Our Team

​Meet our veterinary team in Osceola, Iowa.

APPOINTMENT

Our Team of Veterinary Experts

Our team strives to make your experience with our clinic as efficient and professional as possible. We look forward to serving you.

Veterinarians

Dr. Judy Little, DVM

Dr. Little's Bio

Dr. Judy Little is co-owner of Osceola Veterinary Clinic. She has been with the practice since 1997. Dr. Little loves working with dogs, cats, and their families. She and her husband, Eugene, live on their family farm north of Murray with their son, Daniel, their mixed-breed dog, Rico, an assortment of barn cats, some chickens, ducks, and rabbits. They also raise beef cattle and hogs. When she is away from the clinic, you might find her playing piano at her church, working in her garden, reading a book, or visiting the beach.

Dr. Rich Caves, DVM

Dr. Caves' Bio

Dr. Rich Caves is co-owner of Osceola Veterinary Clinic. Rich grew up on his family’s farm north of Oskaloosa and was actively involved with his father’s farming operation. Dr. Caves enjoys seeing appointments for both livestock and pets.

He has great enthusiasm for farming and raising cattle. Dr. Caves also enjoys hunting and spending time with his wife, Tiffany, and sons, Kipton and Grayson. They have a golden retriever named Copper.

Dr. Dakota Hottle, DVM

Dr. Hottle's Bio
Dr. Dakota Hottle is an associate veterinarian at Osceola Veterinary Clinic. He is originally from Waterloo, Iowa, and graduated from West High School in 2011. Dakota then graduated from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, in 2015 with an undergraduate degree in biology. He went on to attend Iowa State University and received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2019. Dakota grew up on his family’s cattle operation south of Waterloo and has worked with cow-calf all the way through finishing. In his spare time, Dakota treasures spending time with his wife, Sarah, and their daughters, Raegan and Saylor.

Dr. Ben Korver, DVM

Dr. Korver's Bio
​​Dr. Ben Korver is an associate veterinarian at Osceola Veterinary Clinic. He is originally from Maurice, in northwest Iowa, where he grew up working with hogs and feedlot cattle on his family’s farm. Ben has always had a passion for working in animal agriculture and is excited to take care of your livestock and pets. He attended Iowa State University and received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2020. He and his wife, Kacey, and son, Lee have an Australian shepherd named Buck. They like to spend their free time camping, working on carpentry projects, gardening, birding, and fishing.
Dr. Grace Steenhagen

Dr. Grace Steenhagen, DVM

Dr. Steenhagen's Bio
Dr. Grace Steenhagen is our newest doctor. She grew up in Story County, Iowa, with 3 brothers. At Iowa State University, she majored in both Animal Science and Spanish. While there, she worked at the University’s dairy farm and developed an interest in large animal medicine. She graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Being in college in Great Britain gave her the opportunity for further travel around Europe as well as Africa and India. However, she realized she wanted to live closer to her family, so upon graduation accepted a position at a mixed practice in northern Iowa. Dr. Steenhagen has 3 cats and loves to spend time outdoors camping gardening or kayaking. She is excited to further her career with us.

Veterinary Assistants

Hannah

Vet Assistant
Hannah's Bio

​Ever since Hannah was little, she has had a passion for animals and agriculture. On her family’s farm, she has had the privilege of raising cows, horses, pigs, goats, sheep, rabbits, cats, and dogs. Hannah graduated from Clarke Community High School and was very active in her Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter. She has been building her customer/patient care skills and is now assisting with both small and large animal appointments. Hannah enjoys the adventure of working with a variety of animals and loves to help wherever she can. Hannah enjoys spending time with family/friends, baking, hunting, working with her animals, and traveling in her free time. She is working towards being an official Registered Veterinary Technician and taking pre-vet classes.

Autumn

Vet Technician

Autumn's Bio

Autumn has years of experience assisting in veterinary clinics and enjoys utilizing those technician skills with small animal medicine and surgery appointments. Autumn has a variety of animals of her own, including horses, goats, dogs, cats, a pig, and a new Brittany spaniel puppy. In her spare time, she enjoys horseback riding and pyrography (wood burning). She is working towards being an official registered veterinary technician.

Kayla

CVA
Kayla's Bio

Kayla grew up in Weldon on a farm. She graduated from Clarke High School. Her love of animals pushed her to earn her Veterinary Assistant Certificate. She joined the clinic full-time after completing her internship. Kayla is now striving to further her skills and studying to be a registered veterinary technician. She has been assisting with both small animal and large animal appointments. Her kind and empathetic manners are appreciated at the clinic. After work, she goes home to her three dogs named Storm, Mary, and Shiloh.

Keleah

Vet Assistant

Keleah's Bio
Bio coming soon.

Macey

Vet Technician

Macey's Bio

Macey graduated from Iowa State University in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in animal science. Her passion for animals began at a young age when she grew up riding horses and mules in Prairie City, Iowa. Macey was active in Future Farmers of America (FFA) and 4-H showing her horse. She also has always had a dog. After college, Macey moved to New Mexico with her husband, where she had gained experience as a veterinary technician for two years. Macey enjoys working with cats and dogs during small animal appointments and assisting clients in any way that she can. In her free time, Macey enjoys spending time outside with her husband, Jacob, their daughter, Audrey, and their dog named Grizzly.

Esther

Large Animal Assistnant

Esther's Bio
Esther grew up in Chariton, Iowa, where she graduated high school in 2019. Then she attended Indian Hills Community College, where she received her Associate of Science in 2021. She is now assisting with mostly large animal appointments. In her free time, she likes to be involved in outdoor actives with her family. She has two dogs, Nova and Jack.

Mallory

Office Manager

Mallory's Bio
Mallory and her husband, Jeff, along with their two kids, Jase and Macy, live on a family farm northeast of Weldon. When they aren’t feeding cattle, you can find them camping!
Rounding out their family are two dogs named Mia and Gail.