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  • Jen
    Practice Manager

    Jen joined the team in 2008 as the Practice Manager. She graduated from ISU with a BS in Animal Science. Her life is currently run by three dogs; Reign, Spring and Caddy, all Cavalier King Charles Spaniels; and 2 crazy cats rescued from the ARL; Fernando and Alejandro. She is also a foster parent for Iowa Golden Retriever Rescue and Cavalier Rescue. In her free time you can find her in her gardens, volunteering as a Master Gardener, spending time outdoors with the dogs or crafting.

  • Kathy
    Client Care
    Kathy joined the team in the fall of 2009 as an all-around employee covering reception, kennels and assisting. She was born in Lincoln, Nebraska and of course is an avid Huskers fan, even though she graduated from Iowa State University in 1990 with a BS in Child, Parent, and Community Youth Services. Kathy has loved animals from early childhood and her first word was even 'dog'. After graduating Kathy worked for 8 years counseling chemically dependent adolescents and then found herself working in a cubicle for a big corporation for another 10 years. Finally, she received an opportunity to join the GAVH team, where she had been bringing her pets all her life, helping our clients and their best friends live a long life together. Kathy has two dogs; Cubby, a Pappillon, and Tucker, a Japanese Chin. She also has three cats; Puck, a black rescued cat; Dario Frankitty, a Bengal that is also affectionately known as Baby Girl; and Smash, a black and white rescued kitten from the clinic that earns her name in every way. In the past Kathy has also has had many other breeds of dogs including a Bull Mastiff, Spitz, Pomeranian, Keeshound, Miniature Schnauzers, Husky mix and two other Chins. In her free time Kathy enjoys hockey, football and Indy car racing.
  • Abbey
    Abbey is a veterinary medical student at ISU and joined the Grand Avenue team in 2017 as a technician. Abbey’s love for animals started at a young age when she would ride in the truck and go on farm calls with her uncles and grandpa who were all large animal veterinarians. For a while she didn’t think veterinary medicine was a good fit for her after she fainted seeing a litter of puppies being born. After realizing veterinary medicine was where she wanted to be, Abbey started working in veterinary clinics including the Large Animal Hospital at ISU and volunteering at the Blank Park Zoo and the ARL. She has always loved animals and is currently attending Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine and plans to practice small animal or mixed animal practice when she graduates. Abbey has two dogs: an Olde English Bulldog rescue pup named Walter and a boxer/pitbull mix named Sally. She also has three cats: Pre, Otto, and Tomato. In her free time Abbey likes to spend time outside with her husband, Andrew, and step-daughter, Ava, walking her dogs, and relaxing with friends and family.

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7:30 AM-6:00 PM


7:30 AM-6:00 PM


7:30 AM-6:00 PM


7:30 AM-6:00 PM


8:00 AM-12:00 PM