Meet Our Team

Aubrey Cordray

DVM, Practice Owner

Hi, I’m Dr. Aubrey! I have worked at Humboldt Vet Clinic since graduating from vet school. At the time, Dr. Jim Illg owned the practice and was an amazing mentor. In November 2017, I purchased the practice from him. I consider myself a local and really have never strayed too far from home. I grew up in Havelock, IA went to Buena Vista University for pre-vet, and then obtained my doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University, and started practicing here at Humboldt! I truly love the community and consider myself very lucky to know so many wonderful people and to have fantastic clients and patients. I am also a part of IVMA, AAEP, AABP, AETA, AVC, ISU VMAA, and a Humboldt County Community Foundation Member.

I’m a classic case of “I have always wanted to be a veterinarian” since I was a kid! I seized every opportunity to spend time with a vet and never really had a back-up plan. Thankfully everything worked out! I like the fact that every day is different in the veterinary world. Who wouldn’t love a job that allows you to snuggle with puppies and kittens or bring a life into the world?

My husband, Kevin, works as the practice manager at our clinic. We have one son and one daughter! You will often find both hanging out at the clinic while I help a sick puppy or work on patient records. Our indoor pets include a Golden Doodle (Charley), three cats (Winnie, Willa, and Roo), two outdoor cats (Fuzz and Spice), and three horses (Gypsy, Ginger, and Princess Cocoa).

Outside of the clinic, my #1 pastime is spending time with my husband and kids. We love being outside and going camping or going on walks with Charley. I also enjoy reading and riding my horses, shooting some hoops, and cheering on my Cyclones!

Renee Bertram

DVM

Hello, I am Dr. Renee and started in Humboldt around May 2018. I am originally from Algona, IA and received my degree at ISU.

My inspiration for working in veterinary medicine started on a farm where my dad had a cattle herd and I always enjoyed working with animals. My mom was a nurse and inspired me to love medicine, thus combining my two passions.

My favorite thing about working with animals is seeing the human-animal bond every day. It means so much to me and it is so wonderful to see all our of our clients and patients, especially when I get the chance to help an animal have a better life.

My husband and I have one daughter as well as two dogs, Lola and Cash! Outside of work, you’ll find me outside, playing with my daughter, Violet, fishing, kayaking, and gardening. I also enjoy teaching the community about animals, especially animals in agriculture.

Tracy Lindquist

DVM

Hello, I’m Dr. Tracy and am a veterinarian at Humboldt Vet. I am originally from Rutland, IA and went to the Univeristy of Iowa (Go Hawkeyes!) and Iowa State University. I fell in love with veterinary medicine in college while working at a veterinary hospital. I realized becoming a veterinarian would combine my love of animals and passion for science/medicine. My favorite thing about working with animals is the daily variety veterinary medicine provides; I get to be a dentist, radiologist, and surgeon almost every day!

My family consists of my husband, three children, and our fluffy mutts, Gertie and Phoebe. Outside of work you can find me with my family, spending time with my book club friends, or pretending to be a master gardener.

James Illg

DVM

I’m Dr. Illg and I have been with the practice since 1983 as the former owner. I grew up north of Humboldt and came to the practice when the long-time vet of Humboldt, Sam Linn, retired and gave me his practice.

Aside from growing up on a farm, my dad liked veterinarians and thought it would be a good job. That lead me to becoming certified in veterinary acupuncture, chiropractic, and muscle testing.

My family includes my wife, two daughters, two son-in-laws, six grandchildren, and two grand dogs (Indie and Copper). Outside of work, you’ll find me riding my bicycle and am a Lion Club member.

Leigh Meyer

DVM

I’m Dr. Meyer, an Iowa farm girl with a passion for helping all animals. From those furry paws, no paws (ie snakes), to cloven hooved and feathered. I’m a 2000 graduate of Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine and joined Humboldt Veterinary Clinic in 2016. My more focused veterinary interests include soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, ultrasound and exotics.

When I’m not enjoying my time with my patients, you can find me loving my dogs (Maximus Unicorn – rescue Lacasapoo; Mr. Bean-Pug, Lolli Poppi – rescue Pug, Ginger – rescue Mini Heller, Willie – rescue Pit Heeler), my rescue cats (Jasmine, Frank Garfield Cheddar, Toothless, Minerva McGonagall, and Neville Longbottom), my horses, goats, sheep, chickens, bottle calves, alpacas, fish, and pigs. And yes, they all have names too! I’m also and Iowa Master Gardener, local 4-H club leader, 4-H County Youth Development member, and an avid quilter and crafter.

