Dr. Ryan Bock grew up on a dairy farm in Missouri and owes a lot of his love of animals to his family, especially his grandmother, who started the family in the dairy business. He did his undergraduate work achieving a Bachelor of Science degree at College of the Ozarks, a small college in southwestern Missouri. Dr. Bock then went to Veterinary School at the University of Missouri, and graduated with a DVM degree in 2001. Dr. Bock first practiced in Mediapolis, IA, in a mixed (large and small) animal clinic for 3 years, before purchasing Marion Animal Hospital in 2004.
He especially enjoys working on challenging internal medicine cases and seeing the happiness that owners have when their pets can make improvement after being ill. He also enjoys dermatology cases which can sometimes be difficult to control but are very rewarding when improvement is made. The part of veterinary medicine that he enjoys the most is getting to know his clients and patients and seeing how important the bond between them is; just as the bond with the animal members of his family is as well.
Dr. Bock is extremely lucky to have the support of his family. Dr. Bock met his wife, Peggy, while at College of the Ozarks; they married in 1995. He has 3 great children who make his life complete; Emma, Alex and Abby, and he cannot wait to get home at the end of every day. The family also includes; 3 dogs – Maggie, Cody, and Sandy; cats – Grover, Sammie, Tommy, Patches, and Morris; a flock of 15 chickens; and two horses on their small acreage. Hobbies for Dr. Bock include anything to do with sports; especially with his favorite teams the St. Louis Cardinals and Missouri Tigers.
Linda Kahler is a graduate of Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Kahler has been practicing small animal medicine since the early 1990's. While Dr. Kahler enjoys all aspects of small animal practice, she has a couple of special interests. She really enjoys working with dogs and cats that are having problems with their skin and/or ears. It is very gratifying to help a patient who has been scratching a lot or digging at their ears to finally get comfortable.
She is also very interested in pain management. She likes helping dogs and cats with arthritis control their pain and become more mobile. In 1998 she became certified in veterinary chiropractic and has used chiropractic adjustment in addition to medication to help patients with neck and back pain. Chiropractic care is also beneficial for well animals to keep their spines healthy, especially active dogs like agility and flyball competitors.
Her family includes her husband, two children, and two cats, Ivy and Margaret. She enjoys exercising, reading, and spending time with family.
Ashley joined Marion Animal Hospital in September 2007, and became the Office Manager in March of 2009. She has 2 cats, Marley and Oliver, whom she adores very much. Ashley and her husband recently got married, and she is enjoying married life. She and her husband Tim are planning on starting a family sometime soon. In her spare time she likes to help her father on his farm, and hobbies include tractor pulling with her husband, Tim. A few things Ashley enjoys doing at the Clinic are talking to the clients, drawing blood, placing IV Catheters, dentals and taking X-Rays.
Kari joined Marion Animal Hospital in August 2009. Kari enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, Olivia. Kari has a rescue Schnauzer - Tom, and a Maine Coon - Oscar. For fun, Kari enjoys crafting, cooking, and hanging out with her friends.
Traci joined Marion Animal Hospital in July 2010. She and her husband, Christian, have 2 children, 2 dogs, 3 fish, and a guinea pig! She graduated from the University of Georgia with a BS in Zoology, and has always loved working with and learning about animals. In her spare time, Traci enjoys spending time with her family doing anything outdoors.
Kristen moved to Iowa from Jacksonville, Florida in the summer of 2012. She joined Marion Animal Hospital in March 2013. She graduated from the Veterinary Assistant program at Kirkwood Community College. Kristen has 2 cats: Persilla, that she rescued in 2008, and Stripe, that her family took in after finding him in a parking garage. Kristen has a bird named Petey, that she found on the side of the road; and a dog named Zeus, that she absolutely loves. Her hobbies include hanging out with her family and friends.
Nicole joined Marion Animal Hospital in January 2015. She is currently attending Kirkwood Community College for her Veterinary Assistant Degree. Nicole has 2 cats, Stormy and Pickles; and 1 rabbit, Bubby. While working at Marion Animal Hospital, Nicole enjoys assisting Dr. Bock with patient exams and dentals. Some of her hobbies include running with her neighbor's dog, and spending time with friends and family.
Todd has served Marion Animal Hospital since August 1989. Todd is a kennel attendant and provides care to your pets on weekends and holidays.
Barry is the clinic cat; he came to Marion Animal Hospital in the spring of 2007. Barry was found on the road after having just been hit by a car. He lost one ear and the tip of his tail from the accident. Barry loves to lie in the sink, drink water from the faucet, and lay all over Dr. Bock’s papers while Dr. Bock tries to work.
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