Dr. Cuddihee grew up in St. Louis County where she enjoyed showing her dog in obedience trials and riding her horse in her free time. She moved to Columbia in 1984 to continue her education. She met her husband Bart in 1993 in Hartsburg and decided then that she would like to stay in Southern Boone forever. Dr. Cuddihee graduated from the University of Missouri Veterinary Teaching Hospital in 1994 and she and Bart opened Heartland Animal Hospital in 1996. One of her greatest joys has been expanding her circle of family and friends here and personally helping with the 4-legged family members, as well as the large animals belonging to her clients. When Dr. Cuddihee is not at the clinic, she enjoys spending time with her family and her dogs at their farm in Hartsburg.
Dr. Andria St. Clair was born and raised in western Pennsylvania, outside of Pittsburgh. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Animal Science from SUNY Cobleskill, a small agriculture and technology school in beautiful upstate New York. While there she competed on SUNY's Western Stock Seat Riding Team and took up Team Roping and Mounted Shooting. From there, she attended the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2015. Dr. St. Clair shares her home with her husband Joe, German Shorthaired Pointer "Rowdy", 2 cats "Peewee" and "Bigguns", and her horse "Dally". She enjoys hiking, hunting, shooting, and is an avid horsewoman who competes in endurance rides. When she's not outside, she's reading or crafting. Dr. St. Clair loves taking care of her patients, equine and small animal, and helping clients make educated decisions regarding their pet's health.
Jessica Irwin has been with Heartland Animal Hospital since April of 2009. Jessica graduated Southern Boone High School and knows and loves the Ashland community, and considers it her "other hometown." She knew working in veterinary medicine was what life had in store for her from a young age. A deep love of animals in a family of "medical nerds" bred just the right set of skills and interest to make her career in veterinary medicine a successful one. Jessica worked in research, but never really felt at 'home' until being introduced as a member of the Heartland Animal Hospital staff, where she could really help animals, and the families that love them.
Jessica lives near New Bloomfield now, with her husband, three school-aged boys, three dogs (a German Shorthaired Pointer Mix, a Red Heeler, and a French Bulldog) and her two cats- the only other female companions in a house of all boys! Outside of work Jessica enjoys off-roading, cooking, and getting lost in a great movie or book.
Cheri Boutelle is originally from Warren, PA. She has worked in Animal Medicine since 1981, starting at a clinic in Norfold, VA. She has lived and worked in Missouri since 1986.
Cheri has bred AKC Whippets since 1984 under the kennel "Queenie's Whippets," named after a mix breed dog that she rescued. She has traveled alongside her Whippets, all over the country, competing in dog shows, obedience trials, lure coursing trials, as well as oval and straight track racing. Cheri has owned and bred dozens of multi-titled dogs over the years. She says her most famous dog was a female named Flame. Flame was the first and still the only female Whippet to hold a bench show championship and a major sprint racing title. Cheri has always bred for versatile Whippets. "One dog should be able to do all the events that its breed was produced to perform, and be the best at everything". Flame was a once in a life time dog for her. Cheri no longer competes with her Whippets, but she will always love the breed.
Cheri has lived most of her life "on the farm". She and her spouse currently have a small farm north of Columbia where they raise sheep, goats, and chickens. They also own several dogs, cats and fish. Cheri's hobbies are fishing, camping, hunting, wood working and taking care of her farm.
We moved to Ashland late in 2000 and began using Heartland Animal Hospital in the spring of 2001. Dr. Cuddihee and her staff took the records of our pets from previous veterinarian’s office and used those to start providing treatment to our pets and building their own records. Fifteen years later, we are still sold on the services our pets receive. Dr. Cuddihee and her staff have celebrated our new pets with us and have been caring and empathetic when we’ve had to say goodbye to some very old friends. While it is difficult to talk about euthanasia of very special animal family members, it is important to me to say that the staff at Heartland have kept some of our pets happy and healthy longer than the breed books say they should live. They have been kind, respectful and caring of both of both the pet and us when the time has come to humanely euthanize the animal. Our dogs look forward to going to the vet’s office in Ashland (and know where the treats are). Our cats are tolerant of trips to the vet and rarely get their claws out (a four star review from a cat, believe me). Finally, I would like to make two points. Dr. Cuddihee will give you every option and scenario for treatment available (and the cost associated with it) but she allows you to make the decision of how to proceed. Second, I recently discovered the price of specialized dog food is less at her office than it is at the farm store in Columbia. So if you want great care and service, and reasonably priced pet products, go to Heartland.
Brooke Dawson, “Blackie”, “Critter”, “Etta”, “Smokey”, “Beau”, & “Gabe”