Brie Helton recently joined the staff of Parkside Animal Hospital and will be working as a veterinarian in both the Bloomfield and Centerville offices.

Dr. Brie Helton has joined the staff at Parkside Animal Hospital as a veterinarian.

Helton is a recent graduate of the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in Columbia, Mo.

“I met Dr. (Anthony) White at a Missouri Veterinary Medical Association convention, where they told us a little about Parkside, and my husband and I decided to visit the area, and we really liked it here,” Helton said.

“I was very excited about the town, schools and community here,” she said. “We moved here a couple months ago and we love it so far. Everyone’s been very welcoming.”

Helton will be working as a veterinarian in both small and large animal practices. Currently, she is spending half of her time in the Centerville office and the rest in Bloomfield. She hopes to eventually work full days in each office on alternating basis.

Helton is originally from Fulton, Mo., and attended college in Columbia, where she met her husband, Andrew Helton. Andrew operates a forestry business, North Missouri Forestry, which operates in northern Missouri and southern Iowa.

Helton has three dogs: an American Eskimo named Lucy and two coonhounds, a cat named Poppy and several chickens. “They’re a lot of fun and they keep us busy,” Helton said.

She become interested in veterinary science after she started working with animals at a part-time job as a veterinarian technician at a clinic in her hometown during high school.

“I then started to work at a local sale barn, and that is where I realized I liked the cattle and agriculture side of things,” she said. “I became more involved with FFA and other farmers’ organizations.”

She said she hopes to start a small cattle farm with her husband in the next few years.

“Dr. White and his wife Chelsea have been great to work with. As a new vet, they’ve been watching me struggle with some things at times and they’re great at helping me through it,” she said.

Helton enjoys sharing her knowledge with her clients. “There’s a lot of information out there that I want to spread.  I really like talking to both clients and farmers/producers and trying to educate them,” Helton said.

“I feel like as a vet, I’m able to provide a communication pathway to help people care for their animals the best way they can.”

Parkside Animal Hospital’s Bloomfield office is located in the former Sessions Veterinarian Clinic at 903 S. West Street and is open on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., on Thursdays from 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m.-noon. The office may be reached at 664-1815

The Centerville office is located at 402 W. Maple Street and can be reached at 641-895-6114.