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Veterinary Services in Altoona, Iowa

Our mission is to provide each patient with the same level of care and compassion as we would our own pets. We love what we do and are honored each time a client entrusts us with caring for their furry friends. The Altoona Veterinary Hospital doctors and staff are committed to following the highest standard of care in all the veterinary services we offer including wellness care, immunizations, parasite prevention and control, dentistry, surgery, internal medicine, dermatology, imaging, ultrasound, echocardiography, and behavior/nutritional counseling. Fulfilling that commitment begins with our experienced, caring, and knowledgeable medical team at our Altoona-based veterinary clinic.

Our doctors, technicians, and other support staff regularly attend continuing education meetings giving them the opportunity to stay current on the most recent developments in veterinary medicine such as new medications, behavior modification techniques, anesthetic protocols, end of life care and pain management strategies. Implementing that knowledge requires having accurate information in a timely manner. Access to in-house blood analyzers, digital radiography, ultrasound, dental radiography, cardiology/radiology specialist internet consultations, and other equipment allows our doctors to provide answers quickly to concerned pet owners.

We are here to service the cities of Altoona, IA, Des Moines, IA, Pleasant Hill, IA, Bondurant, IA, Runnells, IA, Mitchellville, IA, Ankeny, IA, Prairie City, IA, Colfax, IA, West Des Moines, IA and more!

An AAHA Accredited Veterinary Practice

As proof of the efforts we make to meet, or exceed, a high standard of care, we have proudly been accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) for over 30 years. A designation that requires a pet hospital’s procedures, facilities, diagnostic equipment, protocols, and staff to be evaluated against roughly 900 rigorous standards and has been accomplished by less than 20% of veterinary hospitals nationwide. To find out more about what our AAHA accreditation means for you and your pet click here.


