Quality Veterinary Services
Brittany Shepherd, Licensed Veterinary Technician

Brittany considers herself a lifelong lover of animals and the medical field, and has several years of experience in the veterinary field. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Pikeville as well as an Associate of Science degree in Veterinary Technology. Brittany passed the Veterinary Technician National Examination in April of 2019 and is now licensed to practice veterinary medicine as a technician in the state of Kentucky. She enjoys working with all species, including exotics and large animals.  Brittany's interests include ceramics, hiking, reading, camping, jigsaw puzzles, and learning new things.  She is currently "owned" by two dogs (Rosie and Mina), four cats (Wicket, Jack, Huckleberry, and Sawyer), and a ferret named Pickle.

What to Expect

Samantha Hubbard, Veterinary Assistant

Sam joined the Animal Wellness Center team in April of 2019.  Sam graduated from Belfry High School in 2016 and attended nursing school directly after graduation. Sam is a Certified Nursing Assistant, but realized shortly after leaving nursing school that her true passion lies in veterinary medicine. She adores anything having to do with animals, such outdoor activities as hiking, fishing, etc., and spending time with her dog Buster and two cats, Opie and Simba.

Meet the Team

Dr. Dustin Anderson, DVM

Dr. Anderson is native to Pike County, Kentucky. He graduated from Eastern Kentucky University where he obtained a degree in Chemistry & Agriculture. Additionally, he earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Auburn University in 2010. After veterinary school he remained a resident of Alabama and practiced as an associate veterinarian on both large & small animals. He and his wife decided to relocate home to Kentucky in 2011.  Since relocating, he has practiced as a small animal veterinarian and was proud to open Animal Wellness Center in 2014. He enjoys amateur wine production prepared from his own vineyard, hiking, gardening, and reading. Dr. Anderson resides in Letcher County with his wife Arlona, along with their cat Napoleon. 

Samantha Payne, Senior Veterinary Assistant

Samantha holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Kentucky and a Juris Doctor degree from Florida Coastal School of Law.  She is an animal lover and proud mom of three cats, Arya, Thulhu, and Eggo, and pup Ginsberg. She enjoys reading, movie trivia, and sketching. 

Nikki Parsons, Certified Veterinary Assistant

Nikki is a certified veterinary assistant and holds a career diploma from Penn Foster Career School. She is the proud parent of six cats (Marcey, Ghoul, Chanel, Galaxy, Finn, and Tammy), four dogs (Luke, Enyo, Happy, and Nux), Petrey the parakeet, and two turtles (Admiral and Franklin). She has experience with exotics, has a passion for rescue, and has a big heart for animals of all kinds!  

A friendly greeting

We want you to feel at home in our spacious waiting area.


Genuine concern

Every one of us is a pet-owner. We will treat your pets like they are our own.


Professional service

Our highly trained staff will provide the expert care your family deserves.

Lona Anderson, Office Manager

Lona is a graduate of U of A and has taken time to assist managing Animal Wellness Center. She loves her feisty cat Napoleon, whom she rescued when he was 4 weeks old.  She enjoys painting, reading, traveling, running half marathons, meeting new people and new experiences.

Kendra Lynch, Veterinary Assistant

Kendra has continued to be an active full-time and seasonal assistant while participating in MSU's Co-op education related to her field of interest.  Kendra graduated from Morehead University with a Bachelor's of Science in the Spring of 2019 and will be attending the University of Auburn to study veterinary medicine in the fall! Kendra is very outgoing and a huge animal lover!

We're here when you need us, whether it's for a routine checkup, a much needed vaccination, or an unforeseen emergency. Because our clinic offers the most up-to-date and advanced equipment in the area, our staff is continually trained in contemporary veterinary techniques and services.  Couple that with an incredible passion for their work, and you can rest assured that your best friend is in the most caring of hands. We too are pet owners, and we promise to treat your pet as well as we would treat our own. 

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Animal Wellness Center

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Animal Wellness Center

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