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. Maggie Wilson

Dr. Maggie Wilson

Dr. Maggie Wilson grew up in Knoxville, Iowa where she developed a passion for all things animal related. She received her degree in veterinary medicine from Iowa State University CVM in 2009. Since graduation, Dr. Wilson has practiced as a small animal veterinarian in Western Iowa for 5 years prior to returning to central Iowa to be closer to family. Dr. Wilson’s veterinary interests include soft tissue surgery, dermatology, and preventative medicine. Outside of work, you will find Dr. Wilson spending time with her husband Jeff, their two beautiful babies Collin and Courtney, and their three fur-children Herman, Izzy, and Crazy Eyes. She also enjoys fishing, reading, decorating, and playing volleyball (though her babies don’t allow much free time these days).

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. Katie Rumsey

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.

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