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Welcome to Ashworth Road Animal Hospital
Your Veterinarian in West Des Moines,IA
Call us 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 search information about various animal diseases in our Pet Library, 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.

We are happy to offer a number of resources that enable you to learn about how to take better care of your pets. Please feel free to browse our site, particularly the informational articles. The best veterinary care for animals is ongoing nutrition and problem prevention, so becoming knowledgeable about preventative pet care is essential to the ongoing success of your animal’s health. If you have any questions, call (515) 225-1807 or contact us and we'll promptly get back to you. Our West Des Moines veterinarian office is very easy to get to - just check out the map below! We also welcome you to subscribe to our newsletter, which is created especially for West Des Moines pet owners.

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 Team

  • 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.
    Melissa Kobberdahl

    Dr. Melissa Kobberdahl joined Ashworth Animal Hospital in July 2015. Originally from West Des Moines, Dr. Kobberdahl is a 1991 Valley High School graduate. She completed her Bachelor degree in Psychology and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University in 2001. After practicing for more than 10 years near Chicago, she decided to move back to Iowa to be near family. She currently resides in West Des Moines with her son Dylan, and four Border Collies: Floss, Swirl, Storm and Sky. Her interests include playing piano, showing dogs, stained glass projects and sheepdog trials.

  • 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.

  • Diana Freeman
    Receptionist/Office Manager

    Diana joined Ashworth Road Animal Hospital in 1994. Diana grew up on a farm, so animals have always been a part of her life. She lives with her husband Greg, their dog Kai, and their cat Vinny. They also have two adult sons, Joe and Jim. In her free time, she enjoys fishing, boating, traveling, and watching the Iowa Hawkeyes. GO HAWKS!

  • Linda Weidenman

    Linda joined Ashworth Road Animal Hospital in 2004. Linda lives in Des Moines with her furry and feathered family. She enjoys spending her free time with friends kayaking, riding horses, training, and showing her dogs in obedience/agility trials, dock diving, and therapy visits. Linda is co-founder and member of Iowa Golden Retriever Rescue in addition to being a member of DMOTC and the Des Moines Golden Retriever Club.

  • Nicole Gordinier
    Veterinary Technician/Receptionist

    Nicole joined Ashworth Road Animal Hospital in 2003. Nikki currently lives in West Des Moines with her daughter Charlotte Rose and cats Max, Lily, Biggie, and Callie.

  • Tricia Miles

    Tricia joined Ashworth Road Animal Hospital in 2012. Tricia graduated from Muscatine Community College in 2010 with her degree as a veterinary technician. She enjoys spending time with her four horses, dog (Jersey), and her cat (Mimi). Tricia currently lives outside of Dallas Center with her husband Ed, her son Dallas, and daughter Dakota.

  • Jill Mraz
    Veterinary Technician

    Jill joined Ashworth Road Animal Hospital in 2006 after graduating from Iowa State University with her bachelors in Animal Ecology and Wildlife Care. Jill currently lives in Ankeny with her husband Gary and 3 children, Leah, Logan and Owen.

  • Shanda Scherff
    Veterinary Technician

    Shanda graduated from the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Veterinary Technician program in May 2014. She joined Ashworth Road Animal Hospital in June 2014. Shanda currently lives in West Des Moines with her fiancé, Aaron. She also has her dog Holly and two cats Quinn and Binx. In her free time Shanda likes to watch American Horror Story and Big Bang Theory.

  • Lilly Rice
    Veterinary Technician

    Lilly joined Ashworth Road Animal Hospital in 2018. She enjoys salsa dancing, running, eating sushi, and petting people's dogs. Lilly lives in Des Moines with her cat Leia.

  • Alli Goodrich

    Alli works part-time at Ashworth Road Animal Hospital but spends most of her working hours as an emergency technician at Iowa Veterinary Referral Center.

  • Tammy Hines
    Animal Caretaker

    Bio coming soon..

  • Bob Adams
    Animal Caretaker

    Bio coming soon..


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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