Employee of the Month, November 2023

This month’s prize winner is Veterinarian Sue Hartmann, DVM, of Klein Animal Clinic in Bettendorf, Iowa!

Sue Hartmann, DVM


Klein Animal Clinic—Bettendorf, Iowa

Started in veterinary medicine: 1999

Years with practice: 18

Nominated by: Amanda Smith

Why Is Sue So Awesome?

Dr. Hartmann cares about her staff and patients as if they were her own. She will welcome all with open arms and always has a positive outlook. She is the best teacher and promotes the continuation of our knowledge throughout our jobs.

How Does Sue Go Above and Beyond?

Dr. Hartmann would give you the shirt off of her back if you needed it. She provides all staff with the best care as if we were her “kids.” She continuously shows us how much she appreciates us from bringing us homemade food, buying us treats, taking us out to dinners, taking us on all-day field trips all expenses paid, providing us with continuing education, and putting together fun events and parties for us at the clinic. We all feel very fortunate to work for a doctor like her. We honestly do not know what we would do without her. The trust we all have with her for the care of our pets and client pets is incredible. They all feel so comfortable with her.

In Her Own Words

Why do you love your job?

I love vet med and science and have enjoyed being a vet but also really love the business aspect. I loved designing the new building and working on improving the efficiency of the practice. The best part of being a vet is the relationships you develop with families as they bring in their new puppy or kitten and getting to see them through their entire life, from “hello” to “goodbye.”

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Pets at home:

Clark and Eddie, the coonhounds, along with Edna, the terrier mix. They are all quite the characters!

What brought you to the profession?

I grew up on the farm and enjoyed the vet aspect. My hometown vet was very encouraging.

Hobbies outside of work:

Is there a life outside work? I would like to train my dog, Edna, to do therapy work and take her to hospitals and nursing homes. I used to cook/bake more. My peanut butter bars are a clinic favorite! I enjoy traveling and going to the beach! I also enjoy going out to eat.

Favorite book/TV show:

Real crime documentaries (Dateline, etc.), John Grisham-type crime stories, Downton Abbey. I also listen to multiple podcasts for news and politics.

Photo courtesy of Klein Animal Clinic



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