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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Brandy

Groomer

Caring for pets through the power of grooming runs in Brandy’s family—her mother was a groomer, too, and taught Brandy the ropes of the profession early in life. Brandy’s passion for pet grooming never wavered. Now, she helps pets look and feel their absolute best as Animal Care Hospital’s resident groomer.

Brandy grew up on a farm outside of Ollie, Iowa where she was active in 4-H and Future Farmers of America. She attended Kirkwood Community College to earn her grooming certificate, before embarking on her professional career. Brandy was happy to join the Animal Care Hospital family in August, 2016, where one of her greatest pleasures is earning the trust of nervous dogs.

Away from the hospital, Brandy enjoys crafting, relaxing in the great outdoors, and participating in charity events (she once raised over $2,000 singlehandedly for a local Humane Society!). Her favorite pastime, however, is spending quality time with her son, Chaedyn, fiancé, Auston, and their dog, Hobbit, a loveable black Labrador mix.

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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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Christina

Receptionist

Christina grew up in Indiana with a variety of dogs, and has always enjoyed the company of pets—her childhood canine companion, Angel, made a lasting impression on her. Caring for animals is simply in Christina’s nature, so she was thrilled to begin her pet-care career here at Animal Care Hospital.

Christina joined the hospital family in early March, 2017 and serves the area’s pets and animal owners as a front-desk receptionist. She looks forward each day to welcoming visitors to the clinic and is enjoying the chance to learn new things—Christina is even considering attending veterinary school in the future!

Christina has a rescue cat, and along with her boyfriend, enjoys working on cars, going on bike rides, fishing, and horseback riding.

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Connor

Veterinary Technician, Kennel Manager

Connor’s love of dogs first led him to work in the kennel here at Animal Care Hospital, but it didn’t take him long for him to realize that veterinary medicine was the perfect outlet for his interests in science as well. Now, Connor gets to combine his passions in one fulfilling career while working to better the lives of the area’s pet owners.

Born in Englewood, Ohio, Connor grew up in Atlanta, Georgia before moving to Iowa in 2006. He earned his BS in psychology and physiology from the University of Iowa in 2016, and worked as a kennel assistant and dog trainer throughout his college years. After completing an exciting internship with the Cedar Rapids Police Department’s K9 unit and seeing some of the best-behaved dogs in the world put their skills to the test as a part of the K9 Olympics, Connor was thrilled to join the team here at Animal Care Hospital as a veterinary assistant in 2016.

Connor enjoys indulging his scientific interests by assisting with surgeries and running laboratory tests. He loves to confront new challenges and tries to learn something new in the process, but making a lasting difference in the life of a pet is his ultimate goal

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In his spare time, Connor likes hiking, playing disc golf—he even served as a starting player on the University of Iowa’s disc golf team—and relaxing with his own animal companions at home: Daisy, a sweet black-and-tan coonhound who loves nothing more than a good belly-rub, and a rowdy, grey, tabby cat named Rigby.

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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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