My husband, Dr. Brent Meyer, is also a veterinarian. We have 3 children, Garrett, Caden, and April. They are in high school and college and very active in sports, FFA, 4-H, music, and farm life.

Kevin Cordray

Business Manager

I’m Kevin and am the business manager here at Humboldt Vet. Dr. Aubrey is my wife and we moved here when she graduated from vet school. I spent 8 years as a manager for a farm equipment manufacturer before coming to work at the clinic. You’ll also find me on the Humboldt County Fair Board and Vice President of the Humboldt County Cattlemen’s Association.

Our family also includes our children, our dog (Charley), our cats (Winnie, Willa, Roo, Fuzz, and Spice), and our horses (Gypsy, Ginger, and Cocoa). We love spending time outdoors as a family and working around our little farm.

Taylor Licht

Front Office Manager

Hello, my name is Taylor and I have been at Humboldt Veterinary Clinic since August 2019. I am originally from Duncombe and currently live in Clare.

I was lucky enough to grow up on a farm raising and showing animals. They have always been apart of my life and can’t imagine it any other way. I grew up showing cattle, sheep, and horses in 4-H, FFA, and IPHA, along with many open shows. Now I get to come to work and be surrounded by animals every day along with a wonderful group co-workers who cherish the love of animals, too.

My family consists of my husband, Danny, and our two dogs (Chief and Calvin). My personal interest are being outside hanging out with friends and family, riding the motorcycle, and taking my dogs for walks.

Kara Steffenson

Administrative Assistant

My name is Kara and I have been working at Humboldt Veterinary Clinic since October 2021. I love seeing all the different animals that come to the clinic and learning new things every day! I have loved animals for as long as I can remember. I grew up taking horseback riding lessons as well as working and volunteering at many different barns doing chores. I would do pretty much anything I could to spend more time with the animals until I was finally old enough to buy horses of my own!

In my free time, I am usually at home spending time with my Husband, Nate, our black lab Brandie, and our two horses Major and Levi!

Michaela Wendel

Veterinary Technician

My name is Michaela and I have been at Humboldt Veterinary Clinic since January 2018. I was born and raised on a farm around Lu Verne and went to DMACC for Ag Business Animal Science and Iowa Lakes Community College for my Veterinary Technician associate’s degree.

Growing up, I was around farm animals like cattle, horses, sheep, dogs, and cats. When I was 12, my brother had a show heifer and was surprised to discover that she was pregnant. We tried to abort them because she was too young but she ended up having a bull calf. We fought hard to keep that calf alive and he made it! That moment made me want to pursue animal medicine. I knew I was in the right profession when I enjoyed coming to work with amazing people who love what they do.

I am married to my husband, Jason, and we live with our 4 legged baby, Tori (black lab). In my personal time, I enjoy cooking, biking, golfing, and spending time with family and friends.

Kelsey Soukup

Veterinary Technician

Hello, my name is Kelsey and I have been at Humboldt Veterinary Clinic since August 2018. Originally, I am from a small town of Rolfe but currently reside in Gilmore City. I officially began working in the veterinary industry in 2018 and am beef quality assurance certified.

My favorite thing about it is the love and appreciation they give back for something as simple as a belly scratch or a pet on the head. Animals have always had a special place in my heart! I was lucky enough to have pets growing up and knew from a young age that helping and caring for animals was something I was meant to do! I knew I was in the right profession when waking up for work was no longer a chore and I am surrounded by an amazing team who love animals as much as I do.

My family consists of my awesome husband, Cody, our two dogs (Tessie Louise, Copper Joseph, and Darby Jean), one crazy kitten (Remington Riot), and one horse (Katniss). My personal interests include barrel racing, fishing, photography, and hanging out with family and friends!

Jaci Applegate

Veterinary Technician

Hi, I’m Jaci and I have been with Humboldt Veterinary Clinic since March 2014. Growing up I always had animals and when I was old enough to get my own pets, that’s when I started my passion of working with animals.

