Athens Veterinary Service

625 West Limit
Athens, WI 54411


Practice Owners

Paul Dlugopolski, DVM

Dr. Paul, as he most commonly is called, grew up in southeastern Wisconsin near Hartford. He attended UW- River Falls for four years and graduated with a bachelor's degree in biochemistry and animal science minor. Before starting veterinary school, Dr. Paul married his home town girl friend and neighbor Mary in the summer of 1985. Then after graduating from UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in 1990, Paul and Mary moved to Athens to start his career and family. Paul and Mary now have two very active sons named Brian and Evan, plus a wonderful black lab named Lady.

Dr. Paul has enjoyed working with a wide variety of patients in a mixed animal practice over the years. Currently, most of his time is spent working with dairy cows and clients. He enjoys dairy production medicine, promoting preventive care and consulting with dairymen to solve current farm management issues.

 In his free time, Dr. Paul enjoys relaxing with his family and friends. Playing any sport is always fun, but golf and fishing are at the top of his list.

Taylor Marquardt, DVM


Dr. Taylor Marquardt attended the University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine. She graduated in 2009 and joined the Athens Veterinary Service in 2013 and enjoys working with small animals and clients in the clinic.

Dr. Taylor grew up in northeastern Florida where her family still resides.  Taylor and her husband, Brian, have two young children, Valerie and Lucas.  She and her husband love spending time with family and enjoy the outdoors, especially hiking and riding horses!

Tom Albrecht, DVM


Dr. Tom grew up on a dairy farm near Seymour,WI. He has had a love of animals since he can remember, having had pets of all kinds. The goal from when he was in high school was to become a veterinarian. He attended UW-River Falls where he received a B. S. degree in Animal Science and then went on to the School of Veterinary Medicine in Madison, WI. When Dr. Tom graduated he started working right away for the clinic. Dr. Tom became a partner in the practice in 2006. Over the years he has done work with all of the different kinds of animals but now focuses mainly on the dairy service and some equine services. Recently Dr. Tom also became a Diplomat to the American College of Veterinary Preventative Medicine(DACVPM). which is a specialty that encompasses disease control, public health, food safety, and   regulatory medicine.

Outside the clinic Dr. Tom keeps busy with his children and is a veterinarian in the U.S. Army Reserves.


Carla Prahl, DVM


Dr. Carla is originally from the Wausau area.  Her parents owned a dairy farm and began raising beef cattle when she was in 4-H and FFA.  In 1998, she earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She then went to work on large dairy farms for five years before deciding to further her education. Upon completing her DVM in 2008 from Oklahoma State University, she returned home and began her career at the Athens Veterinary Service.                                                                                                                     

Dr. Carla’s primary area of interest is large animal medicine and surgery focusing on dairy and small ruminants.  She enjoys helping dogs and cats in the small animal clinic with wellness and preventative care, especially dermatology.

In her spare time, Dr. Carla enjoys cooking, reading, gardening, Packer football, and the great outdoors.  She welcomed her son, Jacob, in January 2012.  They reside here in Athens and Jacob is planning on being a member of the Athens Bluejays football team.

Ashley Clarke, DVM


Dr. Ashley is originally from the Medford area.  She grew up on a small hobby farm and was active in 4-H.  She spent 3 years at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, before she went to veterinary school in Missouri.  She spent 4 years studying veterinary medicine at the University of Missouri - College of Veterinary Medicine, where she graduated with her DVM in 2015.  She spent the next 2 years practicing in northern Indiana on Standardbred racehorses, draft harness horses, and small animals. In 2017 she returned home to be closer to her family and began working at Athens Veterinary Service.

Dr. Ashley’s primary interest is in equine medicine, surgery, and lameness.  She also enjoys working on dogs and cats from internal medicine to preventative care.

In her spare time, Dr. Ashley’s passion is in performance horses, especially barrel horses.  She often spends her weekends with her husband at barrel races across the midwest competing

 Ben Tegen, DVM, CVSMT

Dr. Ben developed a love for animals growing up on his families' dairy farm in Kennan, Wisconsin.  His farm included horses which gives him an added understanding of the equine field.

Dr. Ben went to UW- River Falls where he received a B.S. degree in Bio Chemistry and a minor degree in Animal Science.  He then went on to the School of Veterinary Medicine in Madison and graduated in 2015. Dr. Ben also graduated from the Healing Oasis Wellness Center in December of 2016 and is Certified in Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy.

He was employed in Western Wisconsin for a year before joining the Athens Veterinary Service. He will be practicing veterinary medicine at both the Athens and Phillip veterinary clinics.

Dr. Ben has other interests too which include fishing, hunting and woodworking.