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Your Bond is Precious

This team lives to protect it.

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Focused. Talented. Collaborative. The team of Doctors you will find here cares about one thing: protecting the love you share with your pet. Meet them below.

Doctors

Robert L. Blaylock

DVM

Dr. Robert Blaylock was born and raised in Dickson, Tennessee. He earned both his B.S. and D.V.M. degrees from The University of Tennessee-Knoxville. As an undergraduate, he marched in the Pride of the Southland Marching Band. In vet school he represented the school at several national conferences and participated in cancer research.

Following graduation, Dr. Blaylock practiced large and small animal medicine in Paris, Tennessee before moving to Murfreesboro in 1994. He became practice owner of the Animal Care Veterinary Hospital (formerly Jackson Animal Care Clinic) in 1999.

Dr. Blaylock is a Chi Institute Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist. He loves combining traditional medicine with alternative treatments to provide his patients excellent care.

He and his wife Bonnie have two children, Savannah and Ben. Dr. Blaylock is very involved at North Boulevard Church of Christ with foreign missions, singing on the praise team, teaching classes, and leading small groups. In his spare time he is likely to be reading or walking with his Border Collie Katy. His other pets include: three miniature donkeys, bees, chickens, and his four cats, Chocolate, Zephyr, Wilson, and Watson.

Fun Fact: Dr. Blaylock and his family have visited all 50 states and 5 continents.

Reviews

After receiving this level of Veterinary knowledge, care and professionalism, We will not accept anything less for our future Veterinary needs, and look forward to continued relationship with Dr. Blaylock and the staff at the Animal Care Veterinary Hospital.      
-Michael Snider

Kyle Daniel

DVM

My name is Kyle Daniel. I grew up in the middle Tennessee area. Starting in kindergarten I have always desired to be a veterinarian. I graduated from Hendersonville High School and received my undergraduate degree from Middle Tennessee State University. I then moved to lower Alabama to enroll in Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. I graduated from veterinary school in 1996.

I then practiced until September 1998 in Montgomery Alabama prior to joining the team at Animal Care Veterinary Hospital. I had the joy and privilege of working with Dr George Jackson when I joined the practice. I learned several things in that time that I appreciate more as the years go by. He instilled is each of us that worked for him honesty, hard work, diligence and a compassion for people.

I enjoy all aspects of understanding internal medicine, surgery, dermatology and dental cases. I love getting to know the moms and dads of my patients and sharing life with them. I have recently began to develop the new skill of Chiropractic. I am finishing my training at Health Pioneers Institute in Chicago and am encouraged to use this new skill to help patients that prior to attending I could not. The concept of doing something with your hands that can change their quality of life is remarkable.

I have been married for the last 25 years and have 3 children that range from 13-16 years old. I grow grass fed and finished beef, pastured eggs and have 5 sheep. The sheep were a Christmas present for my 3 border collies(Susie, Brin and Ace). I also have a poodle (Mollie) and a cat (Aubie).

I serve at World Outreach Church in high school Infinity. My hobbies include camping, training border collies, hiking, cheering for my family in running and cycling races, outdoor cooking, kayaking and playing horse shoes. I enjoy serving and seeking to be obedient to Christ. My fun fact is that when I was eight was allergic to cats. My eyes actually became so swollen that I could not see.

Reviews

Dr. Daniel and his whole staff are unbelievably friendly, professional, and extremely personable. The amount of care and attention they gave to my dog was so amazing. HIGHLY recommended you bring your pets here. Thanks Dr Daniel and staff.        
-Myles Rowe

Kerrie Robinson

DVM

Dr. Kerrie Robinson is a true Murfreesboro native! She graduated from Riverdale High School and got her undergraduate degree in Animal Science with minors in Chemistry and Biology from MTSU in 2001. She graduated from Veterinary School at the University of Tennessee Knoxville in 2005. Her favorite things about working as a Veterinarian are the relationships and bonds she gets to form with her patients and their wonderful owners.

