Meet Our Team!
Tender Care Animal Hospital
6002 S. Hwy 94, Weldon Spring, Mo 63304
Dr. Bob McCool
Education: Dr. Bob graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1989.
Awards and Accomplishments:
Veterinary School Years:
- Graduated Magna Cum Laude in the top 10% of his veterinary school class
- President of the Veterinary School Fraternity
- Won First Place in the Hill’s Veterinary Nutrition Award for his paper on “Taurine Deficiency in Cats”
- Voted by his veterinary school classmates as one of the top ten students most likely to succeed
Years in Veterinary Practice:
- Owner of three veterinary hospitals: Best Friends Veterinary Hospital in Poway, California; Gentle Doctor Animal Hospital in O’Fallon, Missouri; Tender Care Animal Hospital in Weldon Spring, Missouri
- Extensive work with animal rescues and shelters. In San Diego, Dr. McCool works with several large rescue groups to provide care for hundreds of homeless pets each year. Dr. Bob’s Missouri clinics spay and neuter about 2000 pets each year for a local shelter.
Dr. Bob has been a practicing veterinarian for approximately 25 years. During this time he has performed over 15,000 surgeries and has a vast array of experience diagnosing and treating medical conditions in cats and dogs. In addition, Dr. Bob has personally trained and mentored approximately ten veterinarians in his current Missouri practices.
Dr. McCool’s practice philosophy involves a combination of traditional medicine combined with alternative medicine with an emphasis on nutrition. He believes very strongly in the benefits of great nutrition for maintaining excellent health. Overall, he considers himself to be a more conservative veterinarian in his treatment of pets. Before deciding on any treatment, the risks versus benefits are carefully considered, so that only treatments with a strong possibility of helping with minimal risks and side effects are pursued. When medications are necessary, risk of side effects are always considered and lower, more conservative dosages are usually recommended. He has a “one year rule” for all new medications where he avoids using any new medications for at least one year after they have been brought to the marketplace. This is based on his past experience where he has discovered that most new drugs need at least one year to provide adequate time for a more complete list of possible side effects to be established. Since surgery is not generally reversible and entails some inherent risks, he believes in pursuing options with less risk before resorting to surgery.
Dr. Bob married his veterinary school classmate, Dr. Lori, in 1988. Together they have two sons, Blake and Cameron. Cameron is a senior at Francis Parker in San Diego. Blake is a senior at Texas State University. As you may have guessed, Dr. Bob and Dr. Lori love animals. They currently own one cat, Maddox, 3 dogs (a pug named Watson, another pug named Tiberius, and a Maltese named Ella), 4 goats (yes… I did say goats… all four are Nubians, Spongebob, Patrick, Nairobi, and Kenya), one chinchilla (named Benji), one Sulcata tortoise (named Sweetpea), a green iguana (named Lizzy), and a tarantula (named Rosie).
Dr. Bob and Dr. Lori visited Africa in 2007 and 2009. From their experiences in Africa grew a desire to return someday and open a wildlife rescue. Poaching and poisoning of wildlife has become a serious issue in several parts of Africa. Furthermore, high orphan rates in children has compounded the problem by producing an environment where children lack guidance and have little hope for a better future. Dr. Bob’s and Dr. Lori’s dream would be to combine a wildlife rescue with orphaned children in a way that benefits both.
Dr. Emily Basler
Awards and Accomplishments:
Veterinary School Years
Kept a small heard of Gelbvich cattle as a beef cow/ calf project; this helped pay for part of Dr. Emily’s undergraduate college years
Secretary of PALS- Pet Assisted Love and Support; a club that focused on the human- animal bond and the importance of animals in human emotional support
USDA Accredited in all species
Provided spay/ neuter services for Kirksville rescues and low-income families through KV-POP program
Experience: Dr. Emily has been practicing compassionate, high quality companion animal care since graduation in 2011. Dr. Emily introduced pain management protocol for routine surgeries and brought in many new and safer drugs to her previous clinic. She also helped integrate many new technologies including computed x-ray, a new fluid pump, and therapy laser into the previous clinic.
Philosophy: Dr. Emily’s practice philosophy includes providing compassionate care to both pets and owners. She believes that the best for your pet depends on what is best for you. She tries to make veterinary medicine understandable, as the owner is the most important link in pet care.
Family: Dr. Emily currently lives with her very unique cat named Mr. Kitty, her goofy yellow Labrador named Bill, and her pet chicken named Big Hen.
Dr. Emily has fond memories of a challenging and rewarding case during her years in Kirksville. Zoie the Shih-Tzu came to the hospital in critical condition. She was not eating, lethargic, and had lost nearly all of her fur. Zoie had been to other veterinarians but remained ill. Dr. Emily was able to finally diagnose Zoie with diabetes mellitus, however she was so ill at this point is was thought she may not survive. After 3 days of intensive treatment and TLC Zoie turned around and Dr. Emily was able to send her home to very happy parents.
Dr. Ashley Bowers
Dr. Ashley Bowers was born and raised in Bowling Green, Mo. She grew up surrounded by animals including dogs, cats, and horses. Her first job was cleaning kennels at a veterinary clinic when she turned 16, but her interest in animals and veterinary medicine allowed her to quickly move up to veterinary technician status. She instantly found her calling in life and dedicated the rest of her high school and college career to attending veterinary school and becoming a veterinarian. She attended the University of Missouri and received her undergraduate degree in Animal Science prior to attending veterinary school at Mizzou where she graduated in the top 10 percent of her class. Dr. Ashley can’t imagine herself in any other profession and truly enjoys going to work every day. She loves the excitement that each day has to bring and the interactions with people and making a true difference in their pets’ lives. She and her husband, Jubal, live in Wentzville with their Miniature Schnauzer, Kohl, who she rescued during her first year of college.