Darrell Holt, DVM
Dr. Holt was born and raised in Clarksville, Tennessee. He earned his DVM from University of Tennessee – Knoxville. Following graduation, Dr. Holt began practicing large and small animal medicine with Animal House Veterinary Clinic in 1993. He became a practice owner and partner of Animal House Veterinary Clinic and Gateway Animal Care Group, PC in 1995. Dr. Holt is a member of the society of theriogeneology, TVMA and AVMA. His interests are in equine, bovine and small animal medicine and surgery. He and his wife Nicole have two children. In his spare time, Dr. Holt enjoys fishing, participating in church functions where he serves as an elder and watching sports.
Amity Chaudoin, DVM.
Dr. Amity Chaudoin joined the Animal House family in June of 2000 after graduating from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. She is a native of Chattanooga where she attended UTC as a chemistry major. She met her husband in vet school and they married after graduating in 2000. They moved to their family’s farm in 2000. In 2003 their son, Preston was born. They are truly a baseball family; most all of their free time is spent at a field. They are members of St. Peter snd Paul Catholic Church. Professionally she enjoys internal medicine and preventive health care.
Dawn Neal, DVM
Dr. Neal was born and raised in Clarksville, Tennessee. She earned her B.S. at the University of Tennessee – Martin and her DVM from University of Tennessee – Knoxville, in May 2005. After graduation, Dr. Neal joined Animal House Veterinary Clinic. She is a member of both the AVMA and TVMA. Her interests include large and small animal medicine. Dr. Neal enjoys reading and watching and playing sports in her spare time. Pets include 5 dogs and 4 cats.
Jillian Edwards, DVM
Dr. Jillian Edwards was born in Huntingdon, TN and raised in the country by her loving parents along with 3 brothers and many different animals. She attended the University of Tennessee at Martin where she received a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science in 2002. Dr. Edwards then received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in Knoxville, TN in 2006. She is a member of the AVMA, TVMA, and VECCS (Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society).
After practicing mixed-animal, general practice for 7 years, Dr. Edwards moved to Clarksville and joined the Animal House team in 2013 as an associate veterinarian in the evening hours clinic. While being passionate about preventative care and spay-neuter education to prevent unnecessary illness and emergencies, Dr. Edwards’ loves emergency and trauma medicine and surgery.
Dr. Edwards has many, multispecies pets and believes every pet deserves a happy, forever home. She volunteers with many rescue groups to promote pet adoption, spay-neuter and responsible pet ownership and breeding practices. She also enjoys kayaking, camping, exercising, REALLY GOOD food, reading and binge-watching TV.
Jerrod Johnson, DVM
Dr. Johnson was born and raised in Whitley City, KY. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of the Cumberlands in 2007.
In 2011, Dr. Johnson graduated from Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, he joined North Stewart Veterinary Clinic as an Associate Veterinarian. In 2013, he was asked to open New Hope Veterinary Clinic. A year later, Dr. Johnson became a partner in the practice group, Gateway Animal Care Group, which owns both New Hope Veterinary Clinic and North Stewart Veterinary Clinic, as well as Animal House and Southside Veterinary Clinics.
Currently, Dr. Johnson is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association as well as the Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Johnson’s professional interests include Soft Tissue Surgery, Anesthesia/Pain Management, Infectious Disease, and Exotic Animal Medicine and Surgery.
In his spare time, Dr. Johnson enjoys fishing, hiking, and spending time with his wife Beth and daughter Lily.
A.D. Elkins, DVM
Dr. A.D. Elkins received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University in 1970 and began his practice in Madisonville, KY, where he cared for the medical and surgical needs of both small and large animals for 10 years. In 1982, he completed a surgery residency and received a Master’s degree (M.S.) at Texas A&M University. Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Elkins achieved board certification by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.
Until 1986, he owned a referral practice in Kentucky, but then became chief of small animal orthopedics and assistant professor at Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. After leaving LSU, Dr. Elkins has worked at various specialty practices. Currently, Dr Elkins visits Animal House Veterinary Clinic twice monthly. When he is here, he evaluates patients in need of a surgical consult and performs surgery when indicated.
Kaylee Penick, DVM
Dr. Penick was born in Ashland City, TN. She grew up raising dairy goats and riding horses. She attended the University of TN in Martin where she earned her BS in Animal Science in 2015. She then went on to attend UTCVM where she was awarded her doctorate in veterinary medicine in 2019. Dr. Penick is passionate about mission work and has been involved with several overseas mission trips. In her spare time, Dr. Penick likes to spend time with her cat, Zora, and fellowship at her church.
Mary McClosky, DVM
Mary was born in Wilmington, Delaware but was raised in Spanish Fort, Alabama. She grew up surrounded by animals: her family had multiple dogs and she spent a large amount of her childhood riding horses. Her first job at a veterinary clinic was as a kennel technician when she was 16 years old. From that point on, she knew she would love a job in the veterinary field.
