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Circle of Life Animal Hospital is a well-established, full-service, small and large animal veterinary hospital providing comprehensive medical, surgical, and dental care for the pets of Festus, Missouri.

Dr. Amy Jo Cook-Breeze, DVM

Dr. Amy Jo Cook-Breeze, DVM

Veterinarian

Dr. Cook-Breeze grew up in Crystal City, Missouri. After graduating from Crystal City High School, she attended the University of Missouri, majoring in biochemistry. She graduated from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. Her first job took her to Hillsboro, Missouri. She then practiced at All Creatures Animal Hospital in O’Fallon, Missouri. She came to Blum Animal Hospital in 2002. In 2004, she purchased the practice and renamed it Circle of Life Animal Hospital. Dr. Cook-Breeze is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association, the Greater St. Louis Veterinary Medical Association, and the Twin City Chamber of Commerce. She is a lifetime member of the University of Missouri Alumni Association and a lifetime member of the Varsity M Association from her college career in track and field. Dr. Cook-Breeze has three children, Alex (15), and Lucas (18), and Logan (27).

Dr. Jeaneyl Hazlett, DVM

Dr. Jeaneyl Hazlett, DVM

Veterinarian

Dr. Hazlett is a part-time doctor at Circle of Life Animal Hospital. She graduated from Iowa State Veterinary College in 1975. She has been with us for sixteen years. Prior to moving to DeSoto, Dr. Hazlett owned a veterinary practice for 25 years. She has a special interest in felines (cats) and geriatric medicine. She is a proud owner of two cats, Banjo and Bootsie who are 7 years old. She enjoys working in her garden and traveling in her free time.

Jennifer

Jennifer

Practice Manager

Jennifer has been at Circle of Life since 2008. She knew she had a passion for working with animals ever since she was a child. She has worked multiple roles within the hospital before becoming practice manager. She began as a kennel assistant, moved to reception, and then was a technician for 11 years. Jennifer truly loves educating clients and getting to see all of the fur babies.

Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and relaxing with a good movie.

Courtney

Courtney

Kennel Assistant

Courtney has worked in the kennels here at Circle of Life since the spring of 2020. She is very passionate about animals and their well-being.

At home, she has 4 pets – one cat, two dogs, and a hamster.

Miranda

Miranda

Kennel Assistant

Miranda is one of our talented kennel assistants and has been working with our veterinary team since July of 2021. She had been volunteering at a previous vet clinic for three years before joining the Circle of Life team and ensuring our clients and their pets receive the best service in the area. Miranda has been a lifelong lover of animals, so naturally, veterinary medicine became her career. She is currently the proud pet parent to three dogs and a cat.

Karen

Karen

Groomer

Karen has been grooming animals for 40 years and has been a part of our team for 27 years. She loves all the fur babies that she gets to meet through grooming daily. She shares her home with dogs, cats, chickens, and ponies.
Tessa

Tessa

Groomer Assistant

Tessa has been assisting her mom, Karen, for 23 years at Circle of Life.
Amber

Amber

Customer Service Representative

Amber has been in the Veterinary field as a customer service representative for eight years. When she first started her journey she worked at a hospital in Illinois for almost four years, then met her fianc√© and moved to De Soto. A year later she started working for Circle of Life. Amber’s always had a passion for helping people and animals and she’s happy she gets to do that every day.

She has two dogs, Calli and Roscoe, and three cats, Sammy, Binx, and the newest addition Zazu.

Taylor

Taylor

Customer Service Representative

Taylor has been a customer service representative for us for about a year and half. She is a proud fur mom to 2 dogs, 2 cats and 1 chinchilla. She works part time at Circle of Life and is also a hair dresser.

Kyrissa

Kyrissa

Customer Service Representative

Kyrissa is friendly, outgoing, and loves meeting new patients and clients. Her love for animals doesn’t end at Circle of Life Animal Hospital. At home, she spends her time with Duke (pit bull mix) and Larry (bearded dragon). She has always had a soft spot for senior dogs, and loves to adopt them!

Kyrissa’s goal is to eventually become a veterinary technician.

Amanda

Amanda

Technician

Amanda has been working in the veterinary field since 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences from Southeast Missouri State University. She has been part of the Circle of Life Family since May of 2017. A mother of 2, when she’s not helping care for our wonderful patients she enjoys relaxing at home with her family members, those both with and without fur, and being active within the Missouri Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Kara

Kara

Technician

Kara is a Veterinary Technician that recently joined our team in 2020.

She began her career in veterinary medicine in 2007, working part time and studying at University of Missouri-St Louis where she focused her studies on micro and molecular biology. She found that veterinary medicine was the perfect combination of her two favorite things-animals and biology, and has been in the field ever since.

She has worked all over St Louis and surrounding areas and even worked in Orlando, FL with a vet that specialized in exotics and saw most of the animals from surrounding theme parks. This is where she found her passion in working with exotics. She has worked on pretty much everything from mice to alligators and even some large primates.

She currently lives in Imperial, MO with her stepdaughter and two dogs (Link and Luna) and two cats (Juju and Jonesy).

Maria

Maria

Technician

Maria has been with Circle of Life Animal Hospital since June 2021 as a veterinary technician. She started her journey in 2015, where she attended Brown Mackie College to expand her knowledge in Veterinary Technology, and has been a technician ever since; with experience in both emergency medicine and general practice. Her passion for helping animals has only grown in the many years. Her and her husband have 3 wonderful kids and 3 fur babies. Outside of both of these things she enjoys hiking, crocheting, and reading books.

Logan

Logan

Technician

Logan graduated from the Veterinary Technology Program at Jefferson College in May 2020. She has always had a passion for animal medicine, especially studying animal behavior and dog training. She has two dogs, Bandit, a beagle/boxer mix, and Riot, an American Labrador Retriever. Logan loves to train and play with her dogs, go hiking, hang out with friends and family, and relax at home with all her fur babies in her free time.