Partner with the Best: Ashworth Road Animal Hospital in West Des Moines

Every pet owner needs a trustworthy veterinarian to care of their pet. You’ll appreciate having a good veterinarian you can turn to in your time of need. If you live in the West Des Moines area, bring your pet to Ashworth Road Animal Hospital for veterinary care. We’d love to partner with you in the care of your pet!


Who We Are

Our team is led by Dr. Jessica Merk, Dr. Sara Niemand, and Dr. Lena Ribbey, three knowledgeable veterinarians with over 34 years of collective experience in their field. Each brings unique veterinary skills to our facility, enabling us to excel in our care of felines, canines, and exotic pets.

Established in 1957, our clinic has been providing quality veterinary services to the West Des Moines area for over 60 years. We run a state of the art animal clinic with professional caregivers who stay on the cutting edge of their profession. Our goal is to establish a strong personal relationship with pet owners (and pets) in our local community, so you will have confidence in our treatments and feel comfortable in our care.

What We Do

We offer a wide range of veterinary services to meet the needs of all kinds of pets. Our facility utilizes the latest technology to ensure your pet gets quality care. Whether your pet is coming in for a wellness exam or complex surgery, you can rest assured that he is in good hands. Here’s what you can expect from our skilled veterinary team:

Diagnostics - We offer in-house diagnostics to include digital x-rays and full laboratory testing to ensure your pet gets an accurate diagnosis for health conditions and injuries, so we can determine the appropriate treatment.

Surgery - Our team has ample experience in all manner of surgical procedures to include laser surgery and anesthetic care. Laser surgery reduces pain, bleeding and swelling in your pet to expedite his healing and help him make a smoother recovery.

Dental Care - Your West Des Moines veterinarian offers annual dental exams and cleanings to protect your pet’s oral health. We also treat dental problems like broken teeth, bleeding gums, mouth tumors, tooth extractions and treatment of periodontal disease.

Medications - Our in-house and online pharmacies makes it easy to obtain the medications you need for your pet. 

For veterinary care at its best, contact Ashworth Road Animal Hospital in West Des Moines at (515) 225-1807 today.

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Meet Our Skilled Doctors

  • Dr.
    Lena Ribbey

    Dr. Lena Ribbey is a 2019 graduate of Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She grew up in Des Moines and is happy to be practicing in the area. Lena lives with her husband, Teague, two dogs, Breeze and Lars, and four cats: Audrey, Bogart, Clara, and Franklin. In her free time, she enjoys reading, yoga, going to concerts, and visiting zoos. Dr. Ribbey is especially interested in exotic animals, surgery, and preventive medicine.

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  • Dr.
    Jessica Merk

    Dr. Merk, originally from New Jersey, is a 2001 graduate of Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine and a 1997 graduate of Skidmore College. 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: Hans and Hotdog, her stunningly cute rescue Pomeranian, Nugget, and her 2 funny guinea pigs: Snickers and Twix. 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

    We’ve been bringing our pets to Ashworth Road Animal Hospital since 1998 when we brought our first furry family member home. They have been caring and supportive through all of the ups and downs in the lives or our pets and I can’t imagine taking our pets anywhere else.

    Cathy F.

    I have been taking my kitties here since 1986 and, no matter which vet we see, we always leave happy campers! The receptionists, techs, and vets couldn't be any better.

    Betty Sue H.

    Love the doctors and staff! Dr. Merk really spends time to understand your questions and concerns without feeling rushed. They take extra measures to work with the animals at their comfort level. The app makes scheduling and ordering prescriptions easy and on my schedule. They make you feel like a valued part of their family.

    Becky D.

    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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