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Since 2008, Family Pet Veterinary Center's focus has remained the same - to provide your pet with valuable quality care for life.

Pain Practitioner

Dr. Jen Mathis is a pain management expert. She is the first veterinarian Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner in Iowa!

3 Locations

We have 3 locations in the Greater Des Moines Iowa area to better serve you - with a wonderful and compassionate team!

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Popular Services

Wellness Plans
Routine Exams
Surgical Procedures
Laser Therapy
Pain Management
Nutritional Counseling
Behavioral Counseling

Latest Photos

Photos from all 3 of our locations!
Molly doesn't care if it's not lady like- she lets her tongue hang out anyways!! #labradoodle #vet #southdesmoines
Kittens!! Available for adoption at Furry Friends Refuge! #furryfriends #westdesmoines #vet
Adorable Pippa! #puppy #vet #westdesmoines #cavapoo
Tito #sugarglider #norwalkia #vet #clinicpet
Smooch made herself right at home! #vet #norwalk
Tyler was set on getting a treat!
Teddy is rocking a Mohawk today after his haircut!
Kiki decided the counter was a perfect spot to lay down today! Too cute!
Introducing Brooklyn Meatloaf. Her owner's granddaughters picked the name. How do you pick your pet's name?
Just another day at the office for Miss Misjif!!
We had a small pack visit us today! Aren't these boys gorgeous?
Dexter - aka Mr. Hollywood. Has a smile and is full of tricks.
Mr. Jake- always a gentleman, even during bath time!
A pair of adorable visitors today! Cute overload!!
Adorable Miss Moxxie!
Otter showed us she is a lap dog today during her visit!
Staff getting hugs from Abigail before she outgrows them!
This adorable little guy visited today... Won't be this little for long!
Smiles all around!
Taking the dogs for a walk. #adventuresofyeller

Maintain Health


If you haven't been to a vet in a while, relax. Start with a complete checkup for your pet.


It's important to stay on top of shots, overall health, and mental health issues.

Wellness Plans Now Available!

Let's put together an eating and fitness plan that brings out the best in your pet.

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    Itchy pets and Allergies 101 by Amanda, Family Pet Veterinary Center South
    Has your pet been scratching or licking more than usual? Have they had infections that keep coming back, even after treatment? If so, your pet may have allergies! Allergies have a variety of causes, and identifying can be tricky since they may have more than one type. General symptoms may include increased scratching, paw chewing, […]
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    Raw Food Diets by Richelle
    As pet owners, we often invest a lot of effort into doing what’s best for our “fur babies’’. With all of the options in the market today it can be very confusing to try and establish a safe and balanced diet for your pets. The human market is rampant with nutritional discrepancies; why would the […]
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    If you love us, leave us at home
    With summer time upon us and warm temperatures Heat Stress and Heat Stroke are real concerns for our pets.  We want you to be able to recognize signs that your dog may be in distress and learn some smart tips to help prevent it. Prevention is the key!  It is typically easier to prevent than […]
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    Mobie Learns About Rehabilitation By Trudee D., RVT
    I recently had the pleasure of traveling with Dr. Jen and Mobie to Fort Collins, Colorado. There, I was welcomed by the experts at Fort Collins Veterinary Emergency and Rehabilitation Center (FCVER) to observe and assist with pain management and rehabilitation cases.  I have dabbled in rehab, but I was able to learn so much […]
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    Mobie helps teach Medical Acupuncture
      Medical acupuncture, or the scientific basis of acupuncture, is taught in Fort Collins, Colorado and is a joint effort between Colorado State University’s Integrative Medicine department, the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association, One Health SIM (previously Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians (MAV)), and the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM). As a medical acupuncturist,  we […]
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