6221 US Highway 61/67 Imperial, MO 63052

Phone : (636) 464-0777

Fax : (636) 464-2088

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Dr. John Bates, DVM

Our StaffDr. John Bates has cared for pets at Imperial Animal Hospital since 1973, when he started out as a volunteer at the hospital. He returned in 1983 as a general practitioner and became hospital owner in 1986.

Dr. Bates was born in St. Louis and wanted to be a veterinarian ever since he was six years old (according to his mother). He loves working with pets and finds a great deal of satisfaction in helping pets lead long and healthy lives.

He attended the University of Missouri-Columbia and received his Bachelor's Degree in Agriculture in 1978. He went on to attend the University of Missouri Veterinary Teaching Hospital and was awarded his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1983. While in veterinary school, Dr. Bates was awarded the American Animal Hospital Association's Student Award for proficiency in both medicine and surgery.

Surgery and ophthalmology are among Dr. Bates' many professional interests. He is a member of the board of directors of the Animal Emergency Clinics of St. Louis and also works with REGAP (Retired Greyhounds As Pets), the ACT Now Animal Rescue and Golden Retriever Rescue.

Married to Monica, Imperial Animal Hospital's practice manager, Dr. Bates is the proud father of two adult children, Sarah and Scott and a new grandson, Blake. He and Monica share their home with three dogs Buddy, Stella and Rocko plus two cats Otis and Frosty, and a pair of doves named PJ and JP. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, swimming, playing racquetball, boating and taking photos.

Dr. Jennifer Emo, DVM

Our StaffA general practitioner at Imperial Animal Hospital since 2007, Dr. Jennifer Emo grew up in Sedalia, Missouri.

Dr. Emo attended the University of Oklahoma-Norman, and it was there that she realized veterinary medicine was her life's calling. She loves animals and likes seeing healthy puppies and kittens and helping heal the wounded and sick.

While at the University of Oklahoma, Dr. Emo majored in Zoology, but was accepted into veterinary school before completing her degree. She attended the University of Missouri-Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine and was awarded her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2004.

Emergency/critical care and surgery are among Dr. Emo's many professional interests. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association and the Greater St. Louis Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Emo and her husband, Brett, share their home with their cat Tia and twin daughters.
When she's not busy caring for pets at the hospital, Dr. Emo enjoys being a mom. She also is an avid runner and has been running ever since the age of 17.She has participated in several marathons.

Dr. Sandra Turner, DVM

Our StaffSmall animal general practitioner Dr. Sandra Turner has cared for pets at Imperial Animal Hospital since 1994. Dr. Turner has had a lifelong love for animals and knew she wanted to work with animals ever since she was a child. She at first wanted to be a zoo veterinarian, but later decided to work with small animals. Working with exotic pets remains one of her passions and she enjoys the challenges and opportunities that come with working with unique pets. She finds veterinary medicine to be a very rewarding and satisfying career.

Dr. Turner grew up in Bridgeton, Missouri. She attended the University of Missouri - Columbia and received her Bachelor's Degree in Biology in 1988. She continued her veterinary education at the University of Missouri - Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine and was awarded her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. Avian and exotic medicine and small animal medicine are among her many professional interests.

At home, Dr. Turner enjoys the companionship of her Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Scotch. Scotch is a hunting dog and has completed two titles in obedience. The family also includes a Conure named Cricket, two cats, Bella and Spade, and a guinea pig (pictured) named Patches.

Dr. Turner and her husband, Lynn, are the proud parents of their daughter, Nicole. In her spare time, Dr. Turner enjoys reading, watching movies and spending time with her family.

Dr. Christina Worth, DVM

Our StaffGeneral Practitioner Christina D. Worth has been with Imperial Animal Hospital since 2010. As a child, Christina always enjoyed spending time with her pets and going to the zoo with her family, and it became a life-long dream of hers to make a career out of caring for animals that needed her help. Her experience as a veterinarian has been a dream come true because she loves learning the different personalities of pets and interacting with clients.

At a young age, Christina worked at various veterinary clinics through her high school years in St. Louis, Missouri. She then moved on to Hendrix College, where she graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor's degree in Biology. Christina attended veterinary school at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she received numerous scholarships, Including the Ives Cardiff Scholarship (for compassion and understanding the human-animal bond in veterinary medicine), the Lucy B. Davis Scholarship (for small animal medicine and surgery) and the American Animal Hospital Association's Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Award.

At home, Christina has two dogs and two cats. Tanner, a Cairn Terrier mix who was adopted from the Arkansas Great Dane Rescue Group, was the "first child" and he knows it! Oscar is a terrier mix who came from the Columbia Humane Society and has proven to be quite the troublemaker. The girls of the house are Tailess, a domestic short hair cat without a tail, and Mizzi, a calico cat. While Tailess is not as fond of socializing with her brothers, Mizzi adores them. Plus their newest addition Rilee, their beautiful daughter.

Christina also enjoys running, traveling, playing tennis and spending time with family, including her husband Richard, an attorney.

Dr. Kristen Dellacamera

Born in Massachusetts, Dr. Kristen Dellacamera’s family moved around for several years until they finally ended their journey in St. Louis when Dr. Dellacamera was 8 years old. She attended UMSL and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. While Dr. Dellacamera was at UMSL she worked at the Animal Emergency Clinic. During this time Dr. Dellacamera began volunteering at a local animal shelter and that is when she realized she wanted to become a veterinarian.

Dr. Dellacamera attended the University of Missouri-Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine and achieved her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. After graduating from Mizzou she practiced emergency medicine at Veterinary Specialty Services for 10 years. She also volunteered veterinary care to a local rescue group with orphaned pets in need of care.

Dr. Dellacamera is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Dellacamera shares her home with Bell, her 11 year old rescue pitbull, Beatrice a diabetic miniature pincher and Blackie Chan the domestic shorthaired cat. Bell was acquired during veterinary school and is a 16 month pancreatic carcinoma cancer survivor.

Scott J. Bates, DVM

Dr. Scott Bates was born in St. Louis and was raised in the Imperial Animal Hospital. His Dad and Mom are our very own Dr John Bates and Monica. He attended St. John’s Lutheran School and Lutheran High School South. This home town boy attended the University of Missouri graduating from the school of agriculture (CAFNER) with a Bachelors Degree in Animal Husbandry. He was a member of Pre Vet Club, University Orchestra, Marching Mizzou, and the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity.

This Eagle Scout packed his bags and choose to attend Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine on the Island of St Kitts in the Western Caribbean. He graduated in May 2018 and has taken up practice with us at the Imperial Animal Hospital. He is married to Lauren Heyl Bates and resides with two kitties, Lola and Big Orange.

Dr. Bates interests are in surgery and internal medicine.

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Chris Slaughter

Our StaffChris has been grooming pets since 1995. She loves to make pets look their best and enjoys working at Imperial Animal Hospital. Chris shares her home with Joshua, a black lab, Bailey, a dachshund, and Peaches and Stormy her kitties.

Theresa McCarthy

Theresa has a passion for working with animals and has been with Imperial Animal Hospital since 2009. She has two playful cats, and loves to meet all the different pets and people that she works with.

JoAnn Schweikert

Kate Clark

kateKate loves working with animals and helping them look their best. She provides grooming services at Imperial Animal Hospital and is a valuable member of the team.

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