Welcome to Ashworth Road Animal Hospital
Your Veterinarian in West Des Moines,IA
Call us at (515) 225-1807

Pet Emergency? Call us right away at (515) 225-1807!


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With over 315 dog years in veterinary practice, our veterinarians have been bringing the very best in medicine and surgery for companion animals in West Des Moines and the surrounding areas. We love pets! Whether you have a cat, dog, guinea pig, hamster, inguana, rat, bearded dragon, or other amazing companion animal, we are the vets for you! Through our website, you can view videos, meet our staff, or take a virtual tour of our veterinary hospital. Please call our office today at (515)225-1807 for all your pet health care needs or click here to contact us.

For the most up-to-date information about events and offers at the hospital, please visit our Facebook page. Our page is also full of fun articles, videos, client reviews, and pictures.

West Des Moines Veterinarian | Ashworth Road Animal Hospital | (515) 225-1807

5508 Ashworth Road
West Des Moines, IA 50266

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Meet Our Skilled Doctors

  • Dr.
    Jessica Merk

    Dr. Merk, originally from New Jersey, is a 2001 graduate of Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She joined Ashworth Road Animal Hospital in September of 2004 and became the practice owner in 2016. She has a special interest in feline medicine and is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners. She currently resides in West Des Moines with her husband Jason, her son Wyatt, her daughter Emily, her 2 nutty cats: Willow and Hotdog, her stunningly cute rescue Pomeranian, Nugget, and her two squeaky guinea pigs: Rose and Violet. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family.

  • Dr.
    Sara Niemand

    Dr. Sara Niemand joined Ashworth Road Animal Hospital in April 2017. Dr. Niemand grew up in Ames, Iowa and graduated from Iowa State University in 2002 with an Animal Science degree and 2007 with her veterinary degree. She has a special interest in canine physical therapy, pain management, surgery and small exotics. She lives with her dog Calvin and her two cats, Maramalade and Millie. In her free time she enjoys travel, crafts, horseback riding and spending time in the great outdoors.


Read What Our Clients Say

    My dog been coming here since she was 4 months old, staff is friendly! Really like Dr. Niamend! She is nice and patience! She takes her time when dealing with my dog, and she is the first doctor that ever calls back to check on my dog after visit!
    Sammi C.
    We have been taking our pets to Ashworth Road Animal Hospital since 1989, and we would never consider going anyplace else. The doctors and staff treat each pet as their own. They go above and beyond in pet care and owner communication. You should form a relationship with this business. You (and your pets) will be very glad that you did.
    Cyrus W.
    How does Ashworth Road Animal Hospital get FIVE STARS from everyone? They are simply the best, from the vets to the technicians, these people not only know what they are doing, but they care. Dr. Merk is perhaps the smartest vet I've ever met.
    Lisa S.

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