Veterinary Technician

BJ still gets excited to go to work every morning. After all, he does work that he can feel good about and constantly gets to learn more about his passion!

BJ hails from St. Louis, Missouri. He worked with us at Ingersoll Animal Hospital in 2008-2011, and returned in 2014. For him, a typical morning may consist of performing a dental cleaning, looking at blood cells under a microscope, walking a few dogs, and checking in new boarding patients—all before lunch!

When he isn’t working or spending time with his own pets, BJ enjoys playing music, writing, reading, and camping.

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Veterinary Assistant

Ever since she can remember, Rogan has had a passion for animals and their care. With her prior kennel experience, she was the perfect fit for the Ingersoll Animal Hospital team. Rogan works as a Veterinary Assistant here at the clinic, and has dreams of becoming a veterinarian herself one day!

As a Veterinary Assistant, Rogan considers herself a talented multi-tasker and sanitation master. She strives to make sure that each and every pet that visits the clinic is made comfortable and clean. Seeing a happy, healthy pet is the ultimate reward for her!

In her time away from the clinic, Rogan enjoys traveling, visiting breweries, cooking, and collecting movies. She’s also fond of attending musicals and singing karaoke. Rogan and her boyfriend, Robert, live with three cats named Hunter Safety, Cofi, and Ezio; a tortoise named Prudence who enjoys leisurely strolls and leafy greens; and a chameleon named Citra.

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Registered Veterinary Technician

Ever since she was a little girl, Tess has had a passion for veterinary medicine. All she’s ever wanted to do was help animals live happier, healthier lives! She gets to do just that as a Registered Veterinary Technician at Ingersoll Animal Hospital.

Tess has lived in Des Moines her whole life, and grew up surrounded by her family pets. She attended Des Moines Area Community College, and graduated in 2013 with her Associate’s degree in veterinary technology. After studying hard for board exams that summer, she was thrilled to pass her tests and become a Registered Veterinary Technician in the state of Iowa.

In her time away from work, Tess enjoys spending time with friends and family, drawing, watching movies, reading comic books, and listening to music. She’s also recently taken up sewing—many of her unique ideas have turned out quite nicely! Tess lives with two pets of her own: Paisley, a playful calico cat who demands to be the center of attention, and a garter snake named Nagini. Tess also owns an elderly cat named Lucy and a beagle who goes by Butters, both of whom live back home with her parents.

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Veterinary Assistant and Patient Care Coordinator

Growing up here in Des Moines, Kelsey was constantly surrounded by horses, cows, pigs, dogs, cats, and even the occasional duck or chicken. She also participated in 4-H and the Future Farmers of America organization when she was younger, which only deepened her interest in animal care. For Kelsey, one career path stood apart quite clearly from the rest: veterinary medicine!

After shadowing veterinarians and learning more about the animal-care field as a member of 4-H and the FFA, Kelsey began working at a horse stable to work with animals hands-on. She then joined the Ingersoll Animal Hospital team as a Veterinary Assistant and Patient Care Coordinator, and enjoys assisting the Technicians and making sure all of the clinic’s patients are healthy and happy. In the future, she hopes to attend school to become a Certified Veterinary Technician!

Kelsey and her boyfriend, Johnny, live close to the clinic with their adopted terrier mix, Lucy. In her time away from work, Kelsey enjoys visiting her family and her horse in Des Moines, fishing, boating, and traveling.

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Veterinary Assistant and Kennel Attendant

Kacie grew up alongside her first puppy, Max, who quickly became her best friend in the world. This was the beginning of her lifelong passion for animals! Ever since she can remember, Kacie has wanted to improve the lives of pets in whatever way she could—now, she’s able to use her skills as a Veterinary Assistant to do just that.

Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Kacie moved with her family to Waukee, Iowa at a young age and has lived in the area ever since. She was still in high school when she started working at her first veterinary practice, and decided to further her education in the animal-care field after graduation. Kacie headed to Iowa State University, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in animal science, then signed on as a Veterinary Assistant here at Ingersoll Animal Hospital. She couldn’t be happier to continue her veterinary journey alongside the talented and compassionate clinic team!

