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.

Doctors

Abby Bowers

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 dogs Lizzie and Crosley, and her cat Stevie. She also enjoys cooking and being involved with the missions & outreach team at North Ridge Community Church.

Joel Sullivan

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.

Skye Doerscher

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 (Donna, Rey, & Chico), chickens, and a small beef cattle herd.

Collin Post

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.

Kelli Ruther

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.”

–Anatole France

Technicians

Carrie

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

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.

Catlin

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.

Grace

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.

Grant

Grant is our Eldridge Large Animal Technician. Grant grew up and went to high school in Bettendorf. He then went to Iowa State and received his Animal Science degree. From college, Grant started working at a 15,000 hd cattle feedlot. In Feb of 2021, he started at Risius assisting our Large Animal vets.

Grant is now living near Maquoketa where he has and cares for his cattle, goats, donkey, mule, and his dog Blue. In his free time, Grant enjoys woodworking.

Taylor

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Heather

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Natalie

Natalie joined the Risius family in Fall 2021, with almost seven years of experience in the veterinary field. She came from a Small Animal/Exotic hospital, and loves all things furry, scaled, and feathered. She has known that this would be her career field since she could remember, and says that even on the hardest days, she wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Natalie loves radiology, venipuncture, working in the lab, and helping the doctors in exam rooms, so she can spend as much time as possible getting to know each patient and owner on a personal level. She is very devoted to her patients, and always lends an open ear and shoulder to her clients. There is a running joke that every patient is her favorite, but that just means that she loves them all equally!

Outside of work, Natalie stays busy with her fiancé and three children. The family has three pit bull dogs: Otis, Lola, and Darwin, as well as an elderly Siamese mix cat, Marley Mae, and two ball pythons, Macaroni Pepperoni and Minerva Mozzarella. Natalie enjoys loud music, Magic The Gathering, and resin crafting in her little bit of free time. She swears there is room for another dog in the mix, but her fiancé begs to differ…

“An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.”

–Martin Buber

Client Care

Hailie

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Amber

Amber joined Risius Family Veterinary Service in July of 2021 after graduating from Augustana College with a bachelor’s degree in Biology. She previously worked for Harbor Animal Hospital in 2019 where she learned many valuable skills in the veterinary field. Amber plans on attending graduate school online within the next year to pursue her dream of being a veterinarian!

Her love for animals started with her childhood cat named Kitters, growing up with her. She currently has two cats, Nala and Jem, and two dogs, Obi-Wan and Bella. She enjoys staying active, spending time outdoors, and making memories with friends!

Libby

Libby helps in both our Eldridge and Maquoketa clinics as a Client Care Representative. Libby joined Risius in 2020 as a receptionist, and is a huge help on the Large Animal side of our business. Libby loves everything to do with Large Animal medicine!

Libby grew up in Goose Lake, IA on a farm. Her family manages a cow/calf herd and farms typical Iowa crops. Libby went to Northeast High School (Goose Lake) and attended college at Kirkwood Community College, graduating with a degree in Ag Business. Libby enjoys spending time with her dog, Cooper. In her spare time, Libby enjoys going home to help on the farm, cooking, and going out to eat/drink with family/friends.