Donna Rizzo, DVM
Cell: (515) 231-4707 (No emergencies please!)
I am going to tell you a little about myself. My name is Donna Rizzo. I own the clinic. I graduated from ISU in 1989, and started as the owning Vet here two weeks later. I love all the kids here, and most of them love me, or at least know I'm here for them. If you have been here, you can ask me anything about your pets, and I will answer. Sometimes people are sorry they asked, but I will not lie.
I worked at the clinic for 6 years throughout school prior to being a doctor. Any of you that recall Dr. Jensen know that I learned a tremendous amount of what I do from him. Some days I feel school was secondary to that education!
I am the current owner of three dogs. A Jack Russell Terrier named Pica, Hobo who spends most of his time sleeping in the office and a new girl from rescue named Daphne. I lost my Bella in the fall. MAN do I miss her... I also do golden retriever rescue. And they have filled up my house. Mr Hobo fell in love with me, and vice versa. Little Daphne has an awful illness called cushings, and I am not comfortable adopting her out, so she is mine. I have one cat that lives at the clinic named Chase. I live on an acreage in Huxley, just south of the clinic. My dogs visit the clinic daily sometimes they seem to wish they could live here. They live with me at my house. I only practice small animal medicine. I have also studied chiropractic care of animals. I only do this on small animals.
As a veterinarian, we're in a profession in which we are always learning. That is honestly why I love it and can never see myself not doing it. Even my car accident couldn't keep me away for very long.
Breanna has been here a while. She has a Labrador Retriever named Remington. Remington loves coming to work, so come say HI to her. We really enjoy having Bre around. Do not be surprised if she is really chatting to you about what is going on. Animals really have a special place in her heart and you will see that during your appointment time. I really enjoy working with Bre. She has gone back to school,so we do have to do without her more.
Trudy is our Office Manager and very crucial person for me. I depend on her a lot. She has two dogs at home Koda and her sons new puppy Apollo, and two cats named Mia, and Zoey as well as human children. She really understands the pet thing, and will take great care of you and your creatures. She is also a super outdoor helper, so you may see her helping in the outdoor world at the clinic.Trudy really understands the animals and they clearly have a special place in her heart. Trudy is fortunately here every week day. You will see how badly I need her when you are here.
Joyce has been here almost as long as me. And yes, she is my mother. However, at work I call her Joyce. She is not as educated as the other staff, but she will certainly take care of you. Sadie is her creature.
Yvonne just started working with us, she is on the quiet side, but knows how to take care of your kids. Come in and meet her. She is very friendly, can not have any of her own creatures yet, so do not be worried if she throws herself into yours.
Kelley is a recent hire also. She does have two creatures, Oliver and Danny. They are both dogs, they are mildly cute. Kelley is hoping to become a veterinarian, but she plans on working more with larger animals like she has back home.
You may see several new faces now and then, because we are a very active observer place. Hopefully we teach them well, and do not show them too many bad habits. If you see someone you want to meet, just ask we would love to introduce them!