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Welcome to Hicks Animal Hospital
Your Veterinarian in Poplar Bluff, Missouri
Call us at 573-686-1281

Pet Emergency? Call us right away at (573) 718 6311

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If you live in Poplar Bluff or the surrounding area and need a trusted veterinarian to care for your pets – look no further. Dr. Catherine A. Hicks is a licensed Missouri and Arkansas veterinarian, treating all types of pets. Your pets’ health and well being are very important to us, and we take every possible measure to give your animals the care they deserve.

Hicks Animal Hospital is a full-service animal hospital and welcomes both emergency treatment cases as well as pet patients in need of routine medical, surgical, and dental care. Dr. Hicks has years of experience treating serious conditions and offering regular pet wellness care. Beyond first-rate pet care, we make our clinic comfortable, kid-friendly, and calm, so your pet can relax in the waiting room and look forward to meeting our Poplar Bluff veterinarian.

We are happy to offer a number of resources that enable you to learn about how to take better care of your pets. Please feel free to browse our site, particularly the informational articles. The best veterinary care for animals is ongoing nutrition and problem prevention, so becoming knowledgeable about preventative pet care is essential to the ongoing success of your animal’s health. If you have any questions, call 573-686-1281 or email us and we'll promptly get back to you. Our veterinary office is very easy to get to -- just check out the map below! We also welcome you to subscribe to our newsletter, which is created especially for Southeast Missouri pet owners.

At Hicks Animal Hospital, we treat your pets like the valued family members they are.

Dr. Catherine A. Hicks D.V.M
  Poplar Bluff Veterinarian |Hicks Animal Hospital |573-686-1281

182 County Road 469
Poplar Bluff, Mo. 63901

Meet Our Skilled Team

Learn Who We Are

  • Dr.
    Catherine A. Hicks
    Veterinarian, DVM

    Education: University Of Missouri College Of Veterinary Medicine

    Hometown: Poplar Bluff, MO

    Pets: Smokey,Sheldon, Toupe', Joshua, Mister

    Dr. Hicks graduated from the University Of Missouri College Of Veterinary Medicine in 1980. In 1983 she founded Hicks Animal Hospital. It has certainly been quite an experience watching the clinic grow over the years. Dr. Hicks enjoys practicing general veterinary medicine and surgery, especially with a dedicated and caring team who are always looking to improve their clinical knowledge and skills. Along with her husband John, Dr. Hicks shares her home with 2 dogs and 3 cats.

  • Karen Harrelson
    Certified Veterinary Assistant, CVAIII

    Hometown: Ellington, Mo.

    Pets: Tucker, Puggley, Chico, PollyAnna, Redbud, Joey

    Karen joined Hicks Animal Hospital in April of 2001. Along with her general technical duties, Karen plays a key role in the care of our surgerical patients, routinely discussing patient care and progress with pet owners and reporting her findings back to the appropriate veterinarian. Karen plays a major role in helping our practice closely monitor and fine-tune treatment protocols. Karen’s special interests include spending time with her husband Terry and all their furry friends.

  • Beverly Woodall

    Hometown: Poplar Bluff, Mo.

    Pets: Bailey, Gigi, Portia, Bebop, Hobo, Sugar Man, Skye, Baby, Gabriel, Oliver, Sassy

    Beverly joined our team as a receptionist in 2012 and our customers have been singing her praises! She loves to make people and their pets feel welcome, which comes naturally with her infectious smile.

    Outside of the hospital, Beverly enjoys Camping, Quilting, and spending time with family and friends.

  • Bobby Wise
    Kennel Technician

    Bobby joined Hicks Animal Hospital in July of 2007.

  • Terry Harrelson
    Kennel Technician

    Terry joined Hicks Animal Hospital in April of 2012.

  • Terry Miller

    Terry has recently joined our team as Office Manager. She enjoys making sure our team is prepared and ready to assist clients daily. If you had a pleasant or unpleasant experience she would love to hear from you.

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Read What Our Clients Say

    Very friendly and kind staff. Dr hicks very easy to talk with

    Tammy P.

    Caring and compassionate staff.

    Paula B.

    All staff very friendly, truly care about your pet.

    Ann A.

    They have been really good with my fur babies.

    Judy M.

    They took very good care of my animal

    Kristen H.


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Office Hours

Our Regular Schedule

Poplar Bluff Office


7:30 am-5:15 pm


7:30 am-12:00 pm

2:00 pm-6:30 pm


7:30 am-5:15 pm


7:30 am-5:15 pm


7:30 am-12:00 pm


9:00 am-12:00 pm