Recognizing a need for quality veterinary care in the rapidly growing western suburbs, the Animal Care Clinic West in the Clocktower Square Center was opened at 2900 University in West Des Moines in 1983. It was accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association in 1984. This animal hospital in West Des Moines was a pioneer in the Des Moines metroplex in that it was open 7 days a week and had extended hours in the evening in recognition of the fact that convenience and access to an animal clinic in Des Moines was consistent with changing lifestyles and work style.
Iowa's first hospital for the care of cats was opened in 1995, as the Metro Cat Hospital of Des Moines. Cat owning clients appreciated facilities and equipment specific to the needs of their cats, and for the many clients owning both cats and dogs, the cat clinic was located adjacent ot the Animal Care Clinic West at 2900 University in the Clocktower Square Center.
All of the member animal hospitals of the Veterinary Medical Group of Des Moines have high levels of facilities and medical equipment to serve the rapidly advancing and expanding technology available and necessary to serve the medical and surgical needs of our canine and feline patients. These advanced technologies include laser surgery, ultrasound and radiology, endoscopy, video otoscopy and digital dental radiography to facilitate quality dental medicine and surgery.