Dr. Katie Lang, left, is joined by receptionist Brittany York at the newly opened Brooklyn Vet Clinic located at 4205 175th St., rural Brooklyn. The new clinic opened its doors on Monday, May 9. Dr. Lang is currently seeing small animals at the new clinic and continues offering farm calls to see large animals as needed. Dr. Lang can be reached at 641-522-7396.
By J.O. Parker
A long-time Brooklyn-based veterinarian has opened the doors to a new vet clinic and is welcoming new and former clients.
Dr. Katie Lang, a former veterinarian at Farm and Family Veterinary Clinics, opened Brooklyn Vet Clinic, 4205 175th St., rural Brooklyn, on Monday, May 9.
Dr. Lang, who specializes in both small and large animals, spent 11 years at Farm and Family and decided it was time to branch out on her own.
“I was ready for a new chapter in my life,” Dr. Lang said. “I love being a veterinarian and I wanted to be my own boss.”
Joining her in the business is Brittany York, a former receptionist at Farm and Family, who will continue in that capacity at the new clinic.
A native of Rock Island, Ill. Dr. Lang holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Illinois State and a Doctor of Veterinary degree (DVM) from Iowa State University, where she graduated in 2011.
The new full-service clinic is located in an old farm house that Lang and her husband, Cade, purchased in January. It is just east of Farm Service off of V-18 on the southside of I-80 at exit 197. Turn on 420th Street and the clinic is to the right on top of the hill. Look for the large sign out front.
The couple made a number of improvements to the building including remodeling the kitchen into an operating room, redoing the ceilings, repairing plaster walls, adding electric outlets, adding new windows and installing a handicap accessible ramp. Lang said Cade did much of the work on the project, including using wood from an old garage on the property to spruce up the receptionist entry area.
Dr. Lang is currently only seeing small animals at the clinic. Services offered through the clinic include spay and neuter, surgeries and medicines. Overnight stays are also available when needed. In addition, Dr. Lang will continue offering on-call farm services for cattle, horses, sheep, goats and other large animals. Future plans call for turning the barn on the property into a large animal clinic.
Beginning in August, Dr. Lang said she will be taking a course in animal chiropractic services and will be adding that to her offerings sometime in November.
When asked about what she enjoys the most about being a veterinarian, Dr. Lang said, “The diversity of each day.”
York added that she enjoys working with Dr. Lang.
“We have a great partnership,” she said.
Dr. Lang said she is thankful for all her family and friends, especially her husband, Cade, who helped make the clinic possible.
The clinic is open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. The clinic is closed for lunch. Lang remains on call for non-office hours and weekends.
For more information, visit the clinic on-line at www.bvciowa.com. The clinic is also on Facebook.
The clinic can be reached at 641-522-7396 for appointments and info and the clinic email is BVCiowa@gmail.com.
An open house at the new clinic is slated for Saturday, June 4 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
The public is welcome to stop by and enjoy a light snack, meet Dr. Lang and check out the new clinic.
“I would like to have all my former clients and new clients follow me to the new clinic,” she said.