Best Friends Animal Hospital

255 Eastlawn Ave
St. Robert, MO 65584


Dr. Jim Hackworth, with the best dog in the world, Mercedes

Dr. Jim Hackworth, with the best dog in the world, Mercedes.  Mercedes passed away a few years ago at a very ripe old age.


Originally from Oklahoma, Dr. Hackworth began a life long love affair with pets as a child with his own family's pets.  He saw how much a pet could impact his family's personal life and how much love and affection we can share with our pets.  He became interested in veterinary medicine in high school and began working at a hospital at the age of 16.  He even met his wife at a veterinary hospital (she was 16 and he was 17!).  He graduated from Oklahoma State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and immediately entered the U.S. Army's Veterinary Corps, and served with soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines at multiple sites throughout the world before settling down in Pulaski county with his wife and children.  And if anyone asks, GO ARMY!

Dr Hackworth is passionate about pets being part of our lives and wants them to be part of our lives in a happy, healthy and enriching way.  With over 30 years as a veterinarian, he still feels he has the best job in the world.

Dr Hackworth and his wife have four daughters and five grandchildren.  His pets include two cats, one who enjoys chewing on his toes at 2 AM.  He also has three granddogs and two grandcats.

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