Animal House Veterinary Clinic

Animal House Veterinary Clinic is a full-service veterinary medical facility, located in Nashville, TN. The professional and courteous staff at Animal House seeks to provide the best possible medical care, surgical care and dental care for their highly-valued patients.

We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and health-related educational opportunities for our clients. Animal House Veterinary Clinic strives to offer excellence in veterinary care to Nashville, TN and surrounding areas.

Please take a moment to contact us today, to learn more about our veterinary practice and to find our more information about how Animal House Veterinary Clinic can serve the needs of you and your cherished pet.

Dr Herd and family
  • Mon-Fri: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sat: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Sun: Closed
  • Dr Catrina Herd

    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 and her husband, Dan, moved to middle Tennessee that same year. Their 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 and her husband purchased the clinic. 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! In her spare time, Dr. Herd enjoys spending time with friends and family, fishing and playing with her son. She, also, gives many of her free hours to help with animal rescue and is always willing to go above and beyond for a sick animal.
  • Dr Katie Heckel

    Katie Heckel, DVM

    Veterinarian

    Dr. Katie Heckel was born in Columbus, Ohio and raised in Perrysburg, Ohio with two younger brothers. She played high school volleyball and softball and was also part of the choir and jazz singers groups. Summer breaks were spent working at her father's dental office. Her family vacationed to the Florida Keys town of Key Largo. Her entire family loves to scuba dive to explore the tranquility the ocean has to offer.

    After high school, she attended Ohio State University with ambitions to become a family physician but could not deny the pull towards the animal world and changed to pre-vet. She played intramural volleyball and softball there and also continued her love of singing by becoming a member of the Women's Glee Club. In addition to playing sports, Dr. Heckel loves watching and attending football games. Her favorite sports teams are The Ohio State Buckeyes and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    During Dr. Heckel's undergraduate work at Ohio State she majored in biology to fulfill the veterinary school prerequisites and also majored in Spanish. She spent a summer abroad in Toledo, Spain staying with a Spanish family to completely immerse herself into the culture. This was her first time to Europe and while there, she ventured out to other cities in Spain, France and England. Some of her other summer adventures with family and friends has taken her to Paris, Rome and Ireland. Ireland is near and dear to her because she still has familial ties from her dad's side.

    Although she has traveled quite a bit there is nothing like home. She has lived in Ohio her entire life up until the summer of 2012 when she moved to Nashville to become part of the Animal House staff. She is married and has a 2 1/2 yr old son named Brandon. Her furry family includes three dogs and two cats and her non-furry friends include two red eared sliders. Her free time is spent traveling back home to Ohio to see family, staying active, working on any crafting or baking project as well as home improvement projects.
  • Dr. Sara Cooper

    Sara Cooper, DVM

    Veterinarian

    Dr. Sara Cooper is originally from Madisonville, TN. Before you ask, I didn’t know where it was either, so I had to google it… Madisonville is small town of less than 5,000 people located about halfway between Knoxville and Chattanooga.

    She loves to sing and almost minored in music but ended up getting into vet school a year early. (So much for winning a Grammy!) Dr. Cooper graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003 and soon after, moved to Chattanooga.

    In 2014, Dr. Cooper finished an IronMan triathlon in under 17 hours – that’s a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride, and a 26.2 mile run! She has also completed multiple marathons, half IronMan triathlons, sprint triathlons, and century rides.

    When she’s not working or competing in some sort of “thon”, Dr. Cooper is probably off on a family adventure with her husband, daughter and stepdaughter. The rest of her family consists of one small ridiculous dog (her words!), two cats, and a fish.

  • Brittney King, DVM

    Veterinarian

    Dr. Brittney King comes to us from Birmingham, Alabama – via the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine.  She graduated in May of 2017 and celebrated by getting married just days later!

    Then she and her husband, Ryan, packed up their lives and moved to Nashville and Dr. King joined our team in June of 2017.