Dr. Robinson shares her life with 2 amazing dogs. Tucker is a 9-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who is a total cuddle bug and spends the majority of his day sleeping on the couch. Popeye is a 3-year-old Beagle/Schnauzer/Smooth Coated Fox Terrier Mix (she did a DNA test on him to figure out his breeds!). He was found in the parking lot of Popeye’s chicken as a stray. He has TONS of energy and loves chasing Tucker and playing keep away with all the toys.

In her free time Dr. Robinson enjoys working out, trying new restaurants with her friends, spending time at the lake, hanging out with her dogs, cooking, and cheering for the UT Vols!

Fun Fact: Dr. Robinson has an artistic side! She loves to paint, craft, and make wacky hats for the Kentucky Derby.

Reviews

Animal Care Veterinary is the best vet clinic I’ve ever known. You can tell that everyone there loves animals. The vet we see most often, Dr. Robinson, is gentle and knowledgeable, always answering questions clearly. I would recommend to any friend. 

Regina Masters

DVM

Dr. Regina Masters completed her undergraduate degree at The University of Tennessee at Martin. She continued on to complete her masters course work from Auburn University and then her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from The University of Tennessee at Knoxville. After graduation she worked at an emergency veterinary hospital in Columbia, TN.

Dr. Masters came on board at ACVH in 2016 and loves all the variety she gets to see. She especially enjoys taking care of our geriatric patients.

Dr. Masters has three dogs and three cats (what balance!). Brody is her 11-year-old Cocker Spaniel, Beyla is a 13-year-old Border Collie mix, and Mowgli is her 2-year-old Pit Bull Mix who keeps her on her toes! Her kitties include her two gorgeous Siamese mixes named Hyde and Columbo, and Tinker her Domestic Short Hair.

In her spare time she loves spending time outdoors with her dogs, hiking, quilting, going to concerts, and traveling!

Fun Fact: Dr. Masters’ husband, Matt, is highly allergic to all pets!

 

Reviews

Dr. Masters was extremely kind and as always, the ladies at the front desk and Nathan and Becky in the Oasis were wonderful. It is always great to visit Animal Care and thank you for all the kindness shown to Heidi and me.         
-Heidi’s Mom

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Leadership

Duke Tidwell, CVPM

Practice Manager/VP of Operations

Duke is a native of Nashville who attended Father Ryan High School, Downtown Campus (Go Irish!) and Middle Tennessee State University where he attained his BS in Agribusiness/Business Administration in 1994.

Duke began working for Jackson Animal Care Clinic, then under the ownership and administration of Dr. George Jackson and his wife Betty, in the fall of 1990, bringing with him three years of experience from a busy five-doctor practice in Nashville (Mobley Veterinary Clinic), where he worked while attending high school. Over the years, Duke has participated in the transformation of Jackson Animal Care Clinic into the AAHA Accredited Animal Care Veterinary Hospital that serves clients and their pets today. “I am proud of where we came from and excited about our vision for the future-not only our vision for ACVH, but for the profession of veterinary medicine in general.”

Duke recently became a CVPM (Certified Veterinary Practice Manager) joining an elite group of the best practice managers in the country. His hobbies include: buying and selling antiques, traveling (especially to the beach), and spending quality time with his Chihuahua, Apollo and his family.

Fun Fact: Duke is really talented at identifying trees and birds!

Nora Martin

Practice Growth Coordinator

Nora moved Murfreesboro to attend Middle Tennessee State University and ride on the equestrian team. While at MTSU she began working in the Oasis Resort and Spa at ACVH. She graduated from MTSU with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture Business and a minor in Marketing. After graduation she became an Outpatient Nurse, then the Assistant Practice Manager, and now is ACVH’s Practice Growth Coordinator.

Nora shares her life with two crazy adorable dogs. Teto is a 10 pound mix breed who grew up on the streets of San Francisco, and Link is a Greyhound who was terribly unsuccessful at his previous race dog career in Florida.

