Dr. Grant Jacobson

Owner, Veterinarian

Dr. Grant Jacobson is a passionate and dedicated veterinarian who followed his true calling to make a positive impact on the lives of animals and their owners. Driven by a lifelong affinity for animals, his journey to becoming The Hometown Veterinarian is unique.

Like many teenagers. Dr. Jacobson struggled to select a college major. However, uncertainty gave him time to stop and truly reflect on his passion and goals. It was then that veterinary medicine called his name.

After declaring his major, friends and family shared that they knew he was destined for this path from the start.  With a love of animals and a desire to make a difference, his journey to becoming a veterinarian took shape.

Dr. Jacobson graduated from Iowa State University in 1997 with a degree in veterinary medicine. Prior to attending Iowa State, he attended Marshalltown Community College, laying the foundation for his future veterinary career.

He began his veterinary career working at Blue Sky Animal Hospital in Wyoming, Minnesota in 1997. In 1999, his roots brought him back home to Marshalltown where he continued to practice veterinary medicine for 19 year at Animal Clinic - The Vet until it was sold to a corporate consolidator. In 2018, he founded The Hometown Veterinarian and has been committed to providing the highest standard of veterinary care to his patients.

Throughout his professional journey, Dr. Jacobson has been actively involved in various organizations including the Independent Veterinary Practitioners Association (IVPA), the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association (IVMA), the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV), and the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV), and the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV). He is also an alum of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses.  Dr. Jacobson also enjoys mentoring and nurturing aspiring veterinary students which showcases his commitment to shaping the next generation of veterinary professionals.

Dr. Jacobson has a passion for surgery. He was an early innovator of veterinary laser surgery. As a surgeon, every Dr. Jacobson surgery is a laser surgery because, "Why would you want your pet to bleed and hurt more!" He is obsessive about the comfort and pain relief of his animal patients. He is skilled in orthopedics and soft tissue surgery and accepts referrals from across the state of Iowa. Dr. Jacobson also enjoys managing complex medical cases and is well versed in treating cats, dogs, ferrets, birds, rabbits, reptiles, and many many other species of exotic pets. He is very knowlegable and comfortable when it comes to managing heart patients, diebetics, allergies, endocrine diseases, infectious diseases, and kidney diseases to name a few.

Outside of life as a veterinarian, Dr. Jacobson embraces a diverse range of personal hobbies and interests. He actively participates on the local Pheasants Forever Board, championing wildlife conservation and habitat preservation. He also partakes in 3D printing, gardening, music, playing the guitar, and fishing. He also serves as a member of his church worship band and is an Eagle Scout.

The Hometown Veterinarian is proud to be locally owned by Dr. Grant Jacobson and to be a member of the Independent Veterinary Practitioners (IVPA), which symbolizes a continued commitment to patients, clients, and the community.