Chuck Barry, DVM

Dr. Barry graduated from the University of Missouri with a B.S. in Agriculture in 1984 and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. Aiming toward becoming a veterinarian since fifth grade, he has always had a gentle love for people and animals. In 1997, after a decade in private practice, he and his wife opened Lifetime Animal Center and began his mission of “caring for all God’s creatures.”

Dr. Barry and his wife, Denise, have four children, Madison, Mason, Miles and Maxwell. The family enjoys several pets including the family dogs Marley and Bentley, the cat crew of Max, Griffon, and three horses, Sierra, Sophie and Prince. Dr. Barry enjoys family activities including softball, hunting, fishing, camping, cycling and horseback riding.

In his spare time Dr. Barry is active in the community with Grover Park Baptist Church, Rotary International, the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce, and is a Troop Committee Member for BSA Troop 513. He has served as Vice President, President-Elect, President, and Chairman of the Board of the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association and is a past President of the Missouri Academy of Veterinary Practitioners. He has also previously served as Chairman of the Board for the Missouri Veterinary Medical Licensing Board. Dr. Barry is also a member of the AVMA, AAEP, AABP and the Society for Theriogenology.

  • Years in Practice: 31
  • Education: B.S. in Agriculture, D.V.M., C.V.A.
  • Interests: Critters and anything outdoors!
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Sharon Keairnes, DVM

Dr. Sharon Keairnes grew up in Kansas City and decided on a career in veterinary medicine at the age of twelve. She graduated from Stephens College in ’95 with a BS in Biology, and earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in ’99 at the University of Missouri. Directly out of school, she began working as a veterinarian in Las Cruses, New Mexico. She then realized she wanted to come back ”home” and has been with Lifetime Animal Center since August 2002. She is a member of the AVMA and the MVMA.

Dr. Keairnes, her husband John (Smith) and her three children, Elizabeth and Connor, and Sarah, are happy to be close to family in the Kansas City and Columbia areas. In her spare time she enjoys horseback riding, camping, cars and family time. Her menagerie of animals include eight cats, two dogs, three horses and a multitude of fish.

Dr. Sara Hunsucker

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Shannon, Head Receptionist

Shannon joined Lifetime Animal Center in 2003 after completing her BS in biology and working at a local pet shop. Growing up on a farm, she has been around dogs, cats, livestock, and horses all of her life. Along with her husband and two children her household includes the “Pugsters” Presley and Mingo, her cat crew of “Lily,” “Boo,” and “Sky,” as well her horses, “Blessing” and “Duchess.” Shannon enjoys pouring her life into her family and pets. Together they love being outdoors, going on trail rides, and having all sorts of kitty and puppy adventures!

Shannon serves as a vital part of the team at Lifetime by working as our primary morning receptionist and lead customer service representative. It is easy to tell by her smile, and caring enthusiastic spirit that she truly loves working with the clients and pets that come through the front door every day! Be sure to look for her warm and welcoming smile when you come by the clinic for an appointment.

Dawn, RVT

Dawn is a registered veterinary technician who graduated from Maple Woods Veterinary Technology program in ’96. She worked for a small/exotic animal practice for three years before coming to Lifetime Animal Center in ’97. She is past President of the Missouri Veterinarian Technician Association.

In her spare time she enjoys camping, canoeing, swimming, volleyball and various other sporting activities. She likes to spend time with friends and family and enjoys quiet time reading. She has three cats and a senegal parrott.

Dawn really enjoys helping pets throughout their lives with everything from the most routine to the very serious.

Allison, Veterinary Assistant

Allison started at Lifetime Animal Center as a volunteer in 2010 and has since graduated from Truman State University with a BS in Agriculture Science and Biology. Her goals set on becoming a veterinarian and with that in mind; she will be applying to the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine with hopes of starting that program in the fall of 2018. Growing up with a military Dad and family, Allison has lived in 5 states and in England. In her free time, she enjoys being with friends and family, rebuilding classic Ford Broncos with her Dad, spending time with her dog “Rocky,” a Saint Bernard mix, and doing just about anything outdoors. Look for Allison as she progresses toward a career in Veterinary Medicine sharpens her skills while working at Lifetime Animal Center as a veterinary assistant and receptionist.

Kim B., Groomer / Reception Staff

Kim joined the staff at Lifetime Animal Center in March of 2015. She is a Warrensburg native and enjoys our small town life and it’s proximity to Knob Noster State Park. Kim has four “fur babies,” two cats named Nimbus and Sox and two dogs named Bear and Rose. Kim is a student at UCM and is an accomplished artist. She says she enjoys working at Lifetime Animal Center and being part of the human / animal bond magic, because she loves being around the animals and taking care of them. Look for Kim helping care for the animals, give them daily walks, assisting the doctors, and even sitting behind the front desk on occasion.

Leslie, Volunteer

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Morgan, Assistant

Morgan started volunteering at Lifetime Animal Center in May of 2016. Volunteering at the Animal Center has made her realize how fulfilling a career in Veterinary Medicine can be. Morgan plans to follow an educational path to become a veterinarian. The skills that she is learning are sure to help her later in life, in her education and her work. Morgan says, “due to all the amazing things I’ve learned here first as a volunteer and now as an assistant, I’ve set a goal to someday work at Lifetime Animal Center as a Veterinarian” Look for Morgan and her sweet smile as she works with the doctors and staff to “make things better!”

Molly, Assistant

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Jill, Assistant

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Kat, Assistant

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Madison, Receptionist

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Alli, Receptionist

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Ashley, Receptionist

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Madalyn, Kennel Tech

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Shelbi, Kennel Tech

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Lauryn, Kennel Tech

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