When she isn’t at work Nora enjoys kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, hiking, camping, reading, sewing, painting, gardening, bird watching, and traveling. She also helps manage her family’s Angus cattle farm in East Tennessee.

Fun Fact: Nora and her boyfriend have a sprinter van that they are converting into an Adventure Van! Their goal is to use it to visit all the Tennessee State Parks!

“Use your voice for kindness, your ears for compassion, your hands for charity, your mind for truth, and your heart for love.”

-Anonymous

Customer Care

Teresa Vander Kooi

Client Care

Teresa grew up in Northwest Indiana as one of five kids. After graduating from college with a degree in teaching she discovered that her true passion was teaching pet owners how to train their dogs.
Teresa loves working at ACVH because no two days are the same. Meeting new clients and learning new things make each work day exciting. She also loves that her dog Maxi, a Belgian Malinois Lab mix gets to come with her to work some days.

During her free time Teresa likes to spend time training her dog, study animal behavior, go hiking, hang out with her husband, and explore Middle Tennessee. She is also apprenticing with Wag It Better dog training  with the goal of becoming a dog trainer.

Fun fact: One of Teresa’s bucket list items is to ride in a fighter jet!

Boulay Vongsithi

Reception

Boulay moved to Murfreesboro from New England, where she was born and raised. She has been serving our patients and clients since 2007.

Boulay loves being the first person of contact for our hospital. She loves getting to meet all kinds of people along with their furry, feathery, scaly or spiky pets.

In her spare time she hangs out with her four-legged furry girl, a pug named Stella. She is also a foodie and likes to explore different kinds of food and restaurants with her family. Because of her love for food, she also loves to stay active and does some kind of workout daily.

Fun fact: Boulay is a total jock and a BIG Boston Sports Fan!

Hillary Appenfelder

Reception

Hillary began her career in Veterinary Medicine in 2000 while attending college at Elon University in North Carolina. After graduating in 2002 with her B.A. in Psychology she continued to work at the same hospital that she had grown to love. Hillary left her beloved job at that hospital in 2012 when she moved to Tennessee with her oldest son. After the birth of her second child, Hillary found her way to the ACVH team in 2013 and has never looked back! Hillary loves working at ACVH and finds her job to be a blessing and very rewarding.

She has one kitty named Bella who adapted well to her life in Tennessee. She also lives with her parents’ rescue dog, Willow, who has been a wonderful addition to her family!

When Hillary isn’t at work she spends tons of times with her 2 busy boys! You can usually find them at the ball field for practice or a game.

Fun Fact: Hillary worked in every position at the vet clinic in North Carolina!

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

-Will Durant

Licensed Technicians

Amanda Stabler

LVMT

Amanda was born and raised in Pendleton, New York. She made her childhood dream come true when she graduated with her Associates of Animal Science Degree in Veterinary Technology from The State University of New York at Alfred State in 2014.

Amanda and her husband, Sean, moved to Middle Tennessee when he was transferred to Fort Campbell with the Army. We were thrilled to welcome Amanda to our team in 2016.
They have two dogs and three cats: Radagast, Kelle, Thoren, Gandalf, and Legolas (did you pick up on the name theme?). Amanda and Sean were thrilled to welcome their first human kid, a baby girl, into their family in 2018!

When she isn’t loving on her fur kids and spending time with her family, Amanda enjoys horseback riding, hiking, canoeing, doing DIY crafts, and getting new tattoos.

Fun Fact: Amanda speaks American Sign Language.

Kristal Stanfield

LVMT

Kristal was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. She graduated from The University of Tennessee Martin in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science. After graduation she moved to Middle Tennessee and has called this area home ever since. She married her college sweetheart, Brad, and they now have two beautiful children.

Kristal returned to school in 2006 and earned her Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology from Columbia State Community College in 2008.

Kristal’s favorite thing about veterinary medicine is that there is always something new to learn. She loves that each patient is different and interesting to care for. Getting to provide much needed care and comfort for our patients and their families is very rewarding for her.

