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About our hospital

The Animal Clinic of West Plains has been at its present location since 1978 when it was built by the original owner, Dr. Hollis Smith.  In 1994, Dr. Eugene Ulmanis, a  transplant from Michigan, purchased the clinic and remodeled it into the facility it is today.  We are known by most as the "big red barn" as our big red building is hard to miss! We look forward to sharing our facility and services with you and your beloved pets.

A little more about us..

Our 5000 square foot facility houses a complete small animal medicine and surgery facility with the capacity to undertake cutting edge medicine and surgical techniques, including orthopedic surgery. We offer complete preventative health care services, including (but not limited to) vaccinations, de-worming and parasite control, wellness checks, and dental cleanings.  

We offer a wide variety of services for your canine and feline companions.  Internal medicine is supported with comprehensive blood chemistry and diagnostics completed in-house or with optional outside lab diagnostics and consultation. Radiography, ultrasound, endoscopy and laser surgery are available as in-house services.  Behavioral and nutritional consultations are also offered.

Dr. Eugene Ulmanis, our clinic owner and veterinarian, has been practicing veterinary medicine for over 45 years. Originally from Michigan, he has been serving West Plains and the surrounding areas since 1995. He routinely travels to Alaska, where he is also licensed to practice veterinary medicine. Over the years he has also served in Mongolia, where he trained local veterinarians in conjunction with Christian Veterinary Mission. He loves to travel and has special interests in orthopedic and equine medicine.  Dr. Ulmanis' skill set is very versatile and he has, over the course of his career, treated a wide variety of animals, including llamas, alpacas, a camel, a kangaroo, a wallaby, a spider monkey, snakes, iguanas, rats, hamsters, guinea pigs, hedgehogs, ferrets and once even a baby bear.

Dr. Ulmanis or "Doc" as most of us call him, is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association, the Alaska Veterinary Medical Association, the Missouri Academy of Veterinary Practice and Christian Veterinary Mission.  While Dr. Ulmanis is no longer a horse owner, he is still a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners who  has worked on both competition and pleasure horses continuously throughout his 45+ year career.

The Clinic Outlet - Pet Supplies

Our retail store, located conveniently in the clinic's front lobby, is a one-stop-shop for all of your animal product needs. We offer only the best veterinarian recommended products to keep your dogs and cats happy and healthy.

A complete line of veterinary recommended Hill's Prescription Diets and Science Diet food and treats, as well as heartworm, flea, and tick preventatives, nutritional supplements, and much more is in-stock.  We provide a wide variety of products to meet your veterinary needs and requirements and stay up to date on what is newly available for your pet.


We strive to meet every client's needs and requirements, however if there is a required product that you don't see on the shelves, just ask!  We will be happy to place a special order for you.

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