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Dr. Kristin De Vries grew up raising, training and showing horses near Norwalk. She also enjoyed a variety of family pets including many cats and dogs. During this time she began working at Fleur Pet Hospital and Avondale Animal Hospital in 1992. After filling roles as kennel help, receptionist, technician, and office record-keeper, she decided to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. She graduated from Simpson College with a BA in Biology and minor in Chemistry in 1998. She then attended Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2002.
Upon graduation Dr. De Vries practiced in Boone and had her own relief (substitute) business. She was an associate practitioner at Avondale Veterinary Healthcare Complex before signing on at Village Veterinary Hospital. After working at Village Veterinary Hospital for 12 years, she is excited to be a practice owner at Pet Medical Center of Urbandale.
In her free time Dr. De Vries enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and Greyhound named Gibbs. She is a talented musician and sings frequently with a ladies ensemble and with her church choir. She recorded several selections on a private album recently. She is also an avid hockey fan, and you will likely see her at Des Moines Buccaneers and Iowa Wild games.
Dr. De Vries is well-trained in small animal medicine and surgery. She has also studied advanced dentistry techniques in Minnesota and Colorado. She has a passion for integrative medicine and has had success in managing a variety of ailments with dietary therapy, supplements and essential oil options. Dr. De Vries enjoys providing compassionate care and creativity to fit the needs of each of her patients and clients. She welcomes you to stop by and meet everyone at Pet Medical Center of Urbandale.
Thor - Mascot
"Hi! I'm Thor. I think I'm a puppy with lots and lots of best friends who come to visit me at my house."
Thor is our 5 year old clinic cat who came to us as a feral kitten to be neutered and never went home. We love his free spirit and willingness to befriend anyone and anything that walks through the door... as long as it's not dinner time. If you would like to speak to the manager, Thor's your guy!