Animal House Veterinary Clinic

Animal House Veterinary Clinic is a full-service veterinary medical facility, located in Nashville, TN. We aim to provide quality veterinary care to our patients using the latest advances in veterinary medicine, while still providing a casual, comfortable environment. We want you to feel like you're walking into your granny's kitchen when you come to see us!
Although this granny has some really cool tools  :)

Our entire staff is committed to promoting responsible pet ownership through client education. We want all our clients to know the best practices for caring for their pet so they can give him/her the best chance at a long, healthy life.

Please take a few minutes to poke around on our site to learn more about us. And if you like what you see, we'd love the opportunity to meet you and
help with all your veterinary needs.

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 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 and her husband purchased the clinic. 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!

  • 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.
  • 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. She has certainly lived up to our expectations and in the fall of 2017, we promoted Taylor to be our Tech Supervisor.

    If you ask what she would have done had she not gone into the veterinary field, she would tell you that she'd most certainly be on the LPGA tour.

    Taylor recently got married and she and Adam have two precious children.. a sweet cat named Greycie and a beautiful 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!  :)

  • Kelley

    Veterinary Technician

    Another Nashville native! Maybe they aren’t as rare as we had thought…

    Kelley graduated from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in Marine Science with an emphasis in Biological Oceanography (I can honestly say, I don’t even know what that means, but it sounds really smart!). Prior to joining the Animal House family, Kelley spent five years working in wildlife rehab & education, and gained a plethora of valuable experience as an ICU tech at a Specialty Center in South Carolina.

    When Kelley isn’t working, she’s probably hanging out with her dog, Bailey – either reading, listening to music, or watching something on Netflix that makes them laugh. Kelley still has a passion for the ocean and marine life, but she also loves sushi… hmmm.
  • Sam

    Veterinary Technician

    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. She spent a short period of time working at Bass Pro Shops, but we’re pretty sure she was born to work in the veterinary field. She is wonderful with animals and even pretty good with clients too!

    When Sam isn’t working, she loves to read, watch movies, and cheer on the Nashville Predators (not necessarily in that order). She has a Blue Hellion, I mean a Blue Heeler named Gypsy and it is rumored that she has a pet platypus though no one has ever actually seen it.

  • 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! 
  • 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 began attending Vet School at the University of Tennessee in the fall of 2017. Lucky for us, Jordan enjoys this work so much that she comes back to work with us during her summer breaks and many of her other breaks during the year!

  • Christina

    Veterinary Technician

    Christina has been working her way into the veterinary field probably without even knowing that was her path. She started in pet retail in 2013, moved on to animal rescue, and then realized her goal when she joined our family in July of 2017. She says she finally feels like she’s home! Although her actual home contains a resident snake and we don’t see snakes. Yikes!

    When she’s not working with animals, she likes to get her costume-fix by working at conventions like DragonCon. We also hear that she loves karaoke, but mostly just in her car when no one else is around to hear it! Christina does enjoy some down-time at home with her own pets; she enjoys gardening, hiking, cooking, and just some general kitchen wizardry.

  • Jen

    Veterinary Technician

    I’m always surprised to meet a vegetarian who doesn’t like green peppers, but here’s one!

    What can we say about Jen.. She is one of the hardest working people you’ll ever meet. She graduated from Washington State University with degrees in Zoology and Wildlife Ecology. She and her husband love to travel the world and were married on a beach in Greece! Yes, Greece … so jealous ;-)

    Jen has an extensive background working with and handling animals. She has worked for an emergency animal clinic; she was a Carnivore Keeper at the Nashville Zoo; and when time permits, she still enjoys volunteering with Animal Rescue Corps. The animal kingdom continues after work also when she gets home to her sweet, senior kitty, Thomas and her fabulous 3-legged pittie, Mulligan (who Jen and Mark adopted from us in 2012).

  • Casey

    Veterinary Technician

    Casey has always had a love for animals, especially pit bulls and senior dogs. She has been involved in many aspects of animal rescue work including: fostering animals, caring for animals at an emergency shelter, volunteering at animal fund-raising events, and helping place animals in loving, forever homes.

    She is a licensed massage therapist, but massage therapy just didn’t ignite her passion like the animal world. Since joining the Animal House family in November of 2017, Casey has immersed herself into learning anything and everything about the veterinary world.

    Outside of work, Casey enjoys her kitchen dance parties (which I’m sure are a sight to see!), spending time with her people and just trying to embrace life as much as possible. All that embracing , though, must be arranged around the schedule of her two teenage girls!

    *Little known fact: She has a great love for Taco Trucks

  • Ana


    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

    Veterinary Assistant
  • Scarlett

    Receptionist / Veterinary Technician

    Like many of our staff members, Scarlett spent a couple years working in animal rescue before joining the Animal House family. She has taken in strays her entire life and currently has 6 strays living with her; and  another is on the way in November! OK… 2 of those “strays” are her husband and son. And the one on the way, well, we don’t know what that one will be yet. ;-)

    If you have a project, or want something organized, Scarlett is your girl! She enjoys painting, reading, and talking. Oh the talking… I don’t think she’s ever met anyone with whom she couldn’t have a conversation! If she stands still long enough, be prepared to hear a lot of stories!

  • Amber

  • 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. 
  • Karry


    Office Manager

    After spending the majority of her life in the retail world, Karry needed more. She needed to feel like she was doing something to make a difference in the world around her. She began volunteering with some groups after the 2010 Nashville flood and loved it! That led her to some animal rescue groups, and finally, she had found her passion. Karry left the retail world behind and joined the Animal House family in the fall of 2012.

    Karry was born and raised in Minnesota and still loves to follow her MN sports teams, but the frigid cold chased her to Tennessee in 1988.
    Karry and her wife have a big family full of wonderful, rescue animals. The latest count is three Chihuahuas, one Dachshund, one Werewolf mix, one Persian kitty, and one blind possum-cat.

  • 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!