Hospice & Palliative Care
Iowa Veterinary Specialties is proud to offer end-of-life care and pain management through our Hospice & Palliative Care department. The department will now allow Iowa Veterinary Specialties the opportunity to provide more comprehensive and compassionate care to pets suffering from life-limiting illnesses. The Hospice & Palliative Care department will be utilizing the latest in integrative medicine (a combination of alternative and Western medicines) in order to better serve your pets during this difficult transition.
Meet our Doctors
Dr. Leah Braas graduated from Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. She has been working at Iowa Veterinary Specialties in the Emergency Department since 2012. Dr. Braas has recently studied at the Chi Institute, the leading educational institute for Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Braas will be performing acupuncture and other integrative medicine at Iowa Veterinary Specialties through the Hospice and Palliative Care department. Dr. Braas is excited to combine Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine techniques alongside more conventional Western Veterinary Medicine.
Denise Mankin, DVM
Dr. Denise Mankin, graduated from Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1990. She began working for Iowa Veterinary Specialties in 2000. Dr. Mankin has completed CARE Intensive Training and will be using Young Living Essential Oils through the Hospice and Palliative care Department. She will apply the oils to specific meridians of your pet’s body, much like acupuncture.
- Comprehensive end-of-life/transitional care
- Multi-modal palliative care
- Fluid Therapy
- Oxygen Therapy
- Essential Oils
- Nutritional Support
- Medical boarding
- 24 hour Emergency Support
Iowa Veterinary Specialties' Hospice & Palliative Care department utilizes an Integrative Medicine approach. This includes both alternative medicine and Western medicine techniques and technologies. Each pet in the program receives a custom treatment plan based on doctor recommendations and owner preference.
Dr. Braas is a graduate of the Chi Institute's Small Animal Acupuncture Program. The Chi Institute is the leader in veterinary acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. Veterinary acupuncture has been proven to treat a number of commonly seen conditions: