Fredericktown's Compassionate Veterinary Team

Benjamin C. Rothlisberger, DVM, Owner

fredericktown animal hosptialDr. Benjamin C. Rothlisberger is a General Practitioner at Fredericktown Animal Hospital and its partner hospital, the Veterinary Clinic of the Mineral Area.

Originally from Pilot Knob, Missouri, Dr. Rothlisberger says that he was motivated to become a veterinarian after emptying his piggy bank as a child to treat a stray dog with demodectic mange. Now that he is a veterinarian he says he enjoys the feeling of making a difference in our clients' and their pets' lives.

Dr. Rothlisberger attended the University of Missouri – Columbia, where he studied Animal Science. During veterinary school he won the Large Animal Surgery Award and graduated with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1998 from the University of Missouri - College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Rothlisberger is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association. He is also a member of the Farmington School Board and the Life Church of Farmington.

Dr. Rothlisberger and his wife Tiffany, the practice's financial officer, have three young children: Rachel, Tanner, and Evvie. The family provides a home for a number of pets that includes dogs, cats, horses, cows, rabbit, fish, turkeys, chickens and donkeys.

Dr. Rothlisberger's interests include farming, hunting, fishing, restoring old cars and time with his family.

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Scott Mier, DVM

veterinarian in fredericktown moDr. Scott Mier is a General Practitioner who has been with the Fredericktown Animal Hospital since 1984.

A native of Advance, Missouri, Dr. Mier says that his early experiences growing up on a farm played a major role in influencing his decision to become a veterinarian. He adds that the variety of animals and people that he is able to interact with make the job enjoyable and continuously interesting.

For his undergraduate work, Dr. Mier attended the School of the Ozarks in Branson, Missouri, where he majored in Biology and Chemistry and won the freshman chemistry award. He did not receive a Bachelor's degree because he was given early admittance to the University of Missouri – Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1980. By 1984, he had earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Mier is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association. He is also a member and elder of the 1st Presbyterian Church of Fredericktown, Missouri, a 4H Project Leader, and a 4H County Coordinator for Shooting Sports.

Dr. Mier and his wife Rose, a biology teacher at Mineral Area College, have two grown children and provide a home to a Welsh Corgi named Joe; a golden retriever named Nellie; a donkey named Pal; three sheep: ZZ, Val and Suzy Q; a cat named Pete; a llama named Frickles; and two horses named Delilah and Coco. He adds that most of the family's pets are castoffs that found a home with his family.

Dr. Mier's interests include woodworking, being a 4H leader, skeet and trap shooting, and hiking.

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Philip D. Falch, DVM, Owner

animal hospital in fredericktown moDr. Philip D. Falch is a General Mixed Animal Practitioner who practices at both Fredericktown Animal Hospital and the Veterinary Clinic of the Mineral Area.

Originally from Desoto, Missouri, Dr. Falch says that from a young age he has wanted to work in a career that allowed him to help people living in rural areas care for their animals and help them make a living farming. Now that he is a veterinarian, he says, "I love nothing more than driving home in my Ford pickup covered in muck knowing that I've helped my clients solve problems and keep their pets and livestock healthy."

For his undergraduate studies, Dr. Falch attended Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Missouri, and then the University of Missouri – Columbia College of Agriculture where he studied Animal Science. During his time in college he received admission to the Honor Society of Agriculture. After receiving early admission, he enrolled in the University of Missouri – Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. During veterinary school Dr. Falch was listed in the Who's Who of students in American Universities and Colleges, named Outstanding Student in Theriogenology, admitted to the Honor Society of Veterinary Medicine, and given the Upjohn Large Animal Proficiency Award. In 1997, he graduated with his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Falch's area of special professional interest is large animal general practice. He is a member of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association. He is also certified in the National Johne's Disease Program.

Dr. Falch and his wife, Sara, who works part-time at the practice and homeschools their son Lane, have two cats named Sophie and Hallee Ferguson, a horse named Dakota, a ewe lamb named Saddie (they bottle fed her for two months), and 35 chickens. In fact, their young son, Lane, requested chickens and a chicken house for his 5th birthday and now sells farm fresh eggs.

Dr. Falch's interests include gardening, spending time with his family, and anything John Deere.

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John Swinford, DVM

veterinarian in farmington mo John SwinfordDr. John Swinford is a General Practitioner who joined the Fredericktown Animal Hospital when it first began in 1992.

A native of Belleview, Missouri, Dr. Swinford says that his father played a significant role in motivating him to become a veterinarian.

For his undergraduate studies, Dr. Swinford first attended Mineral Area College and then the University of Missouri – Columbia where he received a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. He then enrolled in the University of Missouri – Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine and earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1973.

Dr. Swinford's area of special professional interest is surgery and he is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association.

He is married to Rhonda and he has three grown children. When not practicing veterinary medicine he enjoys farming.

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veterinarian in farmington mo Hannah Gawf, DVM

Associate Veterinarian Hannah Gawf joined the team at Fredericktown Animal Hospital in May of 2016. Dr. Gawf says the most satisfying thing about being a veterinarian is "helping cattle producers become more profitable through management practices and preventative medicine, and management of complicated small animal medical cases that shouldn't resolve, but do."

Growing up in Missouri, Dr. Gawf's family raised feeder cattle. "Raising feeder cattle and doing our own butchering as a kid helped me understand the importance of a safe food supply and the role of veterinarians in cattle production," she says. "Who wouldn't want to help feed the world?"

Dr. Gawf attended the University of Missouri - Columbia for her undergraduate education, earning a Bachelor's of Science in Animal Science. She completed her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Bovine Practitioners and the American Association of Equine Practitioners. Chief among her professional interests are large animal medicine, reproduction and surgery.

Dr. Gawf and her husband Bobby have a redbone-Catahoula mix "dog child" named Hank and an angus-based cattle herd. She enjoys farming, hunting, DIY projects and "anything outdoors" in her spare time.

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Praveena Kolli farmington mo veterinarianPraveena Kolli, DVM

Associate Veterinarian Praveena Kolli joined the team at Fredericktown Animal Hospital in June of 2015. Dr. Kolli earned both her Bachelor's in Animal Science and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Missouri. Her professional interests include internal medicine, surgery, farm calls, and emergency medicine.

"I like the variety of animals I see at the Fredericktown Animal Hospital," says Dr. Kolli. "I also enjoy helping people with their animals, large and small."

At home, Dr. Kolli has a German Shepherd mix named Dusty. In her free time she enjoys hiking with her dog, watching movies and Cardinals baseball, and traveling.

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veterinarian in farmington mo Gina M. Muth, DVM

Gina Muth is a veterinarian Fredericktown Animal Clinic. She joined our team in May of 2015. Prior to earning her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Muth worked as a veterinary assistant and volunteered at a horse rescue organization. She attended the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where she earned an undergraduate degree in Animal Science with a minor in chemistry. Dr. Muth obtained her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois.

"When I first started working as a veterinary assistant at the practice, I really enjoyed the staff and the clients," says Dr. Muth. "When I graduated veterinary school, working here was at the top of my list!"

Dr. Muth has four dogs: Penny, Mia, Zip and Rosie; four cats: Edward, Rosemary, Sherman and Richard; and three horses: Bailey, Presely and Jay. She also has a guinea hen appropriately named Guinea.

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