Den Herder Veterinary Hospital in Waterloo, IA

We are here to service the cities of Waterloo, IA, Cedar Falls, IA, Evansdale, IA, Independence, IA, La Porte City, IA, Hudson, IA, Jesup, IA, Waverly, IA, Reinbeck, IA, Raymond, IA and more!

We asked our clients what their pets meant to them. We heard over and over again about unconditional love. Cuddling and belly rubs. Some snuggling and purrs while napping on the couch. And those wiggling tails, crazy with excitement at the end of the day.  And we are pet owners, too! We feel that same bond. We experience the laughter and the tears. We carry their love in our hearts every day.

That’s why we want to provide you with the best Waterloo vet care possible.  Because we know why it matters.



Hear what our clients are saying about us

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★★★★★ Everyone from the front desk to the vet was amazing and very nice. We just moved back to the area from Florida and needed to find a new vet. This was the first time in years after getting her vaccinations she wasn’t in pain, during the 24 hours after shots. I have definitely already told 5+ people how great the experience was.rainyjane33rainyjane33 ★★★★★ Very caring, helpful and quick to get in when your fur babies need help. I would strongly recommend this amazing clinicMatt W.Matt W. ★★★★★ Brought in my cat that recently decided he wanted to move in with me. Poor cat has an infection so we brought him in to be treated. I was treated with respect by all the staff. The shot of antibiotics they gave him has already helped this guy out. He’s already breathing better after 8 hours. I’m extremely thankful that they worked within my budget and even gave me print out estimate for his neuter. I’m thankful they were more concerned with getting his health in order before monetary gain of unnecessary tests/ X-rays/ surgeries. I will definitely be bringing my fur babies back to this office again.Kyle S.Kyle S. ★★★★★ I couldn't ask for a better and more helpful group of people. I trust them with my cats and am lucky to have such a great resource in town. They've been great about working us in if needed and are always willing to answer questions over the phone or through text/email.No bad experiences, would absolutely recommend.SeanSean ★★★★★ Awesome as always!Kevin F.Kevin F. ★★★★★ Great Vet, really show love to our furry family members.Bench M.Bench M. ★★★★★ They are always so good with my bearded dragon Spike!! So friendly!Shelea J.Shelea J. ★★★★★ Like family!Kay L.Kay L. ★★★★★ As always a really great experience everytime I bring the pup in for check up. And I swear they care about your animal just as much if not more then you do! Wouldn't go anywhere else!Joe F.Joe F. ★★★★★ Great people and caring docs that really go above and beyond.Shawn S.Shawn S. ★★★★★ First time there with my fur baby. Top notch!Diane B.Diane B. ★★★★★ Lori was amazing she walked me through everything she was doing with my cats and gave me peace of mind. My cats took very well to her I do not see myself going to a different vet everyone was very sweet and put up with my one cat constantly howling because she was not happy! Thanks for taking care of me and my two babies!Kirsten W.Kirsten W. ★★★★★ The perfect place for my pets care!Andrea C.Andrea C. ★★★★★ They handled our situation perfectlyPete G.Pete G. ★★★★★ Den Herder is wonderful!Excellent vets and kind staffWe have been patients over 30 years (???)Renata S.Renata S. ★★★★★ That take care of our babiesAj P.Aj P. ★★★★★ Our sincere thanks and appreciation to Dr . Alicen and the entire staff for giving our Forrest exceptional care. The outcome was not what we had hoped but we went from an almost immediate appointment to an overnight stay then Dr. Alicen even took him for an early morning MRI. Our last moments with him were caring and compassionate and all about Forrest. We couldn't asked for a better team in a very sad situation. Thank youTerry G.Terry G. ★★★★★ So helpful! Willing to go above and beyond for each and every pet.Jaylene W.Jaylene W. ★★★★★ Such caring people that make even the hardest situations calming! Highly recommend if you are looking for a