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Staff of Eastern Iowa Veterinary Specialty CenterRhonda Aper, DVM

Diplomate, American College Veterinary Surgeons


Michigan Tech University – BS Mechanical Engineering 1991
University of Iowa – MS Biomedical Engineering 1992
Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine 1999
Surgical Residency at Ohio State University 2000-2003
Board Certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons 2004

Special Interests & Why I Love What I Do

I enjoy surgery because it’s a great way for me to blend my two professional interests; biomedical engineering and veterinary medicine. In particular, I enjoy the mechanics of orthopedic procedures. I also like intestinal procedures and neurologic cases.


I have three amazing young boys, and one amazing older boy to whom I am married, who all make my life interesting and worth living. We have a very tolerant cat named Crusher.

When I’m not working I want to be with my family. We enjoy being outdoors and especially have fun camping. If I do get time to myself I like to read and nap, but not at the same time.

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