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Meet our Veterinarians

Matthew C. Garver, D.V.M., Owner

Large and Small Animal Medicine and Surgery
 

Dr. Matt Garver graduated from high school in Corydon, IA where he grew up on a farm. After graduating high school he went to Waldorf College and then Kansas State University on a football scholarship, where he received his Veterinary Medicine degree in 1991. Dr. Garver enjoys large and small animal medicine and surgery. He founded the Animal Health Centers with the original clinic in Albia in 2002, where he used to process cattle at the Russell Livestock Market. He currently works in our Ottumwa location where he primarily sees small animals.

Andrew Nibe, D.V.M., Owner

Large and Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Embryo Transfer
 

Dr. Andrew "Dewey" Nibe was born and raised on a crop & livestock farm near Blairsburg, Iowa. After graduating from Northeast Hamilton High School, he pursued a college education at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls. He attended Iowa State University where he completed his Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and then graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. He has exclusive experience in cow/calf production medicine as well as small animal medicine and surgery. Dr. Nibe processes cattle at the Russell Livestock Market. In his spare time he enjoys following the Chicago Cubs, fishing and spending time on his farm with his family. He is married to Dr. Kelli Nibe and

they currently live on a farm in Melrose with their daughters Claire and Amelia.

Ryan Howard, D.V.M., Owner

Large and Small Animal Medicine
 

Dr. Ryan Howard is originally from Moulton, Iowa. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Iowa State University. He completed his Doctorate from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2012. Dr.

Howard enjoys working with both large and small animals. In his free time, Ryan enjoys being outdoors and hunting. He enjoys spending time with his wife Briana and their three boys Kaison, Keadon and Keplan.

Clint Hodson D.V.M., Owner

Small and Large Animal Medicine
 

Dr. Clint Hodson graduated from Indianola High School in 2006, he received his Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Iowa State University in 2010, and received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State in 2014. He grew up on a farm in Ackworth, Iowa, where his dad raised bucking bulls for rodeos. Dr. Hodson enjoys spending time outdoors hunting and fishing. He processes cattle

at the Knoxville Regional Livestock Market, and treats both small and large animals at our Knoxville location.

Lisa Gronewold, D.V.M.

Small Animal Medicine and Surgery
 

Dr. Lisa Gronewold is a 2001 graduate of Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln in 1997. Dr. Gronewold practices small animal medicine and surgery in our Albia office. She has a special interest in small animal orthopedic

surgeries. Dr. Gronewold grew up on her family’s farm near Genoa, NE. She spent one year practicing at the Greene Veterinary Clinic in Greene, IA before moving to Albia in 2002. She and her husband, Nate, have two daughters. In her free time, Dr. Gronewold enjoys spending time with her family doing 4-H activities, attending their kids’ sporting events and activities, and helping on their farm. They have

a Great Pyrenees, Cozmo, and a cat, Carlos.

Kelli Nibe, D.V.M.

Small Animal Medicine and Surgery
 

Dr. Kelli Nibe was raised on a farm near Hubbard, Iowa. She completed her undergraduate studies at Ellsworth Community College and Iowa State University. She graduated from Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. Dr. Nibe works in Oskaloosa specializing in small animal medicine and surgery.

Kelli is married to Dr. Andrew Nibe. They currently live on a farm in Melrose with their daughters Claire, and Amelia.

Trisha Webb, D.V.M.

Small and Large Animal Medicine
 

Dr. Trisha Webb graduated from high school in Pleasantville, IA where she grew up on a farm. She received her undergraduate degree and D.V.M. at Iowa State University, where she graduated in May 2018. She also received her M.P.H. from the University of Iowa in May 2018. Trisha enjoys working with both large and small animals, rotating between the Knoxville and Oskaloosa clinics. She lives in Oskaloosa with her husband Brock and enjoys hunting, fishing, and being outdoors.

Laura Heiser, D.V.M.

Small and Large Animal Medicine
 

Dr. Laura Heiser joined the Animal Health Center family in July of 2019. She is originally from New Jersey, but fell in love with the Midwest and decided to stay in Iowa after receiving her D.V.M. at Iowa State University. Laura works with both large and small animal medicine and surgery. She rotates between all of our Animal Health Center clinics. Laura is a Disney fanatic and tries to go to all the parks as often as she can. She enjoys Zumba and spending time outside with her chocolate lab, Bella.