Outside of her interests in the animal-care world, Kacie enjoys staying active in the great outdoors. She’s an avid boater, fisher, and camper, and also loves to golf.

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Veterinary Assistant

Danica grew up in a small town in northwestern Iowa, where animal care was a natural part of life. Her experiences with her own family’s pets over the years made one thing clear to her: Danica was destined for a career in the veterinary world! She’s proud to help the pets of the Des Moines area as a member of the Ingersoll Animal Hospital family.

Danica began her animal-care journey at a clinic in her hometown, then attended college to study veterinary technology. Next, she moved to this area and joined the Ingersoll Animal Hospital team as a Veterinary Assistant in October of 2016.

Outside of work, Danica enjoys sewing, reading, building puzzles, running, and spending time with her cat, Bear. Bear tends to act more like a dog than a cat—she particularly enjoys chewing table legs and drinking out of the toilet!

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Registered Veterinary Technician

When she was in the second grade, a veterinarian came to Shelby’s elementary school and gave a presentation about working in the veterinary field. She was hooked right away—she hasn’t looked back since! Shelby gets to satisfy her passion for animal care every day as a Registered Veterinary Technician.

Shelby is originally from Sully, Iowa, and first joined the team here at Ingersoll Animal Hospital in late 2016. She particularly enjoys the challenge of in-depth diagnostic work and loves to learn new things from her coworkers every day. Most of all, Shelby loves performing dental work—being able to use her hands and make an immediate difference in the health of a pet is incredibly rewarding for her!

Shelby and her husband, Andrew, have two pets of their own at home: Harlow, a very intelligent Border collie mix who even knows her right from her left; and a happy-go-lucky Bernese Mountain Dog named Bear. When she isn’t tending to pets’ needs here at the hospital or spending time with her own four-legged friends at home, Shelby loves to spend time in the great outdoors. She’s also a bit of an adrenaline junkie—she’s competed in a triathlon, gone snowmobiling in the mountains of Colorado, and completed two successful skydives!

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Patient Care Coordinator

Shannon has been fascinated with animal care ever since she was young—she recalls being asked in the second grade what her dream job would be, and her immediate response was “veterinarian!” Shannon’s passion hasn’t wavered since. Now, she’s proud and happy to help the area’s pets every day as one of Ingersoll Animal Hospital’s Patient Care Coordinators.

Shannon was born in St. Charles, Missouri but grew up in Indianola, Iowa. It was there that she began working at her hometown veterinary clinic at the age of 16, gaining her first real glimpse into the world of professional animal care. After high school, she headed to Iowa State University to obtain her Bachelor’s degree in animal science, then took on an internship in Kentucky working hands-on with thoroughbred horses.

Shannon returned to Iowa and joined the Ingersoll Animal Hospital family in January of 2015. One of her favorite parts of the job is getting to face a wide variety of challenges each and every day—no two shifts are ever quite the same! Shannon also loves getting to see the look of joy on pet owners’ faces when they have their healthy animal companions returned to them.

In her time away from the clinic, Shannon likes horseback riding and showing—she even made it to the final round in the 2014 Iowa Cowgirl Queen Contest!—as well as reading good books and spending quality time with her dogs. She shares her life with two canine companions: Kida is a German shepherd who reserves her affections exclusively for Shannon, while Nyx the Cane Corso is much more outgoing and loves to greet everyone with a snuggle.

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Veterinary Technician

Beth’s veterinary hospital experience keeps evolving over the years. Working at
Ingersoll Animal Hospital since 2005, Beth first served as a Patient Care Coordinator. After moving to veterinary technician work, Beth wanted to further broaden her veterinary medicine skills. Taking online courses, Beth has become a Certified Veterinary Assistant, Certified Laser Technician, and Dental Assistant. Beth is passionate about learning, and she’s always working to increase her knowledge of veterinary medicine. She wants to help provide the excellent care her canine and feline patients deserve!

