Our Team

Meet the team at Alburnett Veterinary Service below!

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At Alburnett Veterinary Service, Experience Counts!

Our doctors have over 25 years of medical and surgical experience. They strive to keep up-to-date on new findings, treatments, and techniques to make life better for you and your four-legged family members. Please feel free to contact us to learn more about our doctors and staff or schedule an appointment.

Get to know our team!

Micheal Halsor

DVM
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Dr. Halsor has practiced veterinary medicine at Alburnett Veterinary Service since graduating from Iowa State University in 1989. He is a native of the Cedar Rapids area, and he and his wife, Linda, reside in rural Center Point with their Labrador named Junior. They have two grown children (Madeleine and Sam). Dr. Halsor is a long-standing member of the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Association and has been active in local veterinary groups. Dr. Halsor enjoys the outdoors, especially annual trips to Canada and the Great Lakes. He is also an avid trapshooter.

Best Pet Advice: Your pet can be a 10-15 year commitment. Choose wisely and give them lots of love.

Courtney Plazek DVM

Courtney Plazek

DVM

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Dr. Plazek is a Pennsylvania native where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in biology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania before attending Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine and graduating in 2021. Her professional interests include nutrition, dentistry, and preventative medicine. She also especially enjoys working with feline patients and in shelter medicine. Dr. Plazek loves veterinary medicine because she never knows what each day will bring. Every patient and their family are different with their own unique needs. Her goal for every patient is to design individual plans to help each one live the best life possible. She currently resides in Marion with her German Shepard, Monaco, and 2 cats, Bentley and Tucker. When she is not in the hospital, she enjoys baking, traveling, and wine tasting.

Courtney Plazek DVM

David Lange

DVM

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Dr. Lange graduated from Augustana College in 1984 and the University of Illinois College of VeterinaryMedicine in 1993. He has practiced in Illinois, Colorado, and Oklahoma prior to moving back to Iowa. Dr.Lange and his wife, Cassandra, live in rural Cascade with their cat, Fuzzy, dogs Merry and Pippin, horsesShady and Twinkle, donkey Rosie, and about 40 sheep. Two of their children (Gabe and Madeleine) are in college, while their other 3 (Andy, Abby, and Libby) are scattered across the country and the world (Taiwan). Dr. Lange loves the people and pets he meets as a veterinarian, and that every day is unique: you never know what will come through your door. He hopes that during your visit to our clinic, whether for a wellness exam or medical or surgical appointment, you have a good understanding of the state of your pet’s health and what to expect going forward. Outside of work, Dr. Lange enjoys cooking, enjoying the outdoors with his wife, farming, and reading.

Jacki Forcht

RVT
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Jacki started with Alburnett Veterinary Service in May 2020 to complete a 300 hour internship. After completing her internship she joined our team part-time as both a kennel assistant and veterinary assistant as she finished veterinary technician school. Jacki has lived in Cedar Rapids her whole life until recently moving to Central City with her boyfriend Olin and cat Athena. Jacki graduated from Kirkwood Community College in May 2021 and received an AAS from Kirkwood’s Veterinary Technician Program. She received her Registered Veterinary Technician license from the Iowa Board of Veterinary Medicine in late 2021.

Best Pet Advice: Love your pets with your whole heart! They are only with us for part of our lives, but for them, we are their whole lives! 🙂

Emily Stewart

Veterinary Assistant
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Emily started with Alburnett Veterinary Service in May 2020 after graduating from Coe College, where she majored in biology and minored in chemistry. She was born and raised in Riverside, Iowa, where she grew up surrounded by animals. Emily currently resides in Cedar Rapids with two friends and her cat Bob, who she adopted this past November. While Emily is fascinated by veterinary medicine, she is particularly interested in dermatology, radiology, and pharmacology. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, volunteering at SAINT Cat Rescue, boating, and doing yoga.

Best Pet Advice: Always take pride in your pet’s health by making sure they are safe and by asking questions!

Carie McElroy

Veterinary Assistant
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Carie has been with Alburnett Veterinary Service since 2016. She lives with her husband, three kids, and two cats Nero and Taco. Caring for animals has been a lifelong passion for Carie. She loves seeing our patients grow and enjoys being involved in their care at each stage of their life. She enjoys hiking and camping with her family in her free time and exploring Iowa’s many parks and trails.

Best Pet Advice: Trim your puppy’s toenails while they are young, so they are acclimated to it when they get older.

Gretchen Selk

Veterinary Assistant

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Gretchen started at Alburnett Veterinary Service in the Fall of 2021. She has enjoyed working with animals of all sizes since childhood. Gretchen grew up on a small greyhound farm with her mother and 2 sisters in Robins. She is also an expert and award-winning western rider. Gretchen enjoys the constant learning you get from working in a clinic environment. Gretchen enjoys spending her time outside in the garden with her pit bull terrier. Gretchen’s best pet advice: judge people based on how they treat animals.

Dominique

Veterinary Assistant
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Dominique, a.k.a Dom, started at Alburnett Veterinary Service in March 2022. She is a 2010 ISU graduate in Animal Ecology with an emphasis in Wildlife Care and Rehabilitation. She has worked in the veterinary profession and animal husbandry for over 11 years. Her passion lies in working with animals of all kinds and giving voice to the voiceless. She is a native Iowan who understands the importance of hard work, teamwork, and compassion. As a hobby, she runs Dom’s Doodles and takes care of the family acreage, including caring for eight dogs, five cats, a dozen chickens, and a prairie dog. When she’s not loving on all her pets, she enjoys the outdoors, sewing, and spending time with her family. Feel free to say “hi” the next time you’re at the clinic.

I look forward to meeting you!

The best pet advice: Owning a pet is a privilege. Your life becomes more meaningful when you nurture, provide for, and care for your pet.

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Paige Eggert

Veterinary Assistant
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Paige started with Alburnett Veterinary Service in April 2022. She has been working in the vet med field since graduating from the Veterinary Assistant Program at Kirkwood Community College in May 2018. Paige grew up on a farm in Wyoming, IA and knew she wanted to work with animals at a young age. She currently has a cat, Priscilla and a Blue Heeler, Diffie. In her free time Paige enjoys spending time with friends and family at the river.

Best pet advice: When getting a new dog, do your due diligence and take the time to do the research on the breed to be informed on any health predispositions, behavioral tendencies, or training needs.

Amanda Schultz

Practice Manager

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Amanda joined the practice in September 2021 as the practice manager. She has been in the veterinary field for over 10 years but her passion for animals goes all the way back to her younger days. Her favorite thing about the field is that you learn something new every day and likes sharing the knowledge with clients helping them understand their fur friends’ needs. When not working she loves spending time with her husband, three kids, two dogs (Kooper Keegan and Mitchell), and two cats ( sally and Ben) they all enjoy just being outdoors, camping, fishing, kayaking, minibike riding, and traveling.