Compassionate. Detail oriented. Talented. The professionals of Risius Family Vet are diverse in their talents and united in their mission… to care for you and your pets like we would our family. Because to us, you are.
Dr. Abby Bowers has been around the clinic since she was born. Her father, Dr. Dale Risius, started Risius Family Veterinary Service in 1980 and it has been a family owned practice ever since. Dr. Abby grew up in the North Scott area, attended Truman State University, and then Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2007 and moved back home to join the practice.
She became part owner of the practice in 2010. Dr. Abby loves being a veterinarian in her home town because she is able to get to know people and build relationships. She enjoys leading such a great staff and believes in educating clients so they can work as a team with our staff and veterinarians to improve the health and wellness of their pets. Dr. Abby has taken a special interest (and additional Continuing Education) in small animal dentistry. She has been instrumental in redesigning a portion of the clinic to offer improved dental treatment capabilities, including the addition of a dental x-ray unit.
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Outside of work, Abby enjoys spending time with her family which includes her husband Mark, daughters Amelia, Cleo, Miriam, and Hannah, her golden retriever Lizzie, and her cat Stevie. She also enjoys cooking and being involved with the missions & outreach team at North Ridge Community Church.
Dr. Joel Sullivan originates from Woodbine, Iowa. He completed his undergraduate studies at theUniversity of Northern Iowa. He then transferred to Iowa State University where he graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2007, which is the same year he joined Risius Family Veterinary Service.
He became a part owner of Risius Family Veterinary Service in 2010. Dr. Joel specializes in large animal medicine, specifically cow/calf herds and vaccination protocols.
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He became a vet because he has always been involved in agriculture and this was a way to stay involved and to help protect America’s food supply. In Dr. Joel’s spare time you will find him playing taxi driver to his 3 children who are involved in numerous activities including: swimming, piano, football, and baseball.
Dr. Skye Doerscher has been in the veterinary field since starting as a vet assistant while in high school in Ohio. She attended Manchester University in Indiana, and while there worked on dude ranches in Colorado during her summer breaks. After graduating from college, she moved to Colorado where she spent time on ranches working with cattle and horses, and worked full-time in a nuclear chemistry lab. She attended Colorado State University and graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. Before entering practice, Dr. Skye worked for the USDA both in a beef plant (Joslin, IL) and as an marketing auditor. In 2012, she joined Risius Family Veterinary Service as an associate and joined the ownership team as a partner in 2019. At the clinic, Dr. Skye specializes in small animal medicine. She is currently a member of:
When not at the clinic Dr. Skye enjoys spending time with her husband Darin and son Ben. She enjoys many things including gardening, kayaking, photography and genealogy. Dr. Skye’s animal family includes dogs (Colo & Finn), cats (Chico & Rey), chickens, and a small beef cattle herd.
Dr. Collin Post grew up in Blue Grass, Iowa. He went to the University of Iowa and graduated in 2013 with his bachelor’s degree in Biology. He then transferred to Iowa State University Veterinary School, and graduated in 2017 with his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. He joined Risius Family Veterinary Service as an associate soon after graduation and joined the ownership team as a partner in 2019. Dr. Collin is one of our mixed animal doctors. He spends time doing both small animal clinical appointments, as well as large animal production medicine. Dr. Collin’s professional interests include small animal surgery and internal medicine, large animal herd health (cattle, sheep and goats), and ensuring food safety from farm to plate. He is a member of:
Outside of the hospital, Dr. Collin enjoys spending time with his wife Nicole and their new puppy Teddy. He likes hanging out with family and friends, traveling, golf and enjoys watching (boo!) Iowa sports.
Dr. Kelli Ruther, originally from Clinton, Iowa, attended Iowa State University for her undergraduate studies where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. Following graduation, she worked for Nestle Purina PetCare for a couple of years before returning to Iowa State where she graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017. Dr. Kelli worked as a mixed animal veterinarian at the DeWitt Veterinary Clinic before joining Risius Family Veterinary Services. She continues to work with both large and small animals with special interests in internal medicine, ophthalmology, small animal nutrition, feedlot medicine, small ruminants, and pot-bellied pigs. She is a member of: Iowa Veterinary Medical Association (IVMA) & American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Outside of work, Dr. Kelli enjoys spending time with her husband, Ben and their son, Rylan. She also enjoys running, gardening, and helping with their hobby farm. You may see Dr. Kelli working in both our Eldridge & Maquoketa clinics for both small & large animals!
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”
Pam joined Risius Family Veterinary Service in August 2009, bringing with her 38+ years of service as a Certified Veterinary Technician and 30 years as a professional groomer. Pam graduated from Bettendorf High School and the Medical Institute of Minnesota with a certificate as a Veterinary Technician (at that time Iowa did not have any college that offered a Vet Tech program).
