Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Animal Hospital of Whitfield County in Dalton! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at (706) 226-3710 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Dr. Jeff Richmond
Owner/Veterinarian

Dr. Richmond has been taking care of animals in Whitfield County for 17 years. He has owned the clinic now for 5 years.

“I was introduced to the profession of veterinary medicine at a young age. Growing up in a rural area of southern West Virginia, my grandfather owned and operated a small gentlemen’s farm in which he raised cattle and housed my childhood pony. I would visit with him a couple of times a month and stay with him on occasion during the summer. He would take me to the stock sales sometimes when I was there. As I got a little older, my grandfather and I would discuss my plans to become a veterinarian. Although he felt I might do something less “physically dirty,” he was extremely supportive of my career choice. We had many occasions to discuss my career choice. Unfortunately, he passed during my sophomore year of veterinary school and never got the opportunity to see me fulfill my dream.

As a high school student, I got the opportunity to work for one of our local veterinarians. First, I started as a kennel worker; then, I did some work as a receptionist, a veterinary assistant, and some light grooming. I was allowed to travel and assist the veterinarians in practice with house and farm calls; I was hooked for life. Through this job, I was able to learn the profession from the inside out. I was also able to work on the practice owner’s farm, which housed cattle, sheep, chickens, and turkeys. My jobs on the farm were vast, to say the least. I had the opportunity to do and learn a great deal. Since that time, I have worked to achieve a career in veterinary medicine.

From studying Biology and Chemistry in college to being accepted to the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine’s class of 1995, I have dedicated my life to becoming the best veterinarian I could be. I graduated from the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995 and began my career with the Oak Hill Animal Hospital in West Virginia, practicing with a good friend and colleague. Several months into my career, I met a young woman who would eventually become my wife. During this time, she introduced me to the owners of the Animal Hospital of Whitfield County. In the summer of 1996, I was hired as an associate veterinarian and have practiced here since. I was fortunate to have excellent mentors and soon became a minority partner in the practice. In February of 2007, my wife and I became the sole owners of the practice, continuing my career here today. My goal of becoming a veterinarian has long since been achieved. However, I still strive to do the best job I can, using my strong background and upbringing as a basis for my practice. I am appreciative of my job and career daily as well as those that make my career possible.

We at the Animal Hospital have a strong, dedicated staff and a great clientele. Working together, we can provide quality veterinary care to our community.”

Breanna Brookshire
Licensed Veterinarian Technician

My name is Breanna Brookshire. I started here at AHWC as a receptionist in 2013, right after high school. I fell in love with helping our patients so much that I decided to make a career in Veterinary Medicine. I attended Chattanooga State College and earned an Associate of Applied Science to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. My passion is getting to teach people the importance of their pet’s health. In my spare time, I enjoy getting outdoors and playing with my five dogs. I appreciate the opportunity to take care of your babies every single day.

Brian King
Veterinarian Assistant

“I have been at the AHWC since April 2008. I have been both a kennel technician and now a veterinary technician. I have a son named Corbin. On my days off, I enjoy kayaking and time in the woods.”

April Rich
Veterinarian Assistant

My name is April Rich. I started here at the AHWC in January 2018. I am originally from the Florida panhandle, but I moved up here after getting married to a local. I have a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC). I have always loved animals since a young age, whether it was dogs, cats, or livestock. My passion is advocating for the agriculture industry. I love spending time with my husband and going on adventures with our three dogs in my spare time. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your lives by taking care of your fur babies.

Gudi Hartman
Veterinarian Assistant

“I was born and educated in Germany, then immigrated to this wonderful country in 1979. I have over 30 years of experience as a Veterinary Nurse and love every minute of it. I am proud to be part of this wonderful group and its clients. I own a wonderful Australian Shepherd I named Rags and have 4 cats that own me. In my spare time… not much of it, I garden, read and knit scarves.”

Calvin Hoeng
Animal Care Giver

My name is Calvin Hoeng; I am one of the Animal Caretakers here at AHWC. I do all that I can to help the owners and fellow hardworking staff and provide the best experience for all of the wonderful pets.

Grenys Rodriquez
Animal Care Giver

Kaitlyn Parr
Animal Care Giver

Ashleigh Powers
Animal Care Giver

My name is Ashleigh, and I’m one of the few animal caregivers who care for your fur babies.  I started working here in the summer of 2019 after I graduated from high school in May of 2019, and I’ve loved every minute of it.  When I’m not here taking care of your pets, I’m at home taking care of my 2 cats and 2 dogs and spending time with my loved ones.

Jennifer Rubalcava
Animal Care Giver

Charlotte Goad
Office Manager

Hello, my name is Charlotte Goad. I’m the Office Manager here at AHWC. I love seeing our clients come in with their pets. In my spare time I love spending time with family & being outdoors.

Karrie Edwards
Receptionist

I started working at AHWC in June 2017 as a Receptionist. I have 6 fur babies, 4 cats & 2 dogs. I enjoy riding my Harley & target practice. My hobbies include singing, karaoke & DJing.

Brittney Tafoya
Receptionist

Hi, my name is Brittney. I love literature & writing. If I’m not working, I’m doing homework for my master’s degree or playing with my fur babies. I will gladly hold all puppies whenever needed.

Evelyn Perez
Receptionist