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Welcome to Best Friends Animal Hospital
Your Veterinarian in Ozark, MO
Call us at (417) 581-3647

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If you live in Ozark or the surrounding area and need a trusted veterinarian to care for your pets – look no further. The doctors at Best Friends Animal Hospital provide professional care for companion animals and the service from our staff is among the best you will find. Your pets’ health and well-being are very important to us, and we take every possible measure to give your animals the care they deserve. 

Best Friends Animal Hospital (BFAH LLC) is a full-service animal hospital and welcomes pets in need of routine care, pets with a problem or illness, or cases needing emergency treatment. In addition to providing high quality veterinary services, Best Friends Animal Hospital also offers comfortable boarding and professional grooming services.

We are happy to offer a number of resources that enable you to learn how to take better care of your pets. Please feel free to browse our site to learn more about preventive care as well as other services we provide. The informational articles also provide details about a number of different topics. If you have any questions, call 417-581-3647 or contact us and we will get back to you as quickly as possible. Our hospital is very easy to get to – check out the map and our hours below. We also welcome you to subscribe to our newsletter, which is created specifically for Ozark pet owners. 

 Best Friends Animal Hospital (BFAH LLC) | (417) 581-3647

903 W South St
Ozark, MO 65721

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  • Andrea

    Andrea has been a veterinary assistant at Best Friends Animal Hospital since 2008. She is married with two young children. She has two rambunctious Heeler puppies, Ruby and Ranger. Andrea and her family spend most of their free time with sporting events, racing carts, and at the lake. 

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  • Lauren

    Lauren has worked at Best Friends Animal Hospital since May of 2017. She started as a kennel technician and now works as a receptionist and veterinary assistant. She has grown up in the Ozark/Nixa area and is a 2018 graduate of Ozark High School. Lauren is currently a full time student at Ozarks Technical Community College. She has always had a passion for animals and loves the opportunity of working with them here at Best Friends. She loves spending her free time with family, friends, and her two pups, Nakai and Bella.

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  • Dr.
    Carmen Watchinski

    Dr. Carmen Watchinski grew up in Columbia, Maryland until she attended William Woods University in Fulton, MO. She graduated with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Missouri - College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. Dr. Carmen started at a mixed animal practice until she came to Best Friends Animal Hospital in 2017. She still enjoys doing mixed animal work, especially working with cattle, in her free time. Dr. Carmen especially enjoys doing surgery. She also loves to read, ride horses, and spend as much time outside as possible. 

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  • Dr.
    Sean Hufham

    Dr. Sean Hufham grew up in Rogersville, MO. He attended Missouri State University and went on to the University of Missouri - College of Veterinary Medicine for his DVM degree. He has worked at Best Friends Animal Hospital since he graduated in 2015. Dr. Sean particularly enjoys working with clients and patients for routine care and those with chronic conditions such as skin and ear problems, diabetes, thyroid problems, heart disease, and kidney disease, among others. In his free time Dr. Sean is an avid sports fan and enjoys the outdoors, especially kayaking. He also enjoys playing with his Border Collie, Maple. 

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  • Rechelle

    Rechelle has worked at Best Friends Animal Hospital since June of 2014 as both a veterinary assistant and receptionist. She is a southwest Missouri native and graduated from Missouri State University with a degree in Wildlife Conservation and Management. In her free time she enjoys hiking and hunting with her husband.

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  • Kelly

    Kelly has been a receptionist at Best Friends Animal Hospital since 2009. She was born in southwest Missouri, where she grew up on a dairy farm. In her free time she enjoys crafting, attending her grandchildren's sporting events, and spending time with family. 

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  • Shirley

    Shirley started grooming at Best Friends Animal Hospital in November of 2008. In 2013, she attempted retirement from grooming, but her love of working with pets brought her back in 2015. She graduated grooming school in Dallas, TX in 1984 and moved to Missouri in 2004. Shirley lives with her four dogs and one cat, and when not working competes in AKC shows and volunteers for a regional dog rescue. 

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Best Friends Animal Hospital


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