Catrina Herd, DVM
Practice Owner / Veterinarian
Dr. Catrina Herd graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. A native of east Tennessee, Dr. Herd moved to middle Tennessee that same year. Her first son, Spencer, was born in 2008. Shortly after, she became the full-time veterinarian for Williamson County Animal Control.
In December 2009, Dr. Herd took a position with Animal House Veterinary Clinic. Less than two years later, in April 2011, she purchased the clinic (and as of 2019 she is 100% owner)! Then in April of 2014 her youngest son, Holden, was born.
Dr. Herd is known for her thoroughness, excellent diagnostic skills, and great bedside manner. Her patients love her even if they don’t love going to the doctor! She has the heart of a teacher, and loves the days when she can teach a young veterinarian or a technician something they didn’t know.
She gives many of her free hours to help with animal rescue and is always willing to go above and beyond for a sick animal.
In her spare time, Dr. Herd enjoys spending time with her family at their cabin on the lake, or at the beach… any beach… just give her a beach and she will be happy!
Katie Heckel, DVM
Dr. Katie Heckel is from Perrysburg, Ohio but she spent many years of schooling and working in Columbus, OH. She has degrees in both biology and Spanish and earned her DVM from Ohio State University. She spent a summer abroad in college in Toledo, Spain staying with a Spanish family to completely immerse herself into the culture.
Dr. Heckel Is married and has a busy home life with two children as well as a forever-shedding Siberian husky and a cat named Mika.
Her free time is spent singing, traveling, being creative or cheering on the Ohio State Buckeyes and Pittsburgh Steelers. She stays active by playing women’s volleyball league and group workout classes at gym. Her other hobbies include scuba diving on summer trips, scrapbooking, cooking, home improvements, and traveling back home to Ohio or Florida to see the rest of her family.
Sarah Spence, DVM
Dr. Sarah Spence was born and raised in Gallatin, TN. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Belmont University and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Oklahoma State University. She has a special interest in veterinary dermatology and feline medicine.
In her free time, she loves to read, exercise, see live music, and spend time with Meeko, her Siamese cat.
Yvette Pennington, DVM
Dr. Pennington is originally from East Tennessee. She attended the University of New Orleans for her undergrad and went on to pursue Veterinary Medicine at LSU–so it only follows that her favorite colors are gold and purple! Before pursuing her dream, she spent 8 years in the United States Navy as an electronics technician. When it comes to practicing as a veterinarian, she lives for emergency medicine and the adrenaline rush she gets from saving a pet’s life. We absolutely love having her on our team because of her heart of gold and the way she can brighten up any room she walks into.
Dr. Pennington loves spending her free time outside either hiking, kayaking, or paddleboarding. Don’t tell her we told you, but she is OBSESSED with Seth from the Avett Brothers. She speaks highly of ALL golden retrievers, her perfect daughter, Lily, and traveling to the coast of Maine.
Jordan Mitchell, DVM
Dr. Mitchell grew up in Hermitage, TN. She attended Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville for her undergrad in agriculture and went on to pursue Veterinary Medicine at University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her favorite part of being a veterinarian is being able to put all of the puzzle pieces together to help pets and their owners live a more comfortable life.
Her hobbies include cuddling with her sweet dog and kitties, baking, game nights and bonfires with both friends and family. She is a fan of all country music, both new and old. Outside of work, she is most likely enjoying time with her husband’s newfound grill obsession or working on their fixer-upper. She’s also adding a sweet baby girl to her family soon!
Sara McGlone, MBA
Sara served eight years in the U.S. Army where she began her career as a veterinary technician and worked her way up to practice manager of various clinics throughout the world. Her favorite location? South Korea!
During her time in the service, Sara completed her Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration at Purdue. She worked in hospital and nursing home administration as she continued her education and earned her Master of Business Administration from Purdue. She quickly realized that she missed veterinary medicine and found her way to us.
In Sara’s free time, she loves swimming and hiking with her husband and three boys. She has two dogs, Indy and Nuna. She also enjoys weightlifting, barre, reading, and listening to podcasts.
Customer Service Supervisor
Hailing from the warm, sandy beaches of South Carolina, this Charleston native graduated from the College of Charleston. While her degree wasn’t animal-related, she quickly fell in love with the veterinary field and joined our Customer Service squad in 2018. She plans to eventually go back to school to supplement her education in veterinary medicine. She’s a vital member of our staff and will never leave you or your pet unattended!
Lead Veterinary Nurse
Jen graduated from Washington State University with degrees in Zoology and Wildlife Ecology and she has an extensive background working with animals. Jen has an extensive background working with and handling animals: she has worked for an emergency animal clinic, was a Carnivore Keeper at the Nashville Zoo, and when time permits, she still volunteers with Animal Rescue Corps.
Jen is married and she and her husband love world travel—in fact, they were married on a beach in Greece! Her devotion to animals continues at home where she and her husband are pet parents to a senior kitty and a 3-legged pit bull named Mulligan.
Lead Veterinary Nurse
Behold the rare animal, a Nashville native! Sam joined the Animal House family in April of 2017 after getting her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Tennessee Tech University. Sam is wonderful with all kinds of animals—including the human kind!
Sam shares her home with a Blue Heeler (which she calls a “Blue Hellion”) and it’s rumored—although no one has ever seen it—a platypus! When she’s not working, Sam loves to read, watch movies, and cheer on the Nashville Predators.
Gayle has been in animal rescue for many years. She joined us full time in the summer of 2009 after retiring from the corporate world. She is still part of a rescue organization and, like the rest of us, can’t say no to the many strays that come through our doors.
Ariel (aka Earl)
Customer Service Representative
Financial Aid Liaison