Dr. Wicks was born and raised on a grain and livestock farm in northwest Iowa. Growing up on a farm surrounded by pets and livestock helped fuel Dr. Wicks’s passion for all creatures great and small. Early on, that passion to care for animals solidified into a desire to help all animals (and their people) as a veterinarian. Dr. Wicks knew he would dedicate his life to caring for animals as he pursued his education at Iowa State University where he received his BS in Animal Science in 1984 and his DVM degree in 1988.
Following graduation, Dr. Wicks practiced in a mixed animal practice in Florida. He missed the Midwestern lifestyle and small town living so, after some bouncing around, he sank roots in Aledo Illinois. As the proprietor of a successful veterinary practice, Dr. Wicks gets to do what he loves every day. Dr. Wicks has a special interest in Preventative Medicine and Emergency Preparedness and attends conferences and seminars to improve his knowledge and keep up-to-date on the latest technology. Dr. Wicks is active in the Illinois Veterinary Early Response Team (IVERT) and the Mercer County Medical Reserve Corp.
Dr. Wicks and his wife Mona, who is the Practice Manager for Aledo Veterinary Clinic, enjoy spending time with their dog Hazel. Hazel is an English Shepherd who was initially going to be a working dog; but, she got spoiled and is now a lap dog and part time greeter and an occasional watch dog. Hazel comes to work with Dr. Wicks and Mona most days and, when she is behaving, she is behind the front counter greeting clients and patients. We think Hazel believes that everyone comes in to see her! He is the proud father of Nathan and Collin and is excited to be welcoming his first grandchild to the family during the summer of 2019. During his free time Dr. Wicks enjoys fishing, gardening and camping with the Boy Scouts.