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Our Careteam

Joy

Receptionist

Joy and her family always kept pets around the house while she was growing up; her mother was especially fond of cats, and it wasn’t hard for Joy to fall in love with animal care at a very early age. For her, working in the veterinary world simply made sense! Joy has been a member of the South Rhea Animal Hospital team for more than 18 years.

A Tennessee native, Joy worked in the dentistry field for a brief period before deciding that she wanted to use her medical knowledge to help animals—that’s when she chose to dive headfirst into the world of veterinary medicine. Joy became a member of the South Rhea Animal Hospital family in 1999 and has been helping the area’s pet owners at the front desk ever since.

Joy and her husband, Chase, have a daughter named Sunnie and also share their home with four pets. They have two dogs, Cleo and Aurora, as well as a pair of cats named Curtis Lowe and Rosie.

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Jody

Receptionist

Jody cannot remember a time when she didn’t own a dog—animal care has been a part of her life for as long as she can remember. She’s also worked directly with the public for more than 20 years. What better way to combine her public-relations and customer-service skills with her love of animals, Jody thought, than by working in the veterinary field?

Jody grew up in Evensville and first started here at the hospital in the spring of 2004. She serves as one of the clinic’s front-desk customer-service professionals, and loves to interact with patients and their loving owners. Her favorite part of the job is hearing fun pet stories, and she also enjoys meeting a wide variety of animal personalities on a daily basis.

Most of Jody’s free time away from the office is spent with her son and their dogs. She and her teenaged son, Blake, share their home with four canine companions: Grimm and Jade, both Boxers; a rescued terrier mix who goes by Kieara; and a hound mix named Mack.

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Shanna

Receptionist

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Debbie

Veterinary Technician

Debbie worked in a factory setting for many years before entering the veterinary world. One day, she decided to make a change and pursue her lifelong passion: animals. Now, Debbie gets to tend to pets every day as a member of the South Rhea Animal Hospital family—she couldn’t be happier with her decision!

Debbie grew up in the Dayton area and first joined the South Rhea Animal Hospital team in November of 2003. She’s been here ever since! Debbie particularly enjoys internal medicine cases and diagnostic work.

Debbie is married and has three sons, as well as three wonderful grandchildren. She and her husband share their home with Jack Jack, a Yorkie-Poo who thinks he is invincible; a rescued stray named Issabelle; two inseparable pets named Fred and Abby; and Scat Cat, who was adopted from right here at South Rhea Animal Hospital.

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Amanda

Veterinary Technician

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Allison

Veterinary Technician

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Emilee

Veterinary Technician

Emilee grew up surrounded by animals on her family’s Bledsoe County farm—she likes to say that she’s wanted to work in the veterinary field ever since she could walk! Emilee is thrilled to use her natural talents with animals on a daily basis as one of South Rhea Animal Hospital’s Veterinary Technicians.

Emilee attended Chattanooga State Community College to study veterinary technology, and was assigned to South Rhea Animal Hospital for a semester to complete her clinical rotations. It wasn’t long before Dr. Price offered her a job—Emilee happily accepted in the spring of 2017 and has been a member of the clinic family ever since.

As a Tech, Emilee especially enjoys laboratory work and blood-draws. She’s also fond of educating the area’s pet owners on proper care techniques for their beloved companions—at the end of the day, she loves knowing that she’s made a difference in another’s life!

Outside of work, Emilee likes attending church, spending quality time with family and friends, and doting on her own pets at home. She has two cats, White Paws and Chance, as well as a pair of dogs who go by Scamp and Mollie.

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Amy

Veterinary Technician

Amy is a Sale Creek native, and grew up with everything from cats and dogs to rabbits and chickens. She’s felt a connection with animals for as long as she can remember. For Amy, caring for pets hands-on as a veterinary professional is a dream come true!

Amy began her veterinary career in the summer of 2005 at a clinic in Chattanooga. After spending seven years caring for animals there, she decided to search for something closer to home so that she would be able to spend more time with family. That’s when she signed on here at South Rhea Animal Hospital as a Veterinary Technician—Amy especially likes to draw blood and run laboratory work, and her favorite part of the job is meeting new pets and animal owners every day.

When she isn’t tending to her duties here at the hospital, Amy can be found working on craft projects and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Adam, have three young children: Ayden, Ava, and Anslie.

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Kristin

Groomer

Kristen grew up on Long Island in New York, where she harbored a love for animals from her earliest days. After studying interior design for a brief time in college, she decided to follow her heart and pursue her passion: pet care! Now, Kristen proudly serves as South Rhea Animal Hospital’s groomer.

Kristen studied grooming at the Animal Behavioral College, interning at a local animal care facility at the same time. She was hired on full-time after completing her internship requirements; when the facility closed, she was happy to join the team here at South Rhea Animal Hospital. Kristen’s favorite part of her work is the end result—she never tires of seeing the look on a pet owner’s face when they see their clean, well-manicured animal companion!

Aside from her interests in the world of animal care, Kristen enjoys reading and spending time with her family and pets. She and her husband share their home with seven dogs—Raven, Miley, Dolly, Butch, Sparky, Styles, and Dusty—as well as three cats who go by Crookshanks, Fate, and Isis. Kristen also owns a miniature pot-bellied pig named Hogwarts.

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Starla

Kennel Manager

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Cheyenne ​

Kennel Attendant

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865 Rhea County Hwy
Dayton, TN 37321
(423) 775-5619

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Saturday 8am-12pm



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