Dr. Bruce Ennen - DVM
After attending Iowa Central C.C. and the College of Pharmacy at Iowa, I graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. My veterinary practice experience has taken me through Muscatine, Davenport and then to Edgewood. I am in my 21st year of practice and still enjoy serving our clients.
I have been an IHSAA wrestling official for 40 years and still work the state finals. It’s a great way to serve kids and stay young at heart. My other passion is airplanes, and has been since my first helicopter ride at 5 years of age. My most memorable flight was with the “Blue Angels” in 2011. I also like to fish and landscape.
Dr. Leigh Ennen - DVM
Bruce and I went back to college to become veterinarians after we were married and had grade school age kids. We both graduated from Iowa State University two years apart, and have spent our careers working together in hospitals we have owned. We purchased Edgewood Animal Hospital in 2008.
I have always cared about the welfare of animals, even when young. One of my most poignant childhood memories was when I was seven years old, and our beloved family Labrador became acutely ill. I held her in my arms over the next few hours, and helplessly watched her condition deteriorate to the point of seizing. I felt so powerless to ease her agony. We called the vet to our home, and when he was not able to control the seizures, he put her to sleep. She was one of five labs poisoned in our neighborhood that weekend. Since that event, I have been inspired to have the knowledge to alleviate animal suffering and promote their good health.
I enjoy horses and riding, and am an avid bird watcher.*Photo Courtesy of Gordon Photography gordonphotography.biz*
Dr. Justina Conrad - DVM
Even as a child I have wanted to relieve suffering and offer comfort when I saw an animal in need. I would spend hours at my grandparents farm caring for injured or sick kittens and lambs. Now not only do I want to relieve suffering through helping clients treat illnesses and injuries in their pets, but I want to increase the overall health and longevity of their pets. I feel that the most important way to do this is through preventative care and education. Our pets are an important part of our lives and they deserve the best that we can give them.
Dr. Sue Delaney - DVM
Every day of my life, I have come home to a warm greeting from my pets. It’s the happy wagging tails of the dogs or the “welcome home” body slam of the cats. It has never mattered to them if I had the best day or the worst day. They don’t care if I got a bad haircut or I gained back the 5 pounds I had lost. I don’t have to be anything but myself with them. They don’t want anything from me except my love and attention. And a saucer of milk. They have good days and bad days, too, but they don’t complain about those, they just keep doing what they do and making me laugh every day. I think the world would be a much better place if we humans learned to act like our pets do. They make my life so much better, I just hope sometimes I am able to return that favor.
Dr. Jonelle Hankner - DVM
Long story short, over the past couple of years I have lost my three best friends, Ellie Mae, Bailey Jo and Gerti Lu. My girls taught me more about life, love and veterinary medicine than any text book or two-legged being ever could have. I would like to believe my life experiences have made me a more empathetic veterinarian. Helping me to make better decisions for my clients and their pets.
Dr. Sarah Hickey - DVM, cVMA, CVCP
My passion for animals started with riding horses when I was 7. As with most veterinarians, I knew at a very young age that my purpose in life was to help animals. Years later I had the opportunity to study abroad in Central America. The areas in which I stayed were developing and riddled with economic hardship leaving it overpopulated, underdeveloped and riddled with trash, skinny livestock and stray street dogs and cats. Though my experiences in Central America left a deep impression on me I told myself it’s heartbreaking but there’s nothing I can do. While attending Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine I remembered my experiences in Central America and became an ambassador for a non-profit organization and was later able to travel back to developing countries in Central and South America providing veterinary care and relief. My experiences in other countries have been heartbreaking yet overwhelmingly rewarding. Whether I’m in the Amazon Rainforest practicing exotic animal medicine or back home in the States performing acupuncture on a family pet, I truly appreciate the human animal bond and work diligently to strengthen and protect it.
Dr. Lindsey Leo - DVM
My childhood pets were all very important to me, but a sweet, loving Golden Retriever named Chelsea will forever hold a special place in my heart. It was the bond I felt with her, a bond between a girl and her dog that was the ultimate push in my decision to become a veterinarian. She came into my family as a puppy when I was just starting elementary school. She grew and matured as I did, strengthening our relationship and making her more of a sibling than a pet. But after 14 years of cold nose nudges, happy tail wags and gentle, reassuring hugs, Chelsea became seriously ill. As I watched her suffer and eventually succumb to her terminal disease, a feeling of helplessness and a desire to understand her illness swept over me. I longed to be able to help her in some way, even if that just meant being able to recognize and ease her pain. I knew then that I would dedicate my life to helping animals and practicing veterinary medicine. Whether I am treating a sick kitty or educating an owner on the best wellness care for their dog, it is a rewarding feeling to be a voice and an advocate for our loyal furry companions. *Photo Courtesy of Gordon Photography gordonphotography.biz*
Dr. Erin Meaney - DVM
Albert Schweitzer said it best: “There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.”
As a young child growing up on the farm, I spent many an hour taking refuge in the barn with the assorted cats that lived there. Being an introverted and somewhat asocial person, I have always felt more comfortable around animals. They seem to put up with my crazy thoughts and ideas without being judgmental, making them the best kind of friends. As a veterinarian, I enjoy seeing how the pet fits into the family unit. The bond between human and animal is one of the most special relationships in my eyes.
Music also has been very important to me. I come from a large musical family. I started playing piano at the age of 5, and the French horn at the age of 10. Although I decided to become a veterinarian at an early age, I also had aspirations to become a rock French hornist. Unfortunately there has never been much call for that in the music industry, so I will be content with playing in concert bands on the side.
Dr. Karen Taylor - DVM
Dr. Karen Taylor grew up on a Kansas farm and graduated from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 1976. She was fortunate to be admitted to the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State in 1976 where she received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1980. She moved to Iowa in 1980 and worked for a mixed animal clinic (farm animals and pets) for five years. In 1985 she joined the Edgewood Animal Hospital staff.
Karen has had many furry children through the years. Currently she and her husband have one house cat, five farm cats, and five horses. She truly enjoys being a veterinarian. The wonderful variety of people and their pets, the challenges of solving difficult cases, the thankfulness that clients express when you help their pet – all of this and more make each day an exciting adventure.
Dr. Sarah Young - DVM
I grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. Upon graduation, my husband and I moved to Anchorage, Alaska and then eventually to Onalaska, Wisconsin where we have lived for the last seven years. In that time, we had two smart and witty children and currently own an almost irritatingly gleeful American Eskimo dog and two mischievous cats. I am grateful to have the opportunity for our family to be back in Cedar Rapids where a large portion of our extended family lives.
Pets fill our lives and hearts in places that we didn’t know were empty. Their quiet understanding, their goofy antics, their ridiculous habits, the way they vomit only on the carpet and often when you are running late, the way they are happy to see you after a hard day, and the millions of ways they make us feel whole. I can’t imagine working in a different field. If you look back at my elementary school scrapbooks starting around first or second grade what I wanted to be when I grew up changed from “teacher” to “veterinarian” and I aimed for that the rest of my life. Growing up we actually brought our family dog to Edgewood Animal Hospital and I would take all of the free brochures so that I could play veterinarian at home with my stuffed animals. It is surreal that my life has come full circle and now I am a member of the Edgewood Animal team.