Ross Dirks – Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
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.
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.
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.