My family consists of my boyfriend, Ben, and seven dogs (Goo, Tootsie, Minnie, and Sul) and two cats (Linus and Lie). On my free time I enjoy taking my dogs on walks and taking pictures. I also work at Almost Home Animal Shelter.

Bailey Walrod

Veterinary Technician

Hi, I’m Bailey and I’ve been with Humboldt Vet Clinic since September of 2019. I am originally from Moorland but currently live in Humboldt with my sister and her dog, Molly. Living on the farm and growing up with and working with animals has always been a big part of my life.

Through 4-H, FFA, and breed organizations, I have been very active in Limousin cattle and Boer goats at various levels. Along with livestock, my family raises Australian Shepherds.

My family consists of my parents (Bruce and Amy), my sister (Katie), and brother (Carson). We have seven Aussies (Bella, Jadda, Molly, Sawyer, Tori, Chase, and Sophie). They are so much fun!

Bailey Jo Pavelka

Veterinary Technician

My name is Bailey! I started working with Humboldt Veterinary Clinic in October of 2020. I moved from Minnesota with my daughter where we were born and raised. I grew up in a rodeo family, gained a huge appreciation for horses and cattle at an early age. I have always had a fondness for the great outdoors! Helping with chores and taking care of the animals was never a bother, instead something I loved.

We have a Black Lab/Aussie Mix, a Blue Heeler and a few horses!! When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my daughter and watching her grow with the same love and enthusiasm for animals that I have. I also enjoy traveling to rodeos, riding horses, and spending time with my family!

Mia Toomsen

Veterinary Technician

Hello, my name is Mia and I have been at the Humboldt Veterinary Clinic since January 2022. I am from Renwick, where I grew up with all different animals around me.

I have loved being around animals for as long as I can remember. From having bottle calves or baby kittens, I was trying to sneak in the house, to growing up with cattle and learning about all the good and tough parts of it. That’s what made me want to work in a place that I could help animals everyday.

Through 4-H and FFA I had the opportunity to learn more about raising farm animals. I showed cattle, swine, and poultry at the county fair. Growing up I also had dogs and cats running around the farm.

My family consists of Max, my boyfriend, and our two dogs, an Australian Shepard named Chuck and a Lab mix named Huxley. When I am not at work I’m normally outside on the farm or with my friends and family.

Kylee Albertz

Kennel Attendant

Hi, my name is Kylee and I started working at the Humboldt Vet Clinic as a kennel assistant in March 2020. I live in Humboldt with my husband Nathan and our two daughters Karlee and Gracie. We also have 3 dogs Hawkeye, Joey, and Maggie, and two cats Patches and Ava. I spend most of my time with my family. We love being outdoors, going to parks, and hiking.

Julie Jorgenson

Kennel Attendant

My name is Julie and I have been a kennel attendant at Humboldt Vet for over 10 years. I originally worked in retail and retail management and worked extensively in merchandising and customer service. After running my own woodworking business using rescued barnwood, I then started a quilt group to raise money for the Havanese Rescue (we are going on 11 years!).

I started working with Dr. Illg and was immediately drawn to his caring and gentle way with our dog. I’ve had a passion for animals my entire life, especially since I grew up on a farm and was exposed to many different animals. Though I wanted to be a vet my entire life, this is as close as I will get and have enjoyed it.

My family includes my husband (Troy), three children (Benjamin, Lacy, and Robbie), and two dogs (Quincy and Nene). Outside of the clinic, I enjoy gardening, home improvement, woodworking, and fabric crafts (crochet, sewing, and quilting). Inspired by my yougest son, Robbie, I am an advocate for special needs and autism awareness.

Jenna Wickre

Kennel Attendant

I am Jenna and I have worked at the Humboldt Vet Clinic since September of 2019 as a kennel assistant. I live in Humboldt with my parents, older sister, along with 2 cats, and a dog. Some of my favorite things about working at the clinic are the passionate and dedicated staff, as well as all of the new learning opportunities that have come from this job and getting to meet lots of new furry friends! I have always enjoyed helping animals. I hope to have a career in the Veterinary industry in my future and working here has given me so many new experiences to help with that.

In my free time I enjoy sewing bandanas and leashes that are sold at the vet clinic with proceeds going to Peace Creek!