Meet Dr. Joyce Werning
Dr. Werning was born in Milwaukee, WI and spent most of her childhood in Davenport, IA. When she was about 5 years old living in Wisconsin, she recalls her favorite cat, Sammy, and a funny story about cat food. "I would often sneak a few pieces of cat food out of Sammy's bowl and eat it as a snack. The punishment after being caught repeatedly doing this was that I had to eat a whole bowl of cat food for breakfast (it was a small bowl, but looked large to me at the time). Cat food didn't taste too bad when it was one kibble at a time, but a whole bowl is horrible!" One of her favorite memories of working with animals was when she was 12 years old. "A wild baby bunny was spared from a lawnmower and had a small cut near it's eye. My mom helped me call a wildlife expert to learn how to care for the bunny. I was told that wild rabbits don't often survive in captivity, but I was given instructions on how to care for it. I nursed the bunny back to health and after it was large enough to survive in the wild I released it near the bike path in Davenport." Dr. Werning had several pets growing up and volunteered at the Scott County Humane Society. She graduated from Davenport West High School in 1994 and went on to Iowa State University where she completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science. Dr. Werning received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University in 2004.
After graduation, Dr. Werning moved to Blue Grass and worked as a small animal practitioner on the west side of Davenport. Towards the end of 2011, she took steps to start her own practice in Blue Grass where she could continue to provide excellent patient care and service to the community. "The best part of this career is the bonds made with clients and their pets," says Dr. Werning. To her, this is more than simply a career; it's an opportunity to change the world one small step at a time. She loves every aspect of veterinary medicine and can't imagine doing anything else. Her favorite cases include internal medicine, orthopedics, and soft tissue surgery.
In her spare time, Dr. Werning enjoys spending time with her family, especially her husband Jason, daughter Julia and son Jordan. Favorite family activities include camping, water-skiing, and horseback riding. Dr. Werning also enjoys reading, spending time with friends and taking care of the animals at her home. Her pets include Izzy (cat), Cloie and Chase (paint horses), Chip-her newest horse, chickens, and several barn cats. She has two dogs: a Greyhound named Ruthie whom she adopted from Quad City Greyhound Adoption and a Puggle named Otto. Ruthie and Otto enjoy traveling from home to work with Dr. Werning and spending most of their days at Blue Grass Veterinary Hospital so you'll probably see them there sleeping!
Meet Dr. Emily Jones Guy
Dr. Jones Guy is originally from Nevada, Iowa. After studying German and Accounting at Iowa State, she worked as an accountant and spent much of her free time outside of work rescuing and fostering Pugs. As her involvement in Pug rescue grew, her interest in veterinary medicine was piqued and she decided to make a change in her career path to something she ultimately found more rewarding. She went back to Iowa State for animal science and graduated from Iowa State's College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Jones Guy started her veterinary career as a mixed animal veterinarian in southwest Iowa before joining Blue Grass Veterinary Hospital as a small animal exclusive veterinarian in a move to be closer to her husband's family. She is a member of the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association (IVMA) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Her special interests include preventive care, dentistry and internal medicine. When she's not taking care of patients, Dr. Jones Guy enjoys spending time with her husband, Matthew, and her son, George, as well as their 2 dogs and 3 cats.
Hi! I’m Annie and I’m considered the “cat-lady” of the clinic although, NOT a crazy one :) I blame my mom for transferring her love of animals to me. I snuck my first rescue kitten into a hotel in Chicago when I was about 10 years old so I could bottle feed her every few hours. I covered her shoe box with a blanket and no one ever knew. Growing up in the country, stray cats were a regular occurrence. If they would let me touch them, they didn’t stay stray kitties for long (side note-bacon bits and butter are great tools for taming, but don’t tell the doctors I said that .) The worst part about leaving home for college was leaving my kitties behind. Stuffed animals are NOT the same thing!
