Small Animal Services


Your pet deserves the best, that’s why we offer multiple specialized exams to meet your pet’s individual needs in order to provide optimal care. This allows ample time to discuss your concerns with our doctors and to provide your pet with a comprehensive exam. If you phone us with questions, our friendly staff is happy to assist you. If additional information is needed, a doctor will call you back.

We provide expert medical and emergency care, should your pet become ill or injured. We offer a full range of excellent animal care with specialized diagnostic equipment. Our experienced staff is looking forward to assisting you and your pet. Animals we treat: Dogs, Cats, Birds, Rabbits, Rodents, Cattle, Horses, Goats, Sheep, Poultry

Wellness Examinations

At Animal Health Center, we offer comprehensive examinations that help evaluate the overall health of your pet. Regular physical examinations can detect problems in their early stages; before they become serious illnesses requiring prolonged treatment. Preventative medicine is the easiest, least expensive, and most important way to keep your pet healthy. Early detection ensures prompt action that may solve the problem before serious consequences occur. 


Immunizations are a crucial part of your pet and livestock’s health care. Some immunizations are recommended yearly while others are given every three years. There are usually administered during an annual exam; and we work with you to develop an individual vaccine protocol which best suits your pet’s needs.

Microchip Identification

A microchip is a tiny electronic device which is implanted beneath the skin in between the shoulder blades. This rice-sized chip will migrate after being implanted and can be traced with a microchip scanner. This is a form of permanent identification and will better ensure your loved one will be returned home without discrepancy. 

Each microchip has a unique number sequence. This sequence, along with information about the owner and pet, are added to a national pet registry. Most veterinary hospitals and animal shelters have electronic scanners for detecting and reading these implanted microchips. If a lost pet is found and a microchip is scanned it is easy for you to be contacted. 

Nutritional Counseling 

Proper diet is an important part of your pet’s health. Should your pet need a new diet due to health concerns or you are just looking for a healthy alternative to your current brand, we offer individual consultations and nutritional plans to help keep your pet healthy. 

Baths and Nail Trims

Hygiene is important. We gladly offer baths and nail trims to our patients.

Adoption Services

We regularly work with local area shelters and rescue organizations.

Behavior Counseling 

Pets often show illness or anxiety through improper or changed behavior. Let our staff help you determine what appropriate behavior consists of and what you can do to change inappropriate behavior.


Clean teeth and healthy gums are essential to your pet’s health. Infections are more common in the mouth because they can go undetected for long periods of time. Our veterinary staff regularly performs oral exams, cleanings and periodontal care as part of our comprehensive health care goals.

Some Signs of Dental Problems include:

    • Bad breath – one of the first signs of dental disease
    • A yellowish-brown crust of plaque on the teeth near the gum line
    • Red and swollen gums
    • Pain or bleeding when your pet eats or when the mouth or gums are touched
    • Decreased appetite or difficulty eating
    • Loose or missing teeth 

If dental problems are left untreated, they can often lead to larger systemic problems in your pet due to oral bacteria entering the blood stream and damaging the kidneys, heart, and liver.


We provide a clean, climate controlled facility, equipped with large dog runs so your pet has plenty of room! We provide beds, blankets or mats to keep them comfortable, just like home! Please note that boarding is provided at the Albia and Ottumwa locations only.

PennHIP Radiographs
Dr. Kelli Nibe is certified to perform PennHIP radiographs. PennHIP is a radiographic (X-ray) screening method used to evaluate the laxity (looseness) of canine hips which can lead to hip dysplasia. This test can be performed on dogs as young as 16 weeks of age. This is a great opportunity for future breeding dogs as well as family pets to assess the risk of developing hip osteoarthritis.
Other Services Include:
    • Emergency Services
    • Pain Management
    • Ultrasound
    • Science Diet/Royal Canin/Hi-Tek
    • Flea Bath/Treatment
    • Heartworm Tests & Preventatives
    • General Surgery
    • Blood Analysis
    • Endoscopy
    • Prescription Diets
    • Flea & Tick Control
    • Glaucoma Check
    • Laser Surgery
    • Laser Therapy
    • Anesthesia
    • Orthopedic Surgery
    • Radiology