Kathie grew up on a small farm in rural Clinton County, Iowa and knew from a very young age she wanted to be involved in the veterinary industry. She graduated from Iowa State University with her Bachelors in 1992 and received her Masters in 2004. After working 8 years in management for Iowa State University Extension, she was finally able to fulfill the aspiration of being in the veterinary field and accepted the position as Hospital Administrator for the Animal Emergency Center in 2000. Together with her husband, Leon, she keeps busy with their 4 daughters, their purebred Berkshire swine operation, menagerie of chickens and cats, and all things sports related.
Kari Moore's bio
Kari grew up in Geneseo, IL before moving to California to be with her husband stationed in San Diego. Since moving back to the QC area she has worked in several aspects of Veterinary Medicine including Low Cost Vaccine clinics, High volume Spay/Neuter programs, General Day Practice and here at the AEC for over 7 years. She has always had a passion for small animals including Cats, Dogs, Guinea Pigs and Ferrets. In her spare time she enjoys Reading, Painting and spending time with her young Daughter, Husband and new Rat Terrier puppy Archer.
Dr. Laura Crow's bio
Dr. Crow grew up around the Quad City Area. She graduated from the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine with her Doctorate in 1998 and started practicing at a local veterinary hospital. In September of 1999, when the AEC opened its doors, she started working part time for our facility. In January, 2005, Dr. Crow joined our DVM staff full time. She enjoys spending time with her 2 children and her assembly of pets.
Dr. Bruce Benge's bio
Dr. Benge received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University in 1999. Upon graduation he completed a one year rotating internship program at Kansas State University. Dr. Benge then practiced in Texas till he moved back to the Quad City area in 2002 when he accepted a position at the Animal Emergency Center. Dr. Benge enjoys running, biking, fishing, canoeing, archery, and camping. He and his wife, Kim, have two young children that keep them very busy with trips to the park, pool, soccer games and baseball games. Their family also includes their dog, Sierra, and cat, Emily.
Dr. Julie Klauer's bio
Dr. Klauer grew up rurally just outside of the Quad Cities. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. After graduation, she returned to the QCA to practice small animal medicine. Over the years, Dr Klauer has developed an interest in internal medicine and in diagnosing challenging cases. The decision to transition from "day practice" to emergency medicine was a natural result of these interests. In late 2012, she began covering shifts part-time at the AEC, and she became a full-time staff DVM in May 2013. Dr. Klauer lives in the Illinois QCA with her husband, Chris, and their family of dogs. When not practicing medicine, she enjoys gardening, home-improvement projects, cooking, traveling, reading and time with family and friends.
Dana Hitzhusen's bio
Dr. Dana Hitzhusen graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor's degree in animal science in 2014 and went directly on to get her doctorate of veterinary medicine from ISU in 2018. Immediately after graduation, she moved to North Carolina to live with her husband who was in the Marine Corps at the time. When his commitment was finished, they moved back to the Quad cities area to settle down. Initially starting out in general practice, she transitioned to emergency medicine in March of 2020. She enjoys toxicology and surgery the most.
When she's not devoted to working, she is spending time with her husband and their two border collies, DJ and Callie. She enjoys spending time with friends/family (when it's not a pandemic) and being outdoors.