Country Hills Animal Hospital

The professional and courteous staff at Country Hills Animal Hospital is committed to providing your pet with the very best medical care available. Our extensive list of services demonstrates our dedication to meeting your pet’s needs. But our staff is what makes our practice truly unique. Our knowledgeable staff will treat you and your pet with the compassion, respect, and professionalism you deserve. Whether your pet is a youngster, a senior, or anything in between, our focus is on promoting your pet’s health and longevity. Call today to learn more about our services and how we can help improve the health of your pet.

For after-hours emergencies, the answering service will refer you to the Emergency Clinic of Southwest Missouri in Springfield at 890-1600. They are equipped and staffed to handle an emergency when our hospital is closed and will send us records of any care your pet receives so continuity of care is achieved. We understand how important it is to talk to a doctor in the event of an emergency. Every effort will be made to respond to your emergency as soon as possible.

  • Mon - Fri: 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sat: Closed
  • Sun: Closed
  • Paul E. Nelson, DVM

    Paul Nelson’s interest and love for animals started at an early age growing up on a dairy farm near Freistatt, Mo.  He graduated in 1976 from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine and served three years as an Air Force veterinarian at Homestead AFB,  Florida before returning to practice for six years with friend and colleague Dr. Don McCormick at Monett Veterinary Hospital.  Dr. Nelson opened Country Hills Animal Hospital in April 1987 and has been blessed with a great staff providing quality professional pet care to the best people of the Ozarks. He takes pride in treating his patients with the same level of care and compassion as his own labrador Molly. Dr. Nelson considers his greatest blessings to be his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and his wonderful family. In his spare time, he enjoys an occasional round of golf and tending to his yard.
    Years in Practice:
    Jun 19, 1976
    BS - 72, DVM - 76, U of Mo
  • LuAnn Shinault

    Veterinary Technician
      Animals have always been an important part of her life. Over the years she has had Pet Therapy dogs and been a member of Pet Therapy of the Ozarks. She has also trained obedience, agility and some tracking with her dogs.  While living and working in Green Bay, WI she and her husband were volunteers at the local animal shelter.  German Shepherds are the dogs she grew up with and throughout her adult life she has always had at least one.   Currently she and her husband reside with a Labrador Retriever and a German Shepherd, a Tonkinese cat and two domestic short haired cats.  There are five horses and six chickens that keep her busy on her small farm.
    LuAnn enjoys the outdoors, dog training, horseback riding, walking, gardening, bird watching on the front porch, and reading.  Her small farm keeps her very busy.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 18, 1993
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    Diane Louallen

    Veterinary Technician
    Diane Louallen  has been with the clinic since it opened in 1987.  After 14 years , she took 5 years off, to stay home with her children.  She returned in 2006 and has been here since. She considers herself a native Texan.  Moved to the Ozarks 26 years ago after graduating from Eureka College with a major in Biology and Humanities, minoring in Chemistry. Her passion for animals led her to a lifetime of nurturing and rehabilitating a variety of creatures both domestic and wild.  Currently she resides in Ozark with her daughters, 2 dogs , 1 cat , and a horse. Her Border Collie is attending boarding school, where he is learning to herd sheep, properly. When she is not at work,  she enjoys retraining dogs who have been too challenging for previous owners, and sometimes rehoming them.  She also loves spending time with her kids, friends, gardening, cooking, baking, sewing, and life in general.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 01, 1987
  • Debbie Moore

    Veterinary Technician
    A native Oregonian, Debbie graduated from the University of Oregon with degrees in Philosophy and Religious Studies. She worked as a computer programmer for the Army for 15 years before moving to the Ozarks.
    She and her husband are currently owned by two dogs, two cats, a horse, a donkey and a small flock of chickens. Outside of work, she assists in obedience, agility, and rally classes at Paws Express Agility, On The Spot Dog Training and the Springfield Dog Training club. She enjoys competing with her dogs in a wide range of sports, gardening, and training a variety of animals.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 03, 1994
  • Stephanie Mitchell

    Veterinary Technician
    Stephanie Mitchell had been a client of Country Hills for over ten years before becoming a part of the staff. An attorney by education, she has always had a passion for animals and found great homes for the variety of strays that have crossed her path. She has had a variety of jobs including Children’s Coordinator at a church, an attorney and various volunteer jobs. She grew up in Springfield but lived and worked in Hawaii and Florida before returning home to the Ozarks.

    Her current dogs include a Standard American Eskimo, a Weimaraner, a rescue Labrador Retriever and a rescue Mixed breed.  She also shares her home with a Persian cat and a rescue Mediumhair cat.  She enjoys working with the dogs in agility and tricks and especially loves halter training and ground work with her Arabian show horses.  Horse shows have been a part of her life for the past eight years, but she also enjoys trail riding and most outdoor activities with her family and pets as well as going to the lake and traveling.

    She has been married to Terry for nine years; although her two step-sons live out of town she is fortunate to have her three grown daughters living nearby. Growing up in Springfield has been a blessing and Ozark has been a wonderful place to raise a family.
    Years in Practice:
    Oct 09, 2006