Kristal has two cats, Peyton and Neyland. Can you tell that they are HUGE VOLS fans?!

In her free time she loves to read, spend time with her family, teach her kids about the love of UT football, and do anything crafty.

Fun fact: UT has lost every football game that Kristal has attended. She thinks this is why they haven’t been to a UT game in a long time!

Catherine Harris

LVMT

Catherine was born and raised in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She has always loved animals and knew at a young age that she wanted a career working with them. She completed her degree in Veterinary Technology at Columbia State Community College in 2017 and passed her state board exams in July of 2017.

Catherine has a long relationship with ACVH and loves being part of our team! It didn’t take Catherine long to find her favorite part of Veterinary Medicine: dentistry. She loves cleaning teeth and taking radiographs, but her favorite part is educating clients about dental care for their pets.

Catherine has two wonderful cats, Blaze and Dakota. They are super sweet and crave attention. They are happiest during meal time or when someone is petting them.

Her hobbies include: spending time with her family and friends, hanging out with her cats, being with her church family and doing Sudoku puzzles!

Fun Fact: Catherine is a TWIN! She and her sister look very similar but are mirror twins and do everything opposite. She is right handed and her twin is left handed. Catherine loves math and science and her sister is a very talented artist.

Chelsea Webb

LVMT

Chelsea grew up in southern Ohio and graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at University of Cincinnati in 2014. The Nashville area became her home shortly after graduation so she could be closer to her then boyfriend, now husband, Tucker. Together they have two, cute gray and white cats, and an even cuter 2 year old son (the cats would disagree with that statement).

Chelsea grew up with a deep love and respect for animals. Her favorite part about working at ACVH is atmosphere that we are all here to work hard and have fun. Being able to laugh with her co workers while all providing great care to our patients makes her days better!

In 2018 Chelsea returned to school with her eyes set on a Science Education degree from MTSU. Her goal is to become a middle school science teacher and to inspire a love for science and animals in the students she teaches. She also hopes to continue as a veterinary technician in some capacity.

Since becoming a mom Chelsea’s my hobbies and interest have shifted. She enjoys being with her family, learning new things, and cooking for friends.

Fun Fact: Chelsea knows how to play the guitar.

“An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.”

-Martin Buber

Outpatient Nurses

Brandi Bean

Outpatient Nurse

Brandi graduated from Blackman High School in 2016. She then attended received her Associates degree in Pre-Health Professions from Motlow State where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She is working towards her Bachelor’s in Animal Science and General Science at MTSU with aspirations to attend vet school after graduation.

Brandi loves that everyone feels like family at ACVH. Helping pet parents learn new ways to care for their fur babies.
Sharing her sofa with her 3 dogs (Sasha the German Shepherd, Butch a Pit Bull/Rottweiler mix, and Lizzie the Doberman Pinscher) is one of her favorite pastimes! We also can’t leave out her betta fish, Lupin. She also enjoys reading, spending time with her friends and family, and of course studying.

Fun Fact: Brandi has a hidden talent of being a chicken whisperer. Ask her about it sometime!

Kaitlyn Greenway

Outpatient Nurse

Kaitlyn graduated from The University of Tennessee at Martin with a degree in Agriculture Science. After graduating she moved back to Middle Tennessee with her college sweetheart Alex.

Kaitlyn began her career here in the Oasis Resort and Spa in 2013. Kaitlyn now works in all 3 zones (inpatient, outpatient, and client care) at ACVH! She loves getting to help not just the animals, but also the people.

Kaitlyn and her husband have two Miniature Australian Shepherds named Rory and Rhett.

Her hobbies include: hiking, reading, spending time with her family, and watching Gilmore Girls!

Fun Fact: Kaitlyn has been to 27 out of 50 states!

