Originally from Atlantic, Iowa where he graduated from high school in 1978, Dr. Henning attended Iowa State University and graduated from vet school in 1985. He practiced small animal medicine and surgery in Elgin, Illinois from 1985 to 1992. In 1992 Dr. Henning purchased, along with a partner, Starch Pet Hospital and University West Pet Clinic in Des Moines. In 2016 they sold the hospitals, and Dr. Henning worked for the new owner until June 2020. With years of experience in medicine and surgery, it is the surgery department that he enjoys most having preformed almost all forms of orthopedic and soft tissue surgeries.
Dr. Henning very much enjoys veterinary medicine and surgery but chooses to work part time so he can enjoy his hobbies. Those hobbies being mainly farming and gardening. He gardens as organic as possible and his backyard no longer has a lawn as it is all garden and fruit trees. On the farm he mainly grows corn and soybeans but tries to farm in “nature’s image.” Soil health and wildlife conservation are top priorities and as little chemical herbicide and fertilizer as possible are used.
Iowa Veterinary Wellness Center with its holistic approach to pet health is a natural fit for Dr. Henning and his belief that human and animal health are directly connected to soil and plant health.