Grinnell Veterinary Clinic

Grinnell Veterinary Clinic is a full-service, small and large animal hospital located in Grinnell, IA. We are committed to providing the highest standard of veterinary care for your furry family members - from preventative health care to veterinary surgery, pet dentistry, and more. 

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the doctors and staff of the Grinnell Veterinary Clinic to provide the highest quality and most comprehensive care available to each patient whether it is a companion, pleasure, or food producing animal.  We will strive to educate each client on all aspects of preventative care on an individual or herd basis.  A proactive approach to our patients' and clients' needs is our goal. 

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Kurt J Brennan, DVM

Veterinarian, Owner

Dr. Kurt Brennan grew up in Indianola and became interested in veterinary medicine through his father and brother who are veterinarians. He received his degree in biology from Luther College before attending and graduating with his degree in veterinary medicine from the Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. Dr Brennan and his wife Kelly have five boys and a black labrador mix named Riley. Kurt enjoys various athletics.

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Joel Loomis, DVM

Veterinarian, Owner

Dr. Joel Loomis grew up on a farm near Winterset, Iowa.  He attended Iowa State University for seven years.  In 2004 he graduated with his DVM degree from the ISU College of Veterinary Medicine.  He is married to a lovely lady named Beth and has a son named Micah and two beautiful daughters named Lucille and Joanna.  Joel enjoys athletics, hunting, fishing, and working outdoors.

 

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Matt Umphress, DVM

Veterinarian

Dr. Matt Umphress is originally from Mason City, IA.  He received his bachelor's in animal science from Iowa State University and graduated from ISU College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. He loves spending time with his fiance, Heather, and her daughter. They are currently planning their wedding for next summer and spend a lot of their time outdoors. They really enjoy hiking with their Heeler mix, Zeppelin, backpacking, camping, and relaxing. He is an avid Cyclone fan and loves attending the football games in the Fall.

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Michael Foley, DVM

Veterinarian

Dr. Michael Foley is originally from Cedar Rapids, IA.  He studied Philosophy and Pre-Law at the University of Northern Iowa until 2007 and received his Bachelor of Liberal Science Degree from Iowa State University in 2012.  Michael then graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2018.  Michael has a cat named Asuka.  He spends his spare time outdoors fishing, camping or backpacking and relaxing at home.  He also enjoys spending time with his family and friends.

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Stefanie Merrill, DVM

Veterinarian

Dr. Stefanie Merrill is originally from Ottumwa, Iowa. She received her Bachelor of Animal Science degree in 2015 from ISU and graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2020. Stefanie and her husband, Brandon, have a beautiful daughter Madilynn, a cat named Elsa and a dog named Brittany. She enjoys hunting with her husband, fishing, kayaking, hiking, gardening, spending time outdoors, and being around her family and friends.

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Catharine Found, DVM

Veterinarian

Dr. Catharine Found was born and raised in Iowa City, IA.  She then went to Texas where she played college volleyball and majored in Environmental Policy.  She is a 2022 graduate of Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine and a 2021 graduate of University of Iowa Masters in Public Health. Catharine loves working with all types of animals and has a passion for preventative medicine.  Catharine lives with her husband, Blaine, and their three rescue dogs. She is excited to move to Grinnell and meet the patients and clients of the community!

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Marcia Hoffmann

Office Manager

Marcia is from Graettinger, IA, a small town in northwest Iowa.  She attended Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville, IA where she received her AS Degree in Accounting.  She has called Grinnell home since 1991.  She is recently married to Brian Hoffmann and between the two of them they have 1 daughter and 3 sons. Winnie the cat is currently the only "dependent" still living at home.  She enjoys spending time with family, camping, riding bikes,  cookouts with friends, and being outdoors.

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Jessica Pierce

Veterinary Assistant

Jessica is from southern Missouri, received her A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology in 2014, moved to Grinnell in 2016, and married Benjamin in 2017. Jessica is also an equine barefoot hoof specialist, and a dog/human trainer because she loves to see happy and healthy dog/human relationships. She has two adventuresome kitties (Cricket & Paste), two horses (Stormy - Arabian and Willow - POA), and Susie (field bred yellow lab).  Jessica and Benjamin raise small groups of pigs and grass fed/finished beef for the community. They love good food, growing plants and animals, traveling, and all the outdoor things.

