Our Care Team

Jasmine
Office Manager
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
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.
Caralee
Veterinary Assistant
Growing up, Caralee always found comfort in the many household pets she met. They always showed unconditional love and never disappointed her—that made a permanent impression. Caralee knew that she wanted to give something back to the pets who had given her so much over the years, and that’s why she decided to become a veterinary professional! Now, she’s a proud member of the Animal Care Hospital family.

Caralee grew up in California and moved to Iowa when she was only 18 years old. She got started in pet care when she launched her own pet-sitting business, which she would run successfully for three years. After the birth of her first daughter, Caralee decided to close her business and look for an opportunity elsewhere. It wasn’t long after that when she joined the team here at Animal Care Hospital, and she’s been helping the pets and animal parents of the area ever since.

When she isn’t at work, Caralee enjoys working on do-it-yourself home décor projects and spending time with her girls at home. She has three young daughters: Aubriana, who loves arts and crafts; Harper, who is obsessed with her water table; and Remily, who is currently learning to roll over.
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.
Kennedy
Veterinary Technician
Kennedy grew up in a house full of dogs, cats, and reptiles, so it wasn’t difficult for her to fall in love with the world of animals early on. She’s been caring for pets all her life, and couldn’t be happier to continue bettering the lives of all the creatures she possibly can. Kennedy is a proud member of the Veterinary Technician team here at Animal Care Hospital!

Originally from the south side of Chicago, Kennedy was only 14 years old when she started volunteering at the Humane Society there. Next, she became a Kennel Assistant at a nearby animal clinic. Upon moving to Iowa for her collegiate career, Kennedy decided to continue working in the world of pet care—she signed on as a Veterinary Technician here at Animal Care Hospital in late March of 2020, and she’s been here ever since.

Currently, Kennedy studies at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, where she majors in psychology and neuroscience. In the future, she hopes to become a pediatric neurosurgeon! When time permits between her busy school schedule and her shifts here at the hospital, Kennedy enjoys spending time with her family and pets. She shares her life with Patrick, a young cat named after the SpongeBob SquarePants character, as well as a Cavapoo who goes by Pearl.
Kim
Receptionist
When it came time for a career change, Kim had a thought: how could you have a bad day when you’re surrounded by adorable animals at work? For her, joining the veterinary profession simply made sense. She’s proud to meet and greet pets and their loving owners here at Animal Care Hospital’s front desk!

Kim was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. It was there that she met her husband, an Iowa native. Upon visiting the Midwest to meet her husband’s family, Kim fell in love with the region and the pair decided to relocate. That was 18 years ago—Kim has lived in the area ever since.

Outside of animal care, Kim’s interests include golfing, playing bingo, and traveling. She looks forward to adding a few pets of her own to her family in the near future!
Kristy
Veterinary Technician
Kristy grew up in Manchester, Iowa, and took in all sorts of critters while growing up. She’s adored the company of the earth’s creatures all her life. When the opportunity arose for Kristy to help the pet owners of her community by working with animals every day, she knew that she couldn’t pass up the chance! Now, she’s a member of the Animal Care Hospital Veterinary Technician team.

Kristy’s animal-care journey began several years ago when she started volunteering at a few animal rescues. It didn’t take her long to realize that she would love to make veterinary medicine her full-time job. Kristy first heard about an opening here at the hospital from her daughter, and joined the clinic family herself in December of 2019. She’s especially fond of educating pet owners on good healthcare and proper nutrition, and she loves to meet new animal companions on a daily basis.

Away from the office, Kristy still enjoys volunteering at local shelters and rescues whenever time allows. She also loves to spend quality time with her husband and their dog, Cooper, a loveable Staffordshire Terrier.
Sue
Receptionist
Sue has owned pets all her life. She’s no stranger to the unconditional love and steadfast loyalty of pets—she’s always known that she would love to give something back! That’s why Sue decided to join the world of veterinary care. She’s a member of the reception team here at Animal Care Hospital.

Sue was born in Cedar Rapids but grew up in Clinton, Iowa. She joined the United States Army after high school, serving for five years, before beginning her career in city government. Sue would work for the government for the next 31 years before retiring, and it was at that point that she knew that her next chapter had to involve animals. When she came across an open position here at Animal Care Hospital, she knew that it was the perfect opportunity to use her background in a pet-care setting. The rest is history—Sue has been a member of the clinic family ever since!

Around the hospital, Sue enjoys working with technology and meeting the area’s pet owners on a daily basis. She especially loves getting to see the special bonds that pets share with their human counterparts!

Outside of work, Sue enjoys traveling—she has special memories of visiting Finland, and she even lived in Mexico for a time before attending the Army’s basic training. She also loves to dote on her own animal companions at home. Sue shares her life with Buzz Lightyear (Buzzy for short), a sweet terrier mix, as well as a proud Jack Russell/Shih Tzu mix named Ella and a cuddle-loving Beagle/Whippet mix who goes by Maizey.
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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