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Animal Care Hospital

1146 Blairs Ferry Rd NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

Our Careteam

Your pet’s emotional and physical well-being is prioritized with every visit. We put patients first!

Annette

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.

Brenda

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.

Kieri

Kieri

Veterinary Technician

Kieri grew up with the family pets, and always wanted to do everything she could to help them live happier, healthier lives. That passion simply never left, so for Kieri, a career spent helping animals as a member of the veterinary profession made perfect sense. She’s proud to serve as a member of the veterinary assistant team here at Animal Care Hospital.

Originally from Marengo, Iowa, Kieri launched her animal-care journey in 2017 when she signed on at a grooming salon. She worked hard to perfect her craft and learned invaluable skills that continue to serve her well. Kieri remained at the salon for several years before deciding to take the leap into veterinary care—that’s when she joined Animal Care Hospital, and the rest is history.

Around the office, Kieri enjoys comforting animals and interacting one-on-one with their owners. For her, being able to make a difference for an entire family is what it’s all about.

Away from work, Kieri is an avid music fan (she’s seen Maroon 5 multiple times!) and dotes on her laid-back dog, Wendy.

Hannah

Hannah

Veterinary Technician

Once she joined 4-H and FFA, Hannah knew that she wanted to go into a career in agriculture or animal science. Her passion for pets grew to include the people who cared for them, so veterinary medicine was the perfect choice for her. Hannah currently works as a veterinary assistant and is studying to become a veterinary technician.

An Iowa native, Hannah attends Kirkwood Community College where she is enrolled in the Veterinary Technology program. She knew that she wanted to supplement her studies with hands on experience in the field, so when the opportunity arose for her to join the team here at Animal Care Hospital, she knew it was too good to pass up.

Outside of work, Hannah is passionate about agriculture leadership and attended the Iowa Youth Institute and the Global Youth Institute multiple times as both a participant and a group leader. She also loves to spend time with her pets at home: three sibling cats—Buddy, Daisy, and Lily—a turtle named Chomper, and two rabbits called Thumper and Holly.

Jordan

Jordan

Veterinary Technician

Jordan has had pets in her life as long as she can remember. When she has the chance to make a difference in the life of an animal, she takes it—that’s why she decided to join the world of veterinary medicine. Jordan brings her own pets here to the hospital, so becoming a member of the clinic team simply made sense.

Jordan is originally from Austin, Texas and moved to Iowa with her family when she was just a year old. As a client of Animal Care Hospital, Jordan was happy to join the team officially in August of 2020 working as a veterinary assistant and hopes to attend school in the future to become a licensed veterinary technician.

Outside of work, Jordan enjoys painting, crocheting, and spending time with her friends, family, and pets. She and her family have two cats and four dogs—Frank, Honey the Black Lab, a terrier called Dottie, and Lady the Corgi.

Chris

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.

Laura

Laura

Receptionist

Laura comes from a family of animal-lovers and has always wanted to give something back to the earth’s creatures. In pursuit of that goal, she hopes to eventually work in animal rescue and spread awareness about misunderstood breeds. For now, Laura is thrilled to be gaining invaluable experience in the veterinary profession staffing the front desk as one of Animal Care Hospital’s talented receptionists.

Laura is an Iowa native and attended Kirkwood Community College while also working as a kennel crewmember. Later, she volunteered at the Iowa Farm Sanctuary before joining the team at Animal Care Hospital in September of 2020. Laura really is looking forward to meeting area pets and their owners. 

Outside of animal care, Laura’s interests include cooking and baking, catching up on her favorite television shows, and spending time outdoors.  She also enjoys Broadway productions and operas as well as spending time with her boyfriend and caring for her dogs—Athena Jane, who is very rambunctious but also loves to cuddle up on the couch, and Diesel, who often acts as though he was raised by cats.

John

John

Receptionist

John grew up in a rural town in eastern Iowa until attending high school in Dubuque. It was then that he started working as a kennel caretaker at a local veterinary clinic. John went on to study zoology in college and became a zookeeper after graduation. He has many fond memories of helping to care for zoo animals, and he learned invaluable skills and lessons that still serve him today.

When the time came for a change, John decided to join the veterinary profession. He signed on here joined the Animal Care Hospital team in September of 2020 and hasn’t looked back. John looks forward to meeting and greeting the area’s pet parents and getting to know their animal friends as well.

