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(515) 274-3811

(515) 333-4613

3836 Beaver Ave.,
Des Moines, IA 50310

83 NE Carefree Ln.,
Waukee, IA 50263

Leading Veterinarians in Des Moines IA

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Lynita

Lynita
Lynita joined Iowa Veterinary Wellness Center as a client services representative in February 2012. She graduated in 1989 from Snow College in Ephriam, Utah with an AS degree.

After moving back to Iowa, Lynita worked at her local humane society until she made the move to her first pet hospital in 2000. After that career move, Lynita realized that this was what she was meant to do.

Lynita lives in rural Iowa with her family. They share their home with three very lucky felines, one lone German Shepherd Dog, and one Great Dane.


Jessica

Jessica
Jessica was born and raised in central Iowa. Her passion for animals was nurtured at a young age. During her formative years, she was active exhibiting hunter-jumpers and was also active in FFA with both horse and sheep projects.

Jessica began working in a veterinary hospital at the age of 16 and has never looked back. During her college education at Iowa State University and Grand View College, she worked for several area veterinary clinics. She finally “came home” to stay at Iowa Veterinary Wellness Center as practice manager.

Jessica lives in Polk city with her Bernese Mountain Dogs, rescued Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and one lone Eclectus parrot named Layla. Her hobbies include exhibiting her Berners in conformation, draft, tracking and obedience. She is active with her local regional Berner club as well as the parent association, the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America. She is also a very involved Aunt in her three young niece’s lives. As every parent (and super Aunts) can attest, the girls’ activities keep her busy!



Melanie

Melanie
Melanie joined Iowa Veterinary Wellness Center as a veterinary technician in 2017. She graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at DMACC in Ankeny, IA, earning her associate's degree.

Melanie began her career at Furry Friends Refuge/No Kill Shelter.

Melanie lives in Des Moines with her fur babies Mya, a Weimaraner, and Niko, her forever puppy. She enjoys running, crafting and ISU football. Friends and family are her everything.


Amanda

Amanda
Amanda, like any other veterinary clinic staff member, loves animals. That's why she decided to become a registered veterinary technician. She started her journey by going to Colorado and participating in a vocational school dedicated to animal technology. She earned her RVT title there in Colorado.

Amanda moved back to Iowa in 2014 and has been doing the job she loves ever since.

Amanda first joined the Iowa Veterinary Wellness Center team as a part-time technician. She liked the team so much that she decided to join them full-time.

Amanda currently has two dogs of her own, an 11 year old German Shorthaired Pointer named Cooper, and a 3 year old German Wirehaired Pointer named Blu.


Ben

Ben

Graduated from Bel-Rea institute in March of 2013. Moved to Iowa shortly after to be back near family. I worked at IVRC as an ER tech for nearly 5 years. I joined the IVWC team in December of 2018 to learn more about acupuncture and holistic medicine. When I am not at work enjoying my time with the staff and patients, I am spending it with my family. My wife and I are kept very busy keeping up with our two boys, 3 cats and very good dog.


Kat

Kat

Kat joined Iowa Veterinary Wellness Center as a DMACC Veterinary Technology student for her summer internship in 2018. She had such a great learning experience that she officially joined as an employee that fall. Kat graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at DMACC in May of 2019.

Kat lives in Clive with her amazing dog Skye, who is an 11 year old beagle/husky mix, and sassy cat Kismet who’s a 7 year old calico mix. In her free time she enjoys watching The Green Bay Packers and spending time with her friends, family, and beloved pets.


Madison

Madison

Madison was raised in a small town no one has ever heard of - Gladbrook, IA.

Madison's passion for animals began as a child with her first word being "dog." It only made sense that she was destined to work with pets! She was always taking trips to the ARL and begging her parents to keep every stray that she found!

Madison received her Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts at Marshalltown Community College in 2015 and moved from there to the big city of Des Moines. In 2016, she married her high school sweetheart and moved to Ankeny where she now lives with her four fur babies: two mixed breed pups - Topi and Daisy, and two wild kittes: Cleopatra and Cookie Monster.

Madison previously worked at an ER vet clinic in Des Moines for three years before she joined our team in September 2018. She enjoys spending time with her husband and family, being an aunt, snuggling her fur babies and being in the mountains in Colorado.


Shannon

Shannon

Shannon joined the IVWC family in 2018 as a veterinary assistant. She graduated from Iowa State University in 2017, earning her Bachelor's Degree in Biology and a minor in Military Science. In 2017, she also earned her commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Iowa Army National Guard.

Before moving to IVWC, she spent four years at a small town clinic in central Iowa.

In her free time, Shannon enjoys spending time outdoors with her two dogs: Box mix Reggie and Beauceron Tessa.


Andrea

Andrea

Andrea was born and raised in Des Moines, IA. She always knew she wanted to work with animals. She obtained an Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology from DMACC in 2013, as well as a AA in General Studies.

Before joining our team in April 2019, Andrea worked at a no-kill animal shelter for six years. She has a passion for animals of all types and ailments with some special needs pets of her own at home.

In Andrea's free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, trying out new local restaurants and of course spending time with her own fur kids like Lollie, her precious pup.


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