The Ottumwa Courier

Local News

December 26, 2013

Ottumwa Veterinary Clinic has new owners


"We like to have a presence and be involved in the communities we work with. We saw this as a perfect opportunity to partner with a clinic that was already established in Ottumwa," she said.

"Since we have taken ownership of the clinic, we hired another receptionist and a practice manager," said Walkes. "They were both Ottumwa people. We hope to have this [change] provide more jobs for the community. Pipestone Veterinary Services of Ottumwa. That the three great vets have continued small animals to offer out of that location. Expand, offering more grooming, improved kennel spaces and suites."

For now, Hickie said, prices are, for the most part, staying the same. Clients will see a new logo, she said, and their bill will look a little different.

Will they be closing that office and moving to a new one?

Both Hickie and Walkes said that hasn't been decided yet. Walkes did say the hope is to increase the number of services available by offering more grooming and improved kennel spaces.

The city of Ottumwa recently approved a new zoning classification for the clinic. Does the rezoning mean they’re going to move or perhaps build on to the existing building?

“We’re still weighing our options [based on] what will best serve our clients,” Walkes said.

For now, however, they are putting their efforts into the change of ownership.

Currently, Walkes said, there are a total of six animal doctors at the Ottumwa clinic. "Three of our veterinarians will continue to do swine work and three small animal. The predominant work done out of that office is still going to be small animal."

"I think this will allow us to improve the way we practice medicine and the services we offer," Hickie said.

The things clients respond well to, like having a doctor on call 24 hours a day, have remained the same, she added.

Text Only
Local News
  • 0724 OTT Tehel mug -T -M Jury begins deliberations DAVENPORT — The fate of a Wapello County man accused of killing his wife is in the hands of a jury in Scott County, which began deliberations Wednesday and will continue deliberating today.The jury began deliberations about 4 p.m. Wednesday in the ca

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Van Buren says bye-bye to Waste Management KEOSAUQUA — Waste Management has been charging the Van Buren Community School District an average of nearly $1,600 a month to remove waste and recycled materials from the Douds and Keosauqua centers. Now faced with a bidding process, Waste Management

    July 23, 2014

  • Pesticide use is not all bad OTTUMWA — When you pick up a grocery ad, it seems like every other page has a produce item stamped USDA Organic, meaning that those items were spared from chemicals including Glyphosate, the most common pesticide in the world. As the Organic Food Mov

    July 23, 2014

  • 0724 OTT Kitchen Science color photo -L -T Kitchen science sparks curiosity OTTUMWA — A lucky group of children spent Wednesday morning experimenting with kitchen science and creating geysers of foam at the Knights of Columbus hall. The Kitchen Science performance was presented by Waterloo's Grout Museum and is part of the O

    July 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • Prosecution: All evidence points to Techel as killer DAVENPORT — Just as all roads lead to Rome, so all evidence points to a Wapello County man accused of killing his wife, according to the prosecution. Assistant Attorney General Andrew Prosser, who is prosecuting the case for the third time, said defe

    July 23, 2014

  • Making something of themselves OTTUMWA — Community leaders this week heard how Ottumwa's Job Corps started from nothing yet became successful. But they also heard from students who said they were doing nothing until they found success through Job Corps. "After I dropped out of hig

    July 23, 2014

  • New charges filed in abuse case OTTUMWA — A single charge against a man for sexual abuse has been replaced by a new trial information, and authorities are throwing the book at him. Grant Troxel was initially charged in early June with sexual abuse. But the new list of charges indic

    July 23, 2014

  • 0724 OTT car investigation color photo -L Tip led to Tuesday arrest OTTUMWA — There was more to the incident Tuesday in which officers surrounded a car near U.S. Bank in downtown Ottumwa than just a routine traffic stop. Police Chief Tom McAndrew said Jason Tobek, 36, is in custody and faces charges of interference w

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Eldon man gets five year prison term KEOSAUQUA — An Eldon man was sentenced to five years in prison in Van Buren District Court for his role in an October 2012 altercation in Selma, which escalated into shots being fired into the home or Randall Ritz, 11883 Bridge St., Selma. Donald E.

    July 23, 2014

  • Emergency council meeting Friday OTTUMWA — Ottumwa’s City Council will meet for a second time this week, this time to discuss an emergency problem at the city’s Water Pollution Control Facility. The special meeting will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday in the council chambers. Earlier

    July 23, 2014

Photo reprints