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, a bearded dragon, a corn snake, and a python. In his free time Dr. Melcoenjoys 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 the Minnesota School of business in Lakeville in 2012 and passed her certification exam in December 2012. She has re-certified 4 times 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 husband Dustin, and 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.

  • 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 CampusWest 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, their son Liam, their Dogs (Skylar and Walter), and cat(Jesse) now reside here in Maple Grove. 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