6110 Creston Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50321
Phone(515) 280-3100

ISU Student Experience


Dr. Braas is the department head for Iowa Veterinary Specialties' Hospice and Palliative Care Department. Dr. Gearhart and 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. Dr. Braas uses both dry needle and electro-acupuncture techniques on her patients, depending on their specific needs.

Veterinary acupuncture has been proven to treat a number of commonly seen conditions:

  • Musculoskeletal conditions, lameness
  • Neurological disorders
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Behavioral problems
  • Dermatological problems
  • Immune-mediated diseases
  • Renal & urinary disorders
  • Reproductive disorders

Acupuncture consultation and treatments are made by appointment only. If you'd like more information, please read our Veterinary Acupuncture brochure below.

Acupuncture Brochure

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IVS Partner's in Progress CE Event 2019

On April 3, 2019 there were twenty-one speakers offering the second annual ISU – IVS Partners in Progress CE Event at the Des Moines Botanical Center. This CE Event was open to all... read more >

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

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