Abigail Watson

Outpatient Nurse

Abigail is originally from Smithville, Tennessee. She graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science. She married her high school sweetheart, Craig, and worked at veterinary hospitals in New Haven, CT and Hattiesburg, MS while Craig finished his degrees. She joined the team at ACVH as an Outpatient Nurse when she and Craig found their way back to Middle Tennessee in 2014.

Abigail’s favorite thing about working in veterinary medicine is witnessing the bond between patients and their owners. She enjoys her role in cultivating that bond by educating pet parents about ways to keep their fur babies healthy.

In her spare time Abigail enjoys reading, hiking, relaxing in her hammock, shopping for antiques, watching football (GO VOLS!), and photography. Abigail and Craig have two amazing dogs, Ima and Maggie. Recently they took in two stray cats, Andy and Me Mow, who have become permanent members of the family.

Fun Fact: Abigail loves donkeys!

 

Brittney Fay

Outpatient Nurse

Brittney’s family moved to Murfreesboro in 1991 and have been clients at Animal Care Veterinary Hospital since 1995. She graduated from Riverdale High School in 2002 and attended Middle Tennessee State University for 2 years.

Brittney joined the team at ACVH in 2007 as an Outpatient Nurse. Her husband’s job took them away from Murfreesboro more than once, but Brittney always found her way back to us! While she was away she gained experience from three different veterinary hospitals in the areas of dentistry, surgery, reception, and triage. Spending so much of her working life in the veterinary field Brittney says she knows that this is her “true calling.”

Brittney loves helping families take great care of their pets. She takes pride in compassionate handling of all pets, especially senior pets. She loves that animals are a regular part of her day. Her favorite things about working at ACVH are having co-workers who are like family, and the awesome rapport she has developed with our clients.

Brittney is a DIE HARD beagle fan. She loves their floppy ears, corn chip musk, and squishy neck rolls! She and her husband, Brian, share their home with two beagles, Frank and Bobbi Sue. The beagle duo are quite happy together and are very popular in their neighborhood.

In her free time Brittney loves spending time outdoors with her husband Brian. Most weekends you can find them on the lake in their kayaks, hiking in a state park, or working diligently to keep their yard looking great. Brittney also enjoys painting (watercolor and acrylic), and collecting small boxes to use as home décor.

Fun Fact: Brittney spent a few brief moments working as a flight attendant! She earned her wings for Mesa Airlines while living in Arizona prior to working at ACVH.

“Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”

-Anatole France

Veterinary Assistants

Jasmine Smith

Veterinary Assistant

Jasmine is a local girl who grew up in Shelbyville. She knew from a young age that she wanted to work with animals when she grew up. To help reach her dream she went to Tennessee State University and majored in Animal Science.

Jasmine loves working at ACVH because she gets to live out her childhood dreams everyday with such a great team of coworkers!

During her down time Jasmine spends time spoiling her dog King and hanging out with her friends.

Fun Fact: Jasmine LOVES getting manicures and pedicures!

Bekah Potts

Oasis Resort and Spa

Bekah recently graduated from MTSU with a degree in Animal Science with a concentration in Equine Science and a minor in Biology. She is now completing her requirements to become a LVMT at Columbia State!

Her favorite part about her job is getting to work on a team filled with people who share her deep love for animals.

Bekah has two miniature poodle furbabies: Levi who is senior and Asher who is young and full of life. Her family also has a heard of Hereford cows on their farm in Shelbyville.

During her free time Bekah enjoys riding horses, helping out at her family’s farm, being involved with MTSU’s Horse Science program and Equestrian Team, and being surrounded my family and friends!

Fun Fact: Bekah was born on Christmas Day!

“When you look into the eyes of an animal you’ve rescued, you can’t help but fall in love.”

-Paul Shaffer

Oasis Resort and Spa

Nathan Primm

Oasis Resort and Spa Manager

Nathan graduated from Dickson County High School and continued his education at The University of Tennessee Knoxville (Go Big Orange!) where he obtained his BA and MBA. He and his wife Bete now reside in LaVergne, Tennessee. Together they have two wonderful children: a daughter, Sarah and a son, Eli. Nathan has been an integral part of ACVH, managing the Oasis Resort and Spa team since 2006.

