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

Best Friends Animal Hospital (BFAH LLC), located in the heart of Ozark, is a full-service animal hospital that also offers comfortable boarding and professional grooming services. We 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.

We welcome pets in need of routine care, pets with a problem or illness, or cases needing emergency treatment. We strive to provide customized care for each patient and client, as we view this as the key to helping keep your pets living their best lives – each pet is different and their healthcare should be customized.

While our facility is fairly spacious, our staff is relatively small. We want to recognize you and your pet when you come in the door and build a rapport throughout the years of care for your pets - whether this is from a puppy or kitten, or in the golden years after adopting a geriatric pet.

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 – a map and our hours are below. We also welcome you to subscribe to our newsletter which will discuss various topics related to your pets. 

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

903 W South St
Ozark, MO 65721

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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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  • Nikki .

    Nikki has been grooming since 2004 and has dedicated many hours to pet handling and safety. She received her grooming certification in Indianapolis and studied under a champion Bichon groomer. Nikki has also managed and been an academy grooming instructor for Petsmart as well as Petco. She also ran her own successful pet grooming salon back in her home state of Indiana. Nikki has been happily married to Travis since 2008. They have 2 young sons, Cruise and Ryker. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family outdoors, especially kayaking. She is very happy to be back in her husband's home state close to family and doing what she is most passionate about. Nikki loves all animals and is happy to groom both cats and dogs.

  • Abbi .

    Abbi started working at Best Friends in 2019. She graduated from Ozark High School and is attending MSU. She enjoys going to the beach with her family, spending time with her German Shepherd Luna, and most of all her job at Best Friends. 

  • 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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  • LeAnn .

    LeAnn is originally from Springfield and has been in the veterinary field for over 20 years. After getting married, she moved to Georgia where she worked in general practice for several years and in 2004 obtained her license as a veterinary technician. In 2005, her family moved to Colorado where she worked in a wonderful emergency practice for 8 years. Family brought them back home to Springfield in 2013. LeAnn loves the quiet and beautiful outdoor life that the Ozarks has to offer. She is a novice knitter who finds much joy in the local yarn shop! She spends her down time with her husband and daughter, their five kitties, two dogs, and back yard chickens. 

  • Sarah .

    Sarah discovered a calling to work with animals at a young age. She has been with Best Friends since the summer of 2020 and really enjoys assisting with surgeries. In her free time she likes to draw and spend time hiking, kayaking, and traveling with her fiancé. She also loves to spend time with her boxer mix, Nellie, her corgi, Jim Bean and her 4 guinea pigs.

  • Leslie

    Leslie started with Best Friends in August of 2019 as both a veterinary assistant and receptionist. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and time on the river. 

  • 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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  • Dr.
    Paige Heywood

    Dr. Heywood is a Springfield native. She graduated from Drury University in 1988 then proudly served in the U.S. Army Military Police Corp (K9). Dr. Heywood then attended and graduated from Western University Veterinary Medical College in California. After living in Fairbanks, Alaska for many years she decided to return to Missouri to be closer to family. Dr. Heywood has a special interest in Veterinary Dentistry. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her Aussie (Sydney), kayaking, and attending any events in which her amazing nieces are performing. 

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