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Dr. Ryan Hammell

Owner, Veterinarian

     Dr. Hammell has been caring for the cattle, dogs, cats, and horses of NE Iowa and SE Minnesota since 2004 when he joined the staff of WVS. He is a 2000 graduate of the Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. His main veterinary interests include advancing dairy cattle reproduction programs, transition cow management, calf management, and small animal orthopedics.


     Dr. Hammell grew up on a dairy farm just a few miles North of Waukon, where his family raised and milked registered Holsteins until 1985. His family currently milks a herd of 250 grade Holsteins just South of Caledonia.


     Dr. Hammell is married to his beautiful wife, Dr. Jessica Hammell. They have three incredible children, Jack, Taylor, and Isaac, who have just begun showing calves and chickens at the fair. His household is also home to a Doberman, Annie, a 3-legged Teddy Bear, Gus, Tiger and Spots to add some feline flair, a frog, and an assortment of fish. When there is free time, which is not often these days, he enjoys biking, fishing, movies, visiting zoos with the family, and cheering on the Minnesota Vikings.


Dr. Rodney Smed

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Rod is back part time.

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