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VCA Avondale Veterinary Hospital


4318 E. Army Post Road, Des Moines, IA, 50320

  • Open

  • Mon-Sat:

    8:00 am - 7:00 pm

  • Sun:


Other Hospital Hours


Appointments preferred. Additional fees may apply to walk-in appointments.

We are closed from 2:00-3:30 pm on the third Thursday of each month for team development.

Surgery/Dental Drop-Off Hours:
Any pet scheduled for a surgery or dental procedure should be dropped off between the hours of 7:00am-8:00am. 

Pet Resort Hours:
MON-FRI: 7:00 am-6:00 pm
SAT: 8:00 am-2:00 pm (drop-off/pick-up is 8:00 am-1:30 pm)
SUN: 12:00 pm-4:00 pm

Cat Hospital Hours:
MON-FRI: 7:00 am-6:00 pm
SAT: 8:00 am-5:00 pm
SUN: Closed


Grooming Drop-Off Hours:

Any pet scheduled for grooming should be dropped off at the Pet Resort between the hours of:

MON-THURS: 7:00-8:00 am

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Wellness plans for your pet

Preventive nose-to-tail care.

Caring for pets... and their people, too.

A Wealth of Veterinary Experience at Your Service!

At VCA Avondale Veterinary Hospital we've helped pets live long, healthy and happy lives since 1973. We provide the best medical care using Fear Free techniques, creating a calming environment for your pet, along with an amazing client experience! We welcome dogs and cats from all surrounding Des Moines areas, including Carlisle, Indianola, Pleasant Hill, Norwalk, Urbandale, West Des Moines, Waukee, Johnston, Ankeny and Altoona.

Our entire team believes that the better we get to know you and your pets, the better we can provide the best possible health care! We believe our medical, reception and pet resort teams are an integral part of your experience, which is why we have the knowledge, experience and desire to answer questions, share our education and act as direct link to our Veterinarians. Our Veterinarians are praised for their kind and thorough care, giving you and your pet the time you need and never rushing through an exam.

Our hospital offers state-of-the-art medical care for routine services like preventative care, vaccines, diagnostic services, spay/neuter, advanced soft tissue surgery, dental care and wellness plans. On top of that, our specialties include orthopedic surgeries followed by an intense rehab program, stem cell therapy, OrthoPets, I-131 feline hyperthyroid treatment, and laparoscopic spay/neuters.

You can stay up-to-date with your pet's medical needs and records with our apps, online pharmacy and home delivery. Book an appointment with us today or ask Alexa to remind you of when your appointment is!

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Wellness Plans for Your Pet

Preventive nose-to-tail care.
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Our Team Overview

The friendly and professional team at our animal hospital is made up of dedicated individuals who have made it their life's work to help pets live long, healthy lives. To support this mission, the hospital relies on many individuals; each team member is equally important in helping us deliver the best experience for both you and your pet. Let us know what we can do for you.

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VCA Charities' Pennies for Pets

VCA Charities is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that directly helps pets in need. Through its 32 Pet Food Pantry locations in 18 states, VCA Charities has helped to provide over 2 million pet food meals to pets in need. VCA Charities also provides free veterinary services, medication, and annual funding to over 100 humane societies, animal rescues, animal shelters, and service dog organizations across the country.

VCA Charities recently raised over $565,000 through the Pennies for Pets Program. Donations are always welcome at participating VCA Animal Hospitals or online at vcacharities.org.

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Our Veterinary Services

At VCA Animal Hospitals, your pet's health is our top priority, provided through high-quality, professional care and genuine personal service. We pledge to instill client trust and confidence that your pet will always receive compassionate, gentle care, as well as the highest standard of veterinary medical service available. We pledge to provide the finest personal service and facilities for you, our clients and your special pets.

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