When he’s not at work, John enjoys fishing, reading, and spending quality time with his family and pets at home. He and his wife of 25 years, Danielle, have two daughters, one who currently studies at Kirkwood Community College and the other in high school. The family shares their lives with two dogs: Princess, a rescued Poodle mix who doesn’t let her three-legged stature slow her down; and a cuddle-loving Cocker Spaniel named C.C.

Rachel

Rachel

Receptionist

Rachel has adored animals ever since her earliest memories, just like most who work with pets every day. But she had a fascination with the medical field, too, and knew she wouldn’t be satisfied unless she was using her skills to help others. Veterinary medicine was simply the perfect fit for Rachel. She couldn’t be happier to serve on Animal Care Hospital’s reception team.

After working in the service industry for a few years, Rachel launched her animal-care journey at a doggie daycare facility. She knew right away she’d found her calling. After graduating from Kirkwood Community College with her Veterinary Assistant’s degree, she signed on to work at an emergency veterinary clinic and helped pets there for a year. When the time came for Rachel to find something steadier, she came across an opening here at Animal Care Hospital and hasn’t looked back since.

Medically, Rachel is fond of surgical work and she also loves to chat with clients one-on-one and hear fun pet stories. Of course, she never passes up the opportunity to pamper the area’s adorable animal companions.

When she’s not at work, Rachel enjoys playing the piano, snowboarding in the winter, and spending quality time with her family. She and her daughter share their home with three cats: India, Bear, and Cupcake. 

Moriah

Moriah

Veterinary Receptionist

Moriah grew up in Cedar Rapids with her parents, two younger siblings, and plenty of family pets. She’s adored the company of the earth’s creatures ever since she was a little girl. Getting to give something back by working as a member of the veterinary world is very rewarding for her! Moriah is a proud member of Animal Care Hospital’s reception team.

Shortly after moving to Mason City for her collegiate studies, Moriah took a job at the local Humane Society, where she got her foot in the door of the animal-care world. It was such a great experience that she knew she wanted to do even more. Moriah signed on here at Animal Care Hospital a short time later and hasn’t looked back since.

Away from work, Moriah enjoys drawing, playing video games, and doting on her own pets at home. She has two dogs, a cat, a bird, and two guinea pigs who enjoy eating to their hearts’ content and then screaming at Moriah when the food bowl is empty.

Rachel M.

Rachel M.

Veterinary Technician

As a child growing up in Davenport, IA, Rachel always knew she wanted to work with animals. And while her journey may have taken a few twists and turns along the way, she is thrilled to finally be in a career that she loves!

Following high school, Rachel earned her Applied Science degree from Kirkwood in 2012. After witnessing firsthand the incredible care her mother’s cat Scarlett received during a serious medical emergency, Rachel decided that animal health care was the path she was meant to complete. She returned to school in the summer of 2020 and became a Veterinary Technician.

In practice, Rachel particularly enjoys running blood work. She also has an interest in anesthesia for procedures and surgeries, because she understands how important it is for the safety and comfort of our patients.

At home, Rachel is a fur mom to three cats: Gerald, who is smart and loves attention; Gray, who is a world-class cuddler; and Bella, who has the cutest squeak of a meow and loves to have her belly and armpits scratched. 

Rachel served in the National Guard for six years, during which time she completed lots of different training exercises before eventually being promoted to E5 Sergeant Team Leader. Her most memorable experience was completing the side winder competition, a 24-hour physical and mental competition with lots of different tasks and events competing against other military units in Iowa.

Tay

Tay

Kennel Worker

As a kid growing up in Cedar Rapids, Tay didn’t have many personal interests other than helping animals. Now, as a Kennel Worker here at Animal Care Hospital, Tay will have the opportunity to turn that lifelong interest into a truly fulfilling career.

Outside of work, Tay is pet-parent to a small zoo of animals, including seven dogs (Princess, Panda, Tyson, Loki, Thor, PJ, and Gremlin), one cat (Lily), and three snakes (Benny, BJ, and Sapphire). So far, Tay has taught all of the dogs how to shake hands.

When not tending to all the animals at home, Tay enjoys running and is proud to hold the family record!