Ryan is a mixed animal veterinarian originally from DeWitt, Iowa. He received his Bachelor of Animal Science degree in 2004 and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2008 from Iowa State University. Ryan has practiced mixed animal medicine in Anamosa, IA and also several years as a small animal veterinarian in Appleton, WI. He lives in Anamosa with his wife, Margaret; two sons, Owen and Liam; a blue tick coonhound mix named Charlie, a 3-legged black cat named Finn, and a goat named Flower. In his spare time Ryan enjoys spending time with family, watching movies and sports, traveling, and outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing, camping, and fishing.