Meet the DoctorsMeet the ones who make it all happen!
Matthew D Wingert, DVM
Dr. Wingert has been a veterinarian at Independence Animal Hospital since 1995. “The variety of cases every single day, and the opportunity to save someone’s pet are the two things about this job that I love the most. It’s hard to compete with delivering a litter of puppies or saving the life of a beloved pet.” Winner of the 2002 Veterinary Humanitarian Award, Dr. Wingert has developed two intense areas of interest; orthopedics and reproduction. Born in Shawnee Mission, Kansas and a graduate of K-State University, Dr. Wingert loves playing golf and basketball when he finds the time. Dr. Wingert and his wife, Lisa, are the proud parents of eight wonderful children.
Roger L Becker, DMV
As a Kansas State University graduate, Dr. Becker has been in the veterinary medicine field for over thirty years. “Practicing veterinary medicine has been more of a rewarding experience than a job,” says Dr. Becker; “the opportunity to save so many clients’ pets over the years and the close relationships developed with my clients has been wonderful.” With a major interest in surgical cases, he still finds all aspects of the practice challenging. Spending time with his grandchildren, tennis, and golf are among his favorite activities.
JB Scott , DVM
Dr. Scott grew up on a famr in Maryville, Missouri and graduated from Maryville Highschool in 1984. He began working at the local veterinary clinic in high school. Then continued his education for three years at Nortwest Missouri State University. He was then accepted to the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 1991. Following graduation he begain working at Odessa Animal Clinic. He began working at IAH in the Spring of 2018. He currently lives in Odesssa Missouri, and has two children, Hannah and Hunter. He enjoys hutning with his bird dog, Rusty, as well as fishing, golfing, and cooking.
Dr. Skyler West
Although Dr. Skyler West recently received his veterinary degree from Kansas State University, he has been a familiar face around Independence Animal Hospital since 2011. From a young age, Dr. West knew working to save the lives of family pets would make a rewarding career and started working at Independence Animal Hospital to observe veterinary practice in action. Dr. West earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Missouri and his Master of Science in Nutrition at the University of Arkansas. He started his veterinary degree at Ross University in St. Kitts & Nevis and finished the program with Kansas State University in 2022. His ability to explore special interests in general surgery, orthopedics, and chiropractic care, his relationships with loyal clients he has grown to know over the years, and his strong bonds with colleagues at IAH already make his work very rewarding. Dr. West currently lives in Independence, Missouri with his wife and many pets, including cats, dogs, and snakes. In his free time, Dr. West enjoys training protection sport dogs, off-roading with the Midwest Krawlers club, playing guitar, fly-fishing, and spending time with friends and family.