About South Sioux Animal Hospital
South Sioux Animal Hospital was founded over 50 years ago, and was owned by Dr. Robert Billiar for much of that time. Dr. Brooke Gilbert purchased the practice in 2013, continuing the commitment to Siouxland’s pets. We moved to a brand new facility in August 2020, where we can continue providing exceptional service to our clients and patients. We are a full service veterinary hospital offering everything needed for quality animal care. Our experienced staff helps your pets feel comfortable while receiving outstanding care and treatment. We provide comprehensive wellness examinations for all your companions’ life stages, helping to ensure early detection of any potential problems. From routine care like vaccinations, heartworm and intestinal parasite testing, to more complex issues such as injuries, illness, cancer, and more, our experience, compassion, and dedication will ensure your pets receive the best care possible.
Dr. Brooke Gilbert
Dr. Gilbert is originally from Akron, IA, but grew up in Minnesota. She returned to the Siouxland area and began her career with South Sioux Animal Hospital in 2010 after graduating from University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Gilbert enjoyed the clients and staff so much here that in April 2013, she purchased the clinic. Dr. Gilbert loves all aspects of being a veterinarian, but has a special fondness for surgeries and dental procedures.
Outside of work, Dr. Gilbert enjoys hiking, bird watching, reading and camping. She has a son named Ace (if you’ve been in on emergency, you’ve probably met him). Her husband, Jon, is a pilot for Wells Blue Bunny. Her furry family includes 2 cats (Youth and Willie), and 1 dog (Ralph).
Dr. Gilbert looks forward to getting to know you and your family.
Dr. Emily Gamm
Dr. Gamm joined the South Sioux Animal Hospital family in 2015. She graduated from Iowa State University, where she got both her undergraduate (B.S., Animal Ecology) and veterinary degrees. Dr. Gamm is a Siouxland native and is excited to be back practicing in the area. She enjoys all aspects of being a veterinarian, but has particular interest in preventive medicine/client education, exotic pet medicine and infectious disease ecology.
Outside of work, Dr. Gamm enjoys traveling, hiking, camping, nature photography, reading, practicing archery, and attending ISU athletic events (Go Cyclones!). She has 3 cats, Hodgins, JB and Possum, and one dog, Barkley.
Dr. Gamm looks forward to meeting you and caring for your pets!
Elizabeth joined the South Sioux Animal Hospital team as a receptionist in 2020. Elizabeth is originally from Georgia, but her family relocated to Siouxland when she was 13. She graduated from USD in 2018 with a degree in Business Administration. Elizabeth has always loved animals and helping people, and she loves that this job is a combination of both!
Outside of work she enjoys reading, boating, and hangout out with friends and family. She and her husband have also been hard at work remodeling their 80+ year old home. Their German shorthair pointer, Fisher, also keeps them both busy!
Samantha (Sam) joined the SSAH team as a receptionist in 2018, and is now one of our veterinary assistants. She graduated, with honors, from the veterinary assistant program at Western Iowa Tech Community College in December 2017. Sam was an intern with us for several weeks while in school. Sam has always had a fondness for cute, furry animals and knew she would like a career working with them. Sam loves being able to show her love and compassion for animals every day through her job.
Sam has one fur-baby at home, a long-haired chihuahua named Penelope. When not working, Sam enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading a good book, making crafts or catching up on one of her many favorite television shows.
Teasha has been working as a veterinary assistant at South Sioux Animal Hospital since the summer of 1998. Before working at the clinic she was a pet groomer for 5 years. Her favorite part of her job is working with animals and seeing new things every day. She loves getting to interact with our many clients and their pets.
Outside of work Teasha enjoys spending time with her nieces and nephews, and watching scary movies with her husband. Teasha has 2 ‘fur kids’: a Miniature Pinscher , Mercedes, and a Bengal cat, Bentley.
Charlene (Char) joined the South Sioux Animal Hospital team in December of 1991. She began working as a kennel worker and then became a veterinary assistant. Char enjoys many aspects of her job, including the animals, the pet parents, the procedures we do to help the animals, and making the pets more comfortable. She also enjoys seeing the new technology that becomes available in this field.
