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Meet our Doctors and Staff
Dr. Chad Smith, DVM - since 2002 - I grew up on an acreage and spent countless time with our menagerie of pets. I remember telling my parents that I was going to be a veterinarian ever since I was eight years old. I graduated with my Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Iowa State University in 1996 and received my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. Prior to working at Taylor Veterinary Hospital, I was a general practitioner at Ottumwa Veterinary Clinic in Ottumwa, Iowa.
As a veterinarian, I enjoy the variety I see every day; from a physical exam on a healthy kitten, to providing pain management for a dog with a terminal disease, to restoring a sick guinea pig's health, and everything in-between. One of my favorite moments in practice is seeing the expression on an owner's face when they know their sick pet is well again. I also have a special interest in behavioral medicine/therapy.
My wife and I have three children, five cats, a dog, and multiple bunnies. I can't wait to go home to the unconditional love my dog has for me and curl up on the couch with the cats. I belong to the AVMA and IVMA and am an active member of Orchard Hill Church.
Dr. Wendi Goetsch, DVM - I grew up in Waterloo, Iowa. I started working with animals at the age of 16, and came to enjoy the problem solving nature of veterinary medicine. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Biology/Chemistry from the University of Northern Iowa in 2003. I then went on to graduate from Iowa State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2007.
I practiced small animal medicine for the last 7 years at East Springs Animal Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colorado, prior to joining the team at Taylor Veterinary Hospital. I enjoy all aspects of veterinary medicine, but my personal interests include dentistry, behavioral medicine, and chronic care in elderly pets. The favorite part of my day is to see the bond between a pet and their owner.
My husband and I have 2 children. We had to say goodbye to our Great Dane, Caiya, last year. She is still greatly missed since she was part of our lives for 12 1/2 years. Our house was a little too quiet, and so we adopted a Terrier mix that was healing from a broken leg. Toby has been a good addition to our household. He is an active pup and keeps us on our toes. He loves to play and pretend to hunt the birds outside.
Shelly - Receptionist since 1986 - Growing up we only had dogs, but since then I have had cats, guinea pigs, birds and dogs. I remember one of my first dogs was names Sweetie Pie, she was a toy poodle. I have always loved animals and that is why I wanted to work at a vet hospital. We just recently got a new puppy, Mason. He has filled a hole that was present in our lives since our last dog, Mickey passed away.
Darla - Receptionist since 2012 - I have three cats, Mason, Joey and Felix. I have a special connection with Mason, we seem to need each other. He has a heart condition, needs special medication, follows me everywhere and is always near by when I need some comfort. I wanted to work at Taylor Vet because I have always loved animals and working with people.
Michelle - Receptionist since 2016 - I grew up on an acreage with many cats, and loved every minute of it! All I ever wanted was to be with my cats, dress them up, and play in my cat house. Flash is my first indoor cat, he was born in a bush outside my door in 1999, and many years later we are still there for each other and he is still the alpha in the house (even though is favorite color is pink!). Since then I have rescued Emma (my sweet & sassy princess who thinks she's in charge), rescued Sonic (my cat equivalent of a dog: plays, drools, loves, destroys!), and adopted Link (my blue eyed heart melter & sweetest snuggler). I also have a rescued chinchilla named Pippin! I wanted to work for Taylor Vet because of my lifelong love of animals, and being around people who love animals all day is pretty great. :)
Rhonda - Technician since 2002 - I have always had pets of some kind growing up, the first one I remember was our Dachsund, Lady Bug. Pets are so amazing with the unconditional love that they give, even if I am having a bad day, they can make me smile. I can honestly say that I love my job because of the time I get to spend with animals. I have one dog, Midg, a Pug.
Lacey - Technician since 2011 - One of my favorite memories of a pet growing up was my sweet cocker spaniel named Nikki. She loved to play dead if you pretended to shoot her with your finger. I grew up in a home with a lot of animals all the time, working at Taylor Vet feels like home to me. The thing I love most about my pets is that they are always there for me when I get home from a long day. In this picture, I am holding Napolean, one of my cats. I have three cats, Luna and Napolean, Mr. Hobbs and a dog, Melody.
Kaitlyn - Technician since 2017 - I’ve shadowed and worked at a few vet hospitals and I just love the work! I love being able to take care of somebody’s pet like I would my own. I want to provide that quality care that I would expect for my own pet. I have six dogs and one cat, yes I know I am crazy! Ivan, a cocker spaniel, is my oldest, he is almost 7 and I got him from my neighbor. Zeus is next, he is 4, I have been his owner for 2.5 years and rescued him from a terrible situation. Bo is a pit bull that I rescued from a kill shelter in Florida! Penny is a foster failure from Cedar Valley Pit Bull Rescue, she is about 3 years old. Tucker is my boyfriend’s dog, he is a beautiful Catahoula mix with bright blue eyes. Ducky is the newest edition, a 7 month old cocker spaniel puppy. Lastly, my cat Bear, has been with me since he was 2 days old and I had to bottle feed him. One of my favorite memories is going to nursing homes and hospitals with my dog Ivan. The joy he brings to people is amazing!
