Meet Our Team

  • Dr.
    Robert P. Melco, DVM

    Dr. Robert Melco has been practicing veterinary medicine in the north metro for over 20 years. He purchased Maple Grove Pet Hospital in 2013 and renamed the hospital Paws and Claws Pet Hospital of Maple Grove. He has been updating the practice to provide the best care possible ever since. Dr. Melco grew up in West St. Paul, MN and graduated from the University of Minnesota's College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. His professional interests are small animal medicine, pocket pets, exotics as well as Laser Surgery. Dr. Melco married his wife, Lynn, in 1992 and they have 3 kids. They currently live in Elk River, MN and have 4 dogs, 3 cats, and several chickens. In his free time Dr. Melco enjoys cooking, gardening, canning, fishing and spending time with his wife and kids.

  • Samantha Kaufman, CVT
    Certified Veterinary Technician/Office Manager

    Samantha joined the staff of Paws and Claws Pet Hospital in December 2016. She worked at East Lake Animal Clinic and Heartland Animal Hospital before joining our team. She graduated with honors from Minnesota School of Business in Lakeville in 2012 and passed her certification exam in December 2012. She has re-certified twice since then and has brought a wealth of knowledge to the clinic to help train other technicians. Samantha grew up in Medford, MN and has lived in several places throughout the state. She currently lives in Zimmerman, MN with her boyfriend Dustin, their daughters Lilly, and Charli. She enjoys spending time with her family (especially outside), singing/music, going to the gym, and trying new food/recipes.

  • Megan Hughes
    Veterinary Technician Assistant

    Megan joined the team at Paws and Claws in June of 2019. She is studying Veterinary medicine and is pre-vet at the U of M. She lives in Brooklyn Park with her 2 rabbits and 2 cats! She enjoys reading, volleyball, and watching movies! 

  • Ashley Precord
    Veterinary Technician Assistant

    Ashley has been with Paws and Claws since August of 2019. She has previous experience at Village Animal Hospital in Minnetonka and Campus West Vets in Colorado. She is currently in her final year of becoming a Veterinary Technician and will become certified. Ashley was born and raised in southern California. She moved to Colorado in 2006 where she met her Husband Brady. The two of them, plus their Dogs (Skylar and Walter) and cat(Jesse) now reside here in Maple Grove and are expecting a baby boy in early September. Ashley enjoys reading, camping, hiking, swimming, and being with her family.


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Office Hours

Our Regular Schedule


8:30 am-5:00 pm


8:30 am-5:00 pm


8:30 am-6:00 pm


8:30 am-6:00 pm


8:30 am-6:00 pm


8:30 am-1:30 pm