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Kimberly Staehle Veterinarian At Best Friends AHPR

Kimberly Staehle
Dr. Kimberly Staehle obtained her doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1995 and her masters in reproductive physiology in 1996 from the University of Illinois.

After graduation she moved to Tampa, Florida. In Tampa she was an associate at a small animal hospital and volunteered at the Clearwater Aquarium. At the aquarium she was able to work with one of her loves, marine mammals. In 1998 she moved to the St. Louis area with her husband Dr. Craig. She practiced small animal medicine in Kirkwood, Missouri. Prior to opening Best Friends Animal Hospital she was the manager of scientific affairs for Highland VetPharma.


Dr. Kimberly grew up in Granite City, Illinois. She has 4 sisters. She had many pets of all kinds growing up, and knew early on that she wanted to be a veterinarian. She feels blessed to have had the opportunities to have volunteered at the St. Louis Children’s Zoo and worked with dolphins at several facilities in the Florida Keys, as well as at Sea World in Orlando. Growing up she enjoyed gymnastics and cheerleading. She used her gymnastics and fitness skills first teaching aerobics and then competing in a national fitness competition. These days she spends a lot of time transporting her children to & from activities, while also sneeking in some pole fitness.


She is particularly fond of the Great Dane breed & along with Dr. Craig has now owned 7 of them, 4 which were adopted thru rescue organizations & 2 others which were also needing homes. Drs. Craig & Kimberly currently have 2 great danes (Luna & Otis) and three cats (Sally, Kibble & Ellie).

Our Location - 202 Frank Scott Pkwy E, Swansea IL

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  • "This was our first visit with our two girls as our previous vet retired. We were very impressed with all of the staff. One of our girls can be timid around strangers but everyone did a great job making her feel welcome and at ease. The vet gave us sound advice and did not try to push or upsell products to us which I greatly appreciate."
  • "You might hear this alot from reviews, but the techs and vets here actually really care about you and your furry kid. I have been taking my hedgehog in to get some issues taken care of and while it's been a long process they have cared every step of the way. Very knowledgeable and kind hearted people. Definitely a recommend for specialty exotics pets!"