Meet Our Veterinarians in Des Moines, IA

Since 2008, Family Pet Veterinary Center has provided veterinary services in Des Moines, IA and beyond. We are proud to be the name pet owners trust to take care of their dogs, cats, and small mammal exotic pets. With two convenient locations in the Greater Des Moines area and flexible hours, our staff and vets are proud to serve pet owners across the area, and more importantly, help their pets live long, healthy, and happy lives.

Dr. Ryan Southard

Dr. Ryan Southard

Dr. Ryan grew up in Arizona and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Veterinary Science for
the University of Arizona. He completed his veterinary curriculum with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
degree from Colorado State University in May 2000. Dr. Ryan returned to Arizona as a Small Animal
General Practitioner in Tucson and Phoenix until December 2011 at which time he and his wife moved
to Iowa to be closer to family. He is Fear Free Certified which represents an utmost dedication to
reduce fear, anxiety and stress for his patients and improving their overall quality of life. Dr. Ryan’s
medical interests include dentistry, dermatology, pain management and preventative medicine. When
not at work, Dr. Ryan prefers spending his time with his family and enjoying as much of the outdoors as
possible fishing, biking and hiking


Dr. Katie Rumsey

Dr. Katie Rumsey

Dr. Katie Rumsey grew up in the mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wyoming and her Veterinary Degree from Iowa State University. After graduation, she worked in a mixed animal practice in Chariton followed by a small animal practice in the Des Moines area. Dr Katie practiced in Iowa for several years before moving to Ohio, then Pennsylvania and finally back to central Iowa. Dr Katie’s interests include surgery, pain management, dentistry, ultrasound and behavior. When not at work, Dr Katie spends time with her husband, 2 daughters, 2 dogs and 3 cats. She also enjoys skiing, snowboarding, hiking, biking, kayaking and just about anything outdoors.


Dr. Liz Fara

Dr. Liz Fara

Dr. Liz Fara grew up in western Iowa in the small town of Manning. Her passion for veterinary medicine and animals began at an early age when she was able to observe surgeries at the small animal satellite clinic that her grandmother managed. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University in 2007. After graduation, she tried her hand at mixed animal practice in Osceola. From there she moved to Boone where she started practicing small animal medicine. She has also worked in small animal practices in Ames and Indianola. Dr. Liz’s interests include soft tissue surgery, dermatology, pain management, laser therapy and preventative medicine.

Outside of work, Dr. Liz enjoys spending time with her husband, Rick and son, Patrick. She also enjoys hiking, baking, reading and hot air balloon watching.


Dr. Jennifer Mathis

Dr. Jennifer Emerson-Mathis

Dr. Jen received her degree in Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University; she is a third generation veterinarian, and you may see her father on occasion as he is still practicing in Iowa today. After graduation, Dr. Jen joined a multi-vet practice just outside of Chicago for many years before moving back home to Iowa where she practiced in Adel, Iowa before starting a practice of her own here in West Des Moines.

Time out of the office is spent with her husband, young children, and furry kids. Should free time arise, you may find her scrapbooking, stamping, or rug hooking.


Veterinary Care in West Des Moines & Norwalk IA

Family Pet Veterinary Center in West Des Moines and Norwalk, IA is proud to serve area pet owners with a range of vet services and treatments. We are committed to helping your pets live happy, healthy lives. With both basic and advanced treatments available, you can trust we have the service and experience to properly treat your dog, cat, or small exotic mammal.

For more information, please contact one of our offices or email us today at wecare@fampetvet.com.