Experienced. Skilled. Understanding. The team at Risius Family Vet understands the needs of your family, and works to help you build a brighter future for your business.


Michael Slattery

Dr. Mike Slattery hails from Winthrop, IA where he grew up helping his father Dr. Jim Slattery in his large animal veterinary clinic. In 2009, Dr. Mike graduated from Iowa State with a degree in Animal Science, he then went on to graduate as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from ISU in 2013.

Immediately after graduation Dr. Mike joined the staff at Risius Family Veterinary Service, specifically as the veterinarian in the Maquoketa office.  In 2015, he joined the ownership team as partner.

Professionally, Dr. Mike enjoys preventative medicine and diagnostics in beef cattle and feedlot medicine, and is currently a member of:

Outside of work, Dr. Mike enjoys spending time with his wife, Janell and son, Anson, or you might find Dr. Mike on the golf course or doing some hunting & fishing.

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!

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”

-Mother Teresa

Client Care


Veterinary Assistant

Evan is our newest member, joining the Maquoketa Clinic in January, 2018 full time. He is a skilled Farrier, working in the surrounding area. His hobbies include fishing, hunting, and ranching.


Veterinary Assistant

Jake joined the Risius Staff in February 2013 by helping with cattle work at the Maquoketa Sale Barn. In August 2014, Jake became the full time assistant to Dr. Mike in the Maquoketa office.

Jake attended Iowa Central Community College and has always been interested in the veterinary field and especially in ranching, so this opportunity seemed like a perfect match.

In Jake’s spare time he enjoys rodeo ranch sorting, hunting and fishing.


Client Care Coordinator

Stacie joined the Maquoketa office in April 2014, she has always had an interest in the veterinary field but had not previously worked in the field. When the opportunity to work with Dr. Mike in Maquoketa arose, she was excited to make a career change.

Stacie graduated from Maquoketa high school and then went to Clarke College in Dubuque for social work.

Outside of work Stacie enjoys reading, painting, and surfing Netflix. During the summer months you will find Stacie out on the river and spending time with her dog Gunner. Stacie has really enjoyed learning about large animal care and vaccine protocols.