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 MVMA, AVMA, and the Missouri MVAMA Delegate to the AVMA.

  • 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 Cruces, 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 includes eight cats, two dogs, three horses and a multitude of fish.

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.

Madison, Lead Receptionist

Madison joined the team at Lifetime in 2017 as a receptionist after graduating with her medical coding degree. Madison is a Warrensburg native who grew up on a farm here in Johnson county. Her love for animals started at a young age . She says, “growing up it seemed like we always had critters at the farm and around the house, cows, horses, chickens, cats, dogs, turtles, birds, and even snakes!” For relaxation, Madison enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband Austin and their fur babies one dog; Lolli, and three cats; Larry, Londyn, & Lankford. We know Madison is looking forward to meeting you and loving on your fur babies when you visit us at Lifetime Animal Center! 😊

Katie, Assistant

Katie started at Lifetime Animal Center in July of 2019 as a kennel technician. She happily joined the team with 2 years of prior experience in this field of work. It brings much joy to her to be able to care for and bond with clients’ pets. Katie finds it very important to build positive relationships with your animals to ensure a happy and stress-free stay while in our care.

Recently, she has had the opportunity to work as a Vet Tech Assistant, which has been very fun and rewarding for her. She really enjoys working in different parts of the clinic and providing different types of care to all the animals she encounters while at work. In her free time, Katie enjoys working with and training her own pets, being outside doing anything active, and hanging out with family and friends. She hopes to one day pursue her interest in animal behavior and training by working with service dogs, military dogs, or police dogs. For now, you can catch Katie working hard to keep your pets comfortable and happy while at Lifetime Animal Center!

Payton, Kennel Tech

Payton started volunteering at Lifetime Animal Center in January of 2021 with the Warrensburg High School VoTech program. According to Payton “Volunteering at Lifetime helped me realize that animals are my passion and that I wanted to work with veterinary medicine the rest of my life!” In May of 2021, Payton started working as a kennel technician. She loves being able to spend time with the boarding and hospitalized pets each day helping the animals relax and have fun while their owners are away. “We want each owner to know that their pets are being well taken care of while they are here!”

Recently, Payton has also filled in as a receptionist. According to Payton, the role of receptionist has “helped me grow as a person and taught me communication skills that I can use for the rest of my life.”

Outside of work, Payton loves horseback riding, spending time with her pets, going to the beach, and shopping with friends. She hopes to continue her education and become a Registered Veterinary Technician.

Look for Payton’s smiling face as she helps us with the pets and follows her dream career in veterinary medicine!

Abigail, Kennel Tech

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Amanda, Kennel Tech

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Morgan R., 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!”

Harley, Assistant

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Morgan B., Assistant

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Brianna, Assistant

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Rachael, Assistant

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Willow, Assistant

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Dawson, Assistant

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Courtney, Reception

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Lindsay, Reception

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Bailey, Reception

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Leslie, Volunteer

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Jess, Volunteer

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Michael, Volunteer

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Sean, Volunteer

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