Director Spotlight: Dr. Jennifer Pearl, DVM

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We are so thrilled to welcome our newest Director of Veterinary Medicine at the Maryland Heights location, Dr. Jennifer Pearl, DVM!

How long have you been practicing veterinary medicine, and why did you choose that career path?

I have long been fascinated with animals as pets, farm animals and wildlife. I decided to become a veterinarian as a youngster in grade school after visiting with our family veterinarian. And now, I’ve been in practice for 30 years, 9 of them being spent with the AMCMA.

Tell me about your education/background, & career prior to arriving at AMCMA?

I studied at Mizzou as an undergraduate in Agriculture/Animal Science and at the College of Veterinary Medicine graduating in 1992. I have worked with small animals in private and corporate practice before landing at the AMCMA. Since graduating, I have completed a Graduate Certificate in Public Health from Mizzou as well.

How did you come to be employed with AMCMA, and what about the organization drew you in?

I had veterinary school colleagues that worked for the veterinary clinic of the HSMO, which later became the AMCMA. I really liked the idea of the proceeds from the clinic going to the shelter to support the pets and get them ready for adoption.

What role do you feel that a veterinarian plays in their community?

The family veterinarian helps ensure a happy, healthy life for individual pets which in turn contributes to the health and wellbeing of the family household.

What is your favorite part of your job?

I love meeting all the pet owners and chatting about their pets and their lives together.

What has been your most challenging experience as a veterinarian?

The utter heartbreak that I am witness to during end of life care.

What do you like to do in your free time when you aren’t helping animals?

When I’m not working, I enjoy traveling, visiting with family and friends and learning new things. Recently, I have taken classes in creating fused glass art pieces, Spanish language for beginners and pickleball.

The Animal Medical Center of Mid-America has veterinarians at three locations that can answer questions about your pet’s health. Call 314-951-1534 or click here to request an appointment online.