Meet The Staff of Animal Care Hospital
David Graeff, DVM
Originally from the small town of Osborn, Missouri, Dr. Graeff studied biochemistry and animal nutrition at the University of Missouri—Columbia before receiving his DVM there in 1983. He moved to Iowa shortly after graduation and has practiced in Cedar Rapids for more than 25 years. Dr. Graeff says that he enjoys the challenge of diagnosing difficult cases, but his greatest reward is seeing animals respond to treatment and knowing that he’ll be reuniting healthy pets with happy owners.
Dr. Graeff loves cats—he used to have five. He now answers only to one, a new kitty that purrs loudly and looks forward to playing with his tie when he comes home after work.
Laura Bloomfield, DVM
Originally from South English, Iowa, Dr. Bloomfield grew up surrounded by animals on a farm in northeastern Missouri. Like Dr. Graeff, she too attended the University of Missouri—Columbia and studied biochemistry and rural sociology before going on to receive her DVM in 1998. She has been an associate veterinarian at Animal Care Hospital since 2002 and has two cats, Rascal and Callie, that keep her entertained. Dr. Bloomfield—or Dr. B as the staff calls her—says she enjoys the fact that every day presents new challenges, but perhaps the most satisfying aspect of her work is being able to help pets recover and continue to live happy, active lives.
Bailey, Office Manager
Bailey was raised on a farm near Webster City and has been surrounded by an assortment of farm animals most of her life. She’s particularly fond of horses. These days, however, she has just one pet—a chocolate Lab named Echo. Bailey has been with Animal Care Hospital since 2008 and has her hands full running the front office. Still, Bailey claims that one of the best things about working behind the desk is getting to know clients and discovering the personalities of their pets.
Annette, Lead Receptionist
Our lead receptionist, Annette, is a horse lover. Originally from Anamosa, she lives on a farm near Central City with her family, an assortment of farm animals, and two dogs (Sasha and Zeta), and spends much of her free time showing horses with her daughters. Annette has been with Animal Care Hospital since 2000 and is a familiar face to many of our clients. She really enjoys working with her colleagues and looks forward to seeing the wide variety of animals that come in. If you have questions about appointments, pet records, or our services, Annette probably has the answers!
Brynn has been with Animal Care Hospital since 2011 and is one of the most smiling faces behind the front desk, Brynn lives in Cedar Rapids where she’s always been surrounded by small animals. She currently has three cats—Jasmine, Leo, and Kirsten—that vie for her attention. She says working in reception lets her enjoy all the pets that come to visit. In her free time, Brynn volunteers with Witty Kitties and the Iowa Humane Alliance.
Jill joined Animal Care Hospital as a receptionist just this year. Originally from Waterloo, she lives in Marion with her husband, three sons, and two kitties, Jim and Frankie. Jill had several pets growing up including a deaf cat named Tammy Sue. Tammy Sue lived to be 20 years old. Jill loves to see all the different animals that come into the hospital.
Chris, Head Technician
Chris has been caring for pets at Animal Care Hospital since 1996. He says he takes great satisfaction in being able to help sick pets recover and always looks forward to visiting with them when they come in for checkups.
When he’s not at the hospital, Chris enjoys spending time on his farm with his family, including their cat, Skittle, and dog, Samwich.
Lori, Veterinary Technician
Lori has been a veterinarian technician at Animal Care Hospital since 1991. A lifelong resident of Cedar Rapids, her parents said she brought home her first stray cat when she was just three years old. Since then, Lori has rescued 14 cats and continues to work to reduce the stray population in her neighborhood. She says the best thing about her job is the feeling of closeness she develops with clients and their pets. Lori has five cats of different ages, G.G. Wilikers, Totter, Sarah, Shu-Shu, and Binkz, and has pretty much seen it all when it comes to fickle felines!
Brenda, Veterinary Technician
Brenda has worked as a veterinary technician at Animal Care Hospital since 2005. Like many of her co-workers, she grew up on a farm surrounded by animals and always had dogs and cats. According to Brenda, there’s never a dull moment at our clinic, but that may be because one of her duties is caring for a couple of cats that are our permanent residents, including one who requires special attention several times daily, "talks" a lot, and loves to ride around on her shoulders.
Her kitty care continues at home, where she and her husband are frequently in the company of cats Whisper and Chewbacca, who think they are the couple’s personal assistants!
Our certified groomer, Amanda, is from Monticello. She says she’s always had cats and dogs, and these days has five—Moses, Pearl, Patches, Tilly, and Little Boy. Amanda joined Animal Care Hospital in 2009, but already has a steady stream of pet clients to pamper. She says she gets a great deal of satisfaction not only from making dogs and cats look better, but also helping them to feel better, too.
“The staff at Animal Care Hospital is always courteous and caring. I’ve visited other animal hospitals that are dirty, or the staff is rude, uncaring, and not well-trained. The Animal Care Hospital is top-notch, and they treat their clients as if each one is their only customer. Their attitude demonstrates that they really love animals.”
“I am extremely pleased with ACH—I just moved to the area and they were extremely helpful, professional, and courteous.”
“I’m very lucky to have Dr. Graeff as my veterinarian, and I am very impressed with his services and staff. It’s a clean, professional environment.”
“The doctors and staff are always willing to answer your questions and make sure you are pleased with their service.”
“I have always had great experiences at Animal Care Hospital, and my dog loves visiting.”
“I have used this facility for over 25 years and my pets have always received the best treatment from very knowledgeable doctors and staff. I could spend less elsewhere, but I know these people and they know animals.”
“Dr. Graeff does a wonderful job! Every assistant there has been wonderful—always talks to my pets and calls them by name.”
“Dr. Bloomfield is excellent and the technicians who assisted were friendly and loving toward my dog. I was very pleased when they remembered that I have two dogs even though I only brought in one—that demonstrated that they care.”
“Compared to my previous veterinarian’s office, this staff is 100% more helpful and friendly... the receptionists and technicians made an excellent first impression, and they have shown a lot of compassion toward my dogs. I’m glad circumstances led me to this veterinary office; I feel my dogs are receiving excellent care.”
“From the moment I walk in the doors with any of my pets, til I walk out, I can say nothing but the best about all of the staff here. They are all incredible and I openly ’brag’ on them quite often!”
“I’m very happy with my Dr. Bloomfield. She treats us like friends and helps us feel better about any problems we have with our dog.”
“Dr. Graeff took time to answer all of my questions and explained his answers to my full understanding.”
“Dr. Bloomfield, the vet techs, and the office staff are well informed, courteous, and compassionate professionals. When one of my dogs developed a serious and ultimately terminal heart condition, Dr. B. worked closely with the veterinarians at our state’s teaching hospital to coordinate top-level care. She readily admitted she hadn’t treated a dog with his condition before, and I appreciated Dr. Bloomfield’s honesty and willingness to work with me to get the best care for my pet. I will be forever grateful to the staff for the way they treated my dog. I strongly recommend Animal Care Hospital.”