Kenzie grew up outside of Hawkeye with her parents, two older brothers, and plenty of animals. Along with the family dog and a pair of feline companions, the family had cattle and an assortment of farm cats—it wasn’t hard for Kenzie to develop a passion for pet care early on in life! She knew that a career in the world of veterinary care would suit her perfectly.
Kenzie first started job-shadowing at a local veterinary clinic as a teenager, which she would do for two summers straight. It only confirmed what she already suspected: that animal medicine was the perfect path for her. After high school, she attended the Large Animal Vet Tech Program at Northeast Iowa Community College to earn her credentials as a Technician. One of her professors had a job opening at the clinic they owned, and that’s how Kenzie joined the team here at Critters & Such Pet Care! She’s been a member of the hospital family since the spring of 2017 and couldn’t be happier to continue tending to the animal companions of the area.
Most of Kenzie’s free time away from work is spent with her family. She and her husband have two wonderful children and also share their home with several pets. The family has a dog—Kenzie trained her pup from the time it was only 8 weeks old!—as well as a pair of cats and a loveable chinchilla.
Stephanie grew up in Cresco with her parents, three siblings, and the family pets. She was active in the Future Farmers of America organization throughout high school, which only deepened her passion for pet care. Stephanie knew that working hands-on with animals every day would make her happy—that’s why she decided to become a veterinary professional. She’s proud to be a part of the Veterinary Technician team here at Critters & Such Pet Care!
Steph attended the Veterinary Technology program at Northeast Iowa Community College, where Dr. Merill was one of her instructors. She graduated in 2014, and worked a few odd jobs and became a stay-at-home mother after her daughter was born. In 2018, the opportunity arose for Steph to join forces with Dr. Merill once again here at Critters & Such Pet Care—she jumped at the chance! The rest is history, and Steph has been helping to care for the pets and animal parents of this area ever since.
Away from the office, Steph likes reading, crocheting, and keeping her young daughter entertained. She lives in Protivin with her husband, Stuart, and their daughter Evie, as well as several animal companions. The family shares their lives with a Husky mix, Aurora, who seems to find a new way to be naughty every day. Steph also has a Florida king snake, Julius Squeezer, as well as a foster cat named Crookshanks who is staying with the family while his mother serves in the United States Army.
Alicia has been surrounded by animals ever since her earliest days. Her father trained horses, and she also spent time with cows, dogs, cats, rabbits, goats, sheep, and more. Alicia always knew that she wanted to do her part to better the lives of all the animals she possibly could. Now, she gets to do just that as a Veterinary Assistant with the Critters & Such Pet Care team!
A native of northeastern Iowa, Alicia attended Kirkwood Community College to study barn management and horse training. She moved to Montana in 2007, where she trained horses, before moving back to her home state in 2008 to advance her experience in equine training even further.
Alicia joined the Critters & Such Pet Care family in October of 2013 to explore the small-animal side of veterinary care, and she’s been here ever since. Medically, she’s fond of emergency work because of the way it keeps her on her toes, and she also likes surgeries, including spay-and-neuter procedures. Above all, Alicia enjoys meeting pet owners during standard appointments and getting to know them and their animal companions on a personal level.
When she’s not at work, Alicia enjoys trail riding with her horses, showing her dogs in rally and obedience competitions, and spending quality time with her family and friends. She and her boyfriend, John, have three American Pit Bull terriers—Lola, Cyrus, and Squatty Body—as well as a pair of horses named Fancy and Walker.
Karrie became a pet groomer for one simple reason: she’s always had a love for dogs and wanted to do everything in her power to help them look and feel their very best. She’s proud to do just that as a member of Critters and Such Pet Care’s team!
Karrie joined the hospital family in July of 2020 and couldn’t be happier to serve the pets and animal parents of the area. Her favorite part of her job is looking at the before-and-after comparisons—it’s always rewarding to see the positive results of her handiwork! Karrie also loves to meet pet owners and their animal companions on a daily basis.
Karrie and her husband have three grown sons and also share their home with many animal friends: 10 dogs, three rescued horses, and a small “zoo” of other pets as well.