small animal01In January 2010, The Stuart and Anita Veterinary Clinics started a new era of collaboration.  Dr. Rex Wilhelm (Stuart) and Dr. Gerald Wessels (Anita) both retired, and Dr. Shawn Nicholson (the remaining Stuart Vet Clinic partner) saw this as an opportunity to maintain and expand  high quality veterinary service in Central Iowa.  Dr. Rachel Friedrich and Dr. Nate Hansen were already on staff at Stuart at that time, and provided significant support and extra effort in the transition.  Dr. Nate, a native to Anita, also provide much needed familarity with new clients and their locations. 


Our Hours of Operation

We are open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on Monday thru Friday and 8:00 am to 12:00 pm on Saturday.  You may call us at that time for immediate service or to shedule an appointment.

Emergency Service

We provide after-hours emergency care 24 hours a day/ 365 days a year for our clients.  Just call either clinic number, and you will be routed to the doctor on call.  If the doctor does not answer immediately, please leave a message with your name, phone number, and nature of the call, and they will return your call as soon as they can.

2 Fully Operational Locations

The Stuart Veterinary Clinic has been serving the Stuart, Iowa area as a multi-doctor practice since 1975 from our current location.   The Anita Veterinary Clinic was operated as a solo vet practice by Dr. Wessels for 43 years.  Both clinics are well equipped with modern facilities to work with both large and small animals on site. Now with 6 full-time and 2 part time veterinarians and 12 support staff, we provide a wide variety of services for a wide variety of animals. 


The Stuart Veterinary Clinic is located thirty minutes west of Des Moines, Iowa at mile marker 93 on interstate 80. In Stuart we are located at 827 East Front Street (also known as highway 925).  The Anita Veterinary Clinic is located at mile marker 70 on interstate 80 then go 3 Miles south to Anita.  The Anita office is located at 300 N. Hwy 148 in Anita.  To view each location, or contact us, please click on Our Locations above.


The Animals we serve:

Our primary species of interest are cats, dogs, cattle, horses, swine, sheep, and goats. However, we also work with most all domestic species on an occasional basis.  Although each doctor and staff may have more specific areas of interest, we work together as a team to give the best possible animal care for your animals.


Our Service Area

We provide veterinary services on a regular to clients throughout central Iowa.  We also will travel throughout the midwest for our ultrasound specialty service.  To learn more, click on our Our Services menu.


Large Animal/Equine Ambulatory Service

Each veterinarian has a fully equipped truck to handle any large animal and equine calls out in the field.  We can also bring a portable chute with or without scales, if needed.


Please look thru our website to learn more about us and our services.  Also check out our blog where we discuss many topics. 


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