Pam enjoys assisting in surgery, helping clients with behavioral issues, radiology, and dog training/grooming. When Pam is not at work you can find her riding motorcycles, cooking or baking, horseback riding, swimming, hiking or spending time with her grandchildren. Pam has 3 sons, 4 grandchildren, Drake, Dane, Logan, and Lincoln James, and a cat named Pebbles.
Carrie joined Risius Family Veterinary Service in July 2010 after working in the veterinary field for more than 12 years. Carrie began her veterinary career as a receptionist but she quickly decided she wanted to become a veterinary assistant.
Carrie’s fur family includes a golden retriever mix named Reese, a Yorkie named Lily, and cats Tunsis, Tweety, and Spooky. Recently Carrie has become a Feline Advocate for the clinic and is working towards her Basic Animal Rescue Training (BART) certification.
In her spare time Carrie enjoys wood working, antiquing, watching her daughter race BMX bikes and attending stock car races with her husband.
Amanda joined Risius Family Veterinary Service as an intern while she was completing her degree in Veterinary Technology at Muscatine Community College. In April 2012 Amanda joined the staff full time.
You can usually find Amanda walking or hiking with her three dogs, Freckles the dalmatian, Sarabi the blood hound, and Nala the chiweenie. Amanda also enjoys her feline companions and especially fostering kittens for QC Paws.
At the clinic Amanda enjoys assisting in surgery, dental cleanings, radiography, and she is a Feline Advocate.
Kelly joined Risius Family Veterinary Service in October 2012 after completing the Veterinary Technology program at Muscatine Community College.
In Kelly’s spare time she enjoys spending time outside with her dairy cows, boxers Brownie and Misty, and cat Cocoa. Kelly also enjoys making candles.
At the clinic you will find Kelly in the exam rooms; she enjoys interacting with our clients and the variety of appointments we see on a daily basis.
Catlin joined Risius Family Veterinary Service in July 2014 after graduating from Des Moines Area Community College with her associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology.
Catlin is originally from Henderson, Iowa. She graduated from East Mills High school and went on to get her Bachelor of Science degree at Iowa State University in Animal Science. She then continued on to get her veterinary technician degree at DMACC.
At the clinic Catlin is a Feline Advocate, she enjoys doing work in the laboratory and assisting with surgery.
Catlin married her husband, Ethan, in October 2015. In her free time she is an avid Cyclone fan and enjoys visiting her sister in Ames.
John started working with Dr. Dale in 1983, he then left for 9 years to be a sales rep for a veterinary drug company, and then returned to Risius Family Veterinary Service in 2000.
At the clinic John is the right hand man to the large animal doctors, going on farm calls and assisting with cattle at the clinic.
John spends as much time as possible with his dog Sassy, he also spends his free time taking care of his horses.
Grace was born and raised in the QCA. She is a certified veterinary assistant through Blackhawk Community College and is starting school this fall to complete a Registered Veterinary Technician program. She has worked in a dog boarding and grooming facility since 2011. She lives with her mom, her two dogs Sadie and Herbie, and her cat Ophelia Rose. In her spare time she enjoys reading and hanging out with her boyfriend Ryan, friends & family.
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“An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.”
Sara joined Risius Family Veterinary Service in October 2007 as a veterinary assistant, Sara is now the Office Manager; she really enjoys helping animals and meeting new people. After taking online classes she obtained her veterinary assistant certificate, her true passion is helping clients and pets with nutrition and weight management.
Sara’s family includes her husband Jeff, daughters Sadie and Taylor, and their Yorkie Isabelle. Outside of work Sara enjoys photography, playing golf, and watching football and basketball.
Working at a family-owned practice is important to Sara; she likes to make sure clients know that our care is not only for pets but also for people.
Ashlee joined Risius Family Veterinary Service in January of 2013 after working in various forms of customer service for her entire professional career. Working for the clinic fit Ashlee perfectly as it combined her love of animals with her passion for helping and working with customers.
She grew up in LeClaire, graduated from Pleasant Valley in 2004, and then earned her Associates of Applied Science in Agricultural Business from Kirkwood Community College.
Ashlee’s family consists of her husband Lance, son Lawson, daughter Myra, their lab Keno, and horses Ringo and Stanley. In her spare time Ashlee enjoys helping out with the family Black Angus cow/calf herd, riding her horses, and learning all there is to know about her eclectic chicken flock.
Sharla grew up on a ranch in northwestern Nebraska, where her love for animals began. After moving to Iowa, she was looking for a chance to spend more time with animals, and was welcomed to the Risius Family Veterinary team.
Sharla enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband Roy and relaxing with their cat Freya. Any chance she gets, Sharla visits her family to help out on the ranch and spend time with her horses.