When Beth’s away from the hospital, she enjoys her life with her husband Matt, their two children, and their lovable dog Chase. This active family is always ready for outside activities, often going for walks and visiting a nearby park. In fact, Beth can’t imagine anything better than sharing her love of the outdoors with the family that’s an important part of her life.

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Veterinary Technician

Ashley has completely immersed herself in veterinary medicine. When Ashley first came to Ingersoll Animal Hospital, she worked as a Patient Care Coordinator, greeting and educating clients. However, Ashley wanted more hands-on involvement with patients. Over the course of the past 10 years (with a brief break), Ashley has taken classes and learned valuable techniques from the hospital’s experienced veterinary technicians. Soon, Ashley will complete her training to become a Certified Veterinary Assistant and a Certified Laser Technician. Once she earns those credentials, Ashley can provide even better care to her furry patients!

A Des Moines native, Ashley lives near the hospital with her young daughter, who hasn’t decided whether she wants to be a tomboy or a fashion model. Ashley regards her daughter as her best achievement, and she spends lots of creative time with this energetic young girl. In Ashley’s spare time, she sings with a band, and she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Ashley especially likes to gather her relatives’ and friends’ children for a rambunctious get-together.

Ashley’s two cats also keep her on her toes. While Nina and Nala are both very sweet cats, that’s where the similarity ends. Nina, a domestic shorthaired tortoiseshell cat, absolutely loves to be held and stroked. On the other hand, Nala the domestic shorthaired tiger tabby doesn’t want to be picked up at all. Instead, Nala has taken over the cat perch, using it to ogle the birds and wildlife through the porch window.

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Head Veterinary and Dental Technician

Becky developed her passion for veterinary medicine during her childhood. Growing up in Knoxville, Iowa, young Becky began joining a local veterinarian on his patient appointments when she was just eight years old. Becky thoroughly enjoyed her one-on-one time with this generous veterinary professional; and by the time she was 15 years old, she had acquired valuable veterinary medicine knowledge. Even more importantly, Becky had realized that she was meant for a veterinary career!

When Becky began attending nearby Simpson College, she wanted to maintain her connection to veterinary medicine. Becky applied for a part-time job at Ingersoll Animal Hospital in 1980, and she has been a valuable part of the hospital’s care team for more than 30 years.

Throughout Becky’s time at the hospital, she has taken the initiative to improve her skills, which increases her ability to provide care for her clients’ treasured pets. Becky has become a Certified Veterinary Assistant and a Medical Laser Technician. She has also completed advanced training from the American Society of Veterinary Dental Technicians. This dedicated, animal-loving lady keeps herself updated on the latest veterinary medicine advances, and she’s always ready to adapt to new technologies to better help her furry patients.

In Becky’s free time, she’s a seasoned distance runner who has completed several marathons. Becky and Capital, her miniature schnauzer, also compete in agility trials. Little Capital believes he’s a hardy golden retriever, as this energetic little guy loves to swim and retrieve objects Becky has thrown into the water. In fact, Capital is such a fierce competitor that he’s outraced Labrador retrievers sprinting toward their field dummies. Becky also owns a second miniature schnauzer, Tempo, with whom she’s currently training to be as well-seasoned as Capital! He’s still very much a puppy and is more vocal than Becky would like, but he’s making great progress.

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Veterinary Assistant

Dani’s veterinary assistant work has helped her to develop a much clearer career path. When Des Moines-area resident Dani began working at Ingersoll Animal Hospital in 2009, she had just graduated from high school and wasn’t sure about her next step. Dani now loves caring for her boarding guests and hospital patients, and she even greets many furry friends by name. The pets love Dani, too, wagging their tails and purring when Dani comes to greet them. With a very satisfying job, and coworkers who share Dani’s commitment to excellent pet care, she plans to remain a valuable member of the hospital’s care team!

