Dr. Anna Delabar is a Missouri native, originally from Saint Louis.  She is a 2017 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine.  She also attended Mizzou for her undergraduate studies, where she earned a BS in Animal Science and a BA in Biology, along with minors in Spanish and Sustainable Agriculture.  Anna is currently continuing her education by earning a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences with an emphasis in Veterinary Science, through Mizzou’s College of Veterinary Medicine Biomed Online program.  M-I-Z! 

While taking a low-stress livestock handling course in college, Anna’s interest in animal welfare was piqued.  She was fortunate to be able to participate in other animal welfare-related activities, such as the Intercollegiate Animal Welfare Judging and Assessment Contest.  Her interest in animal welfare continued to evolve through veterinary school, where she worked with professors to bring awareness to various animal welfare issues through a student led Task Force.  Another area of interest for Anna is behavior, which began after she adopted an ornery coonhound from the local shelter and worked through training with him.

After graduating from veterinary school, Anna decided to stay in Columbia, MO.  She started a small animal mobile veterinary practice, to operate alongside a seasoned practitioner, offering in-home veterinary visits.  Anna is Fear Free Certified and strives to avoid and alleviate fear and stress that pets may experience when receiving veterinary care.  This approach is particularly valuable for end-of -life care for pets, to provide a comfortable, peaceful, and dignified in-home euthanasia.  She also works part-time with a local rescue organization.  

Anna looks forward to working with the HSVMA, and veterinary and animal industry professionals throughout the state of Missouri and throughout the country, to promote animal welfare.  


Dr. Abbie Knudsen received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Missouri and a Master of Science in Biology from Missouri State University. As a veterinarian, she has special interests in behavior, nutrition, dermatology, access to care, and shelter medicine. She’s passionate about providing low-stress veterinary care that considers the physical and emotional health of her patients. Her commitment to compassionate care is exemplified by her certifications as an Elite Fear Free and a Cat Friendly Certified Veterinarian.

Abbie has dedicated her career to animal welfare and has been recognized for her efforts as the recipient of the MVMA’s Volunteerism Award, SAVMA’s Commitment to Animal Welfare and Human-Animal Bond Award, and HSVMA’s Compassionate Care Scholarship. She is also the President and Cofounder of the Missouri Coalition of Animal Care Organizations and the Midwest Animal Sheltering Conference, which strive to amplify the impact of animal welfare organizations across Missouri.

In her personal time, Abbie enjoys bird-watching and spending time with those she loves, including her family, her partner, Josiah, and their countless animals.

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