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★★★★★ Always love the experience here! Great care!Dennis D.Dennis D. ★★★★★ Dr. Witte is always so loving to my dog !Cassey G.Cassey G. ★★★★★ Kayla and Valerie were absolutely amazing! They were super nice and helpful! We always love coming here! We bring our animals here all the time!CassyJCassyJ ★★★★★ Very friendly and very helpful very happy with careColleen H.Colleen H. ★★★★★ Very helpful and sweet with the dogs. Very knowledgeable.Stephanie J.Stephanie J. ★★★★★ Great vet! So friendly and educational. Learned a lot from our visit. Always does a great job with our dogs. Tucker loves coming here!Erik D.Erik D. ★★★★★ Always super sweet and knowledgePaisley F.Paisley F. ★★★★★ The staff was awesome. My cat was not in a good mood and they were very professional and did an excellent job!Christian R.Christian R. ★★★★★ An amazing visit! Like always Dr Witte is awesome. The front desk staff is so helpful and willing to go above and beyond to make my visit easy! Valerie and Kaela were so helpful with how to use the online pharmacy! Thank you!!Kelly L.Kelly L. ★★★★★ I recently took my dog, Willow, to the vet for her routine checkup and vaccinations, and I couldn't be happier with the experience. From the moment we walked in, the Kaela was incredibly welcoming and made Willow feel comfortable. The vet was thorough, gentle, and took the time to explain everything clearly. Willow didn't seem stressed at all, which is a testament to the clinic's excellent care and professionalism. I highly recommend this vet for anyone looking for top-notch care for their furry friend! Five stars!Justin L.Justin L. ★★★★★ We always have the best service and the staff truly care about your pet! From the front desk, to Kaela, then Dr. Morrissey and her assistant; all went above and beyond. I know my girl is in good hands when we come here!Lindsey Van W.Lindsey Van W. ★★★★★ We’ve been taking our dogs here for years and have always had great care! While they’re on the expensive side, we’ve always felt that they listen to our concerns and help come up with plans that fit everyone’s abilities and expectations. Kaela and Julia helped calm down my very nervous dog today so we could get the exam done! The doctors there are wonderful!Amy H.Amy H. ★★★★★ Had to seek help from a local vet to have my terrier's eye treatment continued from California. I was worried because I have used the same vet for 20 years or more in Cali. Altoona vet hospital was great with my old girl. She was being held and comforted by their techs when I returned to pick her up. Blake was super great, gentle, and kind. Much compassion. Well deserved 5 stars all around. Thank you for ❤️ loving on her.Terry H.Terry H. ★★★★★ Highly recommend this place for any pet owner. The staff are all super friendly and super helpful and genuinely care about your pets. Todays visit Kaela was extra helpful.MissyMissy ★★★★★ Wonderful service. Kaela really made sure my dog felt safe.Brie H.Brie H. ★★★★★ Very caring staff. They took excellent care of our Rudy today.Norine V.Norine V. ★★★★★ Was such a good experience, knew my dog and cat were well taken care of. Kaela really showed her knowledge of pets when she advised me on how to treat my dog. Is the first place I think to take my puppies and cat for anything!Austin F.Austin F. ★★★★★ Took great care of our cats for the past couple of years! All doctors seem like they really care!!Grady S.Grady S. ★★★★★ Altoona Vet Hospital are always great with my two dogs Ellie & Ivy.Diane W.Diane W. ★★★★★ Everyone is so incredibly wonderful, professional, so compassionate! I wouldn't trust my pet to anyone else. Tech, Janea is THE BEST❤️K.J. L.K.J. L. ★★★★★ Great care for our three inside cats. Friendly, top notch staff.aauummm1aauummm1 ★★★★★ They were very quick and respectful of my cat who has bad anxiety leaving her home. I'm so happy I brought my cat here!TigerTiger ★★★★★ Friendly service every time and they truly care about your pets!Tiffany H.Tiffany H. ★★★★★ Great Staff and Docs. They take care of our girl Trinity ❤️Sharon DSharon D ★★★★★ I went to AVH to get a good vet to take care of my new French bulldog but it was Dr. Witte that has me coming back as she is not one of the best vets but is the Best vet I would want for my dog! She treats her like her own and takes very good care of her!! The rest of the staff is very professional too if you have a family pet that needs a good veterinarian you will be very pleased with Dr. Kelsey Witte!!Dana D.Dana D. ★★★★★ The BEST vets, the BEST staff, I couldn't ask for a better place to care for our animals!!michelle R.michelle R. ★★★★★ Awesome staff. They were great with Bella. She's a rescue and can get scared. They're very patient with all my animals. Highly recommend.Kathy J.Kathy J. ★★★★★ Love this place. They are so compassionate with my fur babies.Jacqueline W.Jacqueline W. ★★★★★ We have been with the Vet Hospital for the past 3 years. Staff and Doctors are great! Very easy to schedule appointments. I know that I am heard when I share issues with my dogs. I would 100% recommend Altoona Veterinary hospital if you are looking for a new vet.Carla A.Carla A. ★★★★★ I love taking my dog here the staff are always so friendly and kind with me and my dog!Hayley F.Hayley F. ★★★★★ Altoona Veterinary Hospital was able to get us in when our dog had a bad cough. We really appreciate their kindness towards our girl! They are terrific!Kat “Lollysmother” S.Kat “Lollysmother” S. ★★★★★ Very helpful friendly people who love animals.Brian M.Brian M. ★★★★★ Great vets here. Everything always goes smoothly and the care our cat gets is beyond great.Marshall P.Marshall P. ★★★★★ They worked us in on an emergency visit very quickly. The Dr. and all staff were caring and thorough. Follow up call was very informative and all options were given. They definitely have something good going on over there! Thank you!Weston D.Weston D. ★★★★★ Dr Sheri is awesome!SmvtaeSmvtae ★★★★★ Love this place Lucy shakes when coming but they treat her and me very good.Marcie K.Marcie K. ★★★★★ Dr Witte is absolutely amazing, and really goes above and beyond. Our cat was very sick and she explained all our options, let us stay to see him after his surgery, took the best care of our guy who was very very sick and called with updates and even sent pictures and messages to us! It’s easy to see she loves animals, and sacrificed her personal time after hours to make sure Kaycee was still ok. Thanks to all the wonderful staff, our family is whole again and we are eternally grateful!Love, The Reichardt FamilyTrisha S.Trisha S. ★★★★★ All the staff and Doctor was so nice and cared for my hyper Lab and gave her the best care and made us feel comfortable as well. The level of care here is exceptional !! Thank you for being so caring.Jerry F.Jerry F. ★★★★★ All of the staff members here friendly and knowledgeable. Our animals always feel comfortable when they're brought it, you can really tell that the people here