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. At home they have 2 cats named Moo Moo and Peaches; 2 dogs named Buck and Sassy; many goats and about 35 cows and show calves. Bridget and several other kids have  pigs as 4-H and FFA projects at thier farm. 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.


Nicole Keuning, Clinic Assistant Full-Time
 Nicole joined our animal health care team in September of 2015. She was born in Montana and grew up around German Shepherds, Cats, Horses and Cows. She has always had a love for animals and always knew she wanted to work with them. She earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology Zoology Emphasis with a minor in Deaf Studies from Northwest Missouri State University. When she was younger she loved playing with the dogs and always wanted to keep any stray or help any animal she could. She previously worked at the Blank Park Zoo where she gained experience with large exotic animals like Camels and Giraffes to small animals like geckos, snakes, armadillos and birds. She has also worked at the Animal Rescue League where she learned more about dogs, cats and other small animals. In her free time she likes to spend time with family and her husband Lucas, go on vacations back to Montana, hunting, fishing, riding horses and hanging out with their fur babies “Duke” a German Shorthair Pointer and “Mo” & “Jo” 2 Crested Geckos.

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.

Meet our Animal Healthcare Team

Shea completed an internship with us through a Genesis Development program a few years ago. She came back again this fall and did such a good job that we decided to welcome her to our team. Shea is attending Winterset High School and enjoys listening to pop music while helping Mitzi in the office. 

Shea Byrd, Clinic Assistant Part-Time

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!


 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; thier 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.....

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 and Wyoming; flowers and gardening; photography; cooking;  and training and showing dogs. She recently became a member of the Des Moines Obedience Training Club and has earned 4 titles competing with her dog Karma. She is also an acitve member of the Madison County chapter of Bras For The Cause. The Berklands have a rescued German Shepherd mix named "Karma", a rescued  Walker Hound/ Beagle mix named "Annie",  a Lab mix named “Sadie”, and 1 cat named “Sage”.