Darrell Holt, D.V.M.

Dr. Holt was born and raised in Clarksville, Tennessee. He earned his D.V.M. 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, D.V.M.

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, D.V.M.

Dr. Neal was born and raised in Clarksville, Tennessee. She earned her B.S. at the University of Tennessee – Martin and her D.V.M. 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, D.V.M.

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, D.V.M.

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.

Dr. A.D. Elkins

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.

Dr. Kaylee Penick

Dr Penick was born in Ashland City, TN. She grew up raising dairy goats and riding horses. She attended the University if 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 veterinRy 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.

Dr. Mary McClosky

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.

Dr. Stephanie Bridges

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.

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.

Madison Truax

Madison Carver is currently pursing a degree in veterinary technology at Austin Peay State University. She lives in Woodlawn with her husband Michael and her two pets Indie and Stella. Her interests include small animal medicine and surgery. She is interested in learning more about large animal medicine.

Ariana Cook

Ariana Cook is originally from Fort Bragg, North Carolina and moved to Tennessee five years ago due to the military. She is currently attending Austin Peay State University to achieve a bachelor’s in Pre-Veterinary Medicine; her goal is to one-day practice medicine on exotic animals. Ariana began working at Animal House Vet in March of 2018 and learns something new about the veterinary world every day. In her free time, she enjoys singing in the choir at church, feeding her cat, Blue, banana chips and reading fantasy novels.

Candice Swaffer

Hello! My name is Candice Swaffer! I have been apart of the Animal House family for 4 years. I love being a large animal technician here because I enjoy being around cattle! I have recently applied to veterinary school and have hopes of going to the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in the Fall of 2020. I hope to return after graduating and be a DVM here at Animal House! I have recently gotten engaged and am getting married in May of 2020! I have 1 dog named Dixie and she is the best, most loving pitbull.

Sam Judd

Sam Judd is 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.

Rachael Stedman

Rachael Stedman was a military kid growing up and moved around a couple times before her family settled in Clarksville, TN. She graduated from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville in May of 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. Shortly after in June she started working at Animal House and has enjoyed every second since then! You can find her working in the evening/emergency hours where she gets to see all things normal, and not so normal, that come in. Her hopes are to get into veterinary school and become a DVM herself so she can continue living her dream of caring for animals. In her free time Rachael likes doing puzzles, going for runs, and goofing around with her two dogs Trooper and Shadow.

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 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.

Hope Greene

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!

Leann Devine

My name is Leann Devine. I have been working in the vet field 15 years, 10 of those years I have been at Animal House. We have 1 cat, 1 fish, and 5 dogs. I love spending time outdoors with my family and friends.

Stephanie Chester

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 it 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.

Laura Hamilton

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.

Brandon Butts

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

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.