Animal Health Center of Ottumwa
(Formerly Animal Clinic Southside)
Animal Clinic Southside Vets
301 Richmond Ave
Ottumwa, IA 52501
Hours of operation
Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Scheduled Appointments Available:
Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
(NO appointments from 12-1 p.m.)
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 four kids Kaison, Keadon, Keplan and Kensley.
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.
NOTE: If you do not receive confirmation of your appointment time, please contact our office by calling 641-682-8701.
Brette Ratliff, D.V.M.
Small Animal Medicine & Surgery
Dr. Brette Ratliff joined the Animal Health Center family in June of 2020. She grew up in White House, TN (just north of Nashville), and received her D.V.M. at the University of Tennessee. Growing up, Brette had always been interested in agriculture and science, especially animal health. She got her passion from her father who taught agriculture education at her local high school and was raised to appreciate farmers, livestock, and other four-legged companions. Brette is married and has a mutt who is very spoiled. She enjoys being outdoors doing activities like hiking, kayaking, being on the lake, and gardening. Brette works mainly at our Ottumwa clinic, focusing on small animal medicine and surgery. She hopes to strengthen the human-animal bond and looks forward to serving the state of Iowa.