Meet Our Doctors

All professionals at Animal Care Center maintain the highest
levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in the medical field.

Philip Brown, D.V.M.

Dr. Brown was born in Germany and has resided abroad as well as in the U.S. After graduation from the College of Veterinary Medicine, he served as a captain in the U.S. Army and spent two years in the pathology program at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center.  He practiced emergency medicine and did relief veterinary medical work in Denver before relocating to Springfield where he operated ANEM Pet Emergency Hospital, one of the first dedicated emergency facilities in Missouri.  After several years of mixed animal practice, he now limits his practice to small animals at the Animal Care Center.


Southwest Missouri State University   
Springfield, Missouri

University of Missouri
Columbia, Missouri
Bachelor of Science        

University of Missouri
Columbia, Missouri
College of Veterinary Medicine
Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine

Community Affiliations

  • Southwest Missouri Humane Society
  • Friends of Veterinary Medicine President
  • College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Association
  • Jefferson Club Member University of Missouri
  • Central Christian Church Elder
  • Special Olympics
  • Champion Athletes of the Ozarks
  • Young Life
  • Sigma Pi Fraternity Chapter Director
  • Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks
  • Delta Tau Alpha Professional Fraternity
  • Boy Scouts of America

Professional Affiliations

  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • Missouri Veterinary Medical Association
  • Ethics and Grievance Committee
  • Animal Welfare Committee
  • Southwest Missouri Veterinary Medical Association
  • Springfield Veterinary Medical Association

Dr. James Jones, D.V.M.

Dr. Jones is a native of South Dakota. He graduated from the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994.  After graduation he practiced in South Dakota for 12 years before moving to Springfield, MO and The Animal Care Center in 2006.

His veterinary interests are varied but he feels helping owners learn how to keep their pets healthy is probably the best service he can provide, whether it be a rabbit, bearded dragon, dog, cockatoo or cat.

Outside veterinary medicine Dr. Jones enjoys reading, exercising (moderately) and the occasional movie. 

Dr. Debbie Shaw, D.V.M.

Dr. Debbie Shaw was born in Kansas City, Missouri.  She graduated from Kansas State University in 1978 and worked in the Kansas City area for 5 years before buying her own animal hospital in Laurie, Missouri.

After selling her practice she moved to Pagosa Springs, Colorado to raise her Peruvian gaited horses and worked for different Veterinarians on a relief basis. She also took some courses in Equine Chiropractic and worked with different people and horses in that area in a number of different states. Winters were long in Colorado and there seemed to be only two seasons: Winter and August! 

She missed the Ozarks terribly and moved back in 2003. She now lives outside Republic, Missouri on a small farm with her 6 cats, which kindly allow her to live in the house with them. Her practice goal is to provide the best quality and compassionate medical treatment and care to the clients and pets she serves.