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

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Veterinary Surgery

Iowa Veterinary Specialties provides a wide range of surgical services should surgery be necessary, including emergency surgery when needed.  We are excited to welcome Andy Law, BVetMed, DACVS and Allison Kenzig, DVM, DACVS as our board-certified surgeons to join our progressive referral practice. Dr. Law and Dr. Kenzig also offer consultations with your favorite fur baby! We will do a full physical exam from nose to tail and speak with you about all your concerns. Our goal is to make sure you are fully informed regarding your pet’s condition and necessary surgery as well as the aftercare.

About Us

Allison Kenzig, DVM, DACVS-SA
Allison Kenzig

Dr. Kenzig attended The Ohio State University for both her undergraduate education and veterinary school and received her DVM in 2013. She then completed a rotating internship at University of Missouri in 2014 and a small animal surgical residency at Mississippi State University in 2017. After residency, she spent four years as a private practice surgeon in Ohio. She is board-certified in small animal surgery as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Dr. Kenzig is well-versed in soft tissue, orthopedic, and neurosurgical procedures. She is particularly interested in minimally invasive procedures (laparoscopy, thoracoscopy, and arthroscopy) and is experienced in performing TPLOs for treatment of cranial cruciate ligament disease in all sizes of dogs. In her spare time, Dr. Kenzig spends time with her husband, fellow ISU/IVS surgeon Dr. Andy Law, their two dogs, cat, and chinchilla.

Andy Law, BVetMed, DACVS-SA
Andy Law

Dr. Law received his veterinary degree from National Chung Hsing University in Taiwan. He then completed a clinical year at Colorado State University, an internship in orthopedics and neurosurgery with Dr. Noel Fitzpatrick (from television shows Bionic Vet and Supervet), and both a rotating internship and small animal surgical residency at Mississippi State University. Dr. Law became board certified in February 2017 while teaching orthopedics as faculty at Purdue University. He then spent four years in specialty private practice in Ohio before joining the Iowa State University and IVS teams. Dr. Law has an interest in all things surgical, with an emphasis on advanced orthopedic procedures and minimally-invasive procedures. When not working, he spends time with his wife, fellow ISU/IVS surgeon Dr. Allison Kenzig, and their pets Peanut, Rosie, Rajah, and Lolita.


We strive to offer the best patient care with the highest quality of medicine and surgery. We want to maximize the quality of life of our patients and in turn create the very best relationship with our clients and our local veterinarians. If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Law and Dr. Kenzig at Iowa Veterinary Specialties we are more than happy to help!

Below is a list of surgeries that can be provided.

Soft Tissue Surgical Services

  • Brachycephalic airway syndrome
  • Laryngeal paralysis
  • Collapsing trachea
  • Mass excision & reconstruction
  • Advanced endocrine surgery
  • Perineal hernia repair
  • Diaphragmatic hernia repair
  • Traumatic body wallhernia repair
  • Splenectomy
  • Lymph node excision
  • Gastric dilatation/volvulus
  • Gastric and intestinal foreign bodies & masses
  • Porto-systemic shunt (PSS) attenuation
  • Cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal)
  • Cholecystoenterostomy
  • Subtotal colectomy (for feline megacolon)
  • Anal sacculectomy
  • Perineal urethrostomy
  • Cleft palate reconstruction

Orthopedic Surgical Services

  • Limb amputation
  • Maxilectomy and Mandibulectomy
  • Spinal fracture repair
  • Hemilaminectomy and ventral slot decompression for inter- vertebral disc extrusion
  • Muscle and tendon injury eval- uation and repair
  • Hip luxation repair
  • Joint arthrodesis
  • Triple pelvic osteotomy (TPO) for canine hip dysplasia
  • Patellar luxation repair
  • Lateral Suture (extracapsular) Stabilization
  • IM pins and cerclage wires
  • Minimally invasive fracture repair options
  • Surgical treatment for Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL) rupture
  • Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO)
  • External skeletal fixation

Laparoscopy & Thoracoscopy

Minimally invasive approach for surgical exploration, treatment and obtainment of diagnostic biopsies for a myriad of diseases including liver diseases, pericardial diseases, and kidney diseases using an endoscope.

Reconstructive Surgery

Cosmetic and functional restoration following traumatic or surgical events necessitating skin flap, skin graft or muscular graft transposition.

Canine Rehabilitation Center

The ISU Canine Rehabilitation Center offers complementary therapy for patients who have orthopedic or neurologic injuries, as well as many other conditions. For example, rehabilitation can be used as an exercise program for the obese, arthritic, or geriatric patient. It can also be used as a conditioning therapy to help service animals such as police dogs or athletes get into top shape prior to competition.  Learn More.

Call (515) 280-3100 today to schedule a surgery consult.

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