Our Veterinarians

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Meet Our Veterinarians

We work as a team in all aspects of our practice, so it’s critical that we work together well, enjoy, and respect each other. Our veterinarians are highly educated with many years of experience. Competent veterinary nurses work closely with our doctors, animal caretakers, client services, and support staff are passionate about providing the best care possible.

Dr. Bill Gibson, DVM

Medical Director

Dr. Bill Gibson is a 1989 graduate of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. He has over 27 years of experience in general medical, surgical, and emergency practice. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, has served as an Adjunct Instructor in the Tri-County Technical College Veterinary Technology program, and is a former president of the Blue Ridge Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Brandon Hughes, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Hughes is from Louisville, Kentucky, where his family encouraged his early interest in caring for animals. He began his undergraduate work majoring in biology at Colorado Mountain College but when his parents moved back to their small farming town in the Mississippi Delta, he decided to join them and transfer to Delta State University.

While in Mississippi he worked with local veterinarians in many different aspects of veterinary medicine and was subsequently accepted to the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Upon graduating in 2008, Dr. Hughes completed a Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Internship at Mississippi State; since completing his internship he has worked in private practice as an emergency/critical care veterinarian.

After visiting several times, Dr. Hughes and his wife, Emily, fell in love with Western North Carolina and moved here in 2011. They share their home with three dogs, six cats and a pig named Ruby, and look forward to expanding their ties in the community and exploring the area’s many natural wonders.

Dr. Jenny Gibson, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Jenny Gibson moved to Western North Carolina from her native state of Florida in 2007. She is a 1996 graduate of Louisiana State University. Since graduation, she has worked in small animal private practice. Her special interests include critical care and internal medicine. Dr. Gibson and her husband share their Waynesville home with 1 dog and their 3 cats. Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Gibson enjoys reading, gardening, and exploring this beautiful region of Western North Carolina.

Dr. Haley Bates, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Growing up in Findlay, Ohio, Dr. Haley Bates was always bringing home stray cats, dogs and rabbits. Her parents never discouraged her, and she couldn’t help but fall in love with animal care from an young age. Dr. Bates headed to the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, where she obtained her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. She preformed her clinical year at the University of Florida and decided to remain in the state after graduating. She worked at a rapidly growing private practice, Morningside Animal Hospital.

Dr. Bates brings with her, special interest in soft tissue surgery and dentistry because of their capability to greatly enhance a pet’s quality of life. On a personal level, Dr. Bates strongly believes in creating and maintaining an open, honest, and relaxed relationship with her clients. She states “Being able to socialize with my clients allows me to educate them in a relaxed manner about their pet’s healthcare”.

At home, Dr. Bates has one cat: Oliver, who was acquired on the island of St. Kitts. She also has a French Bulldog named Indy. When not caring for pets’ needs around the hospital or spending time with Oliver and Indy, Dr. Bates enjoys hiking, kayaking, biking, running and reading. She’s a self-described adrenaline junkie, and loves anything that can make her heart pound.

Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell, DVM — Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Connie Cannady, DVM — Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Madison Grant, DVM — Associate Veterinarian