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, Personal Checks, MasterCard, VISA, CareCredit

Contact Details

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

Business Representative

Paul Fitzgerald DVM


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, 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

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.

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 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

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.

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!

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