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701 SW Ordnance Rd.
Ankeny, IA 50023
Technician & Assistant Staff
Macie McDaniel, Receptionist, 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, Receptionist, 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.
MacKenzie Schmitz, RVT
MacKenzie joined the Heart of Ankeny team in November of 2017. She is originally from Baxter, Iowa and now lives in Ankeny. She graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at Des Moines Area Community College in May of 2017, and soon after passed her boards to become a registered veterinary technician. She has a chihuahua named Tucker and an Australian shepherd/blue heeler named Blu. In her free time, MacKenzie enjoys working with her family’s show lamb flock and with her horses, Amber and Odie!