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Amanda - Amanda is the Practice Manager at Anchorage Animal Hospital. She began her career in veterinary medicine in 1990 with Dr. Gaines at Breckenridge Animal Hospital. Amanda began working at Breckenridge as a part time evening assistant. One month later, she was working as a full-time receptionist/technician with 2 other full-time employees.
As the practice grew from the original staff of 3, there was a need for a dedicated office manager and as the practice continued to grow, she was promoted to Practice Manager. When Dr. Gaines’ vision of an east end practice became a reality in 2001, she was assigned her current position at Anchorage.
When she’s not busy juggling the management of 2 animal hospitals, she enjoys traveling, needle crafts, gardening and University of Tennessee football. She is also a huge technology nerd. She shares her home with “Peyton,” a Basset Hound, 2 Jack Russell Terriers, “Wilson” and” Cooper,” and “Sky” a Spotted Saddle Horse.
Jean - Jean joined our staff in 2005. She brings many years of practical experience having worked as receptionist, veterinary assistant, or office manager at various veterinary hospitals since 1980. Jean obviously loves what she is doing as she continues to work part time, even after “retiring” four years ago.
Jean was a breeder and exhibitor of English Springer Spaniels for many years and worked with the parent club to bring the rare breed, Spinone Italiano into AKC recognition. She is also a retired AKC judge. She and her husband share their home with two cats, a dog and two horses. Her interests are fishing, crafts, caring for her horses and other pets and most of all, being “Nanny” to three beautiful granddaughters.
Dorothy - Dorothy began working at Breckenridge Animal Hospital in 1997. Initially, she was hired as a groomer and has spent most of her time with us grooming pets of all shapes and sizes. She is currently grooming at both hospitals, in addition to filling in as a receptionist as needed. Dorothy and her husband Steven share their home with six dogs and four cats, all of them rescues. She is active in her church and enjoys reading.
Camille - Camille joined Anchorage Animal Hospital in June 2015, after a long career as a newspaper illustrator and graphic designer at the Lexington Herald-Leader. She and her husband Don, the former University of Kentucky head track and field coach, moved to Louisville to be closer to their daughters and grandchildren. Camille is very active with training and showing her agility dogs, Gus, a two-time MACH champion, and James Brown. She also enjoys running, and when not running after grandchildren, she is running with the dogs!
Chip Harkins, LVT
Chip joined Anchorage Animal Hospital in July, 2015 and works on a part-time basis. He is a fifth generation Atlanta native and a graduate of the University of Georgia. On his first visit to Kentucky in 1976 he met his future wife Jennifer - in a convent. Together they raised 3 sons and have 3 grandchildren.
After a 31 year career in commercial insurance underwriting Chip resigned his VP position at Wells Fargo Insurance Services and returned to school, enrolling in the Veterinary Technology program at Morehead State University. Completion of this degree allowed him to sit for the national vet tech board exam which he passed in 2013 to be licensed as a Veterinary Technician (LVT).
He and his wife live with a menagerie of dogs and cats. Chip's other interests include gardening, fishing, and target shooting.
Pickle - Pickle, our office mascot/CEO, joined our team in 2005. At the time he was almost 2 years old, unsure of his surroundings, a little scared and definitely not afraid to show it. After months of love, kisses, belly rubs and cat nip he became much more comfortable and hasn't looked back. As a vital member of our team Pickle oversees the daily activities and isn't afraid to voice his opinion with a hearty meow. In his spare time Pickle enjoys playing with his toys, rolling around in cat nip, stalking birds through the window and eating. He is currently single and has no plans to start a family (he's neutered), but he enjoys being a surrogate father to cats and kittens up for adoption in the clinic.