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. Brian Veldhuizen

Dr. Brian Veldhuizen, DVM

Dr. Veldhuizen's Bio
Dr. Brian Veldhuizen is a new associate veterinarian to Osceola Veterinary Clinic. He grew up in Altoona, Iowa and graduated vet school from Kansas State University in 2001. Dr. Veldhuizen enjoys working on horses, livestock, and pets.

In 2007, he received training in animal chiropractic at Options for Animals in Wellsville, KS. Animal chiropractic has become a passion. Dr. Veldhuizen spends most of his free time riding horses, team roping, or going to rodeos with his wife, Shelly, daughter, Sydney, and son, Clayton.

Dr. Grace Steenhagen

Dr. Grace Steenhagen, DVM

Dr. Steenhagen's Bio

Dr. Grace Steenhagen 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.

Jacklyn

Vet Assistant

Jacklyn's Bio

Bio coming soon!

Sadie

Vet Assistant

Sadie's Bio

Bio coming soon!

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.

Shayla

CVA

Shalya's Bio
Shayla grew up in a small town in West Virginia where she was raised on a chicken farm. At a young age, she knew she wanted to care for animals as they had many of their own growing up. In 2021 she decided to move to Iowa where she attended Animal Behavior College. After completing her internship at our clinic she received her Veterinary Assistant Certification. Shayla enjoys spending her free time with her rabbits, puppy (Bailey), and cat (Grace).

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.