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Summer 2022

Hello from the Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center and the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University. Summer is in full swing so make sure to review the latest Healthful Hints to help your cats and dogs beat the heat. You’ll also find a couple great examples of how our hospital works across teams and our community to get animals back on their feet (and hooves). We’re also excited to introduce a new philanthropy liaison who may look familiar – she brings 15 years of hands-on care as a veterinary technician in the LVMC. Enjoy the stories that follow. As always, we welcome your insights, questions and support. Warm wishes for what remains of summer, and all of us at our world-class teaching hospital look forward to seeing you and your beloved animals soon. Stay healthy!

Hooked Up

LVMC care team with Maggie the dog.

On her first visit to the Hixson-Lied Small Animal Hospital with her dog Maggie, Julie Klein was attempting to complete paperwork at the reception desk. Maggie had other thoughts. “I had Maggie on a leash and found it very difficult to hold onto her leash while she wanted to greet al the new patients and their mom or dad and complete the paperwork at the same time,” Klein said. “I actually went to look for a hook and there wasn’t any.” That problem has been solved thanks to Klein who has donated funds to purchase and install a series of dog hooks Hixson-Lied clients can use for their dogs when they are otherwise tied up. The hooks have been attached to the base wall of the reception desk at five client-facing stations.

A New Home


You could just see it in Dr. Rod Bagley’s eyes. He wanted to care for Doree. At the time, Doree couldn’t stand. She couldn’t walk. She could barely life her head. She was malnourished. Yet Bagley saw something in the golden retriever who had spent her four years delivering puppies at a USDA licensed breeder in Iowa. In November 2021, a federal court judge ordered the surrender and removal of more than 500 dogs and puppies from the breeder to the Animal Rescue League of Des Moines. One of those dogs was Doree. Under the care of the Hixson-Lied Small Animal Hospital staff Doree slowly worked her way back to health. One of the veterinarians who cared for Doree was Bagley, a neurologist by training who supports the Canine Rehabilitation Center. Bagley’s care of Doree has extended full-time after he adopted the dog.

Working Together

Foal with care team

Difficult cases in the Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center require collaboration and cooperation among several individuals. A recent such case came about when a filly was diagnosed soon after birth with severe neonatal maladjustment syndrome causing the horse to suffer from severe seizures and a suspected case of sepsis. There was only one possible solution to the filly’s issues and it required collaboration and cooperation across both the Hixson-Lied Small Animal Hospital and the Large Animal Hospital. “This type of procedure requires not only a dedicated team of caregivers but a dedicated owner because there are a lot of unknowns, a financial commitment and the outcome is often hard to predict for a while,” said Dr. Jamie Kopper, assistant professor of large animal emergency and critical care.

Forever True Day

Thanks to many of you, the inaugural Forever True Day at ISU March 1st saw the College of Veterinary Medicine attract 151 gifts. This included 55 contributions to the Companion Animal Fund, which were each matched with an additional $22 for 2022. The $95,487 was the most raised by any college at Iowa State University during Forever True Day.

New Compassionate Client Contact

Rachael Rail

Rachael Rail, a long-time member of the Hixson-Lied Small Animal Hospital staff, has been named as the new associate director of development in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Rail’s primary assignment will be working with clients and veterinarians in the Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center for the Compassionate Clients Program.