Outside of work Char enjoys gardening, and spending time with her grandkids. She is married and has 5 children. Char is also a pet mom to 3 cats and 2 dogs.
Eloisa started an intern with us while attending the Veterinary Assistant Program at Western Iowa Tech Community College, from which she graduated 2016. After graduation, Eloisa joined our team as a part-time veterinary assistant. Eloisa cares very much for the patients that need our help, and she can often be found giving them a little extra TLC during their hospital stay. At home, Eloisa has 4 (!) Siberian huskies: Oso, Pluma, Pelusa and Loba. She also has a cat, Remmington (formerly known as Ramshackle the Office Cat). Eloisa enjoys spending time with her family, listening to music and walking her dogs.
DeAnna started at South Sioux Animal Hospital in 2018 as one of our receptionists. DeAnna had previously worked at an animal hospital, but spent the past 15 years working in education to be closer to her kids. She is excited to be back in the world of veterinary care!
DeAnna and her husband, Dan, have 6 children and are the proud grandparents to 9 beautiful grandchildren! They are also parents to one sweet fur baby, Wrigley, a golden doodle.
Sarah is both a kennel worker and veterinary assistant at South Sioux Animal Hospital. She began working at the hospital in 2006. Sarah enjoys learning new things at work, and helping the animals feel better! She loves animals of all shapes and sizes. She can often be found snuggling patients post-operatively, making sure they’re getting lots of love.
Outside of work Sarah enjoys gardening and spending time with her son and daughter. Her animal family includes 5 cats, 2 dogs, 1 bearded dragon, 1 iguana, and 4 snakes.
Malary joined the South Sioux Animal Hospital team in 2020, immediately after graduating from the Iowa Lakes Community College Veterinary Technician program. Malary is originally from northwest Iowa. She has always had a passion for animals of all kinds, and wanted to put that passion to work. Her favorite part of the job is meeting and providing exceptional care for all the pets we see here.
Malary has 2 cats at home, Cameo and Calypso, and a bearded dragon, Morrison. She also enjoys art (especially painting), music, and spending time outside.
Sharlie joined the South Sioux Animal Hospital team in 2009 as a kennel worker. She provides excellent care for the pets staying with us for boarding or staying due to illness, and ensures they are comfortable. Since she was a little kid, she has always been bringing home stray animals and caring for them.
Outside of work, Sharlie enjoys painting and sketching animals, spending time with her son, and spending time outside. At home, she has 2 dogs, and at her mom’s farm, she has 4 horses, 2 mini horses, 3 dogs and 2 cats!
Kaitlin joined South Sioux Animal Hospital in 2020 as our groomer. She grew up watching her grandmother, Kay, groom pets, and she knew that’s what she wanted to do, as well! In fact, Kay trained Kaitlin in grooming techniques! Kaitlin is from the Siouxland area, and is a graduate of South Sioux City High School. Kaitlin is also a Marine Corps veteran. When she’s not grooming other people’s pets, you can find Kaitlin hanging out with her own dogs, Kuma and Bella.
Meathead came to South Sioux Animal Hospital in the fall of 2015, after being picked up by animal control. He had deep wounds in his neck and his ears had been damaged from what we suspect was recurrent frostbite. Meathead is positive for feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), which is the cat-equivalent of HIV. Meathead has found a home here at the clinic as the resident office cat and you can often find him supervising the doctors while they write patient records, or curled up on a sunny chair in the break room. He especially loves when he gets new visitors that give him a head scratch and a snack!
Tilly is our resident Russian tortoise. She came to live at South Sioux Animal Hospital in 2013. She has had a few homes in her life, so we aren’t quite sure how old she is (and a lady never tells!). Russian tortoises can live to be over 40 years old. Her favorite activities include burrowing in mulch and hiding in her log. She also enjoys her weekly spa day where she gets a warm water soak to help her stay hydrated. Her favorite snack is dandelion greens.