Our Care Team

Annette

Receptionist

Annette is an Iowa native and joined the team here at Animal Care Hospital in the fall of 2000. Her favorite part of the job is seeing clients reunited with their happy, healthy animal companions after an extended hospital stay.

Annette and her husband have two daughters and three beautiful grandchildren. They live on a farm passed down to Annette through multiple generations with cattle, four horses, and a dog named Zeta.

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Barbara

Office Manager

Barbara started bringing home neighborhood strays when she was just a young girl living in Florida. She can’t remember a time when she didn’t have a passion for animals. Barbara is proud now to care for pets and their owners as Animal Care Hospital’s Office Manager.

Barbara relocated to Iowa in 1999 and worked in a variety of positions before joining the Animal Care Hospital family in March of 2015. As the clinic’s Office Manager, her mission is to keep things running smoothly—for clients and patients alike. Barbara especially dotes on the hospital’s boarding companions, and loves to chat one-on-one with the area’s pet parents.

Away from work, Barbara enjoys reading and writing poetry, cooking, and spending quality time with her family. She and her husband have three cats at home: Izzie Halo, a talkative Maine Coon; Ozzie Allen, a rescue who taught himself to play fetch, and a cuddle-loving kitten called Batman.

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Brenda

Veterinary Technician

Brenda has fond memories of time spent on her grandparents’ farm while she was growing up—she bottle-fed calves with her grandmother and helped her grandfather tend to the barn cats. Her early experiences left a permanent impression, and her passion for animal care never wavered. Brenda is proud to have served the Cedar Rapids area for more than 11 years as one of Animal Care Hospital’s veterinary technicians.

Brenda is originally from Anamosa, Iowa and attended Kirkwood Community College to study veterinary technology. She completed a summer internship for her schooling right here at Animal Care Hospital, and was happy to accept a job offer in 2005. Brenda says there hasn’t had a dull moment here at the clinic since!

In her time away from work, Brenda likes to read, study history, and crochet. She and her husband now share their home with a kitten and hope to find it a playmate sometime soon.

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Chris

Head Veterinary Technician

Chris was raised on a farm west of Springville, Iowa, where a love of nature and science blossomed early on. His involvement in the 4-H program and the Future Farmers of America organization only deepened his passion for animals—veterinary medicine was the obvious career choice.

Chris began working for Animal Care Hospital as kennel worker and assistant in 1996, completing his veterinary technology degree in 2000. That same year, he also took over inventory-management duties, and in 2006, he accepted a promotion to Head Veterinary Technician.

Chris excels in pet dental cleaning—there are few things more satisfying for him than seeing a clean, happy mouth heading out the door after an appointment. He also has a special affinity for senior pet care.

Outside of work, Chris enjoys spending quality time in nature hiking, hunting, biking, and kayaking. He has one pet of his own at home: Ink Blot, a senior cat who is always at the front door to meet him when he arrives home.

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Dana

Dana grew up in a small farming community in northeastern Iowa, where she spent hours tending to animals and playing with pets on her relatives’ farms. Since caring for animals was an established part of her life, it was only natural that she should become a veterinary assistant.

Dana received her certification as a veterinary assistant from Kirkwood Community College and became a member of the Animal Care Hospital team in 2014. Dana has a special interest in performing laboratory work, but her favorite part of the job is interacting directly with clients and their pets on a daily basis.

Dana shares her home with her son, Kyle and two wonderful pets: a dog named Cassiesue and Sophira, a loveable cat. When she isn’t enjoying their company or caring for the area’s pets here at the clinic, Dana likes walking, biking, cross-stitching, and spending time with family and friends.

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Stephanie

Receptionist

Stephanie has always loved animals. As a pet owner herself, she knows just how much animal companions truly matter to people, and enjoys interacting with both of them as a receptionist at Animal Care Hospital.

Stephanie grew up in Illinois and relocated to Iowa in 2008. She joined the Animal Care Hospital team in early 2016, and especially enjoys meeting new pet owners and getting to know their furry friends. Stephanie never tires of swapping fun pet stories with our clients!

When not at the clinic, Stephanie and her two children enjoy life on the farm where she’s developed an interest in raising cattle and enjoys the company of her own pets—Riley, a blue heeler who believes his job is to protect the farm, and an affectionate indoor cat named Sweetie.

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Tiffany

Veterinary Technician

Tiffany has always had a way with animals, so when the time came for her to search for a new and exciting career, veterinary medicine seemed to be a perfect fit. She’s now a veterinary technician with the Animal Care Hospital team.

Tiffany is originally from California, where she and her family had a variety of pets and often took in stray or injured animals as well. Her family moved to Iowa when she was 19 years old, and after working as a nanny for a short time, Tiffany decided to pursue her passion for animal care.

Tiffany joined the Animal Care Hospital team to gain real-world experience and complete her internship before receiving her certification as a veterinary technician in 2014. Her favorite parts of the job are performing dental cleanings and having the opportunity to learn something new every day in the clinic’s busy environment.

Aside from her interests in the world of veterinary medicine, Tiffany’s primary focus is her new baby boy! She also enjoys practicing her photography skills and traveling across America—she’s already been to more than half of the states and plans to eventually visit them all.

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Jenn

Receptionist

Jenn grew up in Pawnee, Illinois, where she became active in the 4-H program early on and developed a passion for large animals and zoos. Little did she know at the time that her love of animals would follow her into adulthood! Now, Jenn has been a veterinary professional for more than seven years, and is happy to continue her journey in animal medicine as a member of the Animal Care Hospital team.

Jenn started working for a local pet clinic in Decatur, Illinois in 2009, and continued to serve pets and animal parents there until relocating to Iowa in late 2015 for her husband’s job. After spending some time as a stay-at-home mother, she decided to jump back into the veterinary world and signed on here at the Animal Care Hospital in the spring of 2017. Jenn’s favorite part of her work is communicating directly with her clientele—she never tires of swapping pet stories! Jenn also loves to help out with community events.

Most of Jenn’s free time away from work is spent with her family. She and her husband, Brent, have two wonderful young children named Grant and Grace. The family shares their home with a pit bull, Bella, who adores the children just as much as Jenn and her husband do; a pair of gerbils named Winter and Shadow; and Timmy the frog.

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Carla

Veterinary Assistant

Carla’s family instilled in her a great respect for nature and animals from an early age—she’s always wanted to do everything in her power to help the earth’s creatures live happier, healthier lives. Carla simply cannot imagine herself in another career path! She’s proud to care for pets every day as a Veterinary Assistant with the Animal Care Hospital team.

Carla is originally from Chile but grew up in Santa Cruz, California, and she moved to Cedar Rapids after graduating from college in 2015. She’s nationally certified as an animal cruelty officer, and she joined the Animal Care Hospital family to gain even more experience working hands-on with pets in need.

At home, Carla lives with two snakes, a bearded dragon, four rats, and a gray tabby cat named Smooshy. Smooshy grew up around dogs, and tends to act more like her canine counterparts than a cat—she sits for treats, meets Carla at the door, and even enjoys outdoor walks at the local state park!

When she isn’t spending time with her own pets or tending to animals’ needs here at the hospital, Carla enjoys outdoor backpacking and survival training—her three-day backpacking trek in the harsh high desert of Idaho is one of her fondest memories!—and also likes painting and sculpting, singing, and meditating.

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Shawnee

Groomer

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