Eastown Animal Hospital

Eastown Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinary medical facility, located in Des Moines, Iowa close to the historic Iowa State Fairgrounds.  We're always welcoming new clients and patients!  For over 80 years in the community, Eastown offers compassionate and thoughtful veterinary care to Des Moines, Pleasant Hill, Runnells, Altoona, Ankeny, Prairie City and surrounding areas of eastern Polk County.

The professional and courteous staff at Eastown Animal Hospital provides thorough and comprehensive medical care, surgical care, dental care, and boarding for their highly valued patients.  Eastown promotes responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and health-related educational opportunities for our clients.

Please take a moment to contact us today, to learn more about our veterinary practice and to find out more information about how Eastown Animal Hospital can serve the needs of you and your cherished pet.

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  • Mon-Wed: 7:30 am - 5:00pm
  • Thu: 7:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • Thu: 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Fri: 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sat: 7:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • Dr. Mark Severs, DVM

    Veterinarian / Practice Owner
    Dr. Severs has practiced at Eastown since February 2006 and purchased the practice from Dr. James Denhart in 2008.  He grew up in Boone, IA.  He graduated from Buena Vista University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology.  He earned his DVM degree from Iowa State University in 2002.  Dr. Severs is a member of the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association.

    Dr. Severs lives in Pleasant Hill with his wife and three children.  They also share space with a rescue Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Lucy.  He enjoys walks with his family and cheering for the Cyclone athletic teams.
  • Dr. Patty Vogel, DVM

    Veterinarian
    Dr. Vogel joined Eastown in June 2014.  She grew up on a small farm outside of Ames, IA and knew from a young age that she wanted to be a veterinarian!  Patty attended Iowa State University, earning a degree in Animal Science then her DVM degree in 2007.  She moved to California and practiced small animal medicine for 7 years.

    Patty and her husband recently welcomed their third child and decided to move back to Iowa to raise their family.  They have 2 dogs, YaYa and Pup, and one cat, Professor.  She enjoys spending time with her family in her spare time.
  • Bubs Gillespie

    Receptionist
    Bubs has been with Eastown since 1993.  She graduated early from Des Moines Lincoln High School in 1971 and attended Methodist Hospital School of Nursing.  Bubs is married and has 3 grown children.  She has many interest including figure-8 racing and collecting Longaberger baskets and cow motifs.  Bubs loves spending time with her family and large brood of 4-legged children as well.

    Areas of Special Interest: Preventive Medicine, Radiology, Rescuing orphaned animals.
  • Rhonda Bolin

    Receptionist
    Rhonda joined Eastown in July of 2017. She graduated from Southeast Polk in 1976 and lived in Davenport for 15 years before moving back to Des Moines. Rhonda retired from Mid American Energy in August of 2016. She has a Shih Tzu named Katie. Rhonda enjoys reading, Tuesday morning Ladies Bible Study and taking care of family. 
  • Susan Douglas

    Receptionist
    Susan joined Eastown in March 2019. She moved to Des Moines from SE Iowa 18 months ago with her 2 black rescue cats Jazz and Spaz. She has 2 adult children. She loves to design and work in her flower beds and home improvement projects. She enjoys watching nature form her back yard, likes new adventures and loves to travel. Most of all she enjoys spending time  with loved ones, especially her 9 month old grandson. 
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 29, 2019
  • Ashley Reese

    Technician Staff
    Ashley started working at Eastown in August 2006.  She has been a veterinary assistant since 2000.  Ashely graduated from Des Moines East High School.  She took Veterinary Assistant courses at Des Moines Area Community College.  Ashley is married and has a two young children.  She also lives with two Toy Poodles named Theo and Dayzee, and a cat named Izzo. Ashley enjoys spending time with family and friends.

    Areas of Special Interest: Dentistry, Radiology and Laboratory Analysis.
  • Tee Rouse

    Technician Staff
    Tee has worked at Eastown since August 2008.  After graduating from Des Moines East High School in 1996, she performed animal caretaker duties at Eastown and then began training as a veterinary assistant in 1997.  She is married with two children, and has 2 cats named Rex and Lacy and a Mini Goldendoodle named Rudy Doodle.  She loves spending time with her family and friends. 

    Areas of Special Interest: Dentistry and Laboratory Analysis
  • Taylor McSwain

    Technician Staff
    Taylor joined Eastown in February 2016. She graduated from Southeast Polk High School in 2012. She lives in Prairie City with her boyfriend and 3 dogs, cat, bird, and fish. She loves being outside with her animals and riding horses. 

  • Taylor Bobst

    Technician Staff
    Taylor joined Eastown in May 2016. She is attending ISU with a major in Animal Science. She plans to become a veterinarian. She has a dog named Oliver and a cat named Snickers. She loves the outdoor and enjoys hiking, hayaking, fishing and running.

    Areas of special interest: Oncology and Internal Medicine.

  • Joel Kaufman

    Technician Staff
    Joel joined Eastown in April 2019. He graduated from Veterinary Technician school in 2016 and received his registration in 2017. He loves helping his family with the county fair and going to the state fair. 
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 29, 2019
  • Makayla Severs

    Assistant Staff
    Makayla joined Eastown in May 2019. She is a junior at ISU studying Animal Science. In her free time she loves playing with her cat Crush, spending time with her friends, and doing anything outdoors. 

    Areas of interest: Surgery, Radiology and Genetics 
    Years in Practice:
    Jul 25, 2019
  • Riley Beyer

    Assistant Staff
    Years in Practice:
    Jul 25, 2019