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Our Veterinarians

Dr Margaret Palmer, DVM

We would like to welcome Dr. Margaret Palmer to our hospital and to the Andrews community.  Dr. Palmer came to us from sunny Florida and is excited to start the next stage of her life and career here in beautiful Andrews.  She grew up just outside of Louisville, Kentucky and completed Bachelors of Science degree in 2009 at the University of Kentucky before earning her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine  from  Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013.  She strives every day to practice the best quality of veterinary medicine and enjoys forming strong relationships with each individual pet owner.  She recently completed her Fear Free Certification and makes every attempt to make your pet's visit low stress.  When Dr. Palmer is not caring for pets she enjoys spending time in the kitchen, gardening, and hiking with her husband and canine companion, Roger.   She is looking forward to meeting each and every one of our clients and their pets.  Please feel free to come by anytime to meet her and welcome her to our community.  


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Dr Tonya Parks, DVM

Dr. Parks was born in San Antonio, Texas and moved to Lake City, TN as a young child. She grew up in Lake City where she first developed her love of animals. She continued to follow her dream and received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Tusculum College and then went on to the University of Tennessee to receive her doctorate. She has a soft spot for our geriatric patients and preventative care. She married her high school sweetheart Daniel in 2014. Between the two of them, they have 14 nieces and nephews that they adore dearly. During her externship here in Andrews, she fell in LOVE with the area and the community and has become our new associate veterinarian. During her free time, she loves to spend time with her husband fishing, gardening and cooking. She also enjoys all of her fur babies (four dogs and three cats).


Our Office Manager

Leah Jones, RVT

Leah grew up just over the mountain in East Tennessee. She graduated in 2000 from Tennessee Wesylan College with a Bachelor of Science and then went on to earn her degree in Veterinary Technology at St Petersburg College. Leah is Registered Veterinary Technician has been in veterinary medicine for over 15 years. She has an interest in behavior, dentistry and physical therapy. Leah is a big believer in the fear free movement and is also Fear Free Certified.  As one of the owners of Andrews Veterinary Hospital, she strives everyday to make it the best veterinary hospital in the area. Leah is happy to make Andrews her home and loves to spend her free time trail running with her dog Eddie.


Our Receptionists

Linda Hogan

We are so lucky to have Linda on our team. She has been with AVH since 1995 and currently works part time at the front desk. We would love to have Linda here more but she has another part time job keeping her husband Perry in line. If you know Perry....well you know this could easily be a full time job! Linda and Perry have been married for 30 years and have a 18 year old son Will that loves sports and hunting. To round out their family they also have a hound dog named Bill and 2 cats (Cletus and Oreo). Linda enjoys the outdoors, crafts and more than anything....mountain dew.


Kelly Schaal

Kelly is our head receptionist and does and amazing at the front desk. She is a bonafide crazy cat lady and will happily talk about her cats or listen to you talk about yours all day long. Recently from Knoxville, Kelly loves Andrews and the peace and quiet of small town living. She has 5 cats named Mr Wilburs, Binks, Syd Kitty, Pattykins and Demon Baby . In her spare time Kelly enjoys reading and well you guessed it....CATS!


Veterinary Nurses

Beth Shirley

Beth has been working in the veterinary field for 18+ years and loves what she does. She is originally from Florida but moved here with her husband and son about 8 years ago. She brings diversity to AVH as she is cross trained in small animal, large animal and exotic pets. Beth has a small menagerie of pets including 7 cats, 2 dogs, a turtle, a dumbo rat and many fish. Outside of work Beth likes to hike, fish, bike, read and garden.


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Kelsey Schnuphase

Working in the veterinary field since 2005, Kelsey became a part of our team at AVH in May 2011. Growing up alongside her father’s passion for training companion as well as police dogs, Kelsey learned a love of animals at an early age. Thus, it was only natural for her to pursue a career with animals. After joining our team, she spearheaded our quest to become accredited with the American Animal Hospital Association in 2011. During her time not spent caring for the animals that come to AVH, she provides relief work at the Mountain Emergency Animal Center. When she is not working, she enjoys hiking with her husband Eric and their German Shepherd Luca. After a long day, her feline comrades Callie, Emmy, and Aslon are always at the ready for a snuggle.


Rachel Younce

Rachel is another of our Fear Free Certified staff members and is yet again an example of hard work paying off here at AVH. She started in the kennel in 2011 and after graduating from high school enrolled in both Tri-County Community College and San Juan College where she is working toward her Veterinary Technology degree. Rachel is now what we call a veterinary nurse and will one day soon also be an RVT. As if she wasn't busy enough, between work and school she also finds time to volunteers at Andrews Rescue Squad where she is also working on her medical responder certification. She and Haven recently had a beautiful boy named Shaun Robert.  He is their pride and joy.


Jennifer Millsaps


Veterinary Assistants

Kelli Moss

Kelli was born and raised in Murphy. At a young age that she realized her love for animals of all kinds. Kelli grew up always having pets, that included dogs, cat, bunnies, pigs, a wolf, fish, and more. She is currently attending Tri-County to get her associate of science degree and then Penn Foster to pursue her degree in veterinary technology. She loves to hike and travel with her golden retriever Tennessee. In the photo, Kelli was at a sea turtle habitat in the Grand Caymen. This photo was taken right after the turtle slapped her in the face with his flipper :)


Cassie Turner

Cassie has moved around most of her life, and came to live in Murphy in early 2014.  She began working at AVH earlier this year, after a year of working at another animal hospital in GA.   She has love and respect for animals of all shapes and sizes,  with a particular fondness for reptiles and felines, and a fascination with the insect world. In her spare time, Cassie enjoys drawing and studying nature and animal behavior.  She currently lives in Murphy with her partner and their six "fur-children," felines Kida, Shaye, Cinna, Tim, and Ghost, and Bailey the bassador.


Alaina Cable


Our Resident Animals

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Edison

Edison is a walker hound mix and he loves coming to work with his mom Leah every day.