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Cheyenne Nikkel

Veterinary Assistant

Cheyenne grew up on a farm outside of Sully. She graduated high school in 2017. She has two horses named Cookie and Joe. She also has a German Shepherd named LeRoy and a Golden Retriever named Mae. Cheyenne enjoys working with horses, spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys taking her dog on hikes and trails in the summer.

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Michelle Dvorak

Veterinary Assistant

Michelle grew up near Chelsea, Iowa and graduated from South Tama in 2010. She attended Kirkwood Community College and received her Associate of Applied Science degree in Humane Officer Training and Veterinary Assisting. Michelle has 3 dogs - Luna a Beagle, Zuma a mini American Eskimo, and Willow an Australian Shepherd mix. She enjoys being outside, photography, and spending time with her nephews.

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Anna Mallory

Veterinary Assistant

Anna grew up on a farm outside of Grinnell, Iowa. She graduated from Montezuma High School in 2017, then attended ISU where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science, graduating in December of 2021. Anna resides in Montezuma, Iowa with her Fiancé, Carson, and their three animals. A peek-a-pom named Teddy and two cats named Mimosa and Echo. In her free time, she likes spending time with friends and family and loves to travel.

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Maria VanDenTop

Veterinary Assistant

Maria grew up on a farm outside of the small town of Alvord, Iowa. Maria graduated from northwest Iowa Community College with her Associate of Arts degree. She is a certified nursing assistant. She currently resides in Brooklyn, Iowa with her fiancé, Lester, and son, Theo. They have a german shepherd named Remy and two cats named Rushmore and Sofie. In her free time Maria enjoys shooting, fishing, and spending time with family and friends.

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Quincy Conger

Veterinary Assistant

Quincy grew up on a farm outside of Montezuma. She graduated from Montezuma High School in 2018, then attended Kirkwood Community College and received her Associates Degree in 2020. Quincy is also a Certified Equine Massage Therapist. She has 2 Dachshunds named Peanut and Oliver and 2 horses named Rocky and Booger. Quincy enjoys competing at horse shows, being with family, and doing anything and everything on the farm.

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Ella McAlexander

Veterinary Assistant

Ella grew up in Grinnell, Iowa. She graduated at Grinnell-Newburg Highschool in 2021. Ella currently resides in Newton, Iowa with her boyfriend, Trae and has a cocker-spaniel named Dolly. Ella enjoys to hangout with friends, paint, incorporate music into her day, spend time outdoors and also enjoy a relaxing night in.

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Leah Weithers

Veterinary Assistant

Leah has lived in Newton, IA for the past 23 years. She graduated from Newton high school in 2017 and then graduated from Buena Vista University with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Human Services in 2021. She currently resides in Newton with her husband, Josh, and two children, Charlotte and Andrew. She has three cats (Mia, Bubastis & Clover) and one dog (George). She has a strong love for cats and really enjoys baking and spending time with her family.

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Lacey Stowe

Receptionist

Lacey grew up in Gilman, Iowa and graduated from East Marshall High School in 2009. She's married to Chris Stowe. They have a daughter Emersyn and a son Christian, an Australian Shepherd named Cami, and a Husky named Dakota . In Lacey's free time she enjoys being with her family and friends.

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Jennifer Schinkel

Receptionist

Jennifer graduated from Montezuma High School in 1992. Since 2005 her and her son, Aaron, lived in Des Moines. Her son now lives with his fiancé in Des Moines. Jennifer moved to Grinnell to be closer to her parents, sister, and nephew. She moved with her Lynx Point Siamese cat "Diego".  Jennifer loves spending time with "Diego", family, going to the Brooklyn races, or watching movies in her spare time.

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Jillian S.

Receptionist

Jillian came to Iowa from the twin cities. She started her love of animals professionally as a groomer and soon went into the veterinary hospital field as a receptionist, assistant and practice manager. She has a son named Gavin who is a recent high school graduate. In her free time she likes to spend time with family and friends as well as serve on an animal rescue board. She has a love of dogs, cats and elephants. She shares her home with 5 miniature dachshunds and a great dane. 

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Skyler Small

Receptionist

Skyler grew up in Grinnell, IA and graduated from BCLUW High School in 2014. She attended Marshalltown Community College and received her Associate of Arts degree and Associate of Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice. Skyler and her boyfriend Matt have a son named Elliott. They also have two dogs, Radar, a Boxer Mix, and Kane, a Blue Heeler. Skyler has had many pets over the years including lizards, turtles, guinea pigs, hamsters, cats and dogs. In her free time she enjoys attending Supercross races, spending time with her friends and family, most importantly her son Elliott.