Welcome to the Animal Health Center Family!

Thank you for choosing Animal Health Center to take care of your pets and/or herd! We would like to offer you a free consultation as a first-time client! Please use promo code "NewClient" when scheduling your appointment to claim this deal (applies to routine visits and vaccines only).
As a new client, you will also receive:
  • 1 free dose of flea & tick preventative

  • A Pet Passport including everything you need to know about your pet's health

  • 1 free leash

  • Information describing your pet's vaccination protocol

  • A free Magnet and Pen

  • A handy business card with your doctor's or clinic's information on it

  • A Loyalty Card to start accruing points toward free or discounted pet products

Animal Health Center Owners: Dr. Howard, Dr. Nibe and Dr. Hodson

Submit Your New Client Form Here:

Find The Location That's Closest To You Below

We have four locations in Southeast Iowa to serve you and your pets better!
Click to schedule your appointment below:
Albia Clinic
1976 684th Ave Albia, IA 52531
Oskaloosa Clinic
1015 A Avenue W.
Oskaloosa, IA 52577
Knoxville Clinic
605 West Pleasant Street
Knoxville, IA 50138
Ottumwa Clinic
301 Richmond Ave
Ottumwa, IA 52501
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Our mission

"Our team mission is to provide our patients with excellent healthcare, to educate our clients, and serve our community, so each has the best quality of life."

Our Local Services

Wellness Examinations

At Animal Health Center, we offer comprehensive examinations that help evaluate the overall health of your pet. Regular physical examinations can detect problems in their early stages; before they become serious illnesses requiring prolonged treatment. Preventative medicine is the easiest, least expensive, and most important way to keep your pet healthy. Early detection ensures prompt action that may solve the problem before serious consequences occur. 



Immunizations are a crucial part of your pet and livestock's health care. Some immunizations are recommended yearly while others are given every three years. There are usually administered during an annual exam; and we work with you to develop an individual vaccine protocol which best suits your pet's needs.


Microchip Identification

A microchip is a tiny electronic device which is implanted beneath the skin in between the shoulder blades. This rice-sized chip will migrate after being implanted and can be traced with a microchip scanner. This is a form of permanent identification and will better ensure your loved one will be returned home without discrepancy. 


Each microchip has a unique number sequence. This sequence, along with information about the owner and pet, are added to a national pet registry. Most veterinary hospitals and animal shelters have electronic scanners for detecting and reading these implanted microchips. If a lost pet is found and a microchip is scanned it is easy for you to be contacted. 


Nutritional Counseling

Proper diet is an important part of your pet's health. Should your pet need a new diet due to health concerns or you are just looking for a healthy alternative to your current brand, we offer individual consultations and nutritional plans to help keep your pet healthy. 


Baths and Nail Trims

Hygiene is important. We gladly offer baths and nail trims to our patients. 


Adoption Services

We regularly work with local area shelters and rescue organizations.

Large Animal Services
In addition to our clinic facilities, we are willing to travel to your farm for vaccinations, emergency calls, birthing and any other needs that you may encounter with your livestock. We can use your equipment or bring our own chute and ultrasound machine. This service is provided at the Albia location only. Learn more.


Behavior Counseling
Pets often show illness or anxiety through improper or changed behavior. Let our staff help you determine what appropriate behavior consists of and what you can do to change inappropriate behavior.
Clean teeth and healthy gums are essential to your pet's health. Infections are more common in the mouth because they can go undetected for long periods of time. Our veterinary staff regularly performs oral exams, cleanings and periodontal care as part of our comprehensive health care goals.

Some Signs of Dental Problems include:


  • Bad breath – one of the first signs of dental disease
  • A yellowish-brown crust of plaque on the teeth near the gum line
  • Red and swollen gums
  • Pain or bleeding when your pet eats or when the mouth or gums are touched
  • Decreased appetite or difficulty eating
  • Loose or missing teeth 


If dental problems are left untreated, they can often lead to larger systemic problems in your pet due to oral bacteria entering the blood stream and damaging the kidneys, heart, and liver.



We provide a clean, climate controlled facility, equipped with large dog runs so your pet has plenty of room! We provide beds, blankets or mats to keep them comfortable, just like home! Please note that boarding is provided at the Albia and Ottumwa locations only. Learn more.


Regular grooming is about more than looks – grooming plays an important role in keeping your pet healthy and happy. When your pet visits Animal Health Center, they’ll be treated to the ultimate grooming experience. Learn more.

PennHIP Radiographs

Dr. Kelli Nibe is certified to perform PennHIP radiographs. PennHIP is a radiographic (X-ray) screening method used to evaluate the laxity (looseness) of canine hips which can lead to hip dysplasia. This test can be performed on dogs as young as 16 weeks of age. This is a great opportunity for future breeding dogs as well as family pets to assess the risk of developing hip osteoarthritis.

Other Services Include:
  • Emergency Services
  • Pain Management
  • Ultrasound
  • Science Diet/Royal Canin/Hi-Tek
  • Flea Bath/Treatment
  • Heartworm Tests & Preventatives
  • General Surgery
  • Blood Analysis
  • Endoscopy
  • Prescription Diets
  • Flea & Tick Control
  • Glaucoma Check
  • Laser Surgery
  • Laser Therapy
  • Anesthesia
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Radiology
Our locations

Hours of Operation

Animal Health Center of Albia

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 Health Center of Ottumwa

301 Richmond Ave 

Ottumwa, IA 52501 
Phone: 641- 682-8701

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