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Dr. Steven Michael
Dr. Steven Michael graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. He started working at the Council Bluffs Veterinary Clinic in 2001. Surgery is his main veterinary interest. Dr. Michael is a member of both the IVMA and the AVMA. Originally from the Logan Magnolia area, he now resides in Council Bluffs with his wife Nancy, and their children Colin and Grace. He has two Labrador Retrievers, Lily & Tug. His past times include: hunting, fishing, hiking, running, and a number of other outdoor activities.
Dr. Aaron Sitzmann
Dr. Aaron Sitzmann graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in May of 2006 and started working at our clinic that same year. He has treated dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, ferrets, rats, mice, hamsters, guinea pigs, sugar gliders, hedgehogs, chinchillas, snakes, lizards, turtles, tortoises, and wildlife. He will work with most exotic animals and wildlife, except for primates and venomous animals. He has an interest in small animal internal medicine and dermatology. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association (IVMA). He is a past member of the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV). He lives in Council Bluffs with his two children, Dalton and Elayne Jade, his cat (Frozen), a Russian tortoise (Natalya), and a rabbit (Pickle Bunny), and their newest addition, a puppy named Lalli. His pastimes include: attending church, volunteering as an assistant teacher for his children’s Religious Education program, volunteering as a Boy Scout Leader since 2008, camping, reading, and bicycling.
Dr. Sara Pettis
Dr. Sara Pettis graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. She performed relief work at an emergency veterinary clinic in Des Moines, IA before joining the staff of the Council Bluffs Veterinary Clinic. Originally from Bellevue, NE, Sara and her husband, Josh now reside in Papillion with their sons Joshua Jr. and Joseph, as well as three Mississippi map turtles (Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael). She enjoys reading, running, traveling, and Husker Football.
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Two years ago, our household grew to include an adorable, good-natured puppy. With the personality and coloring of the gentle-giant Bernese Mountain dog, the swooping, curved tail of a Husky, and the short glossy fur of a Labrador, this little guy grew to be a huge (literally) part of our family.
We relocated to Council Bluffs in the spring of 2013, our young children and their only pet in tow. Knowing no one, having no connections, we asked our realtor for a veterinary recommendation. She raved about the folks at the Council Bluffs Veterinary Clinic. This knowledge we tucked away, assuming we'd only need a new vet for required annual vaccinations. How thankful we are now, after the month we've just experienced that it was this particular clinic our realtor recommended to us!
In early October, our young, healthy dog tore into a stuffed squeaky toy. We quickly gathered the fluff and disposed of it. However, the squeaky part didn't even cross our minds. When our dog stopped eating, started vomiting, and lost his gusto, we knew something was wrong. The tiny squeaker lodged in his digestive system and he quickly became seriously ill.
Three surgeries later, more than a week of IV fluids and medications, constant care, enthusiastically cheering him on - a dog they'd never treated before - the staff at the Council Bluffs Veterinary Clinic saved our dog's life. Without a doubt, they saved his life.
When I think of this welcome we received into our new community, I am blown away by the devotion of Dr. Hobbs and Dr. Michael. The vet techs, the reception staff, the ladies who watched over our dog as he slept on the floor (because he was too big for the recovery kennel) on a pile of blankets while medicine dripped into his recovering body - they showed such incredible kindness, that it's effects are impossible to express adequately. Yet, they deserve to be acknowledged. In their quiet way, they gave us part of our family back, and we will be forever thankful.
Please, if you have a pet, heed the warnings to watch them tirelessly when they have a toy that can be torn to bits. Or better yet, skip the stuffed squeakers and keep your furry friend safe and healthy. The fact our dog survived this ordeal is nothing short of a miracle - the veterinarians say so themselves. Thank you Council Bluffs for supporting the work of these remarkable people who poured their all into bringing our family together again.
The Newton Family -
Council Bluffs, IA
We are open Monday thru Friday from 8:00AM until 6:00PM. Saturdays we are here from 8:00AM until 1:00PM. We ask that you try to be here at least 30 minutes prior to close so our staff has ample time to spend with you and your pet.
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