About Us

In 1976, Dr. Cyrus Starch and Dr. James Yoder opened the doors to their second animal hospital in the greater Des Moines area. University West Pet Clinic in Clive, a sister clinic to Starch Pet Hospital, has been a staple of the community ever since, providing exceptional veterinary care and outstanding client service.

In 1992, Dr. Starch and Dr. Yoder sold both practices to Dr. Brian Martz and Dr. Michael Henning, a couple of Iowa natives who had previously been practicing in the Chicago area. Since the hospital changed hands, we’ve endeavored to uphold the stellar reputation that Dr. Starch and Dr. Yoder worked so hard to establish, and to continue the valuable relationships they built with the people and pets of the area.

We are a full-service veterinary medical facility, offering a complete range of services to help keep our patients happy and healthy over the course of their lives. While we focus primarily on wellness and preventative care, because we feel that this is the best way to achieve a lifetime of good health, we’re also well equipped and prepared to deal with any medical need that may arise for your pet.

We offer advanced diagnostic testing, a full range of surgical services, routine and advanced pet dentistry and more. We also provide laser therapy as an additional treatment option to help manage our patients’ pain, assist with rehabilitation and speed healing following surgery or injury. Along with our medical services, we also provide full service boarding and professional grooming to provide our clients with one-stop-shopping for their pets in one convenient location.

Over the years, we’ve worked hard to develop lifelong relationships with our clients, and to establish bonds with the animals that they love. We believe that these connections provide the foundation for quality veterinary care, and allow us to deliver the most customized, effective care available to each patient we serve. The more we know and understand you and your pet, the better we’ll be able to provide you both with the exceptional care and service you deserve.

We’re always happy to welcome new patients to the University West family, and we’d love the chance to serve you and your pet for many years to come. We invite you to stop in, meet the team, take a tour and see for yourself why generations of pet owners in the Clive, Iowa area have been trusting us with the care of their most cherished companions. Come by any time – we can’t wait to meet you!