With Dani’s family within driving distance, she has plenty of opportunities to visit with her much-loved nieces and nephews. Outdoors-focused Dani also gets regular workouts with Smoky, her high-energy terrier mix who’s always ready for a brisk walk or several games of fetch.

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Office Manager

Erin loves having her finger on the pulse of the hospital. Working as Ingersoll Animal Hospital’s Office Manager, Erin handles routine tasks such as hiring, scheduling, and client relations. However, she receives the most satisfaction by giving Dr. Peterson, the hospital’s owner, more time to care for her clients’ pets. Erin knows that the hospital’s lifeblood is the excellent care veterinarians and staff provide to clients’ beloved pets. She also knows that the hospital’s care team enjoys forming lasting relationships with the animals’ pet parents. Erin is happy she can play a part in these positive experiences!

At Ingersoll Animal Hospital since 2007, Iowa native Erin joined the hospital after graduating from Iowa State University. Erin earned a Bachelor of Science in Animal Ecology, and she minored in Entomology. Her five years as a Patient Care Coordinator prepared her well for her Office Manager position, and she enjoys helping out at the front desk when needed.

Erin shares her Des Moines home with her husband Justin and their daughter. Despite Erin’s busy schedule, she always makes time for her family, and she catches a movie when one appeals to her. Drawing on her entomology background, Erin gladly identifies insects for her family and friends. Erin’s young daughter seems to be following in her mother’s footsteps, as she enjoys outdoor activities such as fishing and picking up worms.

This feline-friendly family hosts two pampered cats who have become adept at upsetting the household routine. Both cats love to sleep in inconvenient places, although they appear to get plenty of daytime rest. During the middle of the night, Bella and Obi often cause a noisy commotion, each likely blaming their partner in crime for waking up the family.

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Patient Care Coordinator

Randi’s lifetime passion for animals, and experience working with racetrack horses, has provided a strong foundation for her veterinary hospital work. By previously earning her Dental Assistant certificate, Randi gained basic medical knowledge that she uses in her Patient Care Coordinator position. When her clients and their beloved pets arrive for their appointments, Randi greets them with a friendly smile and a calm, efficient manner. She wants them to have a smooth, positive hospital experience; and just in case, Randi’s ready with her supply of dog treats!

Living outside Des Moines with her fiance Jason, Randi has quite a collection of dogs, cats, and horses. Randi thrives on being outdoors, and she takes every opportunity to ride her horses and bond with her dog. She also shares camping, fishing, hunting, four-wheeling, and road trips with Jason. Randi’s generally an early bird, getting up before sunrise, working hard on the farm and at the hospital, and turning out the lights well after the sun goes down.

Randi’s three horses have an insatiable appetite, as they eat all day and then escape from their pasture to gorge themselves on the other side of the fence. So far, Solomon, Tornado, and Lexy haven’t suffered any ill effects from their food fests. Randi’s dog Kilo loves playing with the horses, and she’ll hitch a ride on any moving vehicle, hopping into the truck or jumping on the four-wheeler. Finally, Randi’s two cats have found a way to entertain themselves inside the house. Kazz has learned how to completely unroll the toilet paper, and Trix has developed the fine art of sleeping all day.

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Patient Care Coordinator

Sarah grew up in Cedar Rapids with her parents, an older brother, and the ever-present family cats. She was constantly looking for opportunities to work with animals—Sarah would take care of her neighbors’ pets frequently, and even volunteered at her local animal shelter while growing up. She’s adored our four-legged friends ever since she was a little girl! Sarah is thrilled to begin her journey in professional veterinary medicine right here at Ingersoll Animal Hospital.

Sarah was hired on as a Patient Care Coordinator in January of 2017 and is excited to continue caring for the area’s loving pet owners. She especially likes providing the necessary information to clients in order to help keep pets happy and healthy—getting to provide quality customer service to the clinic’s four- and two-legged visitors is a dream come true!

