also be affected. When a pet has ticks or fleas, you, your kids and other members of the household may notice small bites on your bodies, especially around the ankles. There are even cases where pet owners wake up to find that a tick has attached itself to a part of their body. As mentioned earlier, ticks are main carriers of Lyme disease which can also affect humans.

  • I would recommend this business

Super great staff and Dr's they spoil the pups. not overwhelming in price. they even call and check on us and to see if we have any questions. I would highly recommend the airport animal hospital to anyone who loves their pups.

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  • I would recommend this business

Wonderful people who truly care about your pets. We've been long time customers, currently with our 3rd dog. Never had a bad experience with office staff or the Vets. Highly recommended, very easy to work with/around your schedule.

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  • I would recommend this business

We've been bringing our pets there for a long time, and everyone is always so kind of thoughtful. Dr. Clapper-Rentz is so amazing. She takes her time with us, is incredibly thorough and never makes us feel rushed. Everyone that works there is just wonderful.

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  • I would recommend this business

As the mom to two ferrets, I am usually met with people who openly state they don't know how to care for ferrets, or they pretend they do and make matters worse. Mary Wictor at Airport Animal Hospital is THE ONLY vet I have met with whom I trust entirely. Her passion for animals, AND their owners, is such a rare gift to have in one professional. Mary would give the shirt off her back for any animal or person in need, and makes sure me and my pets understand what the plan is, what to expect, and what to do in worst-case scenarios. With Mary's team of exceptional certified vet techs, Airport Animal Hospital is all-around amazing. Even the receptionists are angels! I cannot stress enough how amazing these employees truly are.

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  • I would recommend this business

Dr Fitzgerald genuinely cares for his patients and takes the time to explain what is going on to the owners. My wife and I have been bringing our dogs there for years and have never had a bad experience. The entire staff make customers feel like they are getting the best care possible....mostly because they give the best care possible!

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  • I would recommend this business

Love the clinic and all the great doctors that we've seen but Dr. Christine Wickenheiser is my go to :) I've brought in rescues, a pup that ended up having more specialists than I do and go in for routine care. Everyone there loves animals and that loving care shows in everything they do. The prices are fair and the

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Customer Testimonials

Nice friendly staff who treat you like a friend, not a client. The vets are knowledgeable and understanding. Good parking, easy to get to and all around nice place!


I take all of my fur babies here, I love that they see dogs, cats, and other "exotic" type pets like guinea pigs. All of the staff are super friendly and really care about the well being of your pet. They also do consider how price can affect what customers get and will work with you to get the best care possible.


We want to thank Dr. Mary Wictor and staff for the excellent care for our beloved bunny Oreo. It was a very difficult day, we really appreciate the care and compassion. Over the years she was wonderful with Oreo, and on the last day of his life she was kind, caring and understanding in easing his journey.


Been bringing my dog there since she was 4 months old, she is almost 3 now. They are considerate and caring. I feel like they have the animals best interest at heart. They make accommodations, and I trust their opinions. Been through simple check ups to surgeries and they treat each situation with concern. 100% trust


I've been going here almost a year now for my eastern box turtle and they are wonderful. I have never had any problems and the staff are very kind all around. They are the only place around my house who will see reptiles. They have trimmed his nails and beak for me and given me handouts on extra special care for my little dude. Awesome place

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