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


    Dr. Katie Heckel is from the home town of Perrysburg, Ohio but she spent many years of schooling and working in Columbus, OH.  Her undergraduate focus at Ohio State was in both biology to fulfill the veterinary school prerequisites and in Spanish to allow her to be bilingual.  She spent a summer abroad in college in Toledo, Spain staying with a Spanish family to completely immerse herself into the culture.

    She has been married almost 10 years now and currently resides in Spring Hill with her two children Brandon age 7 and Mackenzie age 3. As if these TWO don’t keep her home life busy enough mix in her forever shedding white spunking Siberian Husky and her cats Tyson and Mika.

    Her free time is spent singing, traveling, being creative or being active! Watching or going to The Ohio State buckeyes or The Pittsburgh Steelers football games  is a must. 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.

  • Dr. Sara Cooper

    Sara Cooper, DVM


    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


    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


    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


    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
    Veterinary Technician Supervisor

    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

  • 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.

  • 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!
  • Kelley

    Veterinary Technician
  • Sam

    Veterinary Technician
  • 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!
  • Karry



    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



    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.
  • Lorie



    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


    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
  • 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


    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


    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!