In her spare time, Sarah loves hiking, biking, swimming, camping, skiing, and snowboarding. She’s also an avid crafter and enjoys sewing, knitting, crocheting, beading, painting, and drawing. In addition, Sarah teaches music part-time at a local high school, and even holds a degree in music education from Iowa State University!

At home in Des Moines, Sarah shares her life with her two beloved cats: Hilton is a big orange tabby named after the Hilton Coliseum at Iowa State, and Bagheera the black kitten was recently brought home from Sarah’s boyfriend’s farm.

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Registered Veterinary Technician

Mary’s recent switch to veterinary medicine work has given her the best of both worlds. After spending a long career in the human health field, Mary took a job in a local boarding and training center. After experiencing the benefits of animal-focused work, Mary saw that a veterinary medicine career could draw on her health-related background. Even better, Mary realized that working in a veterinary hospital would allow her to help both people and animals. Once Mary made this important connection, she made her career change, and she couldn’t be happier!

Once Mary made her career decision, she put the wheels in motion to implement her plan. Mary recently graduated from the Veterinary Technician Program at Des Moines Area Community College, and she is now a Registered Veterinary Technician. With proven knowledge of veterinary medicine work, Mary focuses on helping the veterinarians provide excellent care to clients’ treasured pets. Mary also enjoys educating clients, providing them with resources and advice they can use to take care of their special family members. Mary values long-term relationships, and she looks forward to working with the hospital’s clients for many years.

Originally from central Iowa, Mary and her husband Pat have loved life on their nearby acreage for the past 24 years. Mary has a passion for stained glass, and always visualizes her next project while putting the finishing touches on her current creation. While Pat is retired, he stays busy maintaining the land and equipment, and he also pitches in his longtime fast-pitch softball league. Together, Mary and Pat go canoeing and kayaking, and they keep in touch with their three adult children. Although it’s a challenge, Mary and Pat also keep track of their four busy grandchildren’s activities.

Mary’s roomy acreage gives her five German shepherd dogs plenty of room to roam. With their intelligence and ability to quickly learn new tasks, Mary’s dogs excel at obedience and agility activities. Next, Mary wants to develop the dogs’ problem-solving skills by introducing them to tracking work.

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Registered Veterinary Technician/Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant

Megan used to work as a zookeeper, and it was during her involvement in zoo-animal medical procedures that she fell in love with the veterinary profession. For her, working to prevent illness and pain in the first place—ultimately making the lives of the area’s pets as healthy and happy as possible—is a dream come true! She’s a Registered Veterinary Technician here at Ingersoll Animal Hospital.

Megan is a native of Des Moines and moved to Wichita, Kansas to complete her Bachelor’s degree in zoo science in 2006. She then moved back to Iowa to begin her zookeeper career. In 2010, Megan decided to go back to school to study veterinary technology—starting here at Ingersoll Animal Hospital that very same year—and graduated as a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2012. She’s also studied canine rehabilitation extensively, and became certified as a Canine Rehabilitation Assistant in 2016. Megan is particularly proud of her involvement with the Pawsitive Strides Rehabilitation team, in which she gets to utilize her skillset to help the area’s canine companions bounce back from injuries and manage chronic pain.

Megan and her husband Alan, a landscape architect with a penchant for restoring old cars, have a wonderful young son named Hudson who loves to visit his mother at work. The family has several pets: Seven, an aging black Labrador retriever; a laid-back cat named Healey; a cat named Cuddy Buddy who spends the majority of his time in the garage; and a former “clinic cat” of Ingersoll Animal Hospital, Luther, who now enjoys a comfortable life relaxing in sun-soaked windowsills.

When time allows between work and family life, Megan enjoys gardening and has recently restored her home’s acreage back to native Iowa prairie. She’s also fond of practicing Reiki, a form of energy healing, alongside her family’s four-legged friends.

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