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Meet Our Skilled Team

Learn Who We Are

  • Dr.
    Richard A. Barta
    Veterinarian, DVM
    Years in Practice: 44

    Education: KSU

  • Dr.
    Kevin Cooper
    Veterinarian, DVM
    Years in Practice: 11

    Education: KSU

  • Paula Tow
    Office Manager
    Years in Practice: 33

  • Darcey Myers
    Office Assistant/Veterinary Assistant
    Years in Practice: 4

    Education: ICC-Vet Tech. Program

    Interests: Taking pictures

  • Molly Hullinger
    Veterinary Assistant
    Years in Practice: 1

    Education: ICC-Vet Tech. Program

    Interests: Reading Books

  • Autumn Fowler
    Kennel Assistant
    Years in Practice: 1

    Education: ICC-Vet Tech. Program


Read What Our Clients Say

  • "The staff are professional and kind, they treat the animals owners as worried parents which we all are."
    Shelly B.
  • "Good people, really care about my dogs, have taken my dogs there since the 70's, and two cats"
    Louis C.
  • "I love the staff at Barta Animal Hospital. They are always so kind, efficient and professional. Thank you so much!"
    Amanda S.
  • "We love Barta Animal Hospital!! Dr. Barta and Dr. Cooper are the best, very compassionate and knowledgeable. They have always made us feel like our animals were as important to them as they are to us!"
    Rebecca F.
  • "Every time I have been to your clinic has been a great experience! The staff is outstanding! Thanks for all that you do!"
    Tina R.
  • "Every one at Barta's is very helpful & answered all our questions. We always get our questions answered on the phone too. Our fur babies are always treated with loving care. We are glad Barta was recommended to us!"
    Brent B.

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  • 6 Questions to Ask At Your Senior Pet's Next Check Up

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  • Why the Controversy About Pet Vaccinations?

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  • Pet Clothes: A Fashion Statement or a Necessity?

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  • Introducing a New Pet to Your Current Ones

    Pet Proofing Your Home Introducing your new pet to your current one is only a single part of the equation relating to taking a new pet home. You also have to make sure your new pet is comfortable in your home, which is a foreign environment to the animal. Like humans, animals can experience high levels ...

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  • Put Some Teeth Into Your Pet’s Dental Care

    According to the American Animal Hospital Association, nearly two-thirds of pets suffer from dental problems because their owners do not provide dental care for them. Imagine what would happen to your own teeth if they were never brushed or examined by a dentist. The same thing can happen with your pet’s ...

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  • Managing Pet Allergies in Kids

    Are you concerned that your child's allergies may mean that you will have to give up your pet? Although rehoming a pet may be necessary if allergies are severe, most children can live with pets if you are willing to make a few changes. The Problem About three in 10 people who have allergies are allergic ...

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  • Euthanasia: Saying Goodbye

    It's not easy to say goodbye to cherished pets, even those that have lived long, happy lives. Although you may hate the thought of life without your pet, euthanasia can be the kindest decision you can make when your friend is suffering. Making the Decision If your pet has been seriously injured in a ...

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  • Is a Wet Nose a Sign of a Healthy Pet?

    Have you ever heard that a wet nose is a sign that your pet is healthy? Although that's often the case, it's not always true. A moist nose can benefit your pet in several ways, but it doesn't necessarily guarantee good health. How Does a Wet Nose Help My Pet? Have you ever been woken at 5 a.m. by a cold, ...

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