Meet the friendly staff at The Family Pet Veterinary Clinic!

  • Dr. Jennifer Duster,
    Dr. Jennifer Duster, DVM Duster
    Veterinarian

    Dr. Duster is a 1999 graduate of Iowa State University. She bought the clinic in October of 2007 after working in Minnesota and Wisconsin for several years and then working as a relief veterinarian in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area for 4 years.  She is pictured here with her dog Cosmo (a clinic regular) who is one of many pets - dogs, cats, ducks, and chickens that Dr. Duster has at home.  When she is not at the clinic she is busy raising 5 kids, gardening and running. 

  • Dr. Gene Szymkowiak
    Dr. Gene Szymkowiak
    Veterinarian

    Dr Gene has been practicing in Iowa since 2001 when he graduated from Iowa State's College of Veterinary Medicine.  He is fascinated by the co-evolution of companion animals and humans that has allowed us to live with dogs and cats as part of our families.  When not practicing at the clinic Gene and his wife Erin enjoy restoring and reconstructing prairie habitat so that our wild animals can also thrive.  Their Greyhound, Debbie, is always eager to help. 

  • Veterinarian
    Dr. Stacy Kula
    Veterinarian

    Dr. Stacy Kula received her DVM in 2014 from Ross University College of Veterinary Medicine and came to Family Pet Veterinary Clinic in January 2022. Prior to coming to West Branch, she practiced large animal medicine in Tipton and small animal medicine in both Muscatine and Cedar Rapids.

    Dr. Kula received her bachelor’s degree at Iowa State University in Animal Science before attending veterinary school at Ross University. Ross University is located on the island of St. Kitts in the southern Caribbean. The island location offered many unique challenges and opportunities during her time studying to become a veterinarian.

    Dr. Kula is a 2005 graduate of Anamosa High School and was raised on a grain and livestock farm outside of Anamosa. She currently lives on a small acreage with her spouse, Brad, near Atalissa. Together they have two German Shepherd dogs, Gunther, and Marko as well as five cats. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, horseback riding and caring for the black angus cattle herd on the family farm.

  • Kendra Stuart
    Kendra Stuart Stuart
    Technician and Office Manager

    Kendra has been working for veterinarians longer than she cares to admit.  She 'came with the building' when Dr. Duster started the Family Pet in 2007.  Kendra can be found in the company of her dog - Indy  who is also are at the clinic everyday.  At home there are four cats, two horses and a flock of chickens.

  • Angela Bleeker
    Angela Bleeker
    Technician

    Angela joined our team in 2017.  Prior to working at the Family Pet, Angela has previous experience working in a zoo and has worked as a technician for several veterinarians in the area.  Angela also runs her own business - Scales2Tails - as a professional in-home pet care specialist.  In her off time, Angela is busy with her two kids and enjoys spending time outside. 

  • Kuennen Murphy
    Kuennen Murphy
    Technician

    Kuennen joined our staff in 2022. She had always wanted to be veterinarian since she was little but also enjoyed doing the lab work with animals. She has a bachelors degree in animal science and graduated from veterinary technical school in 2020. She has one cat, Bakugo, and when she isn't busy caring for animals, she is an avid reader, enjoys spending time with friends and hiking.

  • Amanda Mercer
    Amanda Mercer
    Technician

    Amanda started working at Family Pet in 2022.  She came to us from the great (?) state of Texas and is still acclimating to the cold winters in Iowa.  When she isn't at work she enjoys spending time with her horses.  

  • Vivian
    Vivian Urmie
    Technician

    Vivian joined our team in 2020.  Vivian has recently graduated from Iowa State in Animal Science and took on a full time position in her field, but she can sometimes be found hanging out with us on weekends because she misses us so much (and we miss her too!).  Her love for animals started at a young age when she would help out on the farm and tame every farm cat she came across.  

HOURS OF OPERATION

Our Regular Schedule

West Branch Office

Monday

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tuesday

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Wednesday

8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Thursday

8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Friday

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday

8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Sunday

Closed

West Branch Office

Monday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sunday
Closed

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