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Teresa Lead Vet Nurse At Best Friends AHPR

Lead Veterinary Nurse, Licensed
Teresa is our lead veterinary nurse. She is a registered veterinary nurse and has been with us since August, 2006.

She obtained her BS in Animal Science from the University of Missouri and then went to work at the Caldwell Zoo in Tyler, Texas. She has also worked at various animal practices both in Texas and locally, having most recently worked in surgery at Associated Veterinary Specialists in St. Louis. Her passion is working in surgery. Teresa and her husband, Rick, are the proud parents of 2 children, Reed and Addison. Their busy house also includes 2 dogs, a black laborador named Shelby, aka “The Sock Eater”, and a beagle named Ruby. In her “spare” time, she likes to spend time with her family, shop, drink mochas, and talk about her love of George Bush and the great state of Texas.

Our Location - 202 Frank Scott Pkwy E, Swansea IL

Office Hours

Main Office


7:00 am-5:00 pm


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7:00 am-7:00 pm


7:00 am-7:00 pm


7:00 am-5:00 pm


8:00 am-12:00 pm



  • "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!"