The Best Vet Care in Swansea

Welcome to Best Friends Animal Hospital and Pet Resort, your certified veterinarian in Swansea, Saint Clair County, Illinois. We offer a full array of veterinary services for your companion, whether it is a dog or cat, a reptile, or a pocket pet such as a ferret, rabbit, gerbil, hamster, guinea pig, or sugar glider.

Why Choose Best Friends Animal Hospital and Pet Resort? 

Established in and continuing since 1933, the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) awards certification to outstanding veterinary practices after evaluating them on 900 different standards of care. Because our veterinary office achieves the highest standards in all aspects of pet care, we are among the 12% nationwide who have earned the honor of that award. Their educational conferences and ongoing inspections keep us state-of-the-art on the latest developments in veterinary services. 

Our Comprehensive Services

We are well-equipped to handle all facets of your pet's head-to-toe care, from routine evaluations and preventative care, to emergent and specialty care. Our trained staff provides routine pet exams, preventative medicine, routine and non-routine pet surgery, appropriate vaccines, pet dental care, radiology, laser therapy, medications from our in-house pharmacy, x-rays, and lab work.  Check out our veterinary services page for more information.

Resort Services

We know you pamper your pets at home, give them lots of love and affection, and being away from your pet can be difficult. And though we can't replace you, we sure do our best to fill in for you whenever you have to be away. We have pet boarding that will make your pet feel like he or she is almost home. Visit our resort services page to learn more.

Exceptional Care

There are many veterinary practices to choose from. We hope after reading our mission statement and reviewing our many quality services that you will find us to be the best choice for your pet. 

Call us today at (618) 222-9860. We are located at 202 Frank Scott Parkway East, Swansea, Saint Clair County, Illinois, 62226.


Learn Who We Are

  • Dr.
    Craig Staehle
    Veterinarian (Full-Time)
    Dr. Craig Staehle received his veterinary doctorate from the University of Illinois in 1996. He began his career practicing in the Chicagoland area.
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  • Dr.
    Kimberly Staehle
    Veterinarian/Managerial (Part-Time)
    Dr. Kimberly Staehle obtained her doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1995 and her masters in reproductive physiology in 1996 from the University of Illinois.
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  • Dr.
    Deni Stallons
    Veterinarian (Full-Time)
    Dr. Deni Stallons joined our team in May 2011. She attended McKendree College prior to graduating from the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001.
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  • Dr.
    Jenna Magnuson
    Veterinarian (Full-Time)
    Dr. Jenna received her doctorate in veterinary medicine in 2014 from the University of Illinois.
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202 Frank Scott Pkwy E, Swansea IL

Office Hours

Our Regular Schedule


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Read What Our Clients Say

  • "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!"

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