Our Team

Get to know us!

We look forward to being there for your pet when you need us most.

Dr. Welter


Dr. Welter has been a doctor at the Animal Clinic since graduating from Iowa State University in 1975. He and his wife, Michele, have three children, six grandchildren, and an orange tabby named Kit Kat.

Dr. Welter loves what he does, it has been his dream job since he was seven. He enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, such as, surgery, dermatology, internal medicine, and dentistry. He loves meeting new clients and seeing old friends with their pets regularly.

When he is not at the Animal Clinic you can find Dr. Welter golfing, traveling, or gardening. He also thoroughly enjoys cheering on his alma mater, ISU.

Dr. Gaeth


Dr. Gaeth has been a veterinarian with the Animal Clinic since 1992. While she enjoys all aspects of small animal practice she has a special interest in behavior, internal medicine, dermatology and acupuncture.

Her and her husband, Gary, have three daughters and five grandchildren. They have two dogs, Gem and Sawyer and a cat named Mad Max. In her free time she loves traveling to her family cabin and enjoying the outdoors. Some of her hobbies are snowshoeing, kayaking, fishing and wildlife photography.

Dr. Gay


Dr. Gay has been practicing at the Animal Clinic since 1993. He enjoys all areas of veterinary medicine, general surgery and dentistry. He also has a special interest in preventative medicine.

Dr. Gay and his wife, Anne, have three children. He enjoys civic and family activities and stays active with hobbies like boating and bicycling.

Dr. Fishbaugher


Dr. Fishbaugher is familiar with the Iowa City area as she graduated from the University of Iowa in 2005. She later went to Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2018. She enjoys all areas of veterinary medicine, but has a special interest in performing surgery, internal medicine, and owner education.

She is an Iowa native from West Branch, Iowa, and currently lives in Mount Pleasant, Iowa with her husband. She has 13 chickens and 3 dogs: Pinky an English Bull Terrier, Chance a Blue Heeler/Coonhound Mix and Samus a Great Dane.

When Dr. Fishbaugher is not working or taking care of her pets, she likes riding motorcycles, knitting, and kayaking.

Dr. Zhang


Dr. Grace Zhang grew up in Texas and is a recent Midwest transplant. She received her B.A. in Health & Societies from the University of Pennsylvania and then worked in university administration before making the leap into veterinary medicine. Dr. Zhang earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) and Master of Public Health (MPH) from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2020. Her professional interests include preventative care, dentistry, and soft tissue surgery. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, trying new eateries, drinking too much tea and coffee, and spending time with her partner and their foster-fail Pittie-Beagle mix, Shadow. 

Julie Newcomb

Julie joined the Animal Clinic team in 1986 when she started her career. She holds various roles as clinic administrator and veterinary technician. Julie and her husband, David, have a cat named Hermione.

She and David are avid bowlers and always look forward to their annual cruise to the Caribbean.

Chris Meineke, RVT

Chris has been with the Animal Clinic as a registered veterinary technician since 2003. He graduated from Kirkwood Community College with an Associate of Applied Science from Veterinary Technician Program. Chris and his wife, Traci, have a full house with their daughter, two cats Charlie and Hagrid, and two dogs Ramona and Lewis.

The Animal Clinic Inc. team is here for your pet.

With over 57 years of experience, we can help get your pet back to full health in no time! Contact us today with any questions.

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408 Highland Ave.
Iowa City, IA 52240
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Contact Us

Phone: 319-337-2123
Fax: 319-341-6017
Email: animalclinic@msn.com



Mon - Fri: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sat: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

In case of emergency:

Please contact our friends at Eastern Iowa Veterinary Specialty Center. You can also call them at 319-841-5161.

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