Mary went to college and veterinary school in Auburn, Alabama (WAR EAGLE!). She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture in 2013 and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2017. Dr. McClosky started her job with Animal House Veterinary Clinic in July of 2017. She especially appreciates making long-term relationships with clients and always strives to enhance the human-animal bond. Dr. Mary has two black Labradors at home, Memphis and Jude, and loves to visit her family in Alabama whenever able. When not at work, she enjoys hiking with her dogs, playing the guitar, and spending time with her friends in Nashville.
Stephanie Bridges, DVM
Dr. Stephanie Bridges was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Tennessee Wesleyan College in 2016 and graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2020. She then joined the Animal House Veterinary Clinic family where she enjoys mixed animal medicine and surgery. Dr. Bridges has two cats at home named Martin and Watson. In her free time, she enjoys going to the gym, reading, kayaking, hiking, and riding horses.
Ariana is originally from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and moved to Tennessee seven years ago due to her father being in the military. She is a technician assistant, currently finishing up her bachelors at APSU in agriculture. Her future goal is to one day attend veterinary school and become a veterinarian. Ariana has a cat named Blue who can climb ladders, open gates and almost any closed door. She also has a dog named Shiba, who loves Christmas, especially when it comes to unwrapping her own gifts. Ariana sings in the church choir, loves to travel, and discover quaint coffee shops.
Candice Jackson was born and raised in Fredonia, TN. She graduated from Austin Peay with a Bachelors’s degree in Agriculture with a double minor in pre-professional health and chemistry. She has been apart of the Animal House family since 2015! She loves her job because she gets to work with multiple species throughout any given day. She enjoys working with cattle, horses, and dogs the most! She has 1 dog named Dixie, that is the most loving pitbull and 4 coonhounds. She and her husband also have stocker calves and brood cows to keep them busy!
Sam Judd is a Licensed Veterinary Technologist originally from Chicago, IL. She moved down south to become a 2015 graduate of Murray State University with her B.S.A. She moved to Clarksville at the end of 2018 and has been a member of her beloved Animal House family since July of 2019. Since being here, she has cherished growing her education and being a part of new experiences, and growing as a technologist.
When she is not throwing her heart into her work, you’ll most likely find Sam at home spending her free time with her son, Jace. She has quite a furry crew to mother as well: a Great Dane, Curri, mix, and three male cats! Needless to say, her feet never seem to stop.
Molly Jones, LVMT
Molly was born and raised in southern West Virginia. She has worked in the veterinary field for 18 years as an assistant. She graduated from Murray State University in December 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture in Veterinary technology. Molly joined the Animal House team in March 2019 and obtained her license to practice in Tennessee as a veterinary technologist a short time later. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her kids and critters on their little farm in Stewart County.
Hi, my name is Hope Greene and I’ve been at Animal House since 2017 as a full-time small and large animal Assistant. I was born and raised here in Montgomery County. Both, my husband and I, raise horses, cattle, and honeybees on our family farm in Cumberland Furnance. In our spare time, we go camping with our horses, four-wheeling, and spending time with our friends and family. We have three Australian Shepherds; Brylie, Millie, and Kady. At Animal House Veterinary Clinic, I’m most passionate about client communication, prescription request/refills, and our daily exams rather they are emergencies or yearly vaccines. I plan on continuing my knowledge and experience here at Animal House Veterinary Clinic for further years!
My name is Stephanie Chester and I am a receptionist at Animal House Vet Clinic. I am originally from Dover TN but have lived in Clarksville most of my life. I have been working at Animal House since 2015. Before I was an employee, I came to Animal House with my own pets since the clinic first opened its doors. I have been married to my husband Phil for 39 years. I have 2 sons Joshua and Justin and Mimi to my Awesome grandson Randy. I enjoy Bowling, Camping, Baseball, and spending time with my pets and family. I have 3 dogs, Toby, Tito, Trixie, and 1 cat Beau.
Hi there, I’m Laura Hamilton. I have been with Animal House since 2001. Being here this long many of you have become familiar faces and I’m so thankful that I have gotten to know you. I’ve turned into a cat lady at this point in my life. I have attended the same biker church in Springfield for over 12 years. I love meeting new people and their precious pets.
My name is Brandon. I am the assistant manager of Animal House Veterinary Clinic. I first joined Animal House in 2008. I worked as a large animal veterinary assistant, and a veterinary assistant supervisor before becoming assistant manager in 2020. I also am a certified animal euthanasia technician. I love deer hunting and UT football. I enjoy spending time with my wife, Jennilyn, and our 2 wonderful children, Allie and Cooper.
Miranda Fowle graduated from Vol State in 2017 and joined the Gateway Animal Care Group family shortly after. Miranda has a special interest in small and large animal surgery and emergency medicine. Her hobbies include camping, Disney movies, and aerial fitness. She lives in Clarksville with her cats, Polly and Slick.
My name is Stephanie Jessie and I am a receptionist here at the Animal House. I am originally from Long Beach CA but moved to Clarksville in the summer of 2020. I have loved animals my whole life and have worked with them for over 10 years. In my spare time, I enjoy being crafty and spending time with my family and friends.