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Des Moines, Iowa 50321
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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.

Staff Member of the Month: January
Christine Jacks Christine has been a surgery technician at IVS since January 2013. She was chosen as the Staff Member of the Month because she is always willing to help and goes above...
read more >   Published on December 17, 2013.

Happy Holidays!!!
Happy Holidays from Iowa Veterinary Specialties and some of the cutest pets around! Email your adorable pet pictures to socialmedia@ivsdsm.com and choose 1 of the 4 cards to have your pet featured!
read more >   Published on December 10, 2013.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification Course
Continuing education is very important in any field but especially in the medical and veterinary fields. To stay up to date on the latest techniques and protocols, IVS employees periodically take courses...
read more >   Published on November 21, 2013.

New 8 Slice CT Scanner
We have upgraded our CT Scanner! Click the link to see how we've improved. IVS has Des Moines' only Veterinary Computed Tomography (CT).  
read more >   Published on November 21, 2013.

Multiple Neoplasia Survivor
Jake is a very sweet, 13 year-old, MN, golden retriever who has survived multiple surgeries, radiation, and chemotherapy for several different tumors. Five years ago Jake was treated for sarcoma on his...
read more >   Published on November 9, 2013.

Women in Veterinary Medicine
Women are charging ahead in the workplace and it is no surprise to find female faces popping up in veterinary schools and clinics like never before. Today, women outweigh men 3 to...
read more >   Published on February 14, 2013.

Kitten Catastrophe
Kitten Catastrophe Mufasa presented to IVS as a 22-week-old Bengal kitten.  The owner reported that he had tripped and accidently landed on Mufasa.  At home, Mufasa had not wanted to walk and was...
read more >   Published on February 5, 2013.

Ears, Eyes and Anus . . . almost everything you wanted to know.
Animals, animals, animals.  We love them but sometimes they are a little broken.  Small things can become very big things in a very short amount of time.   As humans we have the...
read more >   Published on December 14, 2012.

Everybody Loves the Dog Park!
Dog parks are the latest in fun and recreation . . . at least for our dogs!  I have witnessed first hand how a relatively calm, laid-back, adult dog transforms into a vibrant,...
read more >   Published on December 12, 2012.

Accidental Ingestion of Human Medications
In the Emergency Department at IVS we see many cases of poisoning caused by ingestion of human prescription and over-the-counter medications and ointments.  These can be very serious and even life-threatening.  Imagine the dosage differences...
read more >   Published on December 7, 2012.

The Worst Headache Ever
Sugar presented for evaluation of neurological behavior. She was circling to the right and appeared to be blind in the left eye. She also appeared to be weak on the left side...
read more >   Published on October 11, 2012.

Sadie is a 9 year old, spayed Pomeranian. She presented to our emergency department on July 8th for coughing and increased respiratory rate and effort. Radiographs were taken and revealed a severe...
read more >   Published on August 19, 2012.

Cody Sherwood
Cody Sherwood, a 2 year old neutered male smooth coat collie, presented to IVS on a Wednesday night shortly after 10. He was vomiting and not eating since the day before. Ed...
read more >   Published on July 17, 2012.

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

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