116 3rd St SE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401
MECHANICSVILLE — While Tipton Veterinary Services sees its typical patients of dogs and cats, it also specializes in caring for large animals like cows and horses — a service needed by many farmers in Iowa.
The life of a large animal vet can be hectic, with a schedule ranging from surgeries to calf castrations to horse dental work.
Dr. Alana McNutt, co-owner of Tipton Veterinary, specializes in bovine reproduction, which keeps her busy most of the year. One of the clients she visits this time of year is farmer Lee Crock, checking on the status of his cows and the timeline of their upcoming spring pregnancies.
During her visit to Crock’s farm in Mechanicsville, McNutt examined 100 head of cattle, marking down which were pregnant and the expected time of their deliveries. In addition, she and vet assistant Katie White de-liced and tagged the cows and administered medications to ensure they would stay healthy throughout the winter.
The job of a large animal vet can be a messy one, with most of the equipment covered in feces, mud and spit by the end of an appointment. But it’s just another day on the job for McNutt and her colleagues.
For Crock, the services that Tipton Veterinary provides are crucial for him to maintain his cattle and ensure they are healthy for meat sales and calf delivery. McNutt has been caring for his cattle for years, and during each appointment the two talk like old friends.
McNutt brings a new meaning to the old image of the country vet who makes house calls. The relationships she builds with farmers in the area and the care she takes for the animals makes her a vital part of the community.