Our Veterinarians

Dr. Dale Risius   |   Dr. Abby Bowers   |   Dr. Joel Sullivan   |   Dr. Michael Slattery   |    Dr. Kim Lehman   |   Dr. Skye Doerscher   



Dr. Dale Risius

Dr. Dale Risuis has been a veterinarian in the North Scott Area since 1970 after graduating from Iowa State University. He started Risius Family Veterinary Service in the spring of 1980 and is still an owner and busy veterinarian. Dr. Dale is experienced in all aspects veterinary medicine but he really enjoys working with cattle and performing small animal surgery, especially orthopedic surgery.   Dr. Dale is a member of:


In his spare time, Dr. Dale enjoys spending time with his grandchildren, Jack, Will, Amelia and Miriam. He enjoys spending time with his wife Nan, traveling, golfing and serving at his church.

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Dr. Abby Bowers

 Dr. Abby Bowers has been around the clinic since she was born. Her father, Dr. Dale Risius, started Risius Family Veterinary Service in 1980 and it has been a family owned practice ever since. Dr. Abby grew up in the North Scott area, attended Truman State University, and then Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2007 and moved back home to join the practice.


She became part owner of the practice in 2010. Dr. Abby loves being a veterinarian in her home town because she is able to get to know people and build relationships. She enjoys leading such a great staff and believes in educating clients so they can work as a team with our staff and veterinarians to improve the health and wellness of their pets.

Dr. Abby is a member of:

She is also currently serving as a board member on the Iowa Veterinary Medical Foundation and has held various leadership positions on the IVMA and AVMA.

Outside of work, Abby enjoys spending time with her family which includes her husband Mark, daughters Amelia, Miriam, and Hannah,  her golden retriever Lizzie, and her cat Stevie. She also enjoys cooking and being involved with the missions & outreach team at North Ridge Community Church.


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Dr. Joel Sullivan

Dr. Joel Sullivan  originates from Woodbine, Iowa. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Northern Iowa. He then transferred to Iowa State University where he graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2007, which is the same year he joined Risius Family Veterinary Service.

He became a part owner of Risius Family Veterinary Service in 2010. Dr. Joel specializes in large animal medicine, specifically cow/calf herds and vaccination protocols.

Dr. Joal is a member of:

He became a vet because he has always been involved in agriculture and this was a way to stay involved and to help protect America’s food supply. In Dr. Joel’s spare time you will find him playing taxi driver to his 3 children who are involved in numerous activities including: swimming, piano, football, and baseball.

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Dr. Michael Slattery


Dr. Mike Slattery hails from Winthrop, IA where he grew up helping his father Dr. Jim Slattery in his large animal veterinary clinic. In 2009, Dr. Mike graduated from Iowa State with a degree in Animal Science, he then went on to graduate as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from ISU in 2013.

Immediately after graduation Dr. Mike joined the staff at Risius Family Veterinary Service, specifically as the veterinarian in the Maquoketa office.  In 2015, he joined the ownership team as partner.

Professionally, Dr. Mike enjoys preventative medicine and diagnostics in beef cattle and feedlot medicine, and is currently a member of:



Outside of work you can find Dr. Mike on the golf course or fishing.



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Dr. Kim Lehman

Dr. Kim Lehman graduated from Iowa State University in 2012 as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, she also holds a Masters of Public Health degree that she earned in December 2011. Dr. Kim enjoys working with a wide variety of animals including cats, dogs, cows, sheep, and goats. She volunteers a lot of her time to various associations, such as:

At home Dr. Kim enjoys the company of her husband, her sons, Jeremiah and Isaiah, and her feline children Jeeves and Mokey.

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Dr. Skye Doerscher

Dr. Skye has been in the veterinary field since starting as a vet assistant while in high school and continuing through college. She then moved to Colorado where she worked with horses and cattle on a ranch while attending Colorado State University. In 2008 Dr. Skye graduated from Colorado State University as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and went on to work for the USDA before coming to Risius Family Veterinary Service in 2012. At the clinic Dr. Skye specializes in small animal medicine. She is currently a member of:

When not at the clinic Dr. Skye enjoys spending time with her husband Darin and son Ben, gardening, photography and genealogy. Dr. Skye’s fur family includes three dogs: Annie, Radar, and Colo, two cats: Gabby and Gonzo, a flock of chickens, and a small beef cattle herd.

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