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Bryan Road Veterinarians

o'fallon vetAmberle Vricella, DVM, Owner

A Lincoln County, Missouri native, Dr. Amberle Vricella has been involved in veterinary medicine her entire life. "My father, Dr. William Wright—who also works at Bryan Road Animal Hospital, is a veterinarian," she explains. "All sorts of pets were part of my life growing up, including pot belly pigs, parrots, prairie dogs, dogs, cats, horses, and donkeys. I have always wanted to become a vet since I was a little girl watching my dad help animals."

Dr. Vricella attended the University of Missouri - Columbia, and was accepted early by the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. While there, she was president of the Pre-Vet Club. She graduated with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2010.

Dr. Vricella is a member of the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association, the Greater St. Louis Area Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Veterinary Medical Association. Her professional interests include surgery, preventive medicine, and canine reproduction.

Prior to opening Bryan Road Animal Hospital, Dr. Vricella spent four years as an associate at a six-veterinarian practice. When not at the hospital, she enjoys do-it-yourself and craft projects around the house and spending time outdoors with her two chihuahuas, Sharky and Guppy. Dr. Vricella also has two cats named Ezio and Rambo, a cockatiel named Kiki, and a Senegal parrot named Bogart.

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o'fallon veterinarianAnne Marie Clapper, DVM

A St. Charles, Mo. native, Dr. Anne Clapper began working in a veterinary clinic at the age of 16. The experience was both heart-wrenching and inspiring. It was working at a kennel during high school that led her to choose a career in veterinary medicine.

One day, a good samaritan delivered a stray cat who had been hit by a car. Sick and badly injured, the cat's prospects did not look good and it was recommended that he be put down since he had no owner and no one to care for him. Instead, Dr. Clapper assumed responsibility for him and after he was treated at the hospital, took him home to nurse him back to health. Once he recovered, Dr. Clapper, with the help of a woman named Bev at All Paws Rescue, found him a happy "forever home."

"I didn't realize then how much this stray cat would teach me or how many doors he would open for me. The overwhelming good feeling was something I will never let go of," she says. "It was this abandoned cat and this kind-hearted woman that showed me a way to give back to my community and these beautiful voiceless animals. Determined, I became a veterinarian and have never looked back."

Dr. Clapper majored in biology as an undergraduate at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. While there, she participated in the creation of a trap-and-neuter release program called Operation Sterile Feral. Since 2003, the organization has spayed and neutered over 5,000 cats and is expanding its area of service to the surrounding communities. Dr. Clapper was accepted to the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, where she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. At graduation, she received the Emergency and Critical Care Award.

Dr. Clapper has spent over eight years as a veterinarian in private practice. She has also gained invaluable experience by doing relief work at the Animal Emergency Clinic and AVS (Associated Veterinary Specialists). She has continued her promise to give voiceless animals a chance and continues to volunteer at the trap-neuter release clinic as often as she can.

Dr. Clapper is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association, the Greater St. Louis Veterinary Medical Association and the Veterinary Information Network. Her professional interests include pain management, dermatology, senior pet health and wellness, client communication and education, shelter/rescue medicine and soft tissue surgery.

"The most satisfying thing for me about being a veterinarian is the chance to not only save lives, but also change them — both human and animal alike," she says. "Not every case is an emergency, but every case is important. It is my goal to treat every patient as if they are my only patient; giving each case the attention and time that we all want and deserve. I love every minute of what I do, even when it becomes emotionally difficult. I cannot image doing anything else."

Outside work, Dr. Clapper enjoys sand volleyball, fishing, do-it-yourself projects and random acts of kindness. She has been blessed with a wonderful family, an amazing husband and a beautiful daughter.

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o'fallon vetWilliam B. Wright, DVM

Dr. William Wright joined the team at Bryan Road Animal Hospital in January 2015, but pets and their care have been one of his lifelong passions. "I always tagged along with my Dad when he took our family's dogs to the vet, and I collected pets, too," he says. "During my teenage years I worked at Beldt's Aquarium and several other pet stores, raising and selling many types of tropical fish."

Dr. Wright continued to refine his knowledge of animal care over the years, completing a preceptorship at St. Louis Zoo, and achieving his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri. His professional interests include canine reproduction, canine sports medicine, surgery, and exotic animals. Dr. Wright is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association, and the Greater St. Louis Veterinary Medical Association. He's volunteered as a surgeon and as a trail veterinarian at the Iditarod Sled Dog Race in Alaska, and traveled on an expedition down the Amazon River, in which he collected tropical fish and treated village animals.

Joining him on his Amazonian travels was Dr. Wright's daughter, Amberle - the owner and a veterinarian at Bryan Road Animal Hospital. Dr. Wright's family also includes wife Gail, the bookkeeper and receptionist at Bryan Road Animal Hospital, as well as their son Trevor and his wife Jenea. He's thrilled to have joined his wife and daughter in working to care for pets. "I enjoy being able to use the latest technology and medicine to help pet owners, whether they have one special animal they love or a kennel full of competition dogs," he says.

When he's not at the hospital, Dr. Wright enjoys farming, gardening, beekeeping, prairie restoration, wildlife habitat management, horseback riding, and training bird dogs. He and his wife care for Iris, a 17-year-old domestic long hair cat; Steve, a Jack Russell/Chihuahua mix; Lily, a miniature Dachshund; Ozark, a Missouri Foxtrotter they use for trail riding and dog training; and 3 Gordon Setters and 11 English Setters that Dr. Wright trains for field trial competition and hunting. Dr. Wright and his wife also raise chickens, guineas and honeybees.

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o'fallon vetVirginia Loder, DVM

With a wealth of experience and expertise, Dr. Virginia Loder brings over 27 years of veterinary experience to Bryan Road Animal Hospital. She has been working in the animal related field since the age of 17. Prior to her involvement at our facility, Dr. Loder worked for private small animal practices in St. Louis, Philadelphia, and St. Charles. Working at these various practices helped her accumulate over 10 years of emergency veterinarian experience.

Dr. Loder attended the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, and graduated in 1990. It was in September of 2017 that we welcomed Dr. Loder as a full-time member of our veterinarian staff.

Outside of the office, Dr. Loder enjoys spending her free time with her family and reading. She owns 2 dogs, a Labrador Retriever named Sammy, and a Beagle named Summer. Both of her canine companions were obtained through rescue efforts, and have found a lovely safe haven with Dr. Loder and her family.

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