ELIZABETHTON VETERINARY CLINIC
Owner Dr. Lora Phelps is a native of Upper East Tennessee and a 2002 graduate of the University of Tennessee School of Veterinary Medicine. She began her professional career at the Elizabethton Veterinary Clinic May 2002 and since that time she has developed a reputation as a compassionate and professional General Practitioner. Of the various pieces of technological equipment available at the Elizabethton Veterinary Clinic, the ultrasound equipment is probably her favorite. She avails herself of many sources of continuing education in order to stay proficient in its use. She also enjoys working with exotic pets. Dr Phelps is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association, and the Tri-Cities Academy of Veterinary Medicine. She is the mother of one daughter. She and her family and their three dogs spend enjoyable time at the area lakes. Scuba diving is her favorite pastime.
Dr. Lauren Kennedy is a native of Chattanooga, TN and is a 2010 graduate of the University of Tennessee School of Veterinary Medicine. Her husband began his freshman year at the Quillen College of Medicine at ETSU in September 2012. They have daughter, Grace Elizabeth, that was born in August 2012. Dr. Kennedy began her association with the Elizabethton Veterinary Clinic in November 2012 and because of her skill and compassion she has been readily accepted by both the staff and clients of the Clinic. Dr. Kennedy has three dogs and her professional interests include dermatology, cytology, soft tissue surgery, and internal medicine. She enjoys long walks with her daughter and her dogs. She and her husband are avid University of Tennessee football fans and travel to Knoxville to attend as many games as possible.
Dr. Michael Brown is a native of Columbus, Georgia and a 1968 graduate of the School of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn, University. During his senior year in veterinary school he served as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps. Upon graduation in 1968 he served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps and was discharged from the Army in June 1971. At that time he, his wife, and their six week old son moved to Elizabethton, TN to establish the Elizabethton Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Brown has operated the Elizabethton Veterinary Clinic continuously since that time. A second child was born in 1974. Dr. Brown is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association, and the Tri-Cities Academy of Veterinary Medicine. He is a General Practitioner and enjoys performing different and unusual surgical procedures.
VETERINARY ASSISTANT STAFF
All of the staff members at the Elizabethton Veterinary Clinic are professionally identified as veterinary assistants and have been trained in their skills by the Clinic’s professional staff. All are quite competent in their skills and their jobs and they bring a varied and interesting set of personalities and histories to the Elizabethton Veterinary Clinic. The “wash out” rate of individuals hired to those that last four months and remain as staff members is about four out of five. All of the staff are competent in the O.R., in the exam rooms, in the kennel rooms, as surgical “scrub-ins”, as front desk personnel, with the use of the laboratory equipment and tonometer, and with assisting the veterinarians with the radiological and ultrasound equipment. In accordance with the pertinent laws, the veterinary assistants do not make diagnoses and always work under the direction of a veterinarian.
Shannon began her career at the Elizabethton Veterinary Clinic in March 1999 and has been continuously employed at the Clinic since that time. She began her work here as a veterinary assistant and currently serves as Office Manager for the Clinic. She is the mother of one daughter and also functions as bookkeeper for her husband’s landscaping business. Shannon has her own menagerie which include three dogs, eight cats. Her free time is spent out of doors, with her family and ‘antiquing’. She is particularly interested in antique model cars and very old lunch boxes.
Sarah began working as a veterinary assistant in Nov 2003 and now works as the primary Receptionist. She and her husband welcomed their first child in 2010. They live near her father’s farm where she was reared and where she acquired practical knowledge of and experience with all of the various common farm animals. Her spare time is occupied with friends, family, and gardening.
JoLynn had been a loyal client of the Elizabethton Veterinary Clinic for many years before she joined our staff in March 2004. She has two adult children, five grandchildren, and multiple dogs and cats. She enjoys her time with her grandchildren and enjoys shopping the flea markets.
Emily was also raised on a farm with exposure to and experience with all of the common farm animals. She was a practicing phlebotomist when she joined the Elizabethton Veterinary Clinic in May 2006. She and her husband live in rural Carter County with dogs, a cat, and an annoying donkey named ‘Elvis’. Friends, family, 4-wheeling, outdoors, and shopping all keep her quite busy.
Amber is a lifelong Carter County resident who joined the staff of the Elizabethton Veterinary Clinic in September 2008. She enjoys the out of doors, horse back riding, and her cat and two dogs. As a child she particularly enjoyed helping her grandfather with his farm animals which included cattle, chickens, horses, and domestic pets. Outside of Carter County her favorite place is North Carolina’s Outer Banks.
Robin is a native of Virginia but moved here to “God’s Country” in 2004. Robin initially worked as an Optometrist Technician before joining our staff in 2011. She has two young adult children, one grandchild, and resides with her boyfriend and three dogs. Her favorite activities are centered around activities at Lake Watauga and with her family.
Emily was born and raised in Carter County and she and her husband currently live in Roan Mountain. Before she began her “life” with the Elizabethton Veterinary Clinic training as a veterinary assistant in 2013, Emily was a cosmetologist. Among her favorite childhood memories are the many hours that she spent with her grandparents in their orchard. She is an “outdoor girl” who rides dirt bikes, snowboards, and snow skis.