Kendra McDonald, Clinic Assistant, Full-Time


Kendra joined our animal health care team on February 25, 2013. She has been fascinated with animals throughout her life and working with them is a critical part of her world. She has worked with domestic as well as wildlife animal species. She graduated from Iowa State University in May of 2010 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Animal Science with a minor in Animal Ecology. In college her coursework included mammalogy, reproduction, lactation, advanced nutrition, genetics, anatomy and physiology. She has worked for the Stuart Veterinary Clinic; the Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari in Ashland, Nebraska; and PetSmart in Council Bluffs and Clive. Her interests include small/exotic animal care, rehabilitation, nutrition, and reproduction.  In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband, Drew; their three dogs; a Border Collie, named Marley, a miniature Australian Shepherd, named Penny, and an Australian Shepherd, named Nickel; playing volleyball; bow hunting and fishing, as well as working on their goat, cattle and chicken farm.

Meet our Veterinarians

All animals, big or small, our team members LOVE them all.....

Shelby Stoner, Clinic Assistant, Part-Time


Shelby joined our team in June of 2018. She is currently attending Winterset High School as a senior. She is working at the clinic through the MOC program and enjoys musical theatre, choir, jazz choir and marching band. Her hobbies include drawing, painting, singing and playing musical instruments.  She has a special spot for animals and loves working with them. She has a dog named Tyson and a cat named Tuxedo. 

Meet our Animal Healthcare Team

John Holcomb established Cedar Creek Animal Clinic in January of 2008. The practice has been founded upon his high standards of veterinary medicine that are used to provide the highest quality health care for animals in the area. Our animal health care team is made up of unique individuals who each have their own areas of expertise with animals but share a common love for them. 

Our state of the art small animal facility houses three exam rooms; a surgery suite; a dental surgery suite with digital dental radiography; two recovery rooms; a radiology room with digitial radiology; and in house lab services for bloodwork, urinalysis and fecal tests. We have separate boarding facilities for dogs and cats. Our boarding kennels for dogs have rubberized floors with in floor heat, windows for natural lighting and a fenced walking and play area with 3 individual backyard-sized runs for extra exercise time. Our boarding facility for cats has a window for natural lighting and a view of the countryside. Our cat condos each have a perch and cubby hole. For long stays, one of our exam rooms can be converted into a deluxe cat boarding suite. 

In our grooming area we give baths, trim toenails, give "Furminator" treatments, and do shave downs and basic grooming. 

For our large animal clients, we carry a variety of supplies for cattle, horses, sheep, llamas, alpacas, goats and hogs. We provide services in our separate barn area. This facility has an extensive cattle working facility with drive through loading and unloading area; holding pens; and hospital pens for animals. Our veterinarians also make farm calls. 


At Cedar Creek Animal Clinic we are there for you when you need us

with 24 hour emergency care.

Just give us a call at 515-462-3200.


We look forward to serving all of your animal health care needs!

John Holcomb, Veterinarian, Owner


John graduated from ISU College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995 and has been active in the animal health care field ever since. His father, Tom, was also a professional in Veterinary Medicine, practicing for 44 years, the majority of which was in Adel. John has experience with small animals, large animals and equine with a special interest in surgery. He also enjoys being active and involved in community activities where he is able to work with other families and watch their children and pets grow. He also enjoys sports, 4-H, FFA, fishing and hunting with his family. John and his wife, Gretchen, have 2 children; Mitch, and Bridget, who are attending Iowa State University. At home they have 2 cats named Moo Moo and Peaches; 2 dogs named Ava and Sassy; many goats and about 35 cows and show calves. . The variety of work at Cedar Creek Animal Clinic makes every day interesting for John. The most rewarding thing about the clinic is being able to fix problems for people and their animals.


Stan Jones, Associate Veterinarian


Stan is a 1990 graduate of Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine and has gained over 20 years of experience with mixed animal medicine while practicing in Sioux Center and La Porte City. He enjoys the diversity and challenges of veterinary medicine and has a special interest in animal behavior and llamas and alpacas.  He has 3 sons and 8 grandchildren and is kept busy by attending lots of sporting events and dance recitals. Recently, he introduced his grandkids to geocaching and they love it! Outside of work , Stan likes outdoor activities , such as fishing, running in 5-K's, Nebraska football and going for ice cream at Frostee's. He enjoys the variety of cases that come through the door at CedarCreek Animal is looking forward to meeting all of the clients, the residents of Winterset, and taking advantage of all the town has to offer.

Mitzi Berkland, Office Manager


Mitzi has been a resident of Madison County, Iowa, all of her life.  She grew up on her family farm and helped her father with his cow-calf operation until February of 2012 when he retired from that part of the business. In her younger years she was  actively involved in 4-H showing hogs, cattle and dogs. She graduated from Winterset High School and  Buena Vista University where she received a BA degree in Accounting , with a minor area of concentration in Management. She has worked in the animal health care field since August of 2000. Her interests at work include  financial management and analysis, animal behavior and radiology. She enjoys working at Cedar Creek Animal Clinic because every day is different and her hard work helps to promote the care and well being of animals. In 2015 she was awarded the Healthcare Team Service Award for leadership that advances the care of animals and people by the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband, Kelly; family and friends; going fishing; traveling to Alaska, northern Minnesota, South Dakota and Wyoming; flowers and gardening; photography; cooking;  and training and showing dogs. She is a member of the Des Moines Obedience Training Club and has won multipe titles competing with her dog Karma.  She is also on the board of Directors and serves as Treasurer for Lucky Paws of Madison County. The Berklands have a rescued German Shepherd mix named "Karma", and a rescued  Walker Hound/ Beagle mix named "Annie".

Kelley Schildberg, Veterinary Technician, Full-Time


Kelley joined our animal health care team in May of 2016 as a part time assistant. Previously she had worked at the Greenfield Pool for 8 years and graduated from Nodaway Valley High School. Then, she attended Grand View University, where she was President of the Student Activity Council.  In the fall of 2015, she graduated with a BS degree in Biology and Biology Tech with a minor in Criminal Justice. She grew up loving animals and always wanted to work with them by becoming a veterinarian or veterinary technician. After working for the clinic part-time, she decided to go to DMACC to get a degree in Veterinary Technology, which she accomplished in May of 2018. She was then hired full time and is studying hard to pass her boards to become a Registered Veterinary Technician.  Kelley enjoys spending time with family, going on vacation to the Lake of the Ozarks, playing both club and sand volleyball, and spending time with her long time boyfriend, Jake. She loves playing with her Corgi mix named lady. She also has a cat named Big Hoss and a goldfish named Chunk. Her favorite snack is Trolli eggs, be sure to bring her some if you want to get on her good side.

Emily Ford, Clinic Assistant, Part-Time


Emily joined our team in November of 2018. She is a 2018 graduate of Winterset High School and was involved in 4-H for 9 years, FFA for 4 years and conservation club for 4 years. During her high school years she showed dogs, cats, chickens and static projects. During the 2017 Madison County Fair, she took home 1st place Novice Obedience and 1st in Senior Showmanship with her dog Duke! She does plan on being able to help with the dog project and future Madison County Fairs. She was part of the FFA conduct team her freshman year. With the conservation club she helped with the Halloween hike all 4 years of high school. She was also very involved in park and rec soccer and played for 11 years. She played high school soccer her freshman year. She grew up on a farm and has always had a love for animals and would do anything she could do to help them. Right now, she is attending Southwestern Community College, where she is studying Ag business and Animal Science. She plans on continuing her schooling to get a Vet Tech degree after she is done at SWCC. She is in the process of figuring out which Vet Tech program would best suit her needs.