About us

Holmes Animal Clinic Inc. was established in 1974 by Dr. Doug Holmes. The practice continued to grow through his extreme love of veterinary medicine.

In 1991, Doug’s son, Dr. Jeff Holmes, returned home after two years of practice in Pella, Iowa. The practice showed tremendous growth with Dr. Doug providing the majority of large animal and ambulatory duties, while Dr. Jeff was committed to improving the small animal practice to where it is today. In 2003, Dr. Jeff purchased the practice from his father after he was forced to retire due to medical reasons.

Since that time, Dr. Jeff has implemented state-of-the-art equipment and services. Holmes Animal Clinic offers full in-house lab work, digital radiography, digital dental radiography, ultrasonography, endoscopy and laser therapy. Dr. Jeff has been extensively trained and offers full surgical procedures involving soft tissue and orthopedics. He receives many referral cases on orthopedic cases.


Our Staff

Dr. Jeff Holmes graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1989. He continues to be the Senior partner and works with small animals and Equine.

When he can find time Dr. Jeff enjoys breeding and selling show cattle throughout the year .Dr. Jeff also enjoys spending time at the lake with his children and grandchildren watching sports and attending and cheering on the the Iowa State Cyclones Football and Basketball games.

Dr. Danielle Holmes Kane 

Dr. Danielle graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017. While she loves helping all animals, her true passion is practicing large animal medicine! 

Dr. Danielle and her husband, Troy, own and operate TDK Genetics, where they raise high-quality show goats and lambs. Dr. Danielle enjoys helping youth with their livestock projects, and can often be found at a livestock show or county fair in the spring and summer. She also enjoys spending time with her son, Koen, and new baby girl, Koda! 

Dr. Jill Sullivan

Deanna Holmes
Practice Manager

Deanna has worked part-time the last eight years, where she does the purchase orders for the clinic along with payroll and assists with the animals when needed. Deanna also operates the Paws Motail Boarding Facility, so she keeps busy with dogs when not working at the clinic. On the farm, Deanna has a dog, Ella, a goat, Ralph, and a pot-bellied pig, Paisley. Deanna enjoys spending time with her three children, her grandchildren Koen, Ryker, and Koda, and working with the show livestock.

Bethany Herrick
Certified Veterinary Assistant 
Office Manager 

Bethany started in February 2012. She manages the front office and assists with the animals. She lives on the outside of Algona on an acreage with her husband TJ and four children. They have one cat, two dogs, and goats. In her spare time Bethany enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Morgan Wagner 
Morgan joined the team in 2018 after graduating from Iowa State University (Go Cyclones!). Morgan helps manage the clinic and can also be found filing in wherever needed. She has always had a love for animals as she grew up on a farm outside of Whittemore where her family raised hogs and had horses, cattle, dogs, cats, and a sassy mini pony! She now lives on that same acreage with her husband, AJ, and little boy, Rhett. In her spare time, Morgan enjoys spending time with her family and friends, being at the lake, cheering on the cyclones, and snuggling with her mini goldendoodle, Kash!
Abbie Buscher, RVT

Abbie rejoined Holmes Animal Clinic in 2018. She is currently working to complete her CCAT (Certified Companion Animal Rehabilitation Therapist) to better aid our orthopedic patients post-operative. In her free time, Abbie enjoys working out, promoting organ donation, napping, and spending time with her husband and their two fur kids, Baloo and Marlee.
Carly Main 
Veterinary Technician

Carly's love for animals began at a young age and since then, her passion for livestock helped her make the decision to become a veterinary technician. In 2015, Carly graduated from the tech program at Iowa Lakes and began working at Holmes Animal Clinic. She grew up on an acreage outside of Buffalo Center raising cattle and farming crops. She now lives just outside of Algona on an acreage with her lifelong boyfriend, Derrick, and her mini-aussie sidekick, Steele! In Carly's freetime, she raises a small flock of show lambs by the name of Lotts Creek Genetics .
Brianna Ziegler 

Bri joined Holmes Animal Clinic in March of 2022. She lives on an acreage outside of Whittemore with her boyfriend, Spencer, and their black lab, Coy. Bri graduated from Iowa Lakes Community College in 2017 and has been in the veterinary field since! In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, and crafting!
MaKiley Pesicka

MaKiley started at Holmes Animal Clinic in the fall of 2018. In 2022, she graduated from Iowa Lakes Community College with degrees to be a Veterinary Technician and a Professional Dog Groomer. When Kiley isn't working at the clinic or at her dog grooming salon, Kiley's Grooming Pawlor, she likes to spend time with her family and friends, play with her and her fiance's German Shepherd, Athena, and compete in dirt track racing.

Kelli Penton
Client Services

Kelli joined Holmes Animal Clinic in November of 2017 and has a long history of helping people in and out of the medical field. She lives outside of Algona with her husband, Richard, and their three fur babies, Ulvie, Squirrel, and Lazlo. She loves animals and nature, spending time with friends and family, and kayaking down the river!

Merete Klocke 
Veterinary Technician

Merete joined Holmes Animal Clinic in August of 2017. She has always had a caring heart for animals which led her to graduate from the Iowa Lakes Veterinary Technician Program in 2016 and recently their grooming course in 2021. An interesting fact about Merete is that she is a retired Army Veteran of 25 years! Merete and her husband, Jeff, have three children and live on an acreage with their five dogs, two indoor cats, many farm cats, one horse, two mini horses and chickens. Every so often they even have a couple calves! In her spare time, Merete enjoys spending time with her family, attending her kids' events, and being outside in nature with animals.

large and small we love them all