Since 1973, Dr. John Bates has been providing our pet population with veterinary care at Imperial Animal Hospital. He started as a volunteer, and eventually returned as a general practitioner 10 years later. In 1986, he became owner of Imperial Animal Hospital.
From a young age, Dr. Bates knew he wanted to work with animals and become a veterinarian. As a young child in St. Louis, he developed a love for animals and decided to pursue his goal of helping animals as a career.
Dr. Bates received his Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He then attained his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Missouri Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Dr. Bates excelled in veterinary school, receiving the American Animal Hospital Association’s Student Award for proficiency in both medicine and surgery.
Dr. Bates’ professional interests include surgery and ophthalmology. In addition, he is also a member of the board of directors of the Animal Emergency Clinics of St. Louis, and he also works with Retired Greyhounds As Pets (REGAP) and Golden Retriever Rescue.
Dr. Bates has two adult children, Sarah and Scott. and a grandson Blake. He is also married to Monica, the practice manager at Imperial Animal Hospital. They have three dogs Buddy, Rocco and Stella plus Lola the cat. Dr. Bates likes to spend his free time golfing, swimming, boating, playing racquetball, taking photos, and spending time with his loved ones.