care about what they do.Erik S.Erik S. ★★★★★ Very friendly and informative it truly shows they care about my pets health!JTizzleJTizzle ★★★★★ This is a great place for animal lovers to go for their pets and to keep them healthy.Janet M.Janet M. ★★★★★ Jayna is one of the shining stars at Altoona Veterinary Hospital in my book! She’s always friendly when we (or anyone else!) arrives and treats all my pets as if they were her own. She listens to concerns or questions and effectively translates them to the doctors and provides prompt responses.She’s truly someone who cares about animals, the education of their owners, and is just incredibly kind hearted!!! We adore her!!!Nicole G.Nicole G. ★★★★★ Always been a great place to take our pets! They receive the best care here and I’m never left to wonder if there was more that could have been done. Jayna is always helpful and we always have a great experience! Highly recommend.Camille P.Camille P. ★★★★★ I've taken my pets here for ten years now. The staff are all friendly, experienced and attentive to my dogs. I was an hour late for an appt. one time (I mis-read the appt. time) and one of the vets stayed late to see us. Wasn't an emergency, just routine.Linda P.Linda P. ★★★★★ Everyone we saw was super great! Very friendly, very helpful! Above and beyond.Stacey G.Stacey G. ★★★★★ They are very caring and are good about getting my pet in when needed.McKenna N.McKenna N. ★★★★★ All the veterinarian's take the time to answer your questions, all staff are respectful and welcoming. I feel like my dogs are being well taken care of by all at this clinic.Summer H.Summer H. ★★★★★ New to this clinic and the staff is so kind, caring and pleasant. They took great care of our Gigi! Thankful to be close to home for vet care now. 😊James B.James B. ★★★★★ I love Dr. Witte. She is great with all my cats.Wendy A.Wendy A. ★★★★★ Altoona Vet is always there for my pet. I never have to wait. They can answer my questions and get us taken care of immediately! They have great customer service!Lisa S.Lisa S. ★★★★★ Very positive experience. Explained medical issues with pet and quick referral to other facility that was equipped to handle my pet's medical emergency.Ann S.Ann S. ★★★★★ Have taken multiple pets here over the years and have always had a good experience.Emma P.Emma P. ★★★★★ Absolutely love this Veterinary Hospital! I have met all 3 Vets and they have been phenomenal and very professional! They take their time going over items with me for additional clarification. Jayna and Jaque are beyond helpful and kind! Great Customer Service! Cannot recommend enough!Mariana P PMariana P P ★★★★★ Best place to take your dog or cat. They really love them. Great vets and techs.Staff is superJeff K.Jeff K. ★★★★★ Always comforting and helpful whether for emergency or routine checkup. Have wide array of services on site. Have been clients for 8+ years and will continue to be.Bryan B.Bryan B. ★★★★★ We were pleasantly surprised to find a vet that was patient and kind with our highly anxious dogs. By the end of our visit both dogs were relaxed enough to lay down and wait for us to finish talking with the vet.Tammy H.Tammy H. ★★★★★ Thank you Dr Witte and staff for helping my Watson, with love and careTricia W.Tricia W. ★★★★★ The entire team...front office, techs and doctors.. all show such genuine care and compassion for not only the pets but also their humans. We will continue to bring all of our fur babies to Altoona Vet Hospital.Michelle H.Michelle H. ★★★★★ Great people and service. They helped me with my dying cat. Very compassionate people.Trent F.Trent F. ★★★★★ The staffers and Doctors were all very helpful and encouraging.GYRO Z.GYRO Z. ★★★★★ Good quality service, the staff very dedicated and help my puppy feel better after treatment and I'm so happy seeing My Siberian Husky Poseidon jumping, running and been him self back againxavier E.xavier E. ★★★★★ Kindest, gentless staff I've ever experienced.Sally P.Sally P. ★★★★★ I can't say enough good things about the team at Altoona Vet. The staff is incredibly kind and caring whenever we bring in our pets. Dr. Morrissey has been with us for years and we're so grateful for how she handles our cat's care at all the stages of their lives.Tammy W.Tammy W. ★★★★★ Really nice atmosphere, professional staff. They really listen when communicating. Great teachers on how to take care of our pets.Julie D.Julie D. ★★★★★ Staff and doctors are wonderful with my animals!!CaroleCarole ★★★★★ The best veterinary care!Laurie W.Laurie W. ★★★★★ This place is amazing, first time using there services, I had to put my dog down, a different vet clinic told me what was wrong but told me to keep bringing him back for more check ups. I didn't trust them. I felt like they were trying to keep my wallet open. I called Altoona veteran hospital, they were upfront and explained the severity of my dogs illness. And was sensitive to my family's feelings and my dogs health . They told me what the treatment was needed and what would be the best so my dog didn't suffer. I felt he needed you be put to rest. They helped my family threw the hole process careing for my family and my dog. They didn't try and keep it going for more money, they took great care of my family and my dog, I will now take all my pets to this clinic as I know my animals come first before there pockets!! Thank you Altoona veterinary hospital for making this a comforting decision!!Jon I.Jon I. ★★★★★ This has been my go-to clinic for our pets (cats and dogs) over the years. Compassion for the owner and pets, educating along the way by experienced veterinarians. Independently owned clinic, they treat you like family.Albert van G.Albert van G. ★★★★★ It was our 1st visit , everyone was friendly and the place is clean and roomy.don C.don C. ★★★★★ Nice friendly atmosphereRobert R.Robert R.js_loader


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We work by appointment and recommend calling in advance to help avoid any unnecessary wait times.

What's Next

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    Call us or schedule an appointment online.

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    Meet with a doctor for an initial exam.

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    Put a plan together for your pet.

If you want great care for your pet Altoona Veterinary Hospital is the place to go. Very caring, understanding, informative.

Shelly B.

Very professional. Great service. Kept me informed on my cat’s procedure and gave me the final say in the process. Overall, great experience

Brett B.

They treat your pet as their own . Awesome doctors and other employees. Answer all your questions

Kay A.

A wonderful Veterinary clinic from start to finish! Great staff and Dr. Witte is amazing.

Lori W.

All members of the care team genuinely cared for my cats. All of my questions were answered – and the care was amazing. I have seen several of the providers, and everyone has been wonderful.

Maggie P.