Dr. Kathy Van Buer graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1984. She began her veterinary career specializing in small animal medicine in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Through the years she has practiced veterinary medicine in Milwaukee, Omaha, Denver and finally returned to her home area of the Quad Cities in 1996. After graduation, in addition to more typical pets, she also began to see a large number of non-traditional animals. Word spread quickly that she had both the interest and willingness to work with unusual animals, and she has been kept quite busy ever since. Dr. Kathy will see most anything that isn't poisonous! She also provides veterinary care for a variety of animals at our own Niabi Zoo where she sees the big cats, birds, including raptors and reptiles. She also works with local wildlife rehabilitators.
Lauren Hughes, DVM
We are thrilled to have Dr. Lauren Hughes join our staff as an Associate Veterinarian. Dr. Hughes is a Moline native and graduate of the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. Lauren has been an animal lover her whole life but It was her work seasonal zoo keeper at Niabi Zoo that solidified her interest in exotic and wildlife medicine.