Dr. Van graduated from Iowa State University in 1972 with a degree in Veterinary Medicine. After a several years of tiny animal practice in North Carolina and Florida he moved to N.E. Iowa and entered a mixed animal practice with emphasis on dairy. Over the next twenty years many things occurred; lots of hard work and long hours, divorce, and then remarriage to Vicki -his constant love, friend and companion working by his side since 1989.

Contact Details

  City Des Moines, IA
  Zip Code 50310
  Address 3836 Beaver Avenue
  Phone Number (515) 274-3811

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At Iowa Veterinary Wellness Center, our staff is trained in both traditional western veterinary medicine and holistic eastern medicine. Utilizing both modalities while treating your pet means that he or she will receive all of the special health care they may need. We believe in treating the whole pet with a focus on disease prevention and health wellness. Our innovative approach will utilize all appropriate therapeutic options; we will combine the best of traditional veterinary medicine with holistic natural techniques while caring for your pet.

Iowa Veterinary Wellness Center was started in the Des Moines, Iowa area over a decade ago. We were the first holistic veterinary practice in the entire Midwest region. Our integrative approach to veterinary medicine is designed to improve your pet's health, prevent or minimize adverse drug effects, and improve the quality of life of your pet. Each pet is treated on an individual basis utilizing our wide-range of modern and alternative veterinary medicine techniques. Our holistic approach allows us to begin our assessment and treatment of each pet from every angle, and we focus on each pet in his or her entirety.

Iowa Veterinary Wellness Center has a foundation in integrative care, focusing on all aspects of health, incorporating quality medicine with a holistic approach in a collaborative setting. We strive for consistent, compassionate care and look forward to being a part of your pet's healthcare team.

Most veterinary practices and animal shelters routinely screen for the presence of microchips in lost or found pets. The microchips we use are roughly the size of a grain of rice and are inserted under the skin in between the shoulder blades. A microchip scanner can then recognize its presence after implantation. You will need to register your pet's new microchip with the manufacturer. Registration involves the sharing of contact and emergency contact information so that information is in the database should you ever experience the unfortunate circumstance of a missing pet.

Fleas and ticks are parasites of the skin. Flea and tick prevention is important because these pests not only cause problems with the skin, but they also possess the ability to transmit a number of diseases to the dog. Flea and ticks are also able to affect you and your family. There are many safe and highly effective products available at Iowa Veterinary Wellness Center that will treat and prevent flea and tick infestations. Regular use of one of these products will effectively prevent fleas and ticks from becoming a problem for you or your pet!

Did you know that pets need dental care too? Dental disease is one of the most common, but preventable, problems in dogs and cats. Prevention of dental disease consists of frequent removal of the dental plaque and tartar that forms on teeth. Untreated dental disease compromises the quality of an animal's life and leads to pain, infection, tooth loss and potential infection to other organ systems. Professional dental care at Iowa Veterinary Wellness Center begins with a thorough oral examination and a review of digital x-rays of your pet's teeth and mouth.

The veterinarians at Iowa Veterinary Wellness Center provide high quality surgical services for our patients. We use the best anesthetics; the same ones that are used in humans, including the best gas inhalation anesthetic, Sevoflurane. We utilize anesthetic monitoring equipment, monitoring your pet's heart rate and oxygen saturation during anesthesia. One of our qualified veterinary staff is present at all times to assist the veterinarian performing the surgery. Your pet is always being monitored and is cared for as though he/she were our own.

Iowa Veterinary Wellness Center offers the single most comprehensive pet pharmacy available in Iowa. Due to our specialty practices that encompass holistic care, we not only provide the routine, "run of the mill" medications like antibiotics, thyroid medications and pain relievers, we ALSO provide a complete and extensive line of Chinese herbal medications as well as nutritional supplements. We like to think that we have a very large toolbox and our pharmacy and its contents are just one of those tools.