So, it’s no surprise that I ended up in a veterinary hospital. From their cute little noses to their tails, animals bring so much joy into our lives. Who can resist floppy dog ears or a puffed-up kitten? They inspire me with their ability to love and trust unconditionally-even in some of the worst possible circumstances. Working at Blue Grass Veterinary Hospital gives me a chance to give back in whatever way I can to help animals in need. I love being able to promote year-long wellness and regular preventative care to keep pets healthy and happy.
Registered Veterinary Technician/Assistant Manager
Hi-I'm Amanda! I was ten when my life truly started. I arrived home from a friend’s house one weekend to find a tiny, white fluff ball in my room. That little fluff ball was my very first dog and I named her Emma. Emma was an American Eskimo and throughout our lives together, she was my main frustration, yet my best friend. I received Emma as a present like every other child, however, our plans were different than most. Emma and I began obedience and agility training at a young age. We traveled around the Midwest to various agility shows and won a first place ribbon at our very first show. Due to behavioral issues, we had to retire early, but she has quite the collection of ribbons and received many titles.
Emma opened my eyes to how much an animal can change your life with their unconditional love. I had a difficult time continuing in the training world without her, but made sure I was constantly surrounded by animals. I have worked at several boarding facilities and doggie daycares, where I devoted most of my time. At the age of 16, I was teaching beginner, intermediate, and advanced obedience classes at Contented Canines and continued with them for four years. Through Contented Canines, I have also worked with various behavioral cases. My mother and I have rescued various behavioral cases, including people-aggressive, dog-aggressive, food-aggressive, anxious, or generally possessive dogs. We love that we are able to give these dogs a chance that most people are not able to take on. Every pet my parents or I currently own became part of the Bennett family because of challenging behaviors. I currently own a big brown mutt named Jojo, an Australian Cattle Dog named Kora (aka Boo Monster), and a gray fluffy cat named Taz (Tasmanian Devil).
When I was 21, I was not sure where I was going in life and had only worked with animals since I was 14. I attempted to branch out and worked in customer service at a basement waterproofing for two years. That was the experience I needed to confirm my passion for animals. I love change and needed something new while continuing with animals. That’s when I looked towards the veterinary field. I started at Blue Grass Veterinary Hospital in September of 2014 as a receptionist. I immediately wanted to learn more and started at Penn Foster College in November of 2015 with the plan of becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician. I am currently in my fourth year and look forward to graduating soon.
***Update-as of fall 2020, Amanda has completed all of her education requirements and is now a Registered Veterinary Technician in Iowa. Congrats Amanda!!!
Hello! My name is Emily. I have always had an interest in spending time with animals. After a few years of working in another field, and volunteering at a local animal shelter I was able to join the Blue Grass Veterinary Hospital family. I am so happy I got this opportunity!
When I was little I wanted a dog so badly. My dad told me I could get a dog when we had a fenced in yard. When we moved to Blue Grass, our yard was fenced in, and as a child I remembered my dad’s promise to me. I remember going to the Humane Society and finding the puppy who was sound asleep laying upside down, and I fell in love. My parents told me that we needed to think about it before adopting, so we went home. A few days later I came home from school, and there was my puppy. I named her Casey.
Although Casey was not a bully breed at all, I have since found that I have a very special place in my heart for the bullies. My husband had never had a dog, and had a dream of owning a Bulldog. I reluctantly agreed. This compromise was named Zoey. She went as many places with us as she could; in many ways she was our child. Zoey taught me a lot in her short lifetime – grieving a loss, enjoying the occasional puddle on a walk, and you are never too old for a nap. At times, she knew me better than any person could. Sadly, she became diagnosed with cancer and our time together was short-lived. She told me it was time when I could not make the decision. Saying good-bye was hard. I hope I am able to use this experience to help comfort others going through similar heartbreaks.
A few months after the loss of Zoey we were on a family vacation, I came across a posting for a puppy that was at a shelter on the way home. Of course we stopped “just to look” and left an hour and a half later with Bunky (pictured). Although we were uncertain that we ready to open our hearts again, we are so glad we did.
I am so fortunate to be able to spend my days helping your pets any way that I can. It amazes me the trust, and unconditional love that pets share with us. We are so blessed to have them in our lives.
Hi I’m Sidney! I grew up in Durant, Iowa and I currently live there with my son. I grew up on a farm helping my grandparents as much as I could so I have always had a love for animals. I originally went to school to be a Massage Therapist and I absolutely love it, but I needed a change and figured why not try the vet’s office, and I am beyond happy I got this opportunity!
I have a 7 year old little boy, who is my absolute world. He had a little bit of a rough start when he was born and I can’t have any more children, so I’m soaking up as much as possible with him! In our free time we enjoy spending time with family, being outside, and learning weird new things. We are both kind of science nerds and love anything that has to do with history.
We currently don’t have any pets of our own, but I’m sure that won’t last long working here!
Hi I’m Aliza! I grew up in both Davenport and Muscatine and I’m currently living in Davenport. I have wanted
to work with animals my entire life as they are my favorite things in the entire world. I had two dogs growing up, and now have my very own, Bear. My love for animals has continued to grow as I’ve gotten older and I have recently realized that I wanted to have a career involving them.
Due to the recent state of our world, I will be attending Scott Community College for the next couple of years. I thought my career path was set in the Law field, but I decided that the Veterinary field was more rewarding. I’m interested to see where my future takes me, but I know that Blue Grass Veterinary Hospital is going to help me achieve my goals!
Hi! My name is Araceli. I have lived in Moline my whole life, except for the four years I spent at Iowa State. There, I studied Animal Science and Spanish.
My love of animals was passed down to me from my father who was studying to become a veterinarian before coming to the US. Despite our passion for animals, I was never allowed to have pets for a variety of reasons. When I was about 11, though, my grandmother moved from the Quad Cities and left behind her beloved canaries and parakeets. Ever since then, we have owned many little birds. I was still not allowed to get a dog, however, so I became the family pet sitter and volunteered my time at the local animal shelter to get some more animal exposure. I attended Iowa State in hopes of becoming a veterinarian but was soon introduced to the many fields that my Animal Science degree could direct me to. I worked in a research laboratory, was a microbiology teaching assistant, volunteered at shelters, shadowed at zoos, and worked at a vet hospital in Spain. All these experiences reinforced my love of science and helping animals and the people they are connected to. As a native Spanish speaker, I also studied Spanish to learn the language in a professional setting in hopes of providing representation in the veterinary field.
I am excited and eager to learn more from the staff and clients at Blue Grass Veterinary Hospital while I continue my journey to finding my last destination.
Hi, I'm Shelby! I am a young and ambitious girl that puts all her heart into what she does.
Over the years I have tried many things. A career in retail, communications, and IT work. All of which I was good at and learned to do very well, however these were not positions that made me feel whole. It wasn’t until recently that I found where my heart and presence belong-a career in which I feel as though I am doing something that matters and makes a difference.
Growing up, I can remember telling my mom at least 30 different things I was going to be and do with my life. I wanted to be an actress, a dancer, a singer, an artist, a writer. The list goes on truly. With every passing year and life lesson, I slowly learned that what I wanted to be most was the best version of myself-someone that my family could be proud of.
I didn’t have it all planned out after high school which made me panic. I jumped around a lot with ideas in my head of where I wanted to end up in life. Then, one day, it just hit me- hard. Right in front of my face was my greatest happiness and where my heart felt complete; With my girls (dogs). It was on that random Tuesday, I knew. This is the field in which I belong. I have a want to be surrounded by furry friends. Two weeks later, I enrolled with Penn Foster in their Veterinary Technician program and began applying for jobs. I am very fortunate to have found Blue Grass Veterinary Hospital, and a team willing to give me the opportunity to chase my newest dream.