Meet the friendly staff at Countryside Animal Hospital!
Dr. Hubbard is a 1979 graduate of the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. He received his undergraduate degree in 1970 from Washington and Lee University. He and his wife Kathy have 2 children, Meredith and Kevin. They have two Labs and a cat at home, and numerous cats and dogs at the hospital that no one else will claim!
Dakota started in the Kennel in 2012. Through school and experience, Dakota has grown into our lead Veterinary Assistant and Office Manager. She is married with two little girls and a lot of “fur babies.” She has five dogs, two cats, two rabbits, and a chinchilla. “Taking care of animals was a childhood dream of mine and now I get to live my dream every day.” Dakota strives to not only take care of the animals here, but maintain the functions and care of the clinic itself too. “It is an honor to work under Doctor Hubbard and his family. They are an amazing family to work for. This job has been, and is, truly a blessing to me.”
Kristina has been at Countryside since 2008. She came to us with a background in Office Management, human rehab, and an intense love for animals. She is a whiz with our computers, and is fast learning to do just about everything else in the Hospital. She and her husband Preston have five dogs and one cat.
Jan has been with us since 2001. Her optimistic attitude and compassion are just a couple of traits that keep our clients coming back. It is said that the receptionist is the first impression of a business, and Jan could not be a better one! Jan has three children, two on Earth and one in heaven, and one granddaughter. She is very involved in Church and enjoys going on mission trips. “I just enjoy helping- people and animals.” Jan graduated from Auburn University in 1975 with a degree in Horticulture. She owns five dogs, a cat, and three turtles.
Beth has managed our kennel since 2006. She makes sure our kennel runs smoothly and efficiently. She never stops working. In her words she is “a work horse, not a show horse.” Beth forms special bonds with the animals while they are in her care. During her lunch break, Beth will sit and read to the animals. She is very good at calming and comforting pets when they are unsure. Beth has three daughters and three granddaughters. Beth is very nurturing, and that is what makes her awesome at her job.
Abby is a senior at The University of Alabama at Birmingham and began working here in May of 2017. Since working here, her passion for the welfare of animals has influenced here education and career goals. “I always saw myself doing something big. Law school seemed ideal, but my time here has opened my eyes to my real purpose in life-advocating for animals.” After completing her undergraduate degree at UAB, Abby plans to attend Veterinary School at Auburn. We cannot wait to see Abby complete her life dream and continue the Countryside legacy.
Jessica started here in April of 2018. She is currently enrolled in the Veterinary Technician program at Jefferson State Community College. “I thought I wanted to be a nurse, but after completing some nursing basics I realized I was in the wrong field. I started working with livestock and realized my calling is with animals. I am very excited to start pursuing my goals.” We are very excited for Jessica and we hope to be able to help her in any way possible during her schooling.
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