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Oakbrook Animal Hospital: Your Gardner and Johnson County Veterinarian

We welcome you to the official website for Oakbrook Animal Hospital, your Gardner and Johnson County area veterinarian. We don't just treat animals here -- we believe in creating a special bond with pets and their owners, creating lasting, trust-based relationships while doing everything we can to improve your four legged family members' quality of life.

A Skilled Team Delivering Expert Pet Care

Either veterinarian on our skilled team can provide your furry friends with a lifetime of high-quality care. Owner/Veterinarian Dr. Tom Buckley has been helping area pets enjoy healthier lives since founding our animal hospital in 1993. In addition to his skills in all aspects of primary veterinary care, he takes a special interest in fields such as ophthalmology, pain management and surgery. Associate Veterinarian, Dr. Larry Garten, has been with us since 2002, providing not only expert medical care but also a wealth of education and advice to pet owners.

The Preventative Care, Medical Treatment and Surgery Team Gardner Residents Trust

Oakbrook Animal Hospital is proud to serve as a source for preventative care, medical treatment, and surgery that Johnson County and Gardner area pet owners have come to trust and rely on. Your special friends will benefit greatly from the comprehensive range of services and techniques we offer, such as:

  • Preventative wellness care - We provide ongoing wellness exams, vaccinations and booster shots, parasite prevention, nutrition counseling  and other essential preventative services. Spay and neuter surgery can also be considered preventative care, not just for preventing pregnancy but also in terms of preventing reproductive cancers and other potential health hazards.
  • Pet dental care - We believe strongly that pet dental care revolves around regular dental evaluations and cleanings. We now offer digital dental x-rays to help with early diagnosis and treatment of a variety of issues, from periodontal disease to oral cancer.
  • Diagnostics - We maintain in-house lab testing, radiology and cardiology services to provide swift, accurate diagnosis so your pet gets the care he needs as soon as possible.
  • Treatment - We offer surgery, cold laser therapy, allergy care, dermatology, nutrition and weight management services to treat a multitude of diseases and disorders, from chronic musculoskeletal pain to systemic diseases.
  • Critical care - When your pet is in serious trouble, Oakbrook Animal Hospital in Gardner is ready to help. We can provide emergency diagnosis and treatment for acute trauma, heat stroke, seizures, poisoning and a great many other critical situations.
  • Dog and cat boarding/grooming - We can provide your dog or cat with skilled veterinary care, and a pleasant place to stay at our boarding facility. We also offer grooming services to optimize your pet's looks, smell and (of course) health.

Pay a Visit to Oakbrook Animal Hospital in Gardner

Our animal hospital in Gardner wants to give your pets the finest care and the personal treatment they deserve. If that's what you want for them as well, call 913-884-8778 to arrange a visit to our clinic!

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Meet Our Skilled Team

Learn Who We Are

  • Dr.
    Tom Buckley
    Owner, Veterinarian

    As a kid growing up in the Midwest, Dr. Buckley spent as much time outdoors as possible. His love for animals started at a young age. He studied Animal Science at Kansas State University, which was a natural progression to veterinary medicine. Dr. Buckley came to Gardner and opened Oakbrook Animal Hospital in 1993. In his spare time, he still enjoys spending as much time as possible outdoors, boating, roping, fly fishing and hunting with his faithful yellow lab, Morgan.

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  • Dr.
    Larry Garten
    Associate Veterinarian
    Dr. Garten grew up in Abilene, Kansas on a cattle farm, where he learned from an early age how to solve problems and fix things—these things frequently involved pets and livestock! Veterinary medicine seemed like a natural career choice for him, so he pursued his dream. Now he’s served as an Associate Veterinarian at Oakbrook Animal Hospital since 2002.
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  • Dr. Hillary Henslee
    Associate Veterinarian

    Dr. Henslee will be joining our team June 24th. She grew up in Overland Park, Kansas. At a young age she started horseback riding and became the neighborhood dog-sitter, sparking her interest in veterinary medicine. She received her BS in Animal Science and then in May 2019 her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, both from Kansas State University. Her professional interests include cardiology and dentistry. When she is not working she enjoys being outdoors and staying active.


Office Hours

Oakbrook Animal Hospital


8:00 am-12:30 PM

1:30 PM-5:30 PM


7:30 AM-12:30 PM

1:30 PM-6:00 PM


8:00 AM-12:30 PM

1:30 PM-5:30 PM


7:30 AM-12:30 PM

1:30 PM-6:00 PM


8:00 AM-12:30 PM

1:30 PM-5:30 PM


8:00 AM-12:00 PM




  • "This is a very caring animal hospital. My pets and I are treated with the utmost care and respect. I am so glad I chose you all to take care of my four legged babies. Thank you!"
    Jeanne M