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ISU Student Experience


Addy the sea lion's dangerous savings account!
Addy the sea lion, one of Blank Park Zoo's most beloved animals, makes a visit to Iowa Veterinary Specialties after eating pennies. But that's not all we found...
read more >   Published on July 20, 2015.

ISU Student Experience Begins
Iowa Veterinary Specialties' Emergency/Specialty Student Experience Program is underway! Students from Iowa State University, DMACC, and Northeast Iowa Community College participate in a program designed to help familiarize themselves with Specialty and Emergency Medicine.
read more >   Published on May 15, 2015.

Social Stigma of Pet Loss and Grief
The social stigma of pet loss is real. Many people don't understand the grief felt when a pet is lost due to injury or illness. This article is raises the point that this social stigma may actually hinder one's ability to grieve properly.
read more >   Published on February 24, 2015.

Signs Your Pet May Have Cancer

read more >   Published on November 13, 2014.

Tips to Keep Your Pet Safe and Happy on Halloween
Halloween can be a fun time for your family, and even your pets! Here are a few tips to keep your furry goblins safe and happy on Halloween! Toxins: What could any holiday blog...
read more >   Published on October 29, 2014.

Traveling With Your Pets in Your Automobile
Some pets love to travel; some are perfectly content not seeing the backseat of your car ever again. There are times when travel may be necessary: visits to your veterinarian, training sessions,...
read more >   Published on October 27, 2014.

Ebola and Dogs
The recent cases of Ebola in the United States have begun to put pet owners on edge; many fearing their beloved pet may transmit or, even worse, contract the deadly virus. One...
read more >   Published on October 20, 2014.

Staff Member of the Month: August
Emily Kothmann Emily keeps a positive, upbeat, and can-do attitude! She consistently remains cheerful and helpful, even when things are hectic and stressful! Thank you for being a dedicated staff member and making...
read more >   Published on August 25, 2014.

Staff Member of the Month: June
Johnetta Greenfield Johnetta is fairly new to the staff and has caught on quickly! She always has a smile on her face and is eager to help others. Congratulations, Johnetta!
read more >   Published on July 21, 2014.

Francis the Tortoise

read more >   Published on June 6, 2014.

Arthroscopy is the evaluation of joints with a small rigid endoscope. It is one of many tools to evaluate and treat orthopedic conditions and is often combined with other diagnostics such as...
read more >   Published on May 13, 2014.

Laparoscopy is the evaluation of the abdominal cavity with the aid of a rigid endoscope. Retrieval of biopsies and treatment of many abdominal conditions can be accomplished via laparoscopy and results in...
read more >   Published on May 13, 2014.

Staff Member of the Month: May
Ashley Jefferies Ashley has been on staff for 1 year. She works as a technician in the Emergency Department. She has a positive attitude and is constantly working. Ashley is friendly and her...
read more >   Published on May 9, 2014.

Multiple Myeloma
Lobo, an approximately 7-year-old neutered male Chihuahua, presented for evaluation of vomiting and bloody diarrhea.  The owners had just obtained the patient the previous day from a rescue organization, so the age...
read more >   Published on April 3, 2014.

Staff Member of the Month: April
Kelly Harryman Kelly has worked as a registered veterinary technician (RVT) at IVS since May of 2012. She is a wonderful technician who is very dedicated to every task she is given. She...
read more >   Published on April 3, 2014.

Staff Member of the Month: March
Kristy Sorg Kristy has been a technician at IVS for 8 years! She was chosen to be the Staff Member of the Month because she is an incredible emergency technician. She is very...
read more >   Published on March 24, 2014.

DOGGY DONORS: Saving Canine Lives
Iowans take pride in helping their neighbors  This blood donation program relies on volunteers who have four legs. Read the full story
read more >   Published on February 26, 2014.

Donate Blood With Your Dog at IVS
Soon you and your pooch can team up to save lives. On Friday, May 4th, the Iowa Veterinary Specialties is holding a blood drive.  It’s for doggie donors and their owners. There...
read more >   Published on February 20, 2014.

Staff Member of the Month: February
Chad Engelkes Chad has been a staff member at IVS since December 2012. He works as a technician in the Emergency, Surgery, and Dentistry departments. Chad was chosen because he has a great...
read more >   Published on February 20, 2014.

Walk With Your Pup to Fight Cancer
Expect to see a lot of dogs walking around Des Moines on Saturday. The Iowa Veterinary Specialties is hosting the Puppy Up walk.  The two-mile walk with your dog is to increase...
read more >   Published on February 20, 2014.

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Addy the sea lion's dangerous savings account!

Addy the sea lion lets her curiosity get the best of her read more >

ISU Student Experience Begins

Iowa Veterinary Specialties' Student Experience programs, allows vet students as well as vet tech students to gain real life experience with emergency and specialty medicine. read more >

"All the Vet techs and receptionists were nothing but phenomenal and soooo understanding!"

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