Heart of Ankeny Animal Hospital

701 Ordnance Rd.
Ankeny, IA 50023



Technician & Assistant Staff


Shaina Bonin, RVT

Shaina joined the Heart of Ankeny team in August 2013. She is originally from the small town of Aurelia, Iowa. She graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at Des Moines Area Community College in May 2014 and is now a licensed RVT. She lives in Bondurant with her husband Sam, two cockapoos Betsy and Lexi, and their kitty Meaux. They will be expecting another set of feet in the household in November as well! In her free time she loves spending time outdoors, skiing, and settling down with a good book.


Heather Hagens, Veterinary Technician

Heather joined the Heart of Ankeny team in February of 2016. She is originally from the Green Bay, WI area and went to school at the University of Minnesota before moving to Iowa where she is in her 4th year of Veterinary school. Heather is interested in surgery and emergency medicine. When not studying, she enjoys getting outside for camping and hiking. She especially enjoys traveling whenever and wherever she can! Heather lives with her fiancé, Justin, and their Lab Leidner!


Macie McDaniel, Veterinary Technician and Kennel Attendant 

Macie joined our team at Heart of Ankeny in February 2016. She is currently a first year student at Des Moines Area Community College with a major in Animal Science. She plans to transition to Iowa State University and become a large animal veterinarian with a minor in marine biology. She grew up in Nevada, Iowa, then moved to Ankeny when she was 7 years old. She currently lives with her Bernese Mountain Dog, Zoe, as well as 5 fish tanks full of fish. In her free time, Macie loves to bike or go on long walks with Zoe.  


Rylie VanderPlaats, Veterinary Technician

Rylie joined the Heart of Ankeny team in 2013, and then again in August of 2016. She is originally from Ankeny, Iowa. She just graduated from Iowa State University with a major in animal behavior. Her passion is to become a research professor in wildlife conservation. She enjoys traveling, hiking, and fostering pets, and currently lives in Ames with her "kitten" Rex, and two German Shepherds Raina and Remmie!


Kaitlyn Canedo, RVT

Kaitlyn joined the Heart of Ankeny team in April of 2017. She is originally from Mason City, Iowa, but now lives in Ankeny with her dog Lola. She graduated from the Des Moines Area Community College Veterinary Technician program in May 2017, and soon after passed her state and national boards. She is now a registered veterinary technician. In her free time she enjoys showing and training horses, and drawing! 


Annalisa Brandt, Veterinary Assistant and Kennel Attendant

Annalisa joined the Heart of Ankeny team in May 2017. She recently graduated from Grinnell College where she majored in English. She then returned to her hometown Ankeny to gain veterinary related experience, and complete the prerequisites for Iowa State's vet school where she hopes to study in the near future. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, and trail riding with her horse, Ace.