Madeline - Kennel Assistant since 2016 - I am a Cedar Falls native and wouldn't want it any other way. Growing up, my family always had furry family members. Taylor Veterinary Hospital had always been our clinic of choice for our pets and will always be. When the opportunity to join the amazing staff came about, I couldn't resist! My love for animals began with Rosie, my first family dog. My parents got her when I was born, so we grew up together. When she passed, I realized I had a huge place in my heart for animals. This triggered my interest in the veterinary field. I recieved my AAS in Animal Science from Hawkeye Community College and continued an Animal Science BA at Iowa State University for a year. Although my love and interest in the veterinary field is still in full bloom, my career path has taken a turn into Elementary Education. I will be starting at UNI within the next year. I hope to use my continuing knowledge of animals in the classroom. One thing I'm incredibly passionate about is, "Adopt, Don't Shop." Rescued will always be my favorite breed. I have done a lot to help this cause. I have rescued, and been rescued, by five amazing, sweet cats, two rats, and one dog. My kitties include Luna (4.5 years old), Eva (passed away of FeLV at 10 months old), Alice and Owen (1.5 years old), and most recently Ellie (8 weeks old and pictured). My sweet two rats, Norah and Nellie passed away from cancer this year and my alaskan malamute, Pericles, passed away of old age last year. Although it's devastating losing a beloved pet, I will never stop rescuing animals! They are, have been, and will always be the light of my life.
Erin - Kennel Assistant since 2016 - I wanted to work at a vet hospital because becoming a veterinarian is what I currently intend to do as a future profession. Working at Taylor Vet would confirm my passion in a fun, exciting environment, while giving me the experience needed to continue on to the veterinary graduate program. At home, I have had a mini zoo ranging from indoor ducks, quail, turtles, lizards, dogs, and cats. Currently, I have three dogs and two cats who will not be content unless they are on your lap. They are incredibly sweet but definitely have a playful side which keeps the house exciting. My favorite memory would be of my pet ducks I had a few years ago. My family and I used to put duck diapers on them, and they then waddled around the house playing fetch with grapes, slept on your lap, took showers with their toys, and played tag with our dogs. They were unusual pets, but that is exactly what makes the memories so special. My first pet would be this huge white lab named Herbie. I just remember him being the sweetest, most relaxed dog; however, my mom always had me be careful around him because he liked to sit on people for attention. The problem was he was twice my size. I always used to take naps on him while one of my cats slept on his back as well.
Christine -Kennel Assistant since 2017 - Currently I’m a pre-veterinarian student at the University of Northern Iowa. I’ve always loved animals since I was a child and working at Taylor Vet has been such a blessing. I’ve learned new skills and keep regaining knowledge for my future profession. At home I have a Border Collie named Kid. He’s always smiling, loves to be outside and is always wanting to go on car rides. Before I adopted Kid I had a German Shepherded named Misty. She was such a sweet heart and would always cross her paws (portraying herself as if she were a Lady). I’ll never forget the day of my birthday with her. She was sick with cancer, but on that day she changed and was acting like a healthy puppy. She was up walking again and kept greeting everyone with her smile. She was my precious girl, and I thank her for leaving me with that special memory.
Sarah - Business Intern since 2016 - I grew up in a household full of Brittany Spaniel pups; my parents bred our dog, KC, who had a total of 31 puppies. As a child, I had a variety of animals including cats, dogs, hamsters, and even a dragon fish. I now have a cat named Thundertail, and we have a very special bond. She hugs me, drools on my shoulder, and cuddles me at night whenever I am home from college. I've always had a special connection with animals, which is one of the reasons I wanted to work in a veterinary hospital. I was lucky enough to stumble upon the opportunity to work here at Taylor Vet as a business intern, which will allow me the opportunity to be around animals and learn skills for my future business career.
Tami - Office Manager since 2008 - Growing up I had a cat named Annie and a rottweiler named Ben. Annie didn't like many people but would tolerate just about anything I would do with her - dress her in outfits, ride in a stroller, and go for walks on a leash around the yard. Ben loved to be by my side, and always knew when a banana was being peeled, expecting to get the first and last bites. I now have 4 pets of my own - 2 dogs, Roxy (pictured) and Bella, and 2 cats, Mischa and Jada. Roxy rules the roost and thinks that she is keeping everyone in line, but generally causes the most trouble.
Jill - Practice Manager - Webmaster since 2007 - My first pet as a child was an orange tomcat named Garfield, he was big, fat and lazy and so well loved. He wanted to sleep with me every night, so my dad cut a cat door in my bedroom so that he could come and go as he pleased. He instilled in me a love of animals that helped my transition as the wife of a veterinarian. Chad and I have a dog named Honey B, cats named Callie, Ebony Sue, Tiger Lily, Storm Cloud, and Cinder Ella, a few Mini Rex Rabbits that our kids raise and show for 4H.