After graduating from Iowa State University (where she was named the top graduate in small animal medicine), Dr. Elizabeth Holland began her work at the Adel Veterinary Clinic in 2008. At the time, the clinic was owned by Dr. Patrick Rohret. However, Holland would later purchase the practice in July of 2015.


“My husband and I are from a small town and are committed to doing whatever we can to help Adel grow. The plan is to also help keep the downtown alive and have some businesses there too,” Dr. Holland said.


The Adel Veterinary Clinic credits themselves with the tradition of providing the highest level of veterinary medicine to the Adel community and surrounding areas. Since acquiring the practice, Dr. Holland has strived to maintain this tradition while making numerous changes and improvements, one of which has been to create a clinic that is a comfortable, fear free, and professional environment all around.


“When I bought the practice in 2015, we started to focus on the pet’s perspective when coming to the vet. We wanted to offer a more fear-free atmosphere. So, we took a look at our current boarding facility and realized it was not very fear free. Our new facility, however, will focus on containing a state of the art ventilation system, calming music, pheromones, and more,” Holland said.


In addition to becoming fear-free certified and remodeling the interior portion of the clinic, the Adel Veterinary Clinic has also added a new boarding facility. Veterinary clinics that are designated as “Cat Friendly Practices” have proven that they take extra steps that show that they understand a cat’s unique needs. This additional boarding facility is just one of the ways that the Adel Veterinary Clinic strives to maintain a certified cat friendly facility.


“Another focus is to be cat friendly and make their visits less stressful. We will have a cat only exam room where they will not hear or smell the dogs that have visited. There will also be a separate cat boarding room that will keep them away from all the dogs’ sounds and smells,” Holland said.


Today, the clinic consists of veterinarians Dr. Scott Beeman and Dr. Lisa Kilgore in addition to Holland, herself. All alumni of Iowa State University, each doctor brings with them their own special set of unique skills.


Growing up on a farm in Bloomfield, Nebraska., Kilgore majored in animal science and dairy science with a minor in emerging global diseases before graduating from the College of Veterinary Medicine. Beeman, on the other hand, enjoys the practice of internal medicine, surgery, and preventive medicine for small animals as well as providing a fear-free environment for his patients. And, finally, not only does Holland enjoy all aspects of veterinary medicine (including nutrition, preventative medicine and surgery) but she is also certified in veterinary acupuncture through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society.


“We really strive to provide high quality medicine for a small town,” Dr. Holland said, “Our logo is first class medicine with a small town charm.”


The veterinary clinic also provides services for local organizations such as AHeinz57, a local, non-profit, foster-based animal rescue organization located in DeSoto, Iowa.