vet.Abby B.Abby B. ★★★★★ This vet and everyone who works there are amazing. They have always shown our babies nothing but love and great care. We recently had to say goodbye to our old boy and Dr. Emily was very straight forward with us as well as so beyond patient and caring. We will never take our animals anywhere else.Alyssa M.Alyssa M. ★★★★★ THE place to take your pet!!!Tom J.Tom J. ★★★★★ Wonderful staff, very helpful and knowledgeable!!I'm a very happy customer with my dog and cat😘👍 Thanks again for getting so fast All the paperwork done in time for my dog Tali for our trip in September to Germany!! Awesome team and great job 👍🙏 Thank you, thank you... greetings from Germany with " Tali " 🐕Ursula C.Ursula C. ★★★★★ Very nice Vets and got me in really quick when my cat wasn't doing very well highly recommendZaneZane ★★★★★ Been the best small animal vet I. Waterloo for over 40 years.John T.John T. ★★★★★ Great place with very helpful doctors and staff.Mike R.Mike R. ★★★★★ My bearded dragon Zeus recently got really sick and I went into Den Herders to get him checked. Unfortunately, my beardie had Cancer and we had to put him down. I was so upset and tried my best to not cry in the business but I could not hold it back. They were very understanding and gave me as much time as I needed with him. They gave me a mold of his front feet with his name and they also sent me a letter in the mail expressing their condolences. I was never expecting to have a business care so much about their client. I appreciate them so much and Idk what I would have done without all their kindness and care. Thank you so much Den Herder and your amazing employees. This 5 stars is well deserved. ❤️Alyssa H.Alyssa H. ★★★★★ Great staff and veterinarians, very nice and knowledgeable.Lucus J.Lucus J. ★★★★★ They are the most caring and considerate group of professionals I have ever dealt with.paula S.paula S. ★★★★★ Den Herder Veterinary Hospital helped us through a difficult time having to put down our dog. Their caring was special. We can't thank them enough.Rick S.Rick S. ★★★★★ First off never ever purchase a Sago Palm if you have a pet.Long story short our cat ate a portion of a sago palm. I can’t thank and express how grateful we were for the care that Dr. Knudson gave to our cat. He went ABOVE and beyond. I could feel his passion/ care in his voice and by how he treated us.One of my favorite things was how Dr. Knudson explained everything in layman’s terms which allowed us to help make decisions along with Dr Knudson on the care for our cat. He took the time which I have never felt from another office before.Thanks for saving our cat and allowing him to have more birthdays!! ❤️Kimberly V.Kimberly V. ★★★★★ Great staff and doctor.AdamAdam ★★★★★ Friendly and courteous staff. Pricing is fair.Steve R.Steve R. ★★★★★ Wonderful staff from the point of checking in to checking out! Dr. Lori was phenomenal taking care of our family's bearded dragon!Tara M.Tara M. ★★★★★ I can NOT thank all the wonderful staff at Den Herder to start with!!! The staff treat you as family, make you so comfortable.A huge shoutout to Dr. Alicen!!!! She is seriously incredible as well as her nurses. Dr Alicen is all about providing the help for all of her fur baby clients. She goes over and beyond to help, sheTreats my babygirl Sophie like a queen, and that means most!She is saving my pup one day at a time.I will always an forever be greatful for all the hardwork and Care this clinic has provided.Thanks all staff at Den Herder♡Mikeala & SophieMikeala S.Mikeala S. ★★★★★ Very caring. Used their veterinary services. I had to have my cat put to sleep today. They have a very nice private room for you to be with your pet as long as you need. They explained everything that was going to.happen. I had 3 options as of what to do.with my kitty. Very caring and understanding.Mary T.Mary T. ★★★★★ Absolutely love Den Herders ! They are amazing people and care for our fuzzy loved ones.Aubrey N.Aubrey N. ★★★★★ We take our dog here. Good placeKassandra S.Kassandra S. ★★★★★ Our vets office recently closed their doors. Our male German Shepherd Remington had an ear infection. We took him to Den