People and pets routinely died from infections before penicillin, the first antibiotic, was introduced in the first half of the 20th century. Today, veterinarians use antibiotics to treat many typ ...View Article
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Meet Our Team
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I am going to tell you a little about myself. My name is Donna Rizzo. I own the clinic. I graduated from ISU in 1989, and started as the owning Vet here two weeks later. I love all the kids here, and most of them love me, or at least know I'm here for them. If you have been here, you can ask me anything about your pets, and I will answer. Sometimes people are sorry they asked, but I will not lie.
I worked at the clinic for 6 years throughout school prior to being a doctor. Any of you that recall Dr. Jensen know that I learned a tremendous amount of what I do from him. Some days I feel school was secondary to that education!
I am the current owner of two dogs. A Jack Russell Terrier named Pica,and also Hobo who spends most of his time sleeping in the office. I lost my Bella in the fall. MAN do I miss her... I also do golden retriever rescue. This is what Hobo came from, he fell in love with me, and vice versa. He was a little aggressive,and difficult to connect with other adopters. I have one cat that lives at the clinic named Chase. I live on an acreage in Huxley, just south of the clinic. My dogs visit the clinic daily sometimes they seem to wish they could live here. They live with me at my house. I only practice small animal medicine, but I did initially work on a friend's goat, sheep, and pigs. I leave these to the real large animal vets now. I have also studied chiropractic care of animals. Again, I only do this on small animals.
As a veterinarian, we're in a profession in which we are always learning. That is honestly why I love it and can never see myself not doing it. Even my car accident couldn't keep me away for very long.
Breanna is here all the time and going to school as well! She has 2 Labrador Retrievers named Remington and Spencer. Remington loves coming to work, so come say HI to her. We really enjoy having Bre around. She is one of my right hands; do not be surprised if she is really chatting to you about what is going on. Animals really have a special place in her heart and you will see that during your appointment time. I really enjoy working with Bre. She has gone back to school,so we do have to do without her more.
Trudy is another very crucial person for me. I depend on her a lot. She has two dogs at home Piper and Koda, and a cat named Mia, as well as human children. She really understands the pet thing, and will take great care of you and your creatures. She is also a super outdoor helper, so you may see her helping in the outdoor world at the clinic.Trudy really understands the animals and they clearly have a special place in her heart. Trudy is fortunately here every week day. You will see how badly I need her when you are here.
Anna is another reception, vet assistant, and kennel staff members. She is starting to be with us a lot. So you certainly will be getting to know her. Anna has a yellow Labrador Retriever puppy named Riggs! He is super sweet and playful. You will see him at the clinic playing with his doggie friends.
Joyce has been here almost as long as me. And yes, she is my mother. However, at work I call her Joyce. She is not as educated as the other staff, but she will certainly take care of you. Sadie is her creature.
You may see several new faces now and then, because we are a very active observer place. Hopefully we teach them well, and do not show them too many bad habits. If you see someone you want to meet, just ask we would love to introduce them!