    Having grown up with dogs her entire life, Dr. King says she has always known she wanted to work with animals. She briefly considered going into Marine Biology, but lucky for us, the pack of Golden Retrievers at her parents’ home convinced her that veterinary medicine was the way to go. Their current family consists of one dog - a Chihuahua named Savannah (who we are told is true to the Chihuahua stereotype!), and one cat named Wrigley (apparently Ryan is a big Cubs fan!).

    When she is not at work, Dr. King loves to run and work out. Rumor has it; she really enjoys Sweating To The Oldies with Richard Simmons.  ;-)


  • Dr Jeff Abelt

    Jeff Abelt, DVM

    Veterinarian

    Born and raised in Wisconsin, Dr. Abelt graduated from the University of Minnesota veterinary school in 1986.  He and his wife, Susan, also a veterinarian, moved to Tennessee in 2007 with their 4 children.  That same year, they started a mobile vet clinic from their home in Leipers Fork.

    Dr. Abelt has been employed at Animal House for the last several years as our part-time relief vet.  In addition to all the cats and dogs he sees daily at Animal House, Dr. Abelt has become our resident bird, rabbit and rodent “expert”.  He is, also, an accomplished orthopedic surgeon having performed dozens of successful orthopedic surgeries for our clients.

    Dr. Abelt and his family enjoy various activities with their church, horseback riding and taking care of their numerous dogs, cats and birds.  In his spare time, he loves tinkering with his antique John Deere tractors.
  • Judy with her pit bull

    Judy

    Veterinary Technician

    Judy has worked at several clinics in the Nashville area, as well as emergency clinics.  We finally won her over in 2008.  She brings years of experience and knowledge to our staff and oversees hospital patients as well as daily surgeries.

    Judy has a great passion for all animals but is especially fond of horses and pit bull dogs.  You can tell her guy Joey (in this photo) loves her too! 
  • Taylor

    Taylor, LVMT

    Licensed Veterinary Medical Technician

    Taylor first came to us in the fall of 2014 to do her clinicals while she was attending school. We enjoyed having her here so much, we invited her to return! She joined us as a full time employee in February, 2015 and graduated from Vol State as a Licensed Veterinary Medical Technician in May of 2015. 
    Taylor has a sweet cat named Greycie and a precious long-haired chihuahua named Penelope (or Peepers). She also regularly fosters for a local cat rescue group.
  • Callie

    Callie, LVMT

    Licensed Veterinary Medical Technician

    Growing up in Chapmansboro, TN, Callie is a rare native Tennessean! She has always had a desire to work with animals and graduated from Columbia State Community College in 2010 as a Licensed Veterinary Medical Technician.

    After working at several other veterinary clinics around town, she finally found us and joined our team in November of 2016.

    Callie has a small zoo at home that include dogs, cats, a lizard and a small two-legged human puppy. When she is not working, she loves to read, listen to music and hang out with friends. Though we’re pretty sure her favorite hobby may be taking naps!  J

  • Jordan

    Veterinary Technician

    Jordan has been around animals and has loved animals her entire life. She has volunteered with many local rescue groups by fostering animals, working at emergency shelters, working fund-raising events, screening potential adopters, helping with transport... there's really not much she hasn't experienced in the rescue world! Jordan also spent two summers working at the Nashville Zoo as a summer camp counselor.
    Her mother says Jordan has wanted to be a veterinarian just about since the time she could talk. So it's really no surprise to any of us that Jordan will be attending Vet School at the University of Tennessee beginning the fall of 2017!
  • Polly

    Polly

    Veterinary Technician

    Passion for animals is strong in this one. After a career as a RN, where she worked several years at both St. Thomas and Centennial Hospitals, Polly began to volunteer at Williamson County Animal Control. She must have enjoyed working with Dr. Herd, because she came to Animal House shortly after Dr. Herd bought the clinic. 
    Polly is the co-founder of FLUFF Rescue here in Nashville and her passion for animals is hard to beat!
  • Kelli, LVMT

    Licensed Veterinary Medical Technician

    Kelli moved from Colorado to Tennessee in February, 2016 with her husband, 2 daughters, 2 dogs, 1 cat, 1 bearded dragon, and 1 boa constrictor all in tow!

