Meet The Team
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.
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 one dog, three cats and two rats!
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, Abbey and Molly. In his free time he enjoys fishing, golfing, and woodworking.
Julie Furlong, Receptionist
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, Abbey and Molly.
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.
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 Toby, that also keeps her busy. In her spare time she enjoys gardening and sewing.
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, Lilly and Olive, 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.
Erica Miller, Veterinary Assistant
Erica grew up in the Ballwin and has always had a passion for animals. Erica has been at Clayton Road Veterinary Hospital since her junior year in high school. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a BS in Animal Science in 2016. She is currently a third year Veterinarian student at Iowa State University. She enjoys spending time with her dog, Oliver, reading, painting, and spending time with family and friends.
Olivia Neidenbach, Veterinary Assistant
Olivia has been a member of the Clayton Road Veterinary staff since 2016. She began as a shadow and quickly fell in love with the staff and clientele. Olivia is in the Pre-Veterinary Scholars Program at University of Missouri-Columbia and is learning so much. In her free time, Olivia loves spending time with her friends, family, and her fur babies, Daisy and Finnley