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Meet Dr. Joyce Werning
Dr. Werning was born in Milwaukee, WI and spent most of her childhood in Davenport, IA. She had several pets growing up and volunteered at the Scott County Humane Society. She graduated from Davenport West High School in 1994 and went on to Iowa State University where she completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science. Dr. Werning received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University in 2004.
After graduation, Dr. Werning moved to Blue Grass and worked as a small animal practitioner on the west side of Davenport. Towards the end of 2011, she took steps to start her own practice in Blue Grass where she could continue to provide excellent patient care and service to the community. "The best part of this career is the bonds made with clients and their pets," says Dr. Werning. To her, this is more than simply a career; it's an opportunity to change the world one small step at a time. She loves every aspect of veterinary medicine and can't imagine doing anything else. Her favorite cases include internal medicine, orthopedics, and soft tissue surgery.
In her spare time, Dr. Werning enjoys spending time with her family, especially her husband Jason, daughter Julia and son Jordan. Favorite family activities include camping, water-skiing, and horseback riding. Dr. Werning also enjoys reading, spending time with friends and taking care of the animals at her home. Her pets include Izzy (cat), Cloie and Chase (paint horses), chickens, and several barn cats. Her newest additions are a greyhound named Ruthie whom she adopted from Quad City Greyhound Adoption and a Puggle puppy named Otto. Ruthie and Otto enjoy traveling from home to work with Dr. Werning and spending most of their days at Blue Grass Veterinary Hospital.
Meet Dr. Kristy Hook
Dr. Hook was born and raised outside of Rockford, Illinois. She graduated from the University of Illinois (Go Illini!) with a BA in Speech Communication and Spanish, then earned her BS, and finally a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. She started off in general day practice, and then went to emergency medicine at the Animal Emergency Center, where she was employed for the last 9 years. Recently due to a busy family life she hung up her emergency hat and returned to day practice, joining our team at Blue Grass Veterinary Hospital in 2017.
Her interests include soft tissue surgery, pain management, behavioral medicine, dermatology, and hospice care. She enjoys incorporating fear-free medicine into daily appointments, teaching pets that their doctor isn't scary, and they can have a comfortable, anxiety-free visit.
In her free time you can find her at the ball field or the gym, watching her children's activities, camping, running with her dogs, gardening, or baking. She lives in Wilton IA with her husband, 4 busy kids, and a menagerie of pets she has rescued along the way.
Meet The Staff
Nancy Miller, a native of Durant Iowa, has been a registered veterinary technician since 2007. After attending Iowa State University for interior design, she went back to school at Kirkwood Community college. Growing up on a farm, it was an easy transition to working with animals. After receiving a scholarship her first year from Eastern Iowa Veterinary Council she was awarded the honor of Veterinary Technician of the Year award for her class and graduated with her associates of science degree in 2007.
After graduation, Nancy worked for 5 years at a multi-doctor practice in Davenport. Having worked with Dr. Werning before attending Kirkwood, she took the opportunity to help her open her own veterinary hospital and take on the role of Lead Technician.
Nancy is currently a member of AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association), and NAVTA (National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America). She also enjoys spending time with her wonderful husband Nate and her two dachshunds Oscar and Mayer.
As published in "The Veterinary Caregiver's Book of Quotes" By Katherine Dobbs RVT, CVPM, PHR, Nancy quotes that "My inspiration comes from strengthening the bond between the owner and his or her pet. Whether it be getting the pet through a rough time like surgery or helping it live longer to spend more time together."
Annie Harre grew up on a small farm near Blue Grass and has always been surrounded by animals. She joined the staff of the Blue Grass Veterinary Hospital in July, 2013. Besides a small herd of cows and a horse named Tigger, her family also has several cats. She has always been an animal lover and was active in 4-H from elementary school through high school which allowed her to show some of her animals at the fair. She attended Iowa State University and graduated in 2011 with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Music. She recently obtained her MBA through St. Ambrose University in May, 2017. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, music, eating ice cream, and snuggling with her kitties Bill, Grover, and Greybeard the Pirate. After working in the counseling field for two years, she is thrilled to be able to work with both animals and people at the Blue Grass Veterinary Hospital.
Amanda Bennett is a lifelong resident of Blue Grass. She grew up around a number of horses, chickens, barn cats, dogs, and (the not so normal pet), emus. Amanda has always been an animal lover and care giver, starting obedience and agility training when she was ten with her first dog, Emma. She went a step further when she started instructing obedience classes with Contented Canines in 2007. She is a Davenport West graduate and is currently studying to become a veterinary technician. She resides with her husband, Chase, their two dogs, JoJo and new puppy Kora, and their cat Taz (short for Tazmanian Devil!) She enjoys horseback riding on her horse, Skittles. A few of her other favorite activities include wakeboarding, running with JoJo, being out on the river, and skeet shooting. When she has the time, you can always find her at her parents’ farm helping out or simply being surrounded by the animals.
Emily Briggs grew up right here in Blue Grass, Iowa. She has always had a love for animals, but went to school to study Sociology and Psychology at St. Ambrose University. After several years working with children she is thrilled to get the opportunity to work with you and your fur-babies. Emily joined the Blue Grass Veterinary Hospital Staff in January 2016. She shares her home with her husband Josh and fur-baby Zoey. Zoey is an Old English Bulldog, who loves taking naps and going on walks. In Emily’s free time she enjoys outdoor activities, spending time with family and friends, as well as volunteering at the Kings Harvest Humane Society.