    She has been working in the veterinary field since 2004 and has been a Licensed Veterinary Medical Technician since 2007. We are very happy that Kelli decided to bring her passion and experience to our team in April, 2017. She says the thing she loves most about working in veterinary medicine is seeing the human-animal bond grow and strengthen throughout the life of the pet.

  • Katie

    Veterinary Technician
  • Kelley

    Veterinary Technician
  • Sam

    Veterinary Technician
  • Amanda

    Veterinary Technician
  • Karry

    Karry

    Receptionist

    After spending the majority of her life in the retail world, Karry found her passion and is now living the dream with us at Animal House.

    Karry and her wife have a family of six rescue dogs and one rescue cats that keep them busy. She was born and raised in Minnesota but has lived in Tennessee for over twenty years.
  • Holly

    Holly

    Receptionist

    Don't tell anyone, but Holly is a former dog groomer. She groomed animals for three years at Pet Smart in both Tennessee and Ohio. 
    Luckily, for us, she decided to try a different path and joined our team in August of 2015 as a receptionist.
    She has a huge love of animals and if her apartment complex (and her husband) would let her, she would probably have a house full of animals!
    Until that time, she is happy with her dog and guinea pig.. oh, and a husband.
     
  • Jackie

    Receptionist
  • Lorie

    Lorie

    Receptionist

    As near as we can remember, Lorie has been with us since some time in 2011. She began by spending many hours and days as a volunteer, then in the fall of 2014, she joined us as a full-fledged paid employee.
    If Lorie looks familiar to you, she is also the co-founder of FLUFF Rescue and spends much of her "free time" helping our friends of the feline persuasion.
    At last count, Lorie has seven feline dependents of her own. 
  • Ana

    Ana

    Kennel Staff / Veterinary Assistant

    Ana can do just about anything around here! She joined our staff in May of 2011 and that continues to be one of the best decisions we’ve made.

    Not only does Ana keep the clinic sparkling clean, she is also the main translator for our Hispanic clientele. Ana’s smile makes everyone’s day a little brighter.
  • Yarely

    Kennel Staff / Veterinary Assistant
  • Becky

    Kennel Staff / Veterinary Assistant
  • Gayle

    Gayle

    Office Staff

    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.
  • Spencer

    Spencer

    Kennel Staff / Future Veterinarian

    Spencer joined Animal House in April of 2011. Not yet 3 years of age, he had a natural love for the patients. When not playing and doing all things boy, he devoted himself to all things animal. Because of his demanding schedule at Primrose Primary School, he was unable to spend many hours with us. But the few he did spend found him busy helping our clients and their animals (when he wasn't grabbing our pens, highlighters, stapler, calculator, etc. and running through the clinic with them).

    We anticipate Spencer's graduation from the University of Tennessee, School of Veterinary Medicine in May 2033. We will, at that time, update his biography.

    In his spare time, Spencer enjoys Karate and swimming. He loves playing with his Legos and drawing on anything that doesn't move.
  • Holden

    Holden

    Kennel Staff / Future Veterinarian

    We believe Holden may be on the fast track to vet school. Well, maybe he needs to be able to speak full sentences first; and maybe he needs to be able to notice that the chart he is holding is upside down; but other than that -- Fast Track! He spent some time in Colorado attending an Ultrasound Workshop, with his friend Wyatt, and we're sure we can put those new skills he learned to work very soon.
    Some of Holden's favorite activities are opening cabinets and removing everything from the cabinets. We're sure that will come in handy at some point.
    He is also a child of technology - give him a remote control or a cell phone and he is one happy boy!