Animals Enjoy Their Stay

Our facilities offer clean, fresh and safe boarding for any pet. Dogs are exercised twice a day. Our feline friends enjoy a “Kitty Condo,” secluded from our dogs. We can also accommodate any pocket pets, birds, or other critters needing attention while you are away!

Hospitalization is necessary for some circumstances, be the animal large or small. Our hospitalization accommodations are able to provide necessary lifesaving medicine and surgery to save your pet, horse, or livestock.

Commitment to Our Community

We are joyfully committed to providing excellent veterinary care while delivering a personal and empathetic customer service experience. While patient care is our passion, we recognize that God has given us a much greater calling to impact the lives of those in our community with Christ’s love; through compassionate care and donations of our services, bibles and educational literature.


We accept payment via cash, check, MasterCard,  Visa, and Discover. So that we can continue to provide you high-quality service utilizing the best medical technologies, payment is required at the time services are rendered.

Many emergency services are unplanned and unexpected. Many of our customers haven't always had the funding to adequately treat their pet. Because of this burden, we are proud to announce that we now offer Care Credit. This is a line of credit available to those who qualify, breaking hospital charges down to an affordable and customizable payment plan. The quick and painless application process will tell you in as little as 10 minutes if you qualify for this program.

We provide estimates for all surgeries and hospitalizations. If you have not received an estimate, you are welcome to request one at any time for your expected charges.

Please see our Payment Policy for further details.


We offer discounted services to local area rescue groups. Pre-approval is required to qualify for the rescue group discounts, please call us for more information. We also support local organizations by running specials & discounts through those particular agencies, contact us to learn more about the organizations that participate in our specials.

Meet Your Team


Dr. Michael A Peters

Owner, Senior Veterinarian

Dr. Peters is a 2007 graduate of the University of Missouri Veterinary Medical College, with a Bachelor's degree in Animal Science.

After graduating as a DVM, and several interviews all over the state, he moved back to his hometown and settled down as an associate with Marshfield Veterinary Clinic for 2 years practicing on large and small animals. He then went on to open Animal Clinic of Ava with his wife, Kayla where they have been serving Douglas County and the surrounding area ever since. Dr. Peters and his wife currently reside on a rural farm in Ava, Mo. where they love raising their four children, horses, cows, chickens, and a Belgian Malinois pack!


Kayla Peters

Owner, Director

Kayla is a certified pet trainer, receiving her certification through Top Tier Training Academy in 2017, and loves to apply her skills to their small Belgian Malinois pack. Animal behavior and psychology are areas of interest to her and Dr. Peters, and they both love to share the benefits of a balanced training program to everyone who is interested to hear.

Mrs. Peters now is busy keeping up with managing the growth mostly from behind the scenes using computer remoting, skype meetings, apps, and new technology to aid in running and operating.


Dr. Beth Kearns

Senior Veterinarian

Dr. Beth is a senior small animal doctor at our Ava location.  As a native to our area, she loves everything about the beautiful Ozarks we live in.  Family, gardening and horseback riding are some of her favorite things.  Her compassion and caring for animals is only surpassed by her skills and competency.  We are truly blessed to have her as a part of our excellent team.


Dr. Eric Boeckmann

Mixed Animal Veterinarian

Dr. Boeckmann was born and raised in Missouri and graduated from Mizzou.  Like the rest of our veterinarians, he is truly a hometown guy.  Dr. Boeckmann enjoys sports of all kinds and being outdoors or floating on the river, exactly why he's perfectly suited for work and play in our beautiful Ozarks!


Dr. Allison O'Meara

Mixed Animal Veterinarian

Dr. O'Meara comes to us all the way from Westport, Massachusetts where she grew up developing her interests in horses, cows and agriculture. Her definition of happiness is waking up with a smile, we couldn't agree more! With outstanding proficiency and compassion, and a love of outdoors and agriculture, Dr. O'Meara is a great addition to the Animal Clinic of Ava and our community.


Cayla Waszczuk

Senior Manager, Registered Veterinary Technician  

Miss Cayla was one of the very first employees, joining ACA in 2010. Today she is our lead Technician and oversees all our patients admitted to the clinic while on duty.  She has a vast knowledge base of both large and companion animals and keeps the practice running smoothly and efficiently.

Cayla graduated from Crowder College as a licensed Veterinary Technician in 2008.


Catherine Fitzpatrick

Human Resources

Miss Catherine joined Animal Clinic of Ava in 2011; as one of our friendly, up-front faces. Today she is our Human Resources Manager. She holds an Associate degree in Business and has raised dogs for nearly a decade before coming on board with us.


Jacki-Lynn Trojan

Inventory Control Manager, Events Coordinator

Born in Aurora, Illinois, Jacki has lived so long in Ava that she proudly calls this place her hometown. She holds an Associate of the Arts degree, and a degree as a Health Care Administrator, but has applied her skills to many projects and outlets in this community for a while. Jacki is a horse trainer, breeder, and instructor and has a true passion for equine.


Brittany Ingram

Accounts Manager

Miss Brittany joined us in 2017 and has shown her competency as both Accounts Manager and Receptionist. Having 2 dogs and 2 cats herself, she is very familiar with the day to day needs of your pets! Always the first with a friendly smile and a knowing answer, Brittany will make sure your visit with us goes smoothly and pleasantly.


Abby Phillips

Senior Assistant


Chelsi Johnson

Senior Assistant


Lorna Wine

Registered Veterinary Technician, Senior Assistant


Levi Hall

Large Animal Operations

Hunter Newman



Denise Essary


Ashley Hicks


Ashley Morpeth

Senior Receptionist

Chrissy Thomas

Assistants Assistant /
Kennel Attendant


Morgan Whitacre


Emily Lebahn

Assistants Assistant /
Kennel Attendant

Shannon Bray


Heather Drinkwater


Dakotah Ratzlaff