VCA Avondale Veterinary Hospital

Our Story

At VCA Avondale Veterinary Hospital, we understand how important pets. It is with this in mind that we focus on helping your pet live a long, healthy and happy life. We deliver the best medical care for pets while nurturing the human-animal bond.

In our continuing efforts to make sure all pets in our communities are taken care of, we have partnered with Lionbridge Interpretation Services to ensure clear communication between our team and your family. Whether you speak Spanish, American Sign Language, or one of over 100 other languages, we have interpretation services available for you! Don’t let language be a barrier to providing the best care to your pet.

VCA Avondale Veterinary Hospital has been proudly serving Des Moines, West Des Moines, Carlisle, Indianola, Altoona, Ankeny and surrounding communities for over 40 years. Through VCA Charities, we are able to support pets across the country, as well as in our own backyard.

Our Fear Free Hospital and Cat Friendly Hospital designations mean we have taken extra steps to ensure the best for your pet. Nothing brightens our day more than to snuggle your dog or soothe your shy cat. Our knowledge of the latest procedures and medicines ensure that our patients receive the best in preventive and healing care.

Hometown Care at VCA Avondale Veterinary Hospital

A Wealth of Veterinary Experience at Your Service!

At VCA Avondale Veterinary Hospital, we look forward to welcoming you and your pet. Everyone on our team believes that the better we get to know your pets, the better we can provide the best possible health care for them.  We’ll carefully track the course of your pet’s care, which is so important to you pet’s long-term health.

VCA Avondale Veterinary Hospital also offers the following in cutting edge medicine: Stem Cell Treatment, I-131 Feline Hyperthyroid Treatment, Advanced Canine Orthotics, Canine Rehabilitation, and Dentistry. So, whether your pet needs preventive care, help with growing old gracefully or isn’t feeling well, VCA Avondale Veterinary Hospital is here to partner with you.

Accreditations & Affiliations
American Animal Hospital Association

The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) sets the standard for quality veterinary care for companion animals. As an accredited hospital, we voluntarily uphold the Association's high standards in 18 different areas and are routinely evaluated on over 900 different standards of veterinary care. Not all animal hospitals are accredited, and we are proud to be amongst only 12-15% of veterinary hospitals that hold this honor.

American Association of Feline Practitioners

The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) represents practitioners in the veterinary community who are passionate about the care of cats and supports its members in improving the health and welfare of feline patients. With a reputation as a leader in the field of feline medicine, the AAFP helps veterinary practices establish a feline-friendly environment that reduces stress for cats during veterinary visits.

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Cat Friendly Practice

The Cat Friendly Practice® program is a leading movement to make veterinary care less stressful for cats and their caregivers. This global initiative is designed to elevate care for cats by assisting practices in developing calming, cat-friendly environments and reducing stress for felines before, during, and after their veterinary visit.

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Fear Free Certified Professional

As veterinary professionals, we know that the stress and anxiety associated with taking a pet to the veterinarian is a significant reason why pets don't always receive the medical attention they need. Fear Free℠ veterinary visits reduce feelings of stress, resulting in a better experience for all involved, including pets, owners, and veterinary health care teams. Having a Fear Free℠ Certified Professional can help alleviate your pet's fear, anxiety, and stress when visiting our hospital.