Nathan enjoys spending his free time with his friends and family. He loves to watch movies and ride 4-wheelers, leather working, wood working and blacksmithing. He also enjoys all aspects of shooting pistols, rifles and shot guns! He is very active at his church and leads a Men’s Group.

Fun Fact: Nathan LOVES roller coasters!

Reviews

We boarded our Cat “Lily” with Oasis. Nathan takes time to know our cats needs. He does a great job exceeding our expectations when we board Lily.
-Chris Sudbury

Molly Chenoweth-Gaddy

Oasis Resort and Spa

Molly is an MTSU B.B.A graduate who has been working in the Oasis Resort and Spa since 2017. She loves taking care of all the animals that stay with us, and especially loves seeing how excited the pets (and owners) get when they first see each other after a stay at the Oasis!

Molly is a cat mom to four adorable kitties: Mosey, Checkers, Domino, and Anita.

She spends her free time playing video games, baking, and working jigsaw puzzles.

Fun Facts: Molly can play the flute, piano, and piccolo. Also, she once won the “Ugliest Costume” award at a Halloween party when she wasn’t wearing a costume…oops!

“The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.”

-Charles Darwin

Grooming

Anita Ward

Oasis Resort and Spa Pet Stylist

Anita grew up in Madison, Tennessee. She then graduated from MTSU with a BS Degree in Animal Science.

Anita began working at ACVH in 1999, and does an outstanding job keeping our patients’ and guests’ hair looking awesome!

Her favorite thing about working at ACVH is making the scruffy, dirty dogs clean and pretty again for their parents. She has a Dachshund Chihuahua mix named Anna Mae.

When Anita isn’t at work she enjoys camping and fishing.

Fun Fact: Anita love classic cars!

“Animal lovers are a special breed of humans, generous of spirit, full of empathy, perhaps a little prone to sentimentality, and with hearts as big as a cloudless sky.”

-John Grogan

Animal Caretakers

Hannah Tritschler

Animal Caretaker

Bio coming soon…

Stacia Smith

Animal Caretaker

Bio coming soon…

Caitlin “Griff” Griffith

Animal Caretaker

Bio coming soon…

Kailey Clark

Animal Caretaker

Coming soon!

Lewis Lockridge

Animal Caretakers

Lewis was born and raised in Nashville, TN. He moved to Murfreesboro in 2012 where he attended Middle Tennessee State University, and graduated in 2016 with a B.A. in Journalism and double minored in Psychology and Writing. He went back to school at MTSU in the fall of 2017 to pursue a degree in Organismal Biology/Ecology and a minor in Japanese. 
 
Lewis has been at ACVH since 2018. He enjoys forming relationships and interacting with all the different animals that stay at the Oasis Resort and Spa.
 
Lewis has two awesome fur/spike babies! Rocko is his overly energetic and cuddle Chihuahua/Maltese mix, and Atlas is his sassy hedgehog. Atlas’favorite things include sticking his head in toilet paper rolls and taking naps.
 
I his down time Lewis enjoys hanging out with Rocko and Atlas, reading, writing, cooking, playing video games and binge-watching Netflix!
 
Fun fact: Lewis used to work at a coffee shop, but doesn’t like coffee!

Snow Phillips

Animal Caretaker

Snow grew up in grew up in Clarkston, Utah. She later moved to Murfreesboro and graduated from Oakland High School.

Snow has been at ACVH since 2018. She loves helping our Oasis Resort and Spa guests stay comfortable during their time with us. Her favorite part of her job is watching how excited all the guests get…

Snow shares her life with two adorable cats. Buttercup is a big calico and Kirby is a Bombay.
She spends her free time reading, singing and hiking.

Fun Fact: Snow has a blog where she posts a story she is writing that has more than 1000 readers!