Our Doctors

Dr. Courtney Knott

I grew up in Missouri Valley, Iowa. Attended Iowa State University for both undergraduate and veterinary school. Practiced as a small animal veterinarian in Centerville, Iowa until recently moving back to the Omaha area to be closer to family. Married to Jim, son Jackson and daughter Kendall. We love cheering on the Iowa State Cyclones in all athletic events. We have a 15 year old cat, Frankie. I enjoy running and participating in local runs.

Dr. Jay Jesske

Dr. Jay Jesske is a partner at American Animal Hospital. Dr. Jesske grew up in rural Nebraska. His love of animals started at an early age as he had many farm pets. He showed Quarter horses on a national level.

Dr. Jesske graduated from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln with a Bachelor of Science degree. He received his DVM degree from Iowa State University in 1988.

After veterinary school he worked at the Bellevue Animal Hospital in Bellevue, Nebraska, and The Dog and Cat Clinic in Leavenworth, Kansas. In 1993, he moved to Omaha, Nebraska and began practicing at American Animal Hospital.

He and his wife have 4 daughters. They currently have 1 dog, a Golden Doodle, Kona, and a beta fish, Nemo.

Dr. Dave Kroeger

Dr. Dave Kroeger grew up in south central Nebraska. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. He then attended the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 1985.After practicing in Twin Falls, Idaho and Salt Lake City, Utah, he moved to Omaha in 1992 to be closer to family and friends.

Dr. Kroeger is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association and the Association of Avian Veterinarians. Dr. Kroeger is married and has 3 daughters.

Pets include:

  • “Nora” – Gordan Setter
  • “Nellie” – Standard Poodle
  • “Iris” – cat
  • “Arthur” – cat
  • “Elsie” – Standard Poodle

Dr. Kroeger’s hobbies include fishing, golf, and reading.

Dr. Natalie Allen

Dr. Natalie Allen grew up in Omaha and is excited to be practicing back home. She attended the University of Nebraska-Omaha for her undergraduate studies in biology and neuroscience. Dr. Natalie then went on to earn a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University in 2021. She has two gorgeous pets including a cat named Lilly and a Brittney named Windsor. When she is not practicing veterinary medicine, Dr. Natalie enjoys volunteering in her community as a powerlifting coach. She also enjoys working out, cooking, and outdoor activities.

Dr. Burr

I grew up in Hastings, NE and have always wanted to be a vet. I went to Kenesaw High School, about 15 minutes west of Hastings, where I met my husband, Nick. We have been together since my freshman year of high school. I grew up with horses and showed them in local open shows and 4-H. I also showed my dog, Zoe, at the county fair every year (6-time Grand Champ, whoop whoop!). I have had a variety of animal-related jobs, including working at the local animal shelter and at US-MARC in Clay Center during college.

I went to UNL for my bachelor’s degree in veterinary science and worked as a veterinary assistant at a local Lincoln clinic during that time. I attended the UNL-ISU Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine for my DVM, and worked at a local emergency hospital since graduating. I have a passion for urgent care and treating sick patients and I really love being able to work closely with my clients. In my spare time, I like to work out, spend time outdoors, cook, and travel as much as possible.