Herder for the 1st time a few weeks ago. He has always been nervous in a vets office. He was nice and calm, tail not tucked between his legs and no whining!! Remington did absolutely amazing there. They also complimented us on how well behaved and how well he looked for being 8 years old!Jodi T.Jodi T. ★★★★★ Dr. Lori is the best my dogs absolutlely love her. The staff are so wonderfulSarah H.Sarah H. ★★★★★ Extremely happy with our experience at Den Herder. Our long time local vet suddenly closed and recommended Den Herder. Our pup was already scheduled for spay surgery and they honored our original date and everything went perfectly. Both a nurse and Dr Garrett called after surgery to let me know how it went and how our pup was doing. Dr Garrett even called the following day to check in on her. Everyone is so nice and compassionate. I couldn't have asked for a smoother transition. Looking forward to continuing with Dr Garrett for years to come. Thank you!Alicia W.Alicia W. ★★★★★ Lori has always been amazing to us. She recently helped our rottie cross the rainbow bridge and was reassuring during the entire process. You can tell she cares a lot for her patients and their families.Samantha B.Samantha B. ★★★★★ Thanks to the clinic for fitting us into their holiday schedule just before Christmas. My pup scratched her eye while we were visiting in Cedar Falls. They took us in, tested her eye for other possible injuries. The eye drops prescribed resolved her irritation.Thanks!Marc D.Marc D. ★★★★★ Our vet, Dr. Emily, does an amazing job with our guinea pigs, and they actually really seem to like her as well.Damian V.Damian V. ★★★★★ The nicest people and vets. So kind to my aging dog.KimberlyKimberly ★★★★★ I'm so very thankful for the staff here. Very through and they explain procedures and all of that to you. Very friendly atmosphere. Thank you guys for giving my girl the best care! Our family is grateful!! 💜Aerial H.Aerial H. ★★★★★ Awesome, as always!Philip K.Philip K. ★★★★★ Very good at taking care of my catJoe K.Joe K. ★★★★★ Very nice staff even when my dog died they were nice miss him so much lambeau was my family not my friend my family my brother 😢Jacob B.Jacob B. ★★★★★ They worked us in the schedule when we had an urgent issue. Professional and caring with both me and my cat. Great follow up phone calls as needed.Sally P.Sally P. ★★★★★ Great experience, great and knowledgeable staff, overall I am very satisfied!Shawn D.Shawn D. ★★★★☆ Very good with the animals, top notch care! The most expensive Vetrinary clinic in Waterloo,Iowa.appointments are sometimes difficult to get at certain times however the place is very clean and my dog seems to love going to his appointments.Shelly T.Shelly T. ★★★★☆ Expensive but very good health care for pets. They are very thorough and seem to really care about the animals that they see. If you can afford it I highly recommend. But if you don't have the extra money, this place isn't very affordable. They do take care of animals that most places don't. I have a bearded dragon and it's hard to find a vet for him.Nicole O.Nicole O. ★★★★☆ Professional and helpful with our bearded dragonDavid K.David K.js_loader

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4041 Hurst Drive,
Waterloo, IA 50701


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Wonderful service took great care of our pet, followed up the next business day. We had to use for our guinea pig for surgery and are so happy with the quality of friendless we area going to switch all of our pets over! Thank toot for taking care of our Piglet!

Kristen L.

We have been clients for many years and found them to be the best and most caring in the Cedar Valley.

LuAnn A.

Staff is incredibly helpful and nice. You can tell they all love animals. My animals receive great care overall.

Tracy J.

They are the BEST! Brilliant doctors who are caring & kind. I’ve been with DenHerders for 40 years! Tom & Lori exceptional!!!Thank You!

Dayle H.

Amazing Staff, very helpful and caring. Took amazing care of our German Shepherd, Ace, during and after his surgery.

Hatka K.

Caring and compassionate. The ONLY place to go!

Micky S.