A new veterinary practice, Community Veterinary Clinic, PC is coming to Nevada.
Sherrie Pleis, 42, and her husband, Mark, who works in an IT position in Ames, moved to Nevada a year ago. They have gotten to know people, and have loved being part of the Nevada community. “My friends and family have lived here for over 20 years,” Pleis said. “I have always liked the community. It is a very friendly town, and I have enjoyed talking to people at my niece’s and nephew’s events throughout the years.”
Pleis grew up not far from Nevada in Boone County. She attended and graduated from United Community Schools and then attended Iowa State University, where she majored in animal science, before going to vet school. “My (career) track was always veterinary medicine, with the hopes of one day owning my own clinic,” she said.
As a veterinarian, she hopes people here will appreciate her directness and honesty. “I don’t sugar-coat or dance around the facts. I want to inform my clients and let them make the decisions on the best care for their animals without judgment from me. I also want to be a source of information for clients and the community. I chose the name Community Veterinary Clinic, because I want to be a part of the community,” she said.
Pleis also hopes to be a resource to area residents about all animals, large and small. “I want to be able to educate the community about pet and livestock issues as they arise,” she said.
Ever since she can remember, Pleis wanted to be a veterinarian. She always had lots of pets and animals. She also had a deep respect and love of livestock farming. “I grew up reading James Herriot books, and I know times have changed from the quaint British farming communities of old, but I still feel that caring about the people is as important as caring for the animals,” she said.
She also loves the mystery behind medicine that she said involves “part science and part art… Living animals and disease don’t follow the book, so there are some times (that) you treat animals without knowing exactly what is wrong.”
Community Veterinary Clinic, PC will be located in the former print shop that was owned by Keith Cooper’s family at the corner of Lincoln Highway and S-14. Doty Construction, Pleis said, has been doing a great job of turning an open steel building into a clinic that will have kennel areas, exam rooms, a grooming area, surgery suite and reception area.
The location, at that corner in west Nevada, Pleis said, should be a great “edge of town” place that makes her clinic easy to find and accessible to people from Ames, Nevada and other surrounding communities, as they come to see her for the following services: grooming, small animal surgery, wellness, in-house radiology and she will have blood machines. “I also will be able to do in-house services for both large and small animals,” she said.
Her staff, to start with, will include a full-time and two part-time employees, and herself as veterinarian. “It is nice being next to Iowa State University, so as I grow, I can hire a new, great veterinarian that will have the same passions as I do,” she said. She also hopes she can eventually, as her business grows, expand her staff to having a full-time groomer, a couple receptionists and two or three technicians. “I want to help bring jobs to Nevada.”
Pleis will open in early September.