Meet The Team
Our Approach to Veterinary Care in Huntsville and Madison, AL
Since the 1970s, Animal Medical Clinic has provided pets in Huntsville, Madison and the surrounding area with the best veterinary medical care. Dr. Sheri Fastenrath took over as owner of Animal Medical Clinic in 1993. Since then, the hospital has continued to grow and expand. However, our commitment to the health and well-being of all pets has never changed.
Your pet's health is our priority. We believe preventive care is the key to healthy pets. That's why we emphasize client education and responsible pet ownership as integral parts of your pet's overall health. Every pet that comes into our hospital is treated using the latest advances in veterinary medicine and the utmost care and compassion.
Animal Medical Clinic uses the latest veterinary medical technology to diagnose and treat your pet. We utilize advanced ultrasound and radiology equipment and a state-of-the-art in-house laboratory in order to better diagnose your pet. Our fully-equipped surgical suite is comparable to those found in human hospitals. Our doctors perform a wide range of surgical procedures, from standard spay/neuter procedures to more complex soft-tissue surgeries.
We understand the special bond you share with your faithful companion - after all, we're pet owners ourselves. The veterinarians and staff at Animal Medical Clinic pledge to treat all our patients as though they are our very own pets. Our goal is to preserve and strengthen that bond through the use of expert veterinary medical care.
American Animal Hospital Association Certified
Animal Medical Clinic is proud to be an American Animal Hospital Association-certified veterinary hospital. This distinction is achieved by fewer than 15% of the animal hospitals throughout the United States.
What does this mean for you and your pet? To achieve AAHA certification, our hospital has passed rigorous, comprehensive inspections of our facility, management and medical equipment. We strive to meet and, when possible, exceed AAHA requirements. This means your pet receives the highest-quality veterinary care possible when he or she visits Animal Medical Clinic.
Located at 4655 Research Park Blvd. in Huntsville, AL 35806, Animal Medical Clinic provides medicine, ultrasound, surgery, dental care, boarding and grooming to cats and dogs in the greater Huntsville and Madison area.
Animal Medical Clinic is pleased to announce that we are now located at a brand new state-of-the-art facility on Research Park Blvd beside Technicore. We moved permanently to this location in January 2014. Our phone number has not changed.
Dr. Sheri Fastenrath, DVM, CCRP
Dr. Sheri Fastenrath, DVM, CCRP graduate from Auburn with her BS in microbiology in 1987 and with her DVM in 1990 and became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner through the University of Tennessee Canine Rehabilitation Certificate Program in 2010. In addition to standard veterinary care, Dr. Fastenrath offers canine rehabilitation services through several modalities including laser light therapy, electrical stimulation therapy, therapeutic ultrasound, underwater treadmill therapy, and therapeutic exercises. She is available for rehabilitation appointments on a referral basis.
Dr. Fastenrath's professional interests include internal medicine, ultrasonography and wellness care. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Alabama Veterinary Medical Association, the Madison County Veterinary Medical Association, the Huntsville Obedience Training Club and the German Shorthaired Club of America and Middle Tennesse. She is also a founder and stockholder of the Animal Emergency Clinic of North Alabama and has served as president of the board from 1993 to 2004.
Dr. Fastenrath has received numerous awards and honors, including the Veterinary Service Award from the Alabama Veterinary Medical Association in 1999 and the Bravehart Award from The Ark, a local rescue group, in 2001. She served as vice-president of the Madison County Veterinary Medical Association from 1996-1997 and as president from 1998-1999.
Dr. Fastenrath and her husband, Thomas A. Turner III, share their home with three German Shorthaired Pointers, Bing, Blitz, and BonBon. Dr. Fastenrath participates in dog sports, including agility, confirmation, dock diving, flyball, obedience, and rally, with her dogs. Dr. Fastenrath's hobbies include ballroom dancing and watching college football. If she's not treating animals, she playing with them.
Dr. Katharine Kehrt, DVM
Dr. Katharine Kehrt, DVM was raised in the small town of Harrodsburg, KY on a beef farm. After graduating from University of Findlay, OH with a Bachelor's of Science in Biology with a Pre-veterinary emphasis, she graduated Veterinary School at Auburn University in 2018, “War Eagle.” Dr. Kehrt’s interests include feline friendly and small ruminant medicine, small animal preventative medicine, and a multitude of small animal surgical procedures. In her spare time, Dr. Kehrt enjoys relaxing with her husband Ross, hiking, playing adult league soccer, watching all genre of movies, and cherishing time with her friends and family. Her big girl of all the pets is a Great Dane named Athena. Who can be found often in DR. Kehrt's office drooling. Dr. Kehrt has 2 cats Atticus and Arctic who get to run the house at home.
Dr. Rhonda Buxton, DVM
Dr. Rhonda Buxton, DVM was born and raised in Alabama. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Zoology in 1989 and graduated from Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. She has worked both GP and ER in the 20 years she has been here in Huntsville. For 5 years, she was a certified wildlife rehabber working with opossums. Being a mermaid at heart, she loves to travel to swim with different animals to mark off her bucket list (Humpbacks and Manatees are her favorites so far). She shares her home with 3 Standard poodles, a greyhound and 5 cats.
Dr. Shelby Agnew, DVM
Dr. Shelby Agnew, DVM is the owner of Southpaw Veterinary LLC, a relief veterinary practice that provides care for patients when your regular veterinarian is not at work due to illness or vacation. She has been providing this service for veterinarians across North Alabama, Tennessee, and Florida since 2019. Dr. Agnew has been Animal Medical Clinic's relief veterinarian for many years. Dr. Agnew is an active member of the board for the Alabama Veterinary Medical Association and has served as secretary, treasurer, and vice-president for the Madison County Veterinary Association. She is passionate about wellness and professional growth within the veterinary community and received a service award from the ALVMA for her work with the Power of Ten, a statewide networking program for young veterinary professionals. In her free time, Dr. Agnew enjoys trail running and indoor rock-climbing, and she is (slowly) learning to play the guitar. She lives in Huntsville with her husband and their beagle, Kizzy.
Dr. Emily Beason, DVM
Dr. Emily Beason, DVM is a Veterinarian certified in Animal Acupuncture and Chiropractics that helps treat our patients on Thursdays weekly.
Dr. Beason's love of animals is deep since growing up on a beef cattle farm in Middle Tennessee. Horse riding with family, and playing the guitar are passion of hers as well. She is a graduate of Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
She completed her certification in acupuncture through IVAS (International Veterinary Acupuncture Society). Her Animal Chiropractic certification is from Parker University. She is licensed in Alabama and Tennessee.
"As a Veterinarian in rural Alabama, I felt that I was missing something in my traditional western training and looked to alternative therapies to help."- Dr. Beason
Acupuncture is an art of inserting needles into specific locations on the animals body to elicit different responses. It helps with muscle soreness, pain, arthritis, skin problems and even eye problems. Chinese herbs can be used alongside the acupuncture needles to get the biggest changes in your pets.
Chiropractic care is the art of finding an area in the body where there is a lack of motion, causing an impediment of communication to the rest of the body. An adjustment is performed, restoring motion to the area and establishing a more natural balanced state for the body.