Ross Dirks – Doctor of Veterinary Medicine/ Owner
My interest in animals started very young. From my earliest memories I have been fascinated with animals. As a youngster I was fortunate to live in the country on a small farm and had supportive parents. I raised chickens, sheep, ducks and rabbits as 4-H projects. I made “pets” from all sorts of wild critters; snakes, turtles, squirrels, baby birds, and many others. Many of these were borrowed from the wild for a short time and released. I got my first hunting dog at age 14, a german shorthair mix, and began my love of bird hunting over pointing dogs. I headed to Iowa State University in 1980 and in 1984 received a Bachelors Degree in Animal Science and at the same time was accepted into the Veterinary program. My interest in falconry began while attending ISU and fastly developed into a lifelong passion. I also met my other love, the woman who was to become my wife, Terry. In veterinary school I expanded my interest in exotic animals and spent time at three zoos. I took a year off in 1986 to work on a study involving birds of prey in the RioGrande valley of Texas. On graduation, I had a family (son-Michael) and we moved to Oregon where I worked in a large small animal practice. One year later we moved back to Iowa where I worked in a predominately large animal practice in La Porte City for one and a half years. From there we moved to Davenport where I practiced at a very nice small animal clinic. While there I worked for two small zoos and several private bird collectors. I became involved in raising parrot type birds and doves. My interest expanded to reptiles and I was able to breed a number of snakes and lizards. I was also very involved in falconry and hunting dogs. Eventually having all that to take care of became overwhelming and I eventually sold out of my aviary birds. In 1999 the opportunity to purchase a practice in northwest Iowa came up. Wanting to move my family from the urban problems in Davenport and lured by the excellent falconry up here we purchased the practice in March 1999. I enjoy the lakes area and have become active in the community and church activities. I continue to pursue my passion of falconry and keep a small menagerie of animals at our acreage outside of Milford.
Terry Dirks – Practice Manager
While we were living in the Quad Cities I went back to school and received a BA in Elementary Education. I taught in the Davenport School District for 3 years before moving to the Iowa Great Lakes region in 1999. I enjoy working at the clinic doing the bookkeeping and inventory management. In the summer months I enjoy riding motocycles with my husband and during the winter months I stay busy with many crafts. I am an Iowa Navy Commodore and enjoy greeting the many new businesses that come to the area.
Jodi Lindsey – Patient Services Coordinator
I grew up on a farm in rural southern Minnesota. I have always loved animals. I graduated from Butterfield-Odin High School and then attended the Medical Institute of Minnesota in Minneapolis where I received my Veterinary Technician degree. I moved to Spirit Lake to do my internship and was hired at that time. I have been employed at the clinic for over 35 years. I still reside in Spirit Lake and have a dog named Lily.
Alison Fay McClintic – Registered Veterinary Technician
After working at Iowa Lakes Community College for several years, I returned to school to pursue a career in veterinary technology. In 2005 I graduated from Des Moines Area Community College's Technology program and obtained state certification later that year. While living in Des Moines I worked at a small animal clinic for 2 years. My husband and I returned to northwest Iowa in 2006 and I started working at DCAC. Animals have always been a presence in my life. I currently have 1 cat, and a basset-lab mix.
Marie Jensen – Veterinary Technician
I grew up in Emmetsburg where I was involved in 4-H. I showed, raised, and bred rabbits for several years and in the later years showed my horse. After graduating from high school, I attended Iowa Lakes Community College and in 2014 graduated with my Veterinary Technician degree. Upon completing my internship, I found I had a love for both large and small animals. I started working at DCAC in April of 2015. I love working with the exotic animals that come into the clinic. I currently own a rabbit, horse and a dog.
Amanda Shirbroun – Registered Veterinary Technician
I am the most recent addition to the DCAC team! After deciding to make a career change I returned to school and graduated from Des Moines Area Community College in 2015. Upon taking state and national testing I became a Registered Veterinary Technician and worked in Des Moines at a small animal clinic and at an emergency clinic. I enjoy the wide variety of cases in daily practice and the reward of tails wagging from our patients. My husband, David, a large animal veterinarian, and I recently moved to the Spencer area with our house of critters. We have 2 cats, Swae and Holden, sugar gliders, Ceasar and Tax, plus Carl our Beta fish. My most colorful pet is Tang, my orange baboon tarantula. When we are not working, DIY projecting on our house, or playing with the fur babies, David and I love spending time outdoors, especially in Colorado.
Lisa Rider – Kennel
I was born in Fort Dodge and spent my early childhood there until moving to Estherville. I still live there with my family and we have a chihuahua, a great pyrenese and a cockatoo. I started working at DCAC in June 2014 as a Kennel Attendant. I love working with the animals every day and especially love the occasional opportunity to the exotics that come into the clinic.
Jann Gregory – Kennel
I have worked in banking and spent 15 years in the Army National Guard, but I have received the most satisfaction out of caring for the animals in this clinic and my association with animal rescues. I live in Lake Park, IA along with my 3 dogs and 4 cats. I have lived most of my life on the east coast, however, after moving here at the beginning of 2014, I truly believe that this has been the best move I have ever made and plan to stay for a long time.
Amy Gauthier – Certified Groomer
Amy graduated in 2000 from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Fisheries and Wildlife. She later began working professionally with pets in 2002 as a kennel assistant at a Humane Society shelter. In 2004 she earned training certificates as a veterinary assistant while working in an emergency veterinary hospital in Ft. Wayne Indiana. Later in 2004 Amy and her husband re-located to Sioux Valley Minnesota and she was hired as the Kennel Manager here at Dickinson County Animal Clinic. After one year, Amy accepted a position at Merck Animal health in Worthington, MN as a laboratory technician working with large and small animal vaccines and remained there for 7 ½ years. In March of 2012, Amy decided to change careers and enrolled in the JKL Grooming Academy. In May of 2013 she graduated with highest honors as a professional dog and cat groomer. Amy’s grooming experience includes having groomed over 40 dog breeds, and many mixed dog breeds, dogs sized from Chihuahuas to St. Bernards, and also cat grooming. Amy has 4 dogs and 2 cats of her own. She is an accomplished dog handler and trainer, and enjoys training her own Irish Setters for hunt tests and field trials in her spare time.
Becca Reeves – Grooming Assistant
I grew up in Harlan, IA and move to the lakes area 5 years ago. I've always had a passion for working with animals. I have volunteered at Forever Friends Rescue in Harlan for 3 years and worked/volunteered for the Humane Society for 5 years. I started working at DCAC in August 2015 doing kennel work and now I am a bather/groomer assistant and am currently training to be a groomer. My pets are Aiden, a Turkish Van, Stormie, a DLH Torbie, and Ebony, a labraheeler.
Angela, the clinic cat, hard at work.