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A James Furlong, DVM

A. James Furlong, Founder, 
DVM / President

Dr. A. James (Jim) Furlong graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1964 and served a four year internship at a charter American Animal Hospital Association practice in University City, Missouri. Dr. Furlong and his family came out to Chesterfield in 1968 to open the first veterinary practice in this area at that time. In 1981, he built his current hospital across the street from his initial location. Dr. Furlong and his wife, Carol, have two daughters, one son, and five grandchildren. Their son, David has been working with Dr. Furlong for over 30 years managing the practice. Dr. Furlong enjoys spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren. He has a complete woodworking shop and enjoys turning out projects for his home and family. He is also an avid gardener and enjoys fishing and reading in his spare time.


David Furlong, Managing Director / Vice President

David grew up in the Chesterfield area. Growing up, he was always up at Clayton Road Veterinary Hospital helping out his dad with all the animals. He has always had a love for animals and enjoys being a part of their care. David attended University of Missouri-Columbia

and St. Louis University. 

Since1989, David has been an integral part of the practice working alongside his father making

Clayton Road Veterinary Hospital

what it is today.  At home, David enjoys spending time with his wife, Julie, their children, Connor and Katie, and his two dogs, Reilly and Stella. In his free time he enjoys fishing, golfing, and woodworking.


Karen Hart, DVM

Dr. Karen Hart earned her DVM from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri- Columbia in 1996. Dr Hart is a St. Louis native and has practiced in this area since she graduated. Dr. Hart's specialties are internal medicine, emergencies and feline medicine. During her off time, Dr. Hart enjoys yoga, cooking, and spending family time with her husband, Dr. David Hart, who is also a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and her two teenage children. The Hart family has two dogs, three cats and two rats!


Clayton Road Veterinary Hospital is a full-service veterinary medical facility located in Chesterfield, Missouri.  We have been family owned and operated for over 50 years.  Our veterinarians are highly qualified to serve you and your pet.  We provide a complete range of medical, surgical, and consultative services to keep you and your pet as happy and healthy as possible.  The professional and courteous staff here at Clayton Road Veterinary Hospital seeks to provide the best possible medical, surgical and dental care for our highly-valued patients.  We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and health-related educational opportunities for our clients.

Meet The Team


Christine Nagel, DVM

 Dr. Christine Nagel has her B.S. in Biology and B.A. in Anthropology from Northern Illinois University.  She is a 2011 graduate of University of Missouri School of Veterinary Medicine.  She completed a small animal internship at Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Nagel has work experience at the former Midwest Veterinary Referral Center as well as in general practice and has worked in emergency medicine at Animal Emergency Clinic. Her interests are general surgery, ophthalmology, and emergency medicine.           She shares her home with her fur babies; an American Eskimo, Isis, her Golden Retriever, Stevie, and cat, Napoleon.  Her hobbies include participating in triathlons (she recently competed in the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii), and spending time with friends and family.

Chris Clements, DVM

Kris Clements, DVM

Dr. Kris Clements earned her DVM from the University of Illinois in 2001. She practiced primarily large animal ambulatory medicine for the first part of her career but has switched to practicing small animal medicine since relocating to the St Louis area. Most of her week is centered around surgery (shelter and nonprofit spay-neuter services), but she enjoys the chance to practice general medicine at CRVH and care for the whole animal and family.  Dr. Clements has a slight obsession with calico cats and currently lives with two of them, as well as her human family. When she’s not working, she spends time supporting her sons’ adventures in hockey and marching band. She also enjoys getting to know others in the veterinary community and has served on the board of the local veterinary association for several years.


Julie Furlong,

Julie grew up in Manchester and is a graduate of University of Missouri--St. Louis with a Special EducationTeaching degree. After teaching for a number of years, she left to start a family with her husband, David. Julie has been with Clayton Road Veterinary hospital in many capacities for 24 years. She began working at the practice full time in 2008. She enjoys meeting all the new clients, their four legged family members, and making everyone feel like a part of the Clayton Road Veterinary Hospital family. When Julie is not at CRVH, she is a dog walker, doing in-home pet care, and spending time with her family and friends. She has two children, Connor and Katie and two fur babies, Reilly and Stella.


Jackie Puglisi,
Veterinary Technician

Jackie's compassion and love for animals started at a very young age and only continued to grow. She has grown up at Clayton Road Veterinary Hospital working here for nearly three decades.  Jackie and her husband Brian have three kids, Haley, Collin, and Carter. If that wasn't enough, she also is a loving mother to a cat named Frasier, two dogs, Fozzie and Willow, and several aquariums that she loves to care for throughout her home. She has also been known to pull over on the side of the road to help stray animals down on their luck, providing or finding the appropriate care for them. Jackie enjoys watching her kids play sports and running in her spare time. Over the years she has completed countless Half Marathons and 2 Full marathons.


Beth Owen,
Veterinary Technician

Beth is a native from Louisville, Kentucky and has lived in St. Louis with her family since 1995. Beth attended Midwest Institute for Veterinarian Tech training. She has been with Clayton Road Veterinary Hospital since 2005. When Beth is not at Clayton Road Veterinary Hospital she spends her time as a Mary Kay consultant. She enjoys time with her husband, Tom and her three children, Thomas, Dan, and Julie. She has a black lab named Tira, that also keeps her busy. In her spare time she enjoys gardening and sewing.

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