Meet our staff - click each staff profile to read their bio.
Garver's Animal Health Center
Beth
General Manger - Beth joined the clinic in January of 2005. She lives on a farm in Corydon, IA with her husband, Joel and their four kids, Aiden, Cooper, Keenan & Allyson. She has 2 dogs & 1 cat. Her favorite dog breed is the Great Pyrenees. She enjoys traveling, scrapbooking, fashion, boating and vacationing in warm and sunny places! Beth's favorite colors are red and yellow, mainly because she is a die-hard Cyclone fan! She loves traveling between the clinics & meeting with everyone each week.
Amanda
Office Manager - Amanda started at the clinic in 2004. She lives in Blakesbury and graduated from Albia high school. Her favorite breed is the Labrador Retriever and she has 5 animals. She enjoys fishing, boating, going to the casino, and vacationing with her husband on a beach somewhere. Her favorite color is red. She likes coming to work and the people she works with.
Sharon
Receivables - Sharon started at the clinic in August 2006. She is from Eddyville, IA and attended Eddyville High School. She has 4 pets. She enjoys attending her grandkids activities and traveling. Her favorite part of working at the clinic is working with the animals and people.
Brittney
Receptionist – Brittney is from Corning, Iowa and attended Iowa State University. She lives on a farm with her husband, Landon, and son, Tucker where they raise Simmental cattle and Boer goats. She enjoys showing their goats and cattle while spending time with friends at the shows. Her favorite vacation spot is the Iowa State Fair. Her favorite thing about working at the clinic is being around the animals, meeting new people, and learning something new every day!
Amy
Vet Assistant/Kennel Tech - Amy started at the clinic in November of 2008. She is from Albia and went to Kirkwood College after graduating from Albia High School. Her favorite breed is the Shih Tzu. She enjoys running, spending time with family and friends, and the color purple. She has one pet named Nestle. What she loves best about working at the clinic is helping animals and educating clients.
Paige
Kennel Manager: Paige graduated from Eddyville, IA, where she grew up. She then graduated from Indian Hills Community College in May 2013, & from Iowa State University in December 2015. Paige started at the Albia clinic in January 2016, transferred to the Ottumwa clinic in May 2017, and then re-joined the Albia clinic in 2019. She lives in Eddyville with a sassy dog, Roxy, and a sassier cat, Rowena. Her favorite thing about working at the clinic is getting to know all the boarding animals.
Donnie
Estates Manager & Large Animal Vet Tech - Donnie has been at the clinic since October 2006. He is from Blakesburg, IA and graduated from Eddyville/Blakesburg High School. He has 12 animals and his favorite breed is the Labrador Retriever. He enjoys fishing and hunting and vacationing at the lake. His favorite thing about working at the clinic is the satisfaction when each job is complete. We are extremely thankful for Donnie and his service for his country and grateful for his return!
Stuart
Large Animal Vet Tech - Bio coming soon!
Stefanie
Bookkeeper- Stefanie is from Seymour. She went to Indian Hills Community College and later transferred to Graceland University. She owns 1 dog, 2 cats, 4 ponies, and several cows. Her favorite animals are cows and dogs (and penguins). Stefanie loves spending time with her husband, Marcus, and their 3 kids. Her favorite vacation would be to relax at home or doing something fun with the kids. Stefanie’s loves to work at the clinic because she loves what she does and the people she works with!
Dylan
Dylan a large animal assistant who works at the Albia and Knoxville locations. He is from Albia and attended Albia High school. He and owns five dogs and 15 cows! Cattle are his favorite animal. His favorite hobby is farming and his favorite vacation was to Arkansas. His favorite color is orange. What he likes most about working at the clinic is that he enjoys working with his hands and being outside.
Camryn
Camryn is the groomer at our Albia location. Camryn lives in Mystic and is currently attending Indian Hills Community College. She has previously worked as a groomer at Country Village in Centerville and has joined the Animal Health Center team in July 2018.
Myndi
Myndi is Albia’s part-time kennel manager. Before joining Garver’s, she has 6 ½ years of exotic animal husbandry experience in the zoo field. She has 5 pets of her own and her favorite vacation is hiking in Colorado.
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Jes
Office Manager - Jesica grew up loving to spend time and swim at her parent’s cabin on the Des Moines River in the summer. She is a graduate of Indian Hills Community College with a degree in Financial Accounting. She works in our Oskaloosa office as the Office Manager. Jesica is married & lives in rural Wapello County with 2 horses, a Jack Russell Terrier & cat. She enjoys horseback riding, including vacations with the horses to the Big Horn Mountains in WY, camping & spending time with family.
Rose
Receptionist & Vet Assistant - Rose was raised on a small farm south of Ottumwa that always had a wide assortment of creatures to keep her busy. Later, after marrying, she moved to another farm west of Ottumwa. Rose and her husband Tom have 3 children, Ben, Katie & Gabe who help them with their registered Angus cow herd and the planting/harvesting of crops. She spends her time away from work with her family working on the farm and going to kids sporting events.
Brooke
Vet Technician - Brooke grew up showing cattle throughout the state including the Governor’s Charity Steer Show at the Iowa State Fair. She joined the Oskaloosa clinic in December 2011. Brooke graduated from DMACC with a degree in Veterinary Technology in 2012. She lives on an acreage outside of Eddyville with her husband Evan and her 2 daughters Harper and Avery. She has 3 dogs, 1 cat and her favorite breed is Pug. Brooke loves boating, shopping, ranger riding and spending time with family.
Gabby
Vet Technician - Gabby was raised in the small town of Keystone, IA and helped with her family farm where she showed cattle. She joined the Animal Health Center in 2014. She loves helping animals and continuing to learn the job. Gabby attended Hawkeye Community College where she received a Veterinary Technology Assistant degree and minored in Animal Science. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, working on her family farm and babysitting.
Brandy
Brandy is our dog and cat groomer at our Oskaloosa clinic. Her favorite dog breed is the standard poodle. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time outside with her husband Auston and her son Chaedyn. She owns two dogs and lives in Ollie, IA. She graduated from Pekin High School and Kirkwood Community College. Her favorite color is Baby Blue. Her favorite part about the clinic is working as a team with her coworkers.
Natalie
Natalie lives in Russell, Iowa on a farm.
She attended Pleasantville High School and Iowa State University. Her favorite animal is the Standard Poodle. She owns 4 dogs (Standard Poodle, Red Fox Lab, Golden Retriever and English Golden Retriever). In her free time she enjoys dancing and fishing - she goes fishing in Canada every year! Her favorite part about working at the clinic is the people and the animals.
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Kendra
Office Manager - Kendra is from Knoxville and attended AIB College of Business. She enjoys crossfit, running, and watching her boys participate in all their sporting events! She owns two dogs, Rylan and Teddy, and her favorite breed is the airedale terrier. Her favorite vacation spot is the Bahamas. Her favorite thing about working at the clinic is the interaction with the clients and their pets!
Kristy
Registered Vet Technician – Kristy is from Chariton, IA. She attended Chariton High School and DMACC’s Vet Tech program. She is married to Alex and is a mother to a daughter, Carly. She has 1 dog and 3 cats. She enjoys traveling, camping and boating. Her favorite color is purple. Her favorite thing about her position at the clinic is working with the animals.
Meagan
Vet Technician – Meagan is from Melcher-Dallas, IA. She attended Melcher-Dallas High School and Kirkwood College. She has many types of animals but her favorite is dogs. She is married and a mother to two boys, Jarrett and Cash. She enjoys riding horses, hunting, hiking and boating. Her favorite color is blue. Her favorite part of working at the clinics is handling the animals and forming relationships with her co-workers.
Sarah
Sarah is from Runnells, IA and attended high school at Southeast Polk and college at Northeast Iowa Community College. She has 3 horses and 2 dogs. Her favorite breed of dogs are Aussies. Her favorite thing about working at the clinic is interacting with clients and animals.
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Animal Clinic Southside
Melissa
Office Manager - Melissa attended Indian Hills Community College & Kirkwood Community College. She & her husband Clint have a son; Logan & a dog; a Labrador Retriever named Trigger. She & Clint enjoy spending time with family & going on vacation to Chicago to watch the Bears play. Her favorite thing about working at the clinic is interacting with the clients.
Chelsea
Vet Assistant - Chelsea attended Indian Hills Community College. She & her husband Eric have 3 dogs, an Alaskan Malamute (Lola), yellow Labrador Retriever (Leo), & a German Shepherd (Ammo). She enjoys running & competing in Marathons. Chelsea’s favorite thing about working at the clinic is helping animals & interacting with pets & their owners.
Kacey
Kacey is a junior at Eddyville High School. She is a kennel tech at Animal Clinic Southside and loves animals. She has a dog named Jake and too many cats! She is also involved in 4-H and show cattle.
Kenzie
Kenzie is a groomer at Animal Clinic Southside
Ashley
Savannah
Savannah is a Receptionist/Vet Assistant at Animal Clinic Southside. Her favorite dog breed is Great Pyrenees. She owns two dogs (Jake and Dobbie) and 1 cat (Sasshole aka Sassy). She enjoys playing softball and her favorite color is purple. Her favorite vacation spot is anywhere in nature. She enjoys working at Animal Clinic Southside because she loves working with all different animals.
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Our locations

Hours of Operation

Garver's Animal Health Center
 

1976 684th Avenue

Albia, IA 52531

Phone: 641-932-3455 

Animal Health Center of Oskaloosa
 

1015 A. Avennue W.

Oskaloosa, IA 52577

Phone: 641- 673-5525 

Animal Health Center of Knoxville
 

605 West Pleasant Street

Knoxville, IA 50138

Phone: 641-828-2101

Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Sunday: Closed

 

*Animal Health Center of Oskaloosa is now open until 7pm on the first Wednesday of the month!

Animal Clinic
Southside

 

301 Richmond Ave 

Ottumwa, IA 52501 
Phone: 641- 682-8701

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Melissa

Office Manager - Melissa attended Indian Hills Community College & Kirkwood Community College. She & her husband Clint have a son; Logan & a dog; a Labrador Retriever named Trigger. She & Clint enjoy spending time with family & going on vacation to Chicago to watch the Bears play. Her favorite thing about working at the clinic is interacting with the clients.