Preventative Health Care Programs
Dental Prophylaxis and Preventative Care
For specialized cases, we consult and rely on specialists around the St. Louis area and the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine to help provide the best care available for your pet.
We work collaboratively with the following specialized areas:
Dr. Elizabeth J. Ryan is a 2006 graduate of the University of Missouri Veterinary Medicine Program. She has been practicing for more than 16 years and looks forward to serving the community of DeSoto. She cherishes the legacy she has become a part of since becoming the new Practitioner and owner.
Her family moved to DeSoto in the Fall of 2018 and she purchased the practice in October of 2021. Her husband David S. Ryan and 3 children Christian, Alex and Anneliese look forward to meeting everyone in the community. The have enjoyed being a part of this great city and community!
Dr. Dennis L. Miesner is a 1979 graduate of the University of Missouri Veterinary Medicine Program, and has been practicing for more than 40 years. He moved to DeSoto in 1980 upon acquiring DeSoto Veterinary Hospital and has served the community ever since.
Dr. Miesner is taking a slow approach to retirement as the hospital is taken over by Dr. Ryan. Since we value his life long service to the area, we are doing our best to convince him to put in some office hours in lieu of fly-fishing so you will still see him from time to time when we are lucky enough to catch him!
We believe your pet is a cherished member of your family
We strive to provide an atmosphere that they feel as comfortable in here as they do at home.
We believe in and support the human-animal bond
We would like to enhance your relationship in all possible ways, so please be sure to inquire about the behavior of your pets breed and how to surround them with an environment that creates a bond of love.
We believe in proactive medicine
Our sole purpose is to provide
services and products that protect and enhance
the health and welfare of your best friend.
We believe in preventive medicine.
Our recommendations for the health care of your
pet are made knowing that you would not want your companion to suffer from a disease, which could be prevented.
We believe in pet owner education and empowerment
Our health care recommendations are made knowing that you want to ensure a high quality of life for your pet.
We believe in our mission to provide your pet with the healthiest lifestyle possible
Our commitment to caring for your pet is the reason our team is focuses on the well being of a variety of aspects for you and your pets. Communication is instrumental to our teamwork as well as our patients care, so we strive to provide the finest care along with your input to achieve the best possible healthy pet lifestyles. We are committed to ensuring the best healthy pet lifestyle for your pets, so please ask your Veterinarian or Technician team about specific ways your pets learn and behave.
The more we understand how our pets communicate the easier it becomes to promote healthy family habits that come along with proactive pet care. Our mission is to create the best lifestyle you and your pets can live.
We are honored to be available for your pets at our home and want to promote the best experience possible in their homes, so please ask us about those strange or unexpected habits your pets may exhibit. Also, ask about ways to avoid such behaviors such as separation anxiety, which is normal for animals. We will be happy to talk about ways you can address these behaviors, so please share your questions or concerns during your appointment.
Once our team understands the needs of our patients of which some cases testing may be required, we will devise a treatment plan with ongoing monitoring for some cases until all are satisfied with the care provided.
Dr. Elizabeth J. Ryan graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri - Columbia in 2006. She moved to DeSoto in August of 2018 with her husband David and 3 children. She purchased this practice in October, 2021 and looks forward to honoring the legacy before her. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Missouri Medical Association.
Dr. Dennis L. Miesner graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri - Columbia in 1979. He purchased this practice and moved to Desoto in May, 1980 and has been a part of this practice for more than 40 years. He sold the practice to Dr. Ryan in October, 2021, but will remain on the staff for a few years. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Missouri Medical Association.
Tasha Wiggins, RVT, received her degree as a Veterinary Technician from Jefferson College in May of 2000. She joined our practice in July, 2000, and became licensed in August, 2000. Tasha's family includes her husband Chris, her canine and feline "kids", and her horses. Tasha has a leadership role in hospital operations as well as her duty as a technician and her motivation as a leader drives the hospitality that our patients and clients receive.
Kelli Gatlin, VT, received her degree as a Veterinary Technician from the Veterinary Technical Institute of Hickey College in January of 2014. She joined our practice in 2014. She enjoys spending her free time with her daughter and family, traveling with her husband Trent and enjoying her animals and nature. Kelli has a leadership role integrated into hospital operations and patient care and is a key driver of the quality of care provided by the entire staff.
Cassidy Sansoucie is our Hospital Assistant and joined the practice in July of 2016. She is usually the one who greets most of your pets at their arrival. She offers a caring hand for your pet generally staying with them so they have a continuity of care until their departures. Her continued care guarantees that your pets have a friendly pack leader while with us, so they have good experiences. She is learning all the facets of the veterinary profession and so you will see her in all areas of the hospital. She is a valuable team member al around the hospital and is generous in giving everyone a helping hand.
David S. Ryan is Dr. Ryan's husband. He helps the hospital by running the management and maintenance sides of the business. You will occasionally meet him greeting you and your pet as you arrive or just before you depart. He is a great handler for our pets having learned everything he knows about gently handling pets from his wife Dr. Ryan. He enjoys meeting all of the animals and their families that come to see us and is committed to creating an outstanding Veterinary services experience. He is also an executive leader of his independent financial planning firm and runs his nationally recognized practice in the Greater St. Louis area.
Please send us a message or call us for an appointment.
For emergencies that occur outside business hours, please call Veterinary Specialty Services at (636) 227-6100
13909 Missouri Highway 21, De Soto, Missouri 63020, United States
08:30 am – 06:00 pm
Monday: 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM & 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (Hospital is open and Technicians are available but Veterinarian is not available Thursday)
Friday: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday: 8:30 AM –12:00 PM