Doctors and Staff

Meet the friendly doctors and staff at Best Friends Animal Hospital!

Dr. Sean and Dr. Carmen

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. 




Dr. Carmen

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. 








Andrea and family

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. 











Kelly and Charlie

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. 







Rechelle and Cody

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. 







Lauren and Nakai

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. 







Shirley and Her Dogs

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. 






McKenzie

McKenzie has been with Best Friends since the fall of 2017. She is a full-time student at Missouri State University majoring in Wildlife Biology. She loves to travel and spend time in nature and with her pets. 








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. 




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Best Friends Animal Hospital

Monday:

7:30 am-5:30 pm

Tuesday:

7:30 am-5:30 pm

Wednesday:

7:30 am-5:30 pm

Thursday:

7:30 am-5:30 pm

Friday:

7:30 am-